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Cup of Bow Legged Joe

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Panthera tigris, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    We all love the traditional Fiddleback drop-point bushcraft blades, and the hunters and camp knives are well renowned.

    However, among these knives there exists somewhat of an odd-fellow. The cleaver-like, wharncliffed bow legged series of knives.

    I recently came upon a variant of these from 2012, the Bow Legged Belt Knife. This one is stamped "Andy Roy" on the bottom.

    Please share photos of your bow legged variants, joes, and similarly styled Fiddleback knives :peach: :strawberry: :tyrannosaurus:

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  2. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
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  3. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    The blj is such a cool little blade. I'm going to need a larger belt knife

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  4. Scotcha

    Scotcha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Very cool FB [emoji106]
     
  5. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
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  6. Sandmage

    Sandmage Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 13, 2014
    Drool... Love these BLJ pics!
     
  7. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Cool pics guys. The Bow Legged Joe was designed on a post it note during one of the many hours of sitting in meetings back when I was an engineer.
     
  8. Case_XX

    Case_XX Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 18, 2009
    I have a couple I will add to the thread. I got the BLJ recently in a trade with Busch.Hacker, the 3FJ my wife got from Andy for my Birthday a couple of years ago. I like the BLJ but think I have a preference for the size of the 3FJ and it is one of my regular EDC rotation knives.

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  9. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    Here's my family of Joes...

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  10. Guhul

    Guhul Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 30, 2015
    Holy cow....never seen that monster BLJ for the butcher block :eek:
     
  11. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    That might be the mother of all BLJ knives.
     
  12. Scotcha

    Scotcha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    BAM!!!!! the mothership.
     
  13. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Man, that knife. I wish it was easier to make.....
     
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  14. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    That big chopper is awesome
     
  15. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    That's why it should be a production knife. Let the machines do the work....
     
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  16. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    Let’s see some more Joes.

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  17. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
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    OS Joe...
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  18. Tekton

    Tekton Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 8, 2015
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  19. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    I drew the Bow Legged Joe, and the Runt on post it notes during a long meeting that I had no part in way back in 2007/8-ish. Then at my first Blade Show I sold more Bow Legged Joes than anything else. So I designed a few bigger variants. During the run up to the following Blade Show I wanted something HUGE to stop people at the show from passing my table. That is how/why the Bow Legged Chopper was designed. It worked.


    The Runt was the precursor for the Ladyfinger, Hunter, and Woodsman. Then the Ladyfinger became the inspiration for the Bushfinger. The Bushfinger design was the first to remove the sinuous curve out of the spine of the knife. Then I re-designed the Hunter, Woodsman, and the earlier Bushcrafter to remove that curve. The Ladyfinger and the Runt still feature this curve.

    Those two designs on a post it note, as I look back became the foundations for my skills as a designer.
     
  20. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

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    Jan 31, 2018
    Great explanation, Andy! I like hearing about how the patterns were created, and I learn so much from your posts, so thanks!

    I love me some sinuous curves. ;)
     
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