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Fiddleback Model Specs w/ pic reference/comparison

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by blood604, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    No Hunter or Duke, but here's a comparison of a Bushfinger to some bigger models:
    • Bushfinger
    • Bushcrafter Sr.
    • Leuku
    • Woodsman
    • Camp Knife (production)
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  2. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    Upon unboxing, my initial impression of the Bushcraft Tasker was that it had a really long handle relative to its blade length. After some use, the longer handle feels like it provides increased control for fine or detailed work, probably not unlike the Carver.

    Dimensions are:
    OAL: 8 3/8"
    Blade: 3 1/2"
    Handle: 4 7/8"
    Weight: 5.1 oz

    The balance point is right on the second set of pins.

    The Bushcraft Tasker's blade shape is quite different than that of a Bushcrafter. It's really closer to a Bush Hermit, but about half an inch shorter.

    (One of these things is not like the others...)
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    All five of these knives are so close in overall length, this image looks very similar to the one above, but this one has the knives aligned at their butt.
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    In a departure from most similar Fiddleback knives, and certainly those in the above comparative images, the Bushcraft Tasker's handle is absent a finger groove immediately behind the guard. I noticed this most prominently in a hammer grip when choked up fully on the handle and with a paring-style grip. It seemed neither an advantage nor disadvantage in the former, just something that was noticeable when switching between the Tasker and another knife. It became less noticeable as I used the Tasker without switching back and forth between the other knives. For paring, though, the absent finger groove seemed to provide a bit of additional control.

    The Bushcraft Tasker's curved handle reminds me of a Bushboot, although the BT's curve is more subtle. It provides options for hand placement that feel consistent along its length. Like most Fiddlebacks, no matter how you hold this knife, it's comfortable in the hand.
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    The Bushboot's shorter handle and more extreme curve serve to lock it into my hand. The Tasker provides a more "open" feel.
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    In actual use, I ended up comparing the BT to a Kephart in AEB-L, which, by the way, is awesome! This Kephart cuts into wood (and I'm sure other things) more like a 3/32" blade, maybe even better (at .118, it's closer to 1/8 than 3/32). I'm very interested to see how AEB-L holds up to hard, real-world use. A more appropriate head-to-head comparison may be to a Bushcrafter or Bush Hermit, but I really wanted to try out this Kephart.

    While the Bushcraft Tasker and Kephart each felt very good in my hand, they both felt very different. The sides of the BT's handle are flatter; just behind the first set of pins, the BT is about one quarter inch larger in circumference and about one eighth of an inch taller than the Kephart. In my hand, the Kephart felt more natural. That's not to say the BT was uncomfortable or anything, in fact, both knives performed very well at notching, feathersticking, and everything else I tried with them. The Kephart did seem to make finer, smoother and more precise cuts, but I attribute that to differences between the steel.
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    I didn't baton with the Tasker; I prefer longer blades for that since I generally start with wide logs, but the 3 1/2" blade seems ideal for all other bushcraft tasks.
     
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  3. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    that was very well done!

    thanks
     
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  4. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 31, 2018
    This thread is a wonderful resource, and I thank the folks who put in the time and effort to compile all this information.

    Would anyone happen to have a side-by-side comparison of a Babyboot and a Lil Lady? I browsed through the pics but didn’t see one.
     
  5. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    This is the one pic I remember. There are probably more out there but I hope this helps.

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  6. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 31, 2018
    That’s exactly what I was looking for....thanks! Wanted to compare the curvature of the handles, and this pic illustrates that nicely. Thank you, Nbrackett!
     
  7. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Awesome contribution to this thread @RobbieB ! Thanks for the thoughts on the BT. It's an intriguing model.

    This thread also just reminded me that I need a Lil Lady... @VANCE if a Lil lady in 3/32 or better, that new .040 AEB-L with Osage over white and nat would happen to show up don't even list it, just send it my way! Hah! ;)
     
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  8. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    @VANCE I concur here and there are a number of folks who would have interest in 3/32 (or thinner with the AEB-L) Lil Ladies, because they asked me how I like mine or if I want to sell it, or if I saw any others around. Just sharing in case you want some knife selling input. Probably a handful of em would do for starters. :)
     
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  9. Hulk2e

    Hulk2e Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 18, 2014
    I have a Lil Lady in 1/8. It’s one of my favorites right now. I’d love a 3/32 one too. ;)
     
  10. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    .040 AEB-L Lil Lady Group Buy!! :D
     
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  11. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    I think you should have IMd Big Deal Bob and asked him to present the idea. @Bmurray has the pull to do the BIG DEALS :D:D
     
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  12. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 31, 2018
    My little lady fingers need this little Lil Lady deal to happen! ;)
     
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  13. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    That's not much thicker than heavy duty aluminum foil.
     
  14. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    You say that like it's a bad thing.
     
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  15. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Lol
     

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