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Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Scifidelity, Oct 9, 2019.
swooooonnnnnn- man is that unbuffed burlap on the FK2? Hoping so, looks so so good. I ordered my MC with that handle.
Terotuf if I recall. Those swedges are nice. Gogo pre-order
Swediges > Wedgies lol
Thank you. That one is Terotuf. I've got some in the unbuffed burlap as well, and I don't think you can go wrong either way
I think the prototypes had more belly, but Nathan tweaked the production UFK to be more like the FK.
Prototype UFK vs FK
I'll take the one on the right side of the top photo. Please and thank you.
The FK2 is awesome, it might actually be the only knife I will someday own two of!
And I'll take the proto BMFer on the right. Please! Thanks Gus!!
That proto profile is so sexy!
I meant the right! Post edited to reflect my hastiness.
I took a bunch of photos months ago when I received my UFK/FK2 to compare it to the original FK. I never got around to posting them or adding my thoughts, so here goes in no particular order.
The UFK has a taller blade grind, larger sharpening choil, more belly than the original FK.
Handles measurements are difficult to compare sometimes given all the subtle angles, curves, and profile characteristics.
The top portion of the handle on the UFK is slightly longer than the FK.
The shape of the bottom side of the handle and position of the palmswell on the original FK are a couple of the features I most appreciate about that knife. This area of the knife remains essentially unchanged on the UFK.
I prefer the forward tapered thumb ramps on the UFK over the outward flared end on the front end of the handle on the original FK. I like this feature because it makes the transition to a pinch grip comfortable and easy.
The handle on the UFK has more of a flare on the back end and a wider palm swell than the original FK. I think the more Rubenesque curves on the UFK will appeal to more folks.
The UFK eliminates the pry-bar feature from the original FK.
The balance point on the UFK is approximately 3/8” behind the center of the front screw.
The original FK shares a similar balance point (with micarta scales), yet the “distribution” of weight is better with the UFK than the original FK. The UFK feels more lively in hand to me.
A small piece of trivia is that both the TeroTuf and Burlap micarta UFK handle scales weigh exactly the same.
The one area where the UFK paled in comparison to the original FK was the blade finish on the primary grind. The as machined tool marks were obvious enough to awaken OCD feelings I never had before when compared to every other CPK I own. I understand the intent to keep cost down by eliminating a secondary grinding step, but I am glad that Nathan has heard the feedback and added it back in on future knives to maintain the look we have come to appreciate from CPK.
I ultimately sold off my UFK in favor of the FK mainly because of the blade finish. This FK holds a special place in my collection because it was a very thoughtful gift from a dear friend.
The original FK hasn’t lost a beat performance-wise to its newer sexier replacement. I think most buyers will prefer the ergos of the UFK over the FK if all other factors are equal. Either one will serve you very well for a lifetime of use.
Phil, as always you live up to and beyond your BF handle / moniker Thank you for such a detailed and dare I say comprehensive pictorial analysis of the two Field Knife variants. If I may disagree with you on one detail, it would be that I find the original FK sexy AF and therefore subjectively a better looking knife. Some folks didn't like or warm up to the protruding tang in form of a pry-bit end, but I found that as part of the appeal of that model and a pleasant deviation from today's norms. Some other folks with meatier mitts also prefer the handle scales swell of the UFK over the FK but for me the latter has not been a detraction. Did I already say that I LOVE the original FK?
Tero tuff it is.
As if there were any question.
Most excellent post sir
If only it were a real sales thread we could have a big slap-fight over it!
Hi guys sorry if this has been asked already I'm a bit oit of the loop, life's been mad lately.
Has anyone a picture of an FK2 with the swedge, i'm thinking of getting in on the preorder as funds were bad the last time they were on order.
Nathan had not offered any of those first phase UFKs with swedge.
Sorry your correct, I worded it badly. I meant I didn't get in on the order the last time the FK2 was on preorder. I was thinking of getting an FK2 this time and was just looking for a picture of one with a swedge if it's out there. I'm not sure because I'm a bit out of touch lately.
Hi David. There are no pictures of a FK2 with a swedge as this is the first time it has been offered with one