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Joining the Club

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by rswanson, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. rswanson

    rswanson Gold Member Gold Member

    596
    Jun 10, 2011
    Hi FBF Folks,

    Time to brag and geek! After time and again drooling over Mr. Roy & Co.'s creations the bug had finally bitten deep enough and now I'm officially a Fiddleback owner.

    I had some pretty specific wants for my inagural FB so it took a while to track this one down, specifically a Bush Hermit. Thanks to @Choppaman for helping a brother out and the FANTASTIC @Lee Tigner at Olde Towne Cutlery, my FBF cherry has been popped.

    First, the fit and finish on this knife are better than any I've held. I don't have a massive collection but I've used and owned some very nice fixed blades. This one may be the best. It's even wowed some non knife fanatics I've shown it to- no small feat!

    I can't say enough about how the knife feels in hand. It's no embellishment to say that Andy designs one of the more comfortable grips in the knife world today. This thing is an ergonomic masterpiece. I have yet to use it as it was intended to be used but trust me, that is forthcoming. I'll try to remember to come back and post my thoughts after I have some dirt time with it.

    Supporting shout out to @Rick Lowe for another fantastic RLO Leather sheath and dangler (which he turned around in record time) to complete the package. It's beautifully crafted, as well.

    Deets: Bush Hermit in 5/32 A2, tapered tang, dyed Lacewood with B&W pinstripe liners.

    Obligatory glamour snaps:

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    ~Russell
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
  2. hasco

    hasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Congratulations! That is a beautiful knife!
     
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  3. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Congrats indeed! Welcome to the fun. You'll have a few more in no time!
     
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  4. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Cool. Welcome aboard! What a great first post. You picked a cherry Fiddleback knife for your first. IMO, my best Bushcrafting knife yet. Can't wait to hear what you think of the performance.

    One correction though. That is stabilized and dyed Lacewood. One of my favorites.
     
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  5. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    @rswanson that looks stellar. Glad it arrived so quick. @Fiddleback we’ll have to get after Lee. He had that listed as QSO. Andy, regardless and as usual, beautiful work! :thumbsup:
     
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  6. rswanson

    rswanson Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 10, 2011
    Thanks everyone! Super jazzed with this one.

    Thanks, Andy. You can bet I will update the forum after I poke it into a few sticks.

    And thanks for the clarification on the wood...post edited. I was just looking at a lacewood Tasker and Bushie at The Outpost and thinking that looks like the exact same grain. Someone please buy that KEB before I get myself in trouble!

    Nah, Lee is allowed the slip. He and Melissa were absolutely great to deal with. One of the smoothest online transactions I've had in recent memory. Definitely recommend Olde Towne!
     
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  7. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    If the species is a deal breaker for you, I don't mind refunding your costs. I hope it isn't though. Lacewood is gorgeous and fantastic for stabilization.
     
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  8. rswanson

    rswanson Gold Member Gold Member

    596
    Jun 10, 2011
    Wow that's an awesome policy but...Good Lord no! The handles look amazing. And by Sunday this particular knife won't be in unused conditon ;)
     
  9. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

    834
    Apr 3, 2015
    @rswanson you are going to love the BH and the handle combo is a stunner! The BH is my favorite Fiddleback and I have a Lacewood Camp Knife that I can stare at for hours and hours. The BW liners look particularly good. Just remember, Fiddlebacks are equally good for using as they are for staring at. Really glad to see the Lacewood on a few models recently. Been a hot minute since I have seen any.
     
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  10. Fiddleback Outpost

    Fiddleback Outpost Fiddleback Forge Knives & Fiddleback Outpost Gear Platinum Member

    482
    Apr 29, 2016
    We're waiting.
     
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  11. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
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  12. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I had this same though before I read that it was supposed QSO. Now my thinking is justified! There aren't too many things nicer than a matched up set of Fiddlebacks.

    Speaking of which... Still waiting on that matching Osage 3/32 Lil Lady... One day.
     
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  13. Fiddleback Outpost

    Fiddleback Outpost Fiddleback Forge Knives & Fiddleback Outpost Gear Platinum Member

    482
    Apr 29, 2016
    Don't forget the Bushcraft Tasker too!
     
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  14. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 9, 2000
    Welcome! That's a sweet first Fiddleback. Would love to see some User pictures.
     
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  15. rswanson

    rswanson Gold Member Gold Member

    596
    Jun 10, 2011
    I see what you guys are trying to do with the collecting thing! I'm trying to pace myself ;)

    Did someone say user pics? I just now batoned up a few pieces of oak limb and had at it. Coming from the Scandi grind camp, the Hermit requires more finesse than I'm used to. But once I made some adjustments to my grip and pressure and got into a groove, boy does she glide across the wood. This one can feather like a champ!

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    I tried out a few other quick tasks, using a pinky lanyard to wrist flick some saplings and limbs, then cut a few tent stakes. Again, my scandis are more agressive and bite quicker but the convex grind affords more control. It's a trade off but I like it! I especially appreciated how well thought out the handle shape is. When I felt a little fatigue in my hand it was easy to rearrange my grip a bit while still maintaining a proper hold. More to come soon, I hope!
     
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  16. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    Awesome pic. Like the lanyard selection too! Thanks for sharing!! :thumbsup:
     
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  17. rswanson

    rswanson Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 10, 2011
    Thanks! I picked up some leather belt scraps off of the Bay for under $10. I added the lanyard primarily for sheath extraction but using in as a pinky lanyard really lets me get some momentum wrist flicking Leuku-style.
     
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  18. rswanson

    rswanson Gold Member Gold Member

    596
    Jun 10, 2011
    Today, I wanted to try a simple carving project to test out the versatility of the Bush Hermit's blade and edge retention. While I was sure the blade profile would make a decent carver I have no experience with Fiddleback A2 steel so had no expectations other that what I've read but everyone seems to boast about the heat treat.

    I selected a green piece of limb from some recent storm damage and used my Silky to section off a piece.
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    Then, batoned off a flat slab to carve on. The high convex grind really makes it simple to target a particular section.
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    I'm a rookie when it comes to spoon making so I chose the section poorly. The grain isn't straight and I immediately knew this was going to be an odd spoon but let's press on.
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    Again, the grind allows for very thin cuts despite the 5/32 blade stock. Turning out the initial shape was a snap.
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    I was impressed by how simple it was to peel away precise sections of wood.
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    More to come in a bit!
     

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  19. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Loving the user pics. They are my favorite kind! Please remember to post them in the knife reviews and testing forum. That'll get you a 10% discount off your next direct purchase Fiddleback or Cumming Bladeworks USA
     
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  20. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    @rswanson It’s great to see these user pics. And after all that, that BH still looks sexy as hell!!
     
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