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Hunter duke comparisons.

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by J_mcrane, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. J_mcrane


    Dec 7, 2013
    Hi Folks,

    I'm in the market for a new midsized knife (4.5-5.5 inch). On my short list are the hunter and duke and I was hoping to see some comparison pics. I was also looking at the bushcrafter sr but I seem to gravitate to the other 2.

    This is a general purpose knife, I have other blades that fulfill specific niches. This is more, I got the hots for something new and this is the size I want.

    Thought and feedback welcome.
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  2. thurin

    thurin Wanderer

    Dec 19, 2012
    Here's a simple comparison shot of the Camp, Duke, Hunter, Bushfinger.


    The Duke isn't mine, I had it from an exchange, so I don't have a lot of experience with it. The Hunter is my most used kitchen knife and think it would be a good general purpose knife.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2017
  3. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Here are some comparison photos for you to consider.

    Top to Bottom: Forager, Woodsman, Duke, & Hunter



    The Hunter and Duke have very similar length handles with the longer blade on the Duke.


    I prefer the longer blade and neutral balance of the Duke.


    Another model I like very much in this size range is the Bourbon Street Skinner. It has a taller handle than the Hunter and a nice curved shape on the top that fits more comfortably in the palm of my hand. The cutting edge length is longer too.


    Wishing you luck in your search. Please keep us posted what you decide on.

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  4. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    If you are looking for a general blade, the production duke is hard to beat. S-35V with a professional heat treat, a great grind and a better handle. Quality sheath too. If you can find one of the custom shop jobs, then it's probably even better.

    Really, you can't go wrong.
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  5. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Not to hijack the thread..But,... That sure is a mighty fine Duke Phil!
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  6. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
  7. lmalterna

    lmalterna Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    Having had both, my choice would be the Duke. Combined with a small knife for finer work, I would be very happy to have the Duke be part of a two knife only system.
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  8. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    @delkhouri here it is
  9. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    I bought a duke for Fiddleback weekend and came away impressed with the utility the pattern, yet it handles like a much smaller knife. Handles are very comfortable in a range of grips (hammer, reverse, etc), including a choked up pinch grip for finer detail work (agree 2 part system with smaller knife though). The camp is a beast, but again handles like a smaller knife, albeit one tall bladed smaller knife. Again the handles make the knife here, but I'm sure the woodsman and hunter handles are great as well...most FF Handles are.
  10. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Apex Predator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    More Duke love - this one from Steve O



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  11. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2015
    @J_mcrane Not to throw you a curveball, but a Leuku (if you can find one) is an excellent choice in this size range. For comparison below: Woodsman, Duke, CS Duke Leuku, Bushfinger.

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  12. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    I agree with @Southern Gent ‘s recommendation for the Leuku. I have owned all four models shown in his photo. While I have nothing but high praise for the Duke & Woodsman, the one I have chosen to keep for my “bigger” knife as I shrink my collection is the Leuku. Mine is Fiddle-textured & tapered 5/32” O1 with a high grind. It is light to carry at 5.64 ounces and it has perfect neutral balance. The Leuku performs bigger than it looks.





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