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First Fiddleback

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Kutch, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. Kutch

    Kutch

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    Dec 26, 2014
    Hello guys, long time lurker but only my second post. I currently have quite a large collection of folders and traditionals. I have ventured off into the multiple hundred dollar knives at this point. Well one of my recent purchases was an Esee Candiru. I definitely did not realize how much I would enjoy carrying a small fixed blade knife. I would like to get something a little bit nicer to carry and mess with. I have been considering the Fiddleback Runt as my first foray into higher end fixed blades as well as fiddlebacks in general. Does this seem like a good choice? Would it make a decent edc and is it a good representation of Fiddleback quality even tho it isn't a custom? Also does anyone have a picture of one in hand?


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  2. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 3, 2015
    A runt would be a good call, as would a pygmy for dipping your toe in the water. A little larger, the Esquire is a terrific small EDC as well as a stubby muk or pocket Kephart. I don't have any pictures handy, but I'm sure some will be forthcoming. Also, check the new sticky thread for specs and pictures of the models. Come on in, the water is just fine.
     
  3. Heespharm

    Heespharm

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    Nov 8, 2011
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    Starting from the top it Runt, pygmy, pygmy, mosquito, runt, stubbymuk, pocket kephart, esquire, and sylvrfalcen

    I was like you and have kinda settled into carrying a pocket kephart or esquire daily


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  4. JesseT

    JesseT

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    Mar 8, 2014
    Never had a Runt, but I love my Esquire. I don't think I would want much less handle than the Esquire has, but a Runt is still on my list (only one way to find out, right?)

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  5. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    Runts are cool but offer poor economy of scale. You aren't getting that much cutting length out of it in relation to a folding clip point like a case peanut. Due to this I favor the esquire over the runt. That said, I don't EDC a Fiddleback (i'm waiting for the perfect catch).
     
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  6. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    All good information so far! I would also throw out that there are a ton of great deals on EDC sized Fiddlebacks in the Flea Market right now.
     
  7. NOLA

    NOLA Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 9, 2016
    I agree with Panthera on this one. I've rotated my EDC between a runt, PK and sylvrfalcen, The runt is no longer in the rotation.
     
  8. Heespharm

    Heespharm

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    Nov 8, 2011
    Especially since the Pygmy and the runt are the same size... just makes more sense to carry the pygmy


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  9. Kutch

    Kutch

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    Dec 26, 2014
    Thanks for the pic Heespharm. Has anyone ever considered a kydex sheath for one of these Fiddlebacks


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  10. Heespharm

    Heespharm

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    Nov 8, 2011
    Rick Lowe makes some nice ones... imho leather looks better


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  11. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 27, 2015
    I've been carrying my runt like this daily for a while and have come to like it a lot. It just disappears under my shirt. I also carry my Esquires the same way. They hide well too.
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  12. Kutch

    Kutch

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    Dec 26, 2014
    I would prefer a nice styled leather sheath but I worry about losing the knife at work. I work in a refinery and there is a lot of things that have the tendency to knock and dislodge things off my waist. I carry my esee candiru in its kydex sheath in my pocket. Yes it takes me a few more seconds to get it out but it's worth the peace of mind.

    Also is there anyone on this forum who makes wooden scales for fixed blade knives?


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  13. Heespharm

    Heespharm

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    Nov 8, 2011
    Look at diomedes leather aps sheath the way he makes them I don't foresee the knife ever falling out


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  14. thurin

    thurin Wanderer

    Dec 19, 2012
    Any of those mentioned will make a great 1st Fiddleback. Count me in the Runt crowd. It's probably my most carried Fiddleback. It goes in an RLO sheath that can either be stashed in the pocket or worn on the belt.
     
  15. willic

    willic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2013
    I love the way a Runt looks, but my vote on an EDC Fiddleback is an Esquire, VERY useful profile! Whittle, open boxes and letters, even cut your food. The Esquire has enough handle to hold on to and a great blade shape and cutting edge profile. and... Rick Lowe makes some awesome leather for a very reasonable price! I have a pocket sheath and a IWB sheath for my Esquire(s).

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  16. JesseT

    JesseT

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    Mar 8, 2014
    I live in a state where fixed blade carry is (questionably) only ok if it's open carry, so concealed under a shirt is a no-go, so I pocket carry my Esquire. Pocket clip showing counts as open carry per case law though.

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  17. Onedog

    Onedog Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 5, 2013
    Rick Lowe also makes a hybrid leather wrapped kydex sheath that's quite awesome. [emoji106]


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  18. Kalsu

    Kalsu Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    I regularly carry an Esquire or Sylvrfalcen in an inside the pocket sheath with no issues. On the little bit larger size I like the Bushboot, Hiking buddy, EDC II all inside the pocket. I have leather sheaths from Diomedes Industries, Rick Lowe, Joufuu leather and Knives ship free. All top quality sheaths.

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    Bushboot w/ Diomedes APS Earl sheath
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  19. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    Runts tend to congregate and make trouble

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  20. Kutch

    Kutch

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    Dec 26, 2014
    Thanks for all the pics guys! I definitely have it narrowed down between a Runt and a Pygmy at this point. I'm going to do some thorough reading and research before I order though. I will probably go with the Runt seeing as it's a production knife and it won't have a long lead time. One question is, I see these these pics of runts with nice scales. Are these limited number drops that fiddleback does occasionally? I don't see but 2 options on the website and other sites for the Runt scales and blade steel.


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