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Bite-sized Borry; a Bevy of Blue

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by pertinux, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    :( Never a good feeling....

    I'll say! Something for everyone, and always more to explore through times of changing preferences and applications. :thumbsup:

    Absolutely! I agree with your observations on the Runt here, across the board. I didn't 'get it' at all, until having one in hand. I mean, its color of course helps(!), but eI thought I'd just be humoring Jerry by taking a look at it. Uhm, no. What a freakin' cool little knife!

    Right! I'm still surprised (and kinda disappointed) that the Hiking Buddy doesn't do it for me, but I'm glad I realized that straight up (thanks again, @Nbrackett, for that early borry!). I don't care for the Handyman's visuals quite as much as the Hiking Buddy's, but that's a quibble-- especially once putting a Handyman to use.

    Whoa, that'd be something! I still love the looks of Pocket Kepharts, and if I were not determined to maintain a winnowed selection of knives I'd likely jump on one. (And can't rule out that happening, still.) The Sgian Dubh is just so much MORE in my hands...

    Possibly so? As I've mentioned before, my two Esquires feel astonishingly different in hand. The 3/32" blue is very, very fine, but it doesn't evoke the Wow reaction that the 1/8" oreo does whenever I pick it up.


    Well.... I'm trying to see how I feel living without it, to determine whether or not I am willing to live without it. :eek:

    From the get-go, I have been determined to maintain a manageable, use-able selection of knives. I think my initial goal was three total Fiddlebacks, little, medium, larger? That stretched to five, which stretched to... more'n that. [​IMG]

    Here are my smaller fixed blades, sans the Sgian Dubh which was already hieing itself ho to Jerry, hitchhiking with his returnees so he can conduct his own wee compare:

    Esquire, Esquire, Stubby Muk, Runt, Pocket Muk (@freemanforge)

    Sgian Dubh & Stubby Muk:

    Stubby Muk and Pocket Muk:

    I'm very taken by the wee Pocket Muk, and especially like its more pronounced point:

    ... I love the Stubby Muk (and its oreo duds!), but it's proving to be a tweener-- bigger than can be as readily pocketed as some of the other choices, yet without the versatility of blades slightly larger. I pick up the Stubby Muk and handle it and want it to stay Forever; I move through my weeks and, day after day, discover it's not the knife that gets the nod.

    ~ P.
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  2. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    Did you give them water?

    Did you feed them after midnight?
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  3. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Never heard of it...


    :D ... assuming that's what you're referring to.

    Sadly, I think we will keep running passed each other. ;) I'm all set on the 24/7.

    While intrigue basically means the deal is as good as done (once the right one comes along), here's a comparison pic with my newish Esquire and Jerry's soon to ship Sgian Dubh to help you out.


    As you can see, the 24/7 handle is actually a tad shorter than the Esquire handle. No bother though. The handle contours of the 24/7 make it comfortable to use in multiple grips (despite the shorter length). While the 24/7 handle is shorter, the blade is actually a little bit longer, which can be nice. A nice touch about Dylan's G10 handles is he sandblasts them so they are a little more grippy (although I honestly don't get too fussed about G10 feeling “slippy” anyway). This 24/7 is 3/32" CPM154. If you're lucky enough to have a chance to grab that config, jump on it fast!
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  4. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Oh my, yes. Look at you! :cool:

    Going by this picture alone, this might be one time I prefer black over natural pins, and possibly the white accents most of all-- wowzah!

    Well, whaddaya know! Also: :p

    Thanks, this really helps! Even still, my first thought was, whoa, the 24/7 is a lot bigger than I realized-- until the scale you've presented through the accompanying smaller knives fully registered.

    Yes, "intrigue" has a way of seamlessly segueing into has-ing, but I'm not yet sure of the knife's presentation for me. I'm mostly curious about the handle, how the contours work in hand.

    Which you cover as well!

    That would be my hunch from afar, so I'm glad to hear it's working out that way for you in realtime.

    Welp, I'm currently fighting a sudden battle against More (it's winnow time, if with a peeking eyes towards future More). At the same time, this ~ 5-6"-ish range is a sweet spot for me, and I enjoy new discoveries of what 'works.'

    I'm not sure I want to cross into something as tactical looking (relative to my other knives, at least), but the right clothes could sway a person. o_O

    Thanks much for the great pictures and insights. :thumbsup:

    ~ P.
  5. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Crappycakes, now I DEFINITELY need a 24/7! I had picked up an Esteban II last year which turned out to be a larger version of the (original) Esteban. It felt larger than what I wanted and since then I've been looking for good 24/7 comparison pics and this by far is the best one yet. Thank you for sharing this! The 24/7 contours seem very similar to the Esteban II but in a smaller package. That Esteban II was super comfy and felt outstanding in-hand and I liked that thumb ramp, which is also present on the 24/7. As you said, comfy in a variety of grips.

    @pertinux Heads-up on Fletcher's if you haven't researched them .. They usually come with a kydex sheath, made by Dylan. The sheaths are great quality and nicely done but like most kydex sheaths tend to do, they'll put marks / snail trails on the sides of the blade. Sooooo .. if that is something you're particular about, you'll want to place a request with Dylan when his books are open and specify "no sheath" or "do not place in sheath". That is my plan .. and then to pair it with leather. Not the end of the world but thought it was worth mentioning.
  6. SA Condor

    SA Condor Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2014
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    I’ve reunited with my 24/7 here in Bolivia. Mine’s 3/32” tt and Dylan did some file work for me on the spine. It’s my go to knife when I’m out and about at night. I only have the kydex sheath that Dylan made. It’s a really nice sheath, but I really really want a simple leather taco sheath without a clip or loop for the belt. Then it’ll disappear in the pocket.
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  7. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Sounds good to me-- so we can see what we think of the pattern. :D

    Except, you'd probably go for Red or something gnarly, so... I've put my own dibs in, for a Right blue. That blue grey @Kirkwood just posted would look great on a 24/7, or glacier jade, or Shadetree.

    Speaking of which:

    Wow, does that look great! Thanks for posting it here.

    Hmmm, Kydex:

    Thanks! My first thought was, "Ew, Kydex," because I love leather, and a great leather sheath brings everything together for me-- even though, save for a couple exceptions, I still haven't really found what I (think I) have in mind.

    However, fresh off watching @Fletcher Knives on @Fiddleback Outpost's Live Video on Friday afternoon, I'm rather taken by the CLICK-fit of Dylan's Kydex sheaths. So if I ever get a chance at a 24/7, I'm now thinking I'll start with Kydex (scratches, smatches-- it's a knife!), and see what kind of leather I might want (or maybe already have) from there.

    ~ P.
  8. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Blue bump ..

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  9. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Sometimes that Maple is just too damn badass @Warrior108
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  10. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    I'll send you my 24/7 if you want to check it out.
  11. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 9, 2000
    Nice 24/7 you have there. Mines like yours, 3/32" thick, tapered tang, with file work. Though mine has blue scales with black liners. Been carrying in the stock Kydex sheath. Need to make a leather slip cover for it soon.
  12. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Sa-weet. :cool:



    Pocket Cleaver:




    ~ P.
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  13. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2015
    Now I gotta watch for a blue Maple Bushboot! :D
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  14. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Even though I really like blue handles, that color has been absent from my collection for over a year as a result of selling off a number of knives as I continue to shrink my collection down to a smaller group of favorite users.

    I am finally back in the “blue” club with the purchase of a tapered 3/32” CPM 154 Fletcher 24/7 from @Lee Tigner at Olde Towne Cutlery. This was my first business with them. Great service and packaging. I will definitely do business with them again.

    I have been pursuing a thin tapered 24/7 CPM 154 since late 2015 when I sent Dylan a Dibs request along with several PM’s since then to confirm my interest in buying one. I almost gave up on getting one after that never worked out directly. I held off buying this particular knife for a while because the price has gone up significantly on the thin tapered stainless variation with file work. Even so, all the cool pictures and comments in this thread about the 24/7 kept gnawing at me. In the end, the long smoldering desire for this particular model variation was too strong to resist. I decided to pull the trigger and bite the bullet to get this one.

    I will admit that I am very picky about fixed blade knives that are less than 7-1/2” OAL. Below that size, most knives seem to be lacking in handle comfort and/or blade length for me. The 24/7 @ 6-5/8” long with a 3-3/16” cutting edge is an exception because the forward positioned thumb ramp and well executed pommel shape make the handle feel bigger than it is. It is one of the very small group of knives in this size range that captures my attention because it offers a full, but tight, four-finger grip for me.

    The new Burlatex burlap is extremely nice because it does not exhibit the little air bubbles and pock marks on the finished handle like some other burlap does. I am hopeful that this will mean it won’t shrink in thickness like the other company stuff does in my environment.

    The color of this one is “Periwinkle.” Periwinkle flowers are described at light blue with a hint of purple. Instead, I find this burlap to be mostly light blue with a hint of gray. I like that result. The white liners and epoxy filler don’t show off the file work on the tang as well for me as black would. That is my only aesthetic critique of this particular knife.




    The Fletcher 24/7 rocks. I will be glad to have it in my arsenal for years to come.

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  15. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    Very nice Phil
    That one is a "looker" for sure
  16. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Aha! So that's where it went. o_O

    I stumbled upon this same sweet knife whilst checking out Olde Towne (for which I appreciate your endorsement). What a beauty! When I returned to (re)consider it further, it was of course gone-- thankfully, in some of the best hands. Congratulations! :)

    Your experience echoes mine, including that it seemed to odd to (have to) 'stumble upon' something I had "Dibs'd" myself, even after confirming that the Dibs List was still a thing here and there along the way.

    So did I! The price point was the main Pause, especially since I'd be as happy, possibly even happier, with O1. Although perhaps the price will be on the high(er) side from here on out, regardless?

    Ed. to add: The price was/is not unreasonable for what's offered, it's just a surprise given what I'd expected based on previous offerings, and more than I was prepared to spend for a(nother) knife right now....

    Given how many boxes it ticks, I'm glad you went for it-- for your sake, and because I'm happy you have such a sweet little knife, and because I'm glad that I may now get to see more of than otherwise.

    This was my impression of the pattern and the handle's feel as well.

    I have not yet seen Burlatex in person (I don't think?), and look forward to hearing your impressions over time and use.

    -- What is the brown mark near the lanyard hole on the logo side of the knife? I believe I saw that in Olde Towne's picture(s) as well...? Just wondering.

    From pictures only, it looks great to me, less 'Florida' than Shadetree's Sapphire, and with some good depth. I also really like the white accents, including the pin, against the Periwinkle. :thumbsup:

    To me, that's the bottom line! As I said when evaluating the one @VANCE so graciously lent me:

    "[The blade angle and handle geometry of the 24/7 also did not lend itself well to draw cuts; it's manageable, but not the best choice. I didn't take a picture of Why because I want one anyway, so there.]"

    I believe I also used the descriptive, "Freakin' Cool"; more of my thoughts on the pattern are here, and in the post immediately after, from the thread

    Fiddle Fam sub-7" Pattern Compare? Pix Request

    Sounds a grand plan. :cool:

    But if not...? o_O

    "Dibs." :D

    ~ P.
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  17. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    Imma hafta break out the 24/7 tomorrow to revist its awesomeness
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  18. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Thanks Phillip. Your bolstered EO 24/7 kinda sets the standard in the "looker" department. If Burlatex ever figures out how to make Electric Orange, your knife budget might get out of hand very quickly. ;)

    I apologize that my response to @pertinux got embedded in her quote above. I guess that I haven't mastered the multi-quote process on the new software here yet.

    Here is a full size copy of the photo I posted there.


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