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Dealer Support Nessmuk Trio Giveaway

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Fiddleback, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    There is currently a combo thread going and I love combo's. This has inspired me to do a giveaway to promote our dealers, and also to promote Nessmuk trio's in general. Remember that I do not believe in the one knife does everything philosophy. To cover the gamut of woods tasks with properly functional tools, you need a trio. This has been a key philosophy of Fiddleback Forge from the start.

    The combo in the thread (a Woodsman paired with a minimuk in this case) is a good one as it has a small knife for utility duties and a medium fixed blade for eating, and bushcraft duties. In this case skinning would be right up the Minimuk's alley, as would cutting string, cleaning fingernails, etc. The Woodsman is excellent in the medium knife category even though its on the large side. It excels at bushcraft, camp kitchen, and eating duties. To be functionally rounded off though, this combo needs a third tool. This third tool needs to be a lightweight chopper for the combo to become a Nessmuk trio. Fiddleback Forge makes several options for this, but IMO the ideal third piece of a Nessmuk trio is our 12" machete. This IMO is a much better, safer and way more versatile option than Sears' small double bit hatchet. Functionally it is not even comparable. Just try digging with a tiny double bit hatchet. LOL.

    So, I'd like to do a giveaway to promote the 12"er as the best third in any Nessmuk trio, and also to support our dealers. The idea goes like this.

    I will provide a Fiddleback Forge 12" machete to anyone who buys two Fiddleback Forge knives to make a Nessmuk trio from our dealers from now till Christmas. Here is how it works.

    1. Buy two Fiddleback Forge knives to make the small and medium knife of a Nessmuk Trio from any of our dealers between today and Christmas day. (the knives can come from two different dealers)

    2. Post them here with proof of purchase and tell us why it makes a good Nessmuk combo.

    3. Send Phillip your address and be patient while we get these machetes together. We promise to do this as quickly as possible.

    Here is a list of the dealers that support us day in and day out that we are promoting with this giveaway. Please know that a purchase from our dealers is a purchase from us. These folks are critical to Fiddleback Forge.

    DLT Trading
    The Knife Connection
    Olde Towne Cutlery
    Knives Ship Free
    USA Made Blade
    Arizona Custom Knives
    Lee's Cutlery
    7 Rattles Bushcraft
    JSR Sports & More
    New River Knife Works
    Blade HQ
    Gear Bsrrel

    (Tell the dealers about this giveaway please. They will like hearing from you.)

    Hopefully this is a fun way to increase the functionality of your tools, increase awareness of the superiority of our 12"er, and help our dealers out as well.

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018
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  2. David L

    David L

    Feb 8, 2018
    Edited: Here are some Muk's and Nessie (looks like a muk) but after reading Andy's explanation below a muk is not nessisary but since I dug up the specs I thought I would just leave them.

    Stubbymuk - Blade 2.5" Overall 5.75"
    Neckmuk- Blade 2.125" Overall 5.325"
    Minimuk - Blade 3.5" Overall 7.5"
    Nessmuk- Blade 4" Overall 8.75"
    Old School Nessmuk - Blade 4" Overall 8.75"
    Camp Muk - Blade 4.5" Overall 9.5"
    Sandokumuk - Blade 7.25" Overall 13"
    Camp Nessie - Can't find specs
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018
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  3. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Ok, just so I’m clear.....it has to have the words “Ness” or “Muk” in the model name?
    (Forgive my nessmuk trio ignorance, please....I seem to manage in the woods just fine with the kephart, ladyfinger, bushboot, etc, so I’m not sure what models meet the criteria for this.)
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  4. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    This blog might shed a little light on the Nessmuk Trio: https://www.knivesshipfree.com/blog/lessons-from-george-and-horace-the-woodcraft-trio/

    Basically, the "Woods crafting" basics are a folding knife, a hatchet, and a fixed blade. It seems Andy is modifying this a bit to create a very cool and very generous incentive.
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  5. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    Andy can correct me here if I’m wrong but I don’t think it has to have “ness” or “muk” in the name, it just needs to fit the role. A small knife for utility duties, a medium size for camp duties and a chopper type (the machete).
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  6. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Yes, it does help! Thanks!

    Indeed. Thanks for clearing that up! So, the machete basically takes the place of a hatchet in the combo. As for the small utility knife, I’m sure I’ve got one or more in mind that fit the bill, knowing my affinity for small very useful knives. ;)
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018
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  7. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Not at all. Nessmuk (the pen name for George Washington Sears who was an outdoor magazine reporter around 1850) believed that a trio of woods tools covers the functional gambut rather than one big heavy knife to try to do everything. He teased the popular massive bowie knives with their murderous look and thick heavy blades. Anyway this is the idea. Three specialized tools to carry rather than expecting a one size fits all tool. He believed in a folding knife as the smallest tool, but I like the idea of a small fixed blade as the small tool. We make a lot of these for exactly this reason. All of the models Hiking Buddy sized and smaller would be acceptable as the small knife. I carried a Handyman as mine for a while. Right now I am using the Gnome for this purpose. I have it paired with a Reaper as my mid size, and a machete of course as my chopper.
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  8. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    This is a really neat idea. I love running a trio of tools. The 12" Fiddleback machete is normally my big blade. Can't wait to see what others come up with.
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  9. SneezySky

    SneezySky Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2017
    i already have some in mind... i am thinking of a stainless set.

    so do the production models count?
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  10. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
  11. David L

    David L

    Feb 8, 2018
    Thanks for clearing that up.

    But this is less clear if there are other knives that do not qualify other than the ones listed below.

    --------- These must be a Nessmuk Trio suitable pair. If you buy a Protagonist (if you don't have one you need one just to stare at. I still do this with mine) and a shank, you will not qualify for this giveaway. (But it would be one badass pair.) -------------------
  12. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    Ive talked to Andy
    Here's the deal......if you like the Protagonist or any other Model and feel that it would complete your perfect Nessmuk trio...No problem

    When you post up the trio, just explain why you think that (or any other Model) completes the set and you are good to go...I'll send you a machete to complete it.:thumbsup:

    Fair enough?:):)
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  13. David L

    David L

    Feb 8, 2018

    Yes :thumbsup:

    I was just trying to help get it sorted so that the rules were clear. If someone was trying to play and got turned down it would be a bummer. That is great to have to explain if the choice is an unusual one.
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  14. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    No way I'm the only one who suddenly wants a Protagonist and a Shank, and all the rest is white noise.*


    ~ P.

    *If very generous, and with many great combos afoot. :D
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  15. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    I've decided not to turn down anyone, so no worries there.
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  16. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Please be sure that the date of purchase is between 9/19/2018 and 12/25/2018. Thanks!
  17. David L

    David L

    Feb 8, 2018
    Thanks, that helps keep it simple.
    It is a cool idea and fun to look at knife and function from a different perspective rather than the one knife solution.
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  18. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    @David L I'm glad you're into it! Can't wait to see what people come up with.
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  19. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    I edited that part out, btw. I'm glad you pointed out how much strain it put on the giveaway. Thanks for that.
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  20. New River Knife Works

    New River Knife Works Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 15, 2017
    This is an awesome way to promote dealers. Thank you very much!

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