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Old School:New School Challenge

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by jaz322, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2015
    If you own an old school fiddleback, for example, with makers mark older than the current “Fiddleback by AR,” and a new school fiddleback in the same model….post pics of them together and share your perspectives.

    If you own an old school fiddleback but don’t have the current model to compare it with, here’s your “challenge” .....GET YOU ONE!

    @Fiddleback Outpost created a great comparative thread for their woodsman here.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2018
  2. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

    834
    Nov 27, 2015
    I wish I could participate. Maybe I'll get a hold of a true old school model someday. Now I'm just looking forward to some cool pics!
     
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  3. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I would absolutely love to own an actual old school Ladyfinger. That's the model that first caught my eye way back when I first joined BF.
     
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  4. Luca917

    Luca917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2016
    I've got one with your name on it. That is if I ever let it go.
     
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  5. Luca917

    Luca917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2016
    I guess I'm going to have to take some pictures. I'll be back...
     
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  6. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I have gotten together an impressive collection of the old ones over the years out of embarassment. LOL. Once the move settles down, give us a reminder, and Iĺl bring them in for Phil to post. Some of the knives underwent great change. The Bushfinger, the Woodsman and the Hunter all at once. The Nessmuk also comes to mind. And the EDC, which became quite a few different knives.
     
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  7. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
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  8. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 31, 2018
    @VANCE - What’s the model at the top of the first picture? I like that one a whole lot! ;)
     
  9. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    the first pic are all KPH's
    with different pics to show the multiple makers mark locations over the years


    edit

    here is where the Nessmuk was shown. Looks like the sheaths got crossed up
    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/small-handed-nessmuk.509213/
     
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  10. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2015
    @VANCE - second from the top...very unique makers marks! Very cool. $20 donated to GUP!
     
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  11. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2015
    Two examples of early runts in 01 tool steel on top and a 2018 model in aeb-l stainless. Notable differences in the earlier models include:
    • More belly on the handle bottom.
    • Shorter handle.
    • Makers marks are not etched into metal.
    • Hard edges on guard.
    • No liners.
    • Single vs ‘standard’ pin configuration.
    • Longer blade.
    • Handle on one of the older models is fat and round, while the other has flat scales. The fat and round scales are typically not seen in today’s models; however, the shop still makes the thinner, flat scales on occasion.

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  12. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2015
    NESSMUKS
    Two early examples in 1095 when Andy was still ironing out his nessmuk design, and a 2018 model in A2 steel. Notable differences in the earlier models:
    • Mill finish on the flats (vs induced ‘spalting’).
    • Shorter handles.
    • No thumb ramp or finger guard.
    • Wood liners.
    • More rounded handles.
    • Non-standard lanyard tubes.
    • Various pin configurations.
    • No makers mark.
    • Less consistent handle shaping (handle shaping on the new ones are $money$)
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  13. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 3, 2015
    OF NOTE: Earlier models don't even come close to passing the "poop" test.
     
  14. The Shatz

    The Shatz Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    Really cool loving this
     
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  15. got2hav1

    got2hav1

    202
    Apr 27, 2013
    Hey, I have something to post this time. Old school and new school Bushfingers. Old school on the right and new on the left. Old school has the "Andy Roy" sig on the butt end. Thanks.

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  16. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Some of the things in this thread make me cringe.....
     
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  17. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Jazz, that green handled Runt has a corby bolt as the front pin. That was a phase I went through in my making. Might help you date it. I hate them now.
     
  18. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf

    Dec 3, 2015
    That old school Bushfinger has me feeling some kind of way. I absolutely love the shorter, curvier handle with the (seemingly) same length blade. I also love the smaller guard. Gorgeous knife!
     
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  19. NoFair

    NoFair

    Jun 30, 2006
    Andy has my old Ladyfinger Afaik :D Some issues with the wooden handle if I remember correctly. She was gorgeous though...
     
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  20. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 31, 2018
    And not even a picture to remember her by? Awwwww....:(
     

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