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Lil, Ferox Pass Around

Discussion in 'Osprey Knife & Tool' started by Osprey Knife & Tool, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Just arrived to me...me likee!

    Feels great in the hand and is just wickedly alive in the hand. :thumbsup:

    Look forward to checking it out!

    Also- great job to whoever sharpened it, it's got a screaming edge...
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2017
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  2. adequacy

    adequacy Gold Member Gold Member

    623
    Mar 19, 2014
    ;-) that would be me ! ha

    Enjoy it! Glad it made it to you safe and sound.
     
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  3. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Alright, time for some more pics and few thoughts. I jacked up my ankle and foot last month and am limited with what I can do I'm sorry to say...

    But...here's a pic of smaller sibling- easy to see they share the same genes.

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    Here's apic with some other knives that have bad intentions...I've been buying knives the last year or two like I'm going to be in the next Machete movie. IDK why..some kind of phase I guess! They are from top to bottom: Jim Bensinger Street Barong, Winkler Knives Operator and Josh Mason Kwaiken.

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    And here it is with the two knives that are my primary choices in the even I catch a deployment- Swamp Rat Bandicoot and Winkler Belt Knife.

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    I had done some testing with most of these against cardboard boxes- practicing thrusts, right to left downward 45 degree slashes, left to right, snap cuts...etc...
    Out of my knives the Barong has been king, si I figured I would test the Ferox against the top dog.

    A thrust...Barong is one on top...better penetration and wider wound channel...

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    Slash with Barong up top....far longer slash and ease of slash with barong was notable...

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    Snap cut with Ferox being top one...it cut superficially with barong penetrating.

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    However, as I continued to cut, the Ferox really picked up speed and laid out some nasty long, powerful and penetrating cuts. While it didn't keep up with the Barong- I know it left my other knives behind. I don't know a thing about the barong style, but tend to suspect all that belly and curved blade is just an uber efficient cutting design. The ferox also benefited from a nice thin grind. It's cuts on the card board were just super clean and as I finished off the box for recycling, it just glided through the material.

    I've done some drills with the Ferox but am limited by the bum foot. However, it is quite fast in hand- not as quick as the Barong again, but just a smidge behind. It may benefit from having the scales be a bit rougher to make it more seure in hand. The Kwaiken is super fast too- but it also weighs nothing and handles very differently.

    Like it's little brother the Raptor, the Ferox has a great feel and I totally love the handle design. From the moment I picked it up, I found it a pleasure to handle and my opinion hasn't changed. The Raptor actually is probably by favorite fixed blade for pure feel.

    I hope to do some more with the Ferox and will report back. Thanks for letting me be part of the pass around!

    Here are a couple more pics of the Ferox and Street Barong to see what different animals they are...

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  4. M4Super90

    M4Super90 Biochemical Superfreak Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    OT, but would you mind pm-ing me your impressions of the Winkle belt knife. I've been thinking about getting one to go with my Hunter's axe.
     
  5. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    No problem- I really like it a lot and it's a fav. Feels great, like the steel, it's a looker and overall great combat/utility knife with an awesome sheath to boot. It comes pretty thick behind the edge, but I knocked it down which helps.
     
  6. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    bump...
     
  7. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
  8. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    AMEN!
     
  9. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    I have the knife!

    Chris or Techno, send your address over to me and I'll get it going. I don't know where to send it.
     
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  10. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 21, 2012
    Knife has been shipped to Techno and goes next to FG. Techno - I will send the next address over to you directly.
     
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  11. Techno

    Techno

    Jul 30, 2013
    Just got the knife in and it is awesome! Can't wait to test it out.
     
  12. Twisted Forest

    Twisted Forest Gold Member Gold Member

    75
    Jul 21, 2017
    Maybe this is a dumb question but will this knife be for sale after the passaround. If so i would like to call dibs, if thats okay.
     
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  13. Techno

    Techno

    Jul 30, 2013
    Guys I apologize I wasn't able to do anything with the knife. I am a baseball coach and we are in the middle of the season so I just haven't had time to go out. I will pack it up and get it sent out to the next in line. I haven't touched the edge or anything so FG you will be getting one heck of a sharp knife.
     
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  14. adequacy

    adequacy Gold Member Gold Member

    623
    Mar 19, 2014
    If anyone has time, would love to hear more thoughts and reactions from anyone has recently handled this one!
     
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  15. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    On its way soon I hope to @FeralGentleman
     
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  16. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    It is. I'm thinking it'll be here next week. I promise not to break it @Twisted Forest in the event you and Chris struck a deal
     
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  17. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    I'm pretty sure if My batonning A Live Oak log didn't hurt that blade, likely nothing else could touch it!
     
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  18. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    Probably not. A few weeks shy for my area; it is no longer freezing out and our hardwoods have already begun to thaw out. It'll be smooth cutting when it gets here.
     
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  19. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    The wee Ferox has arrived to NY, more to come

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  20. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    I do not think the mini-Ferox could have arrived at a worse time given the holidays, traveling, a death and sickness. Aside from some minor things, I have not had a chance to give it a fair shake. I'll do my best to find time over the weekend, otherwise I'll send her off to the next stop.

    In the meantime, the package did arrive however many weeks ago right before I was getting ready to make dinner. So off it went to the kitchen...

    Chana Masala around here has become like a Taco Tuesday. Usually I go overboard with the spicy so the kids mostly pass other than cherry picking some chickpeas, yet it is a real simple, one pot dish that is basically a chickpea stew curry. I will do my best to replicate our recipe below, but I may have missed a photo or two as my wife was not too fond of me spending more time snapping pics than preparing dinner.

    Start off heating a pot on medium/medium high heat. While things are warming up, you will want to chop up an onion or two

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    Add 3 tbs of grapeseed oil to the heated pot and toss in the chopped onion along with 1 tbs of ground cumin and a pinch of salt. Stir.

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    While the onions are simmering, grab 6-7 garlic cloves, 2 tbs fresh chopped ginger, a handful of fresh cilantro, and 2-3 chopped chiles (seeds included for more kick or you can remove. I used Jalapenos this go around)

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    Place everything into your mortar and grind away. Or... be lazy like myself and put it all in a food processor or Vitamix.

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    Shoot for either a fine paste or a loose mince - both are good. You don't have to be exact here.

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    Photos beyond this point are in short supply. Even with a combat kitchen knife at my disposal, little mongrels searching for delicate morsels and an increasingly agitated hungry momma hen I was not overly confident of my chances.

    Stir your pot then add 1 tbs ground coriander, 1 tsp tumeric powder, 1 tsp dark chili powder and stir to coat. Add oil if needed then throw in canned pureed or petit diced tomatoes (28ish ounces) along with 30 ounces of canned chickpeas (drained). Stir. Add a small amount of water if things are looking dry. Increase heat to a good simmer then reduce to low or med/low and cook uncovered for 20 minutes until it thickens into a stew. Stir occasionally.

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    After things have simmered real nice, adjust spices as need (salt, chili powder for heat etc). Turn off the stove and put in 2+ tbs of lemon juice and 1 tsp - 1 tbs of garam masala to taste. Recipes for garam masala can be found online. The pre-mixed spices usually all taste a little different and some are hotter than others.

    Serve on its own with plain yogurt or over rice or roasted broccoli. We liked enough to make twice and then some.

    Now the mini-Ferox. While it is not a first or maybe any choice kitchen knife, unless your are cooking in Syrian suburbs... or Chicago, preparing a simple meal can tell you a lot about a blade. From various holds often used in kitchen settings you easily gain a feel for the balance and how the grind of the blade interacts with various mediums. You also gain a good sense of the handle design while cutting with dry, wet or even slimy hands (dat chickpea juice) commonly experienced in the kitchen.

    No surprise to anyone familiar with Chris' edge geometry, the mini-Ferox chops, cuts, and slices with ease. Small, thin, children knives are hot right now. Almost too hot to touch, but this mini-Ferox is not one of them in its svelte 3/16" stock yet its cutting performance was not bad at all compared to thinner and narrow bladed knives. The offset handle design and pronounced guard area provide a overly secure gripping surface. The balance, to me, feels slightly forward of what I call a neutral grip (forefinger balanced in a hammer grip) so there is that urge to swing. The O1 on this knife, not Chris' typical CPM-154, held up nicely opening three large cans and realigned with minimal honing.

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    I hope to add more if I get the opportunity to field the knife for anything substantial but so far I like the design and the size in relation to the larger Ferox. Thank you Chris for the opportunity and to all who have contributed so far. I do apologize again for the delayed comments to this post, when it rain it pours.
     
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