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Production Kephart or Hiking Buddy?

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by cbach8tw, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Looking at the production versions, which would you pick and why? Both good knives, the handles comparable too? I like the overall shape of the Kephart, but the little bit more curve near the tip of the blade of the HB makes me think it would be more handy. Help a fellow out here with your ideas or opinions. Thanks.
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  2. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    I had this same predicament @cbach8tw @Bmurray raves about the pro kephart. I have handmade versions but had to see how the unbuffed grip felt like. So I got one. Then followed directly with a pro HB. They are both on my shelf with my other users. I tend to grab that kephart for work around the property. Why? My hands do well with this size. The HB has worked well too. Get both!!! Sorry. No help and just a bad influence. :D
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  3. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    pro-kephart all the way, unless you're looking for a pocket carry. The PK has the best user grip in the knife industry and I'll challenge anyone to use it for a month and argue differently. If you want to try one out before you buy, just shoot me a pm with your info and I'll send it your way.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2018
  4. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Thanks Bmurray I will think about your offer if I decide to get one. Much appreciated. Keep them coming.
  5. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2015
    I've had both but I let the pro kep go. Both are great knives but I prefer to pocket carry. My pro HB lives in my fire kit and gets used for every fire i start. Great grip in rain and snow. The pro kep has a larger more comfortable handle.
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  6. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
  7. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    To me the choice is about whether you need a smaller knife for hiking, etc, or more of a full size all around knife. They are so different its hard to compare. Your intended function is the key.
  8. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Probably just basic chores around camp site and not want it to be too big carrying around when hiking, bet the HB and a Swiss Army knife would be a good quick combo for my needs. As I have said, my needs are different than others.
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  9. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    This is weird timing, just claimed a prod HB on the exchange!!
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  10. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    I think the answer is moot as once you get the first one, you're certain to realize you needed the other one. The real question is Duke/Kephart or Kephart/Hiking Buddy. If you're doing fire prep, Duke/Kephart, more food/cooking prep, Kephart/Hiking Buddy.
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  11. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Small chores, more just looking cool around the camp fire........kidding of course. Small jobs and cutting things.
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  12. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator

    Oct 19, 2005
    Congrats. The two designs compliment each other well.
  13. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    It was meant to be, a prod HB came up and it called my name. Got it now to have some adventures, at least gain some more experience using it.
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  14. wildmanh

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

    Jul 9, 2000
    Congrats! After you have a chance to use it, consider the Kephart. It's a favorite of mine. I pair it with a EDKarda and 12" Machete. Would like to have a Hiking buddy some day.

    Got pictures of your new blade?
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  15. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    No pictures yet, still in transit. Is it Christmas morning yet?
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