Fehrman Knives Review

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by ParkerOTF, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. ParkerOTF


    Apr 5, 2010
    Hello! New to the forum and new to tomahawks/hatchets.

    I've been a avid balisong collector and automatic lover (both side and OTF) for years. I own several limited ed. Benchmade balis and particularly love old lever locks. I carry an Ultratech or Protech Godson daily.

    Anyway, I recently bought a Cold Steel Vietnam tomahawk as well as two Fehrman Knives Nessnuks.

    Thought I'd write a quick review...

    I have one of the Nessmuks in hand. A satin finish with stock handle. I love this thing! It's small, light, and performs like a champ :) The other, a blacked out version, is being hardened and finished as I type. I spoke to the fellows at Fehrman Tool and Die today and mentioned off-handedly that I thought the Nessmuk was a little smaller than I expected it to be. Without hesitaion they offered to outfit my other one with a CQC handle, as they use the same eye. The CQC handle is 3 inches longer and has more grip surface than the Nessmuk. They were nothing less than gracious and generous. If you've never dealt with them, I recomend that you do.

    The first of my Nessmuks and the CS Vietnam arrived within days of each other. The CS was notebly more inexpensive, and it shows. The fit, finish, and feel of the two are worlds apart. The CS will ride under the truck seat for dirty duty and hard work... The two Fehrmans will reside in my gun vault and go on hunting and camping trips.

    They both cut well. The Nessmuk cuts cleaner and deeper than the CS. The thinner side of the Nessmuk cuts through small saplings like a machete and makes hotdog sticks with little effort.

    Cutting through a 4 inch Maple trunk the Nessmuk make the CS look like a dull lawn mower blade. They both made it through, but the rounded profile of the Nessmuk lended to the deeper penetration and bigger chips.

    The only possible flaws are the lighter head and slightly shorter haft. But with the new one having an extra 3 inches, I think it will be the bees knees. I'm also not married to the kydex sheath that comes with the Nessmuk. I would prefer a good thick leather frog. Oh well, I will find a leatherman to make me one.

    All in all, I am most pleased with the Fehrman Nessmuk! Great product, great performance and superb customer service!

    Here is a pic of the two... will post another when the black Ness gets here....


  2. savageknives


    May 11, 2009
    kickass. very nice pieces. you just dont feel bad about abusing a CS like you would that nessmuk.
  3. mk77


    Mar 1, 2007
    i think i just fell in love again. that nessmuck is wicked looking. how long is the handle on the polished model that is shown?
  4. ParkerOTF


    Apr 5, 2010

    The haft on this one is 10 1/2 inches. The one that is on the way will have a 13 1/2 haft. I think that extra 3 inches will make it chop a lot better. It will also have five o-rings instead of the three that are on this one...much stronger grip too.

    As soon as the new one gets here I'll put up a couple comparison pics.

  5. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Thanks for the pic...Really like the Fehrman................
  6. jeffdk06


    Dec 22, 2006
    I actually know the Fehrmans, great family and their work is spectacular. They take a lot of time making sure they have every detail exactly the way they want it. Nice axes!
    ~Jeff W
  7. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    That Fehrman is a great looking little axe!
  8. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    What is the head on the Fehrman made from?
  9. ChrisW1981


    Jan 1, 2009
    It's 0-1
  10. ParkerOTF


    Apr 5, 2010
    Got an email yesterday...my new Fehrman Nessmuk should be here tomorrow!!

    I've also picked up a Condor Thunder Bay double bit hatchet as well as a Marbles #9 double bit. The Thunder bay got here yesterday and the Marbles is on the truck for delivery, so should be waiting on me tonight when I get home from work :) Will post some pics when I have all of them in hand.

    I am working with a cousin this summer clearing trails for the Forest Service in the Daniel Boone Forest...so will have plenty of real world testing to do with all of them!

    I'll try to write up a full review and comparrison between the 4 this weekend...


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