If you could only have one

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Panthera tigris, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    I now understand. All Jerry's "good will" in "sharing" is really just a really good excuse to hide them from the better half. If the knives aren't there, they can't be found. 😃

    Just kidding buddy.
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  2. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    No, that one has my name on it right under the scales. Tony knows this.;)
  3. _Westy_


    Dec 19, 2009
    Well for me I think it's the Hiking Buddy - I reach for that knife more than anything else that I own. I have only ever handled the one Hiking Buddy I own so that is the configuration I would go with, however I wouldn't mind trying a 1/8" TT model someday.

    • Blade Thickness: 5/32"
    • Tang: Tapered Tang
    • Blade Steel: O1 Tool Steel
    •* Handle material: Natural canvas over stacked natural canvas & yellow liners

    There are prettier Hiking Buddies out there but I really love the looks of this natural canvas over natural liners and yellow pin stripes.




    As it sits after a year's worth of use...


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  4. SA Condor

    SA Condor

    Mar 10, 2014
    This is an evil thread! I've already trimmed down to 5 Fiddlebacks in the USA and a 12" machete and then I have 4 Fiddlebacks in Bolivia and a 12" machete there too. That took a lot of soul searching to narrow down to those few knives. Now you want us to consider just 1?!

    Well, after much thinking, I've done it. If I HAD to get rid of all the others and just have 1, it would be the Hiking Buddy I have down in Bolivia. For me and my uses, the HB just is a great all-a-rounder. It's not too big, it's not too little, it's just right! It's not ideal for every task, but boy oh boy have I stretched its capabilities and it is just a small knife that works. Not to mention that it's special beyond its awesomeness. This particular HB is 100% made by Andy. It was 1 of the 10 he brought for submission and acceptance into the Knife Guild. It's handle melds with my hand perfectly. This knife is just in a whole other level of awesomeness that my other Fiddlebacks just can't seem to attain. It is awesome!

  5. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    ... I would literally lose my mind!! :eek:

    What an evil question, Jarrett!! You sick sumbitch! :mad:
  6. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2012
    Hahaha. As it turns out, with my wheeling and dealing ways I find myself without any Fiddlebacks (my wife owns one though). No collection is complete without one, so I am experiencing the market with fresh eyes and vicariously enjoying your considerations in this regard.
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  7. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2015
    This may just be the cruelest, most unreasonable, diabolical thread ever written. I've tried several times to wrap my mind around this question the past 24 hours with the same result...


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  8. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Well in that case...

    My cornflower runt is the best Fiddleback ever. I am only selling it because I am a giver. You should buy it so it can be your Forever Fiddleback. :thumbup:

  9. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2012
    No one has answered Fiddleback beer koozie yet, but from a survivalist perspective it seems like an essential piece of gear.
  10. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2012
    That makes me wish I had a comparison pic of bushnub with bushfinger and pocket kep with kephart.

    I admire your consistency, as well as your sunburst BC from Ken's glory days.

    I think Andy mentioned once that creating the Bushfinger design was an "aha" moment in his knifemaking career. Solid knife.

    I have no idea how to visualize this one. I think you mean a Leuku?

    That is the nicest KE Bushie in all of creation.

    Heck yeah, the Gaucho is a solid performing knife. But everytime I think of it I hear the Steely Dan song playing in my head...

    "Who is the gaucho amigo
    Why is he standing
    In your spangled leather poncho
    With the studs that match your eyes..."

    No disrespect meant to anyone I have not quoted yet. Keep them coming!
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  11. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Whaat?? Now that's CRAZY TALK!

  12. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I can make the first part of this happen sometime in the next handful of days. I've got a Bushfinger en route.

    I also agree with this! That scandi starry night KEB is my favorite.
  13. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2012
    I'm surprised that one is still there! It might be a problem with branding. Let's call it cobalt blue.
  14. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Of course, the answer to this question changes from time to time for me, but right now I'd take a Bushhermitt.
  15. Davor


    Mar 10, 2010
    Damn you Kirk, I wanted that Skinny Ash 1. Was it that skinny, normally they are less than .22
  16. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Hit me up if you need any help sharking! I'll be poised over the keyboard like ...
  17. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Hmm... good point about the branding. Not sure about cobalt. Think it needs more 'Merica. I'll have to think on this.

    LOL randomness!! It was .2" exactly with the coating.

    Would be a good stripper candidate. :thumbup:
  18. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    I'd just chain Andy down in the basement and throw new material down each week...
  19. Rick Lowe

    Rick Lowe

    Jan 6, 2005
    Tony's Ironwood KPH or Ladyfinger for just staring at, Production Duke for use.
  20. Luca917


    Jan 10, 2016
    I'll bring them over next week for you to stare at.

    If I get to chop something up with that gorgeous production Duke you have.

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