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Handles + Liners + Pinstripes: Gots Favorite(s)?

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by pertinux, Jun 16, 2018.

  1. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    With or without looking spine-wise across my array of Fiddlebacks...


    ... I intuitively answer the question of my favorite combination of colors and appointments:



    Oh, me heart. I love the twizzled presentation of cross-cut natural micarta, the POP of the white, and of course: BLUE.

    [I can get lost looking at the above three knives, and pictures thereof, endlessly. I am especially tickled by how well the blue 'matches' across three different materials -- maple, boxwood, and (earlier) Shadetree navy burlap, respectively.]

    The Natural + White combination works well for me even without the presence of... blue! (gasp!)



    I also really enjoy [thicker] Natural as a standalone liner; short Natural bolsters are always a bonus:




    And finally, I've discovered that I just plain like white (like just plain white? ;)) with black liners too, more than the other more colorful possibilities out there. To my eyes, white with black has a classy effect that brings out the best of each pattern's lines, the bullseye, the overall aesthetic that gets me all jiggy about Fiddlebacks:




    In my own selection, this leaves the Outliers on the far left:


    From pictures alone, I feared the 'Racing Stripes' on the Mango Runt would look too fussy, but they really work in person-- a stellar little standout, this. :thumbsup:

    The Lime with the Natural on the 'falcen...?




    The 'falcon is a most favorite knife, and I carry and use it in all its Blurple glory, but I can't help but wonder how it would look with: white pinstriping. o_O


    [Mebbe it would look even more blURPLE with white?! :eek: :D]

    But, that's just me!

    What about you? Do you have a liner, pinstriping and/or handle combination you keen to across patterns, or even in a beloved sample of one?

    ~ P.

    [A quick search here to make sure I wasn't duplicating an already-existing thread indicates that Orange can be ... polarizing. :D]
  2. PolRoger

    PolRoger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    I like both natural and black liners with white pinstripes. I also like natural liners with yellow or blue pinstripes which I prefer more than natural liners with either green or orange pinstripes. Black liners I think can look good with pretty much any pinstripe color... white, yellow, orange, green, blue, (or even red and pink). I also like natural liners with red pinstripes but I don't think Andy does red pinstripes because I've never seen A Fiddleback with red pinstripes produced by the shop over the last few years?? I also like natural or black bolstered knives with thick natural or black liners and no pinstripes.

    Edit: Added a photo of a combo that I like... Natural micarta scales over natural liners with yellow pinstripes.

    Last edited: Jun 16, 2018
  3. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    Osage = natural/blue
    DIW = natural/white
    Koa = black/lime
    Bocote = black/orange
    sapphire burlap = black/white

    i guess it's just dependent on the handle material
  4. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I personally much prefer natural liners to black ones. For pinstripes I like white, blue, and orange. Handles in the Osage, micartas, and some burlaps.

    My favorite bolstered look is OD bolsters with a nicely grained or figured wood. Like OD with ironwood... Still waiting to add one in that combo to my collection.
  5. NOLA

    NOLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    OD bolsters with bloodwood is a nice look that you don't see too often.
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  6. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    OD bolsters and most woods just does it for me. I love that combo.
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  7. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Oh, man-- I'd forgotten about the OD-bolstered beauts. I've never seen one in person, but have admired the look from afar....

    With Bocote:

    Goncalo Alves (probably my favorite wood to see paired with OD Green. So far o_O):


    Desert Ironwood:


    ~ P.
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  8. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Your blue brown is awesome. I also like black with lime and Osage with natural.
  9. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Yup! OD and wood is an awesome combo. There's some OD bolstered Thuja around that's really good looking as well.

    I also like OD bolstered Osage, but I'm not sure that Fiddleback does that. I don't recall seeing any at least...
  10. TrainedBullets


    Apr 23, 2017
    You bet. My favorites in no paticular order.

    1. DIW, natural liner, blue stripe.
    2. Evergreen burlap, thick natural liner, natural bolster.
    3. Ruby Burlap, thick black or natural liner (no stripes). No, Black or my apparently rare blue bolster.
    4. Oreo burlap with thick black liners. No or Black bolster.
    5. Navy burlap with thick black liners. No or black bolsters.

    Until I wrote this, I had no idea “thick” was such a theme. I should have known...
  11. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    I'm partial to natural on natural with white. Love all the pics in this thread.
  12. bear71

    bear71 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Natural and blue are a winner with many handle materials...
    Osage supports pretty much all liner and pinstripe combos...
    Guess Osage with natural/blue has been a theme of mine....
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  13. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
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  14. lmalterna

    lmalterna Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    Anyone have bolstered Osage and more DIW to share? I was playing with some wood and micarta bits and most look like crap with either DIW or Osage!! I am thinking black linen would be safe and the OD above is cool. What else works?
  15. Apocryphiliac

    Apocryphiliac Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2017
    OP, I feel you! I just bought this one because I couldn’t resist that color combo, especially with sycamore. Man I love the speckles in a piece of sycamore!
  16. David L

    David L Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    Thick liners with or without bolster - Natural, OD, Black
    Thin liners - Natural or Black, come to think of it I don't remember seeing another color
    Pinstripes - white or not at all
    Commando - don't really like but occasionally awesome
    Waxed twine wrap etc. - not for me
    Copper or metal wrap - not for me
    Wood natural color - most
    Wood colored - rarely
    Burlap - love but a little picky about color
    Canvas - brown, OD, antique / white - Yes!
    Canvas - Black - maybe
    Canvas - natural - rarely
    Beauty mark - yes
    Triple pinout - yes
    Lanyard - not near food
    Bolster - yes
    Wood bolster - Hell Yes!
    Pinstripes on handle - Thanks you over achiever!
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2018
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  17. bladesmith3

    bladesmith3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2015
    mine are just simple and functional.
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  18. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    Some really cool handle/bolster combos from @Cohutta here lately. Some I’ve never seen before.

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