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Production models: question

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by ptpalpha, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    I'm interested in buying one of the production kepharts, however all the recent pics at online retailers appear to show smooth, non-textured canvas micarta scales, as opposed to the grooved texture they used to have.
    Have the grooves been discontinued?
     
  2. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
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    I checked and thE grooves are very subtle, but you can see where the micarta lines are a little wavy where it goes through a cloth layer.
     
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  3. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    They're all grooved
     
  4. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Outstanding. Thanks!
     
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  5. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Best handle in the knife business
     
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  6. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Ordered one this morning.
     
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  7. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    Well, should be arriving soon, so let us know what you think?
     
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  8. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Will definitely do that, although according to USPS tracking info it still hasn't left Georgia.
    So it's the old postal guessing game: is the tracking info wrong, and the package will be delivered tomorrow, or is the tracking info correct, and my knife is either lost or stolen?
    Fingers crossed it gets here tomorrow.
     
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  9. Fiddleback Outpost

    Fiddleback Outpost Fiddleback Forge Knives & Fiddleback Outpost Gear Platinum Member

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    Apr 29, 2016
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    It's showing as accepted and scanned...which is a good sign. We're tracking it as well to keep an eye on it. USPS tracking seems to not be updating correctly this week for some reason...but we're sure it shipped!
     
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  10. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Sounds good; thanks for keeping an eye on it. It didn't arrive today, maybe tomorrow.
     
  11. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    June 5, 2018, 6:05 pm
    Shipment Received, Package Acceptance Pending
    SUWANEE, GA 30024
    Your shipment was received at 6:05 pm on June 5, 2018 in SUWANEE, GA 30024. The acceptance of your package is pending.

    Bewildering!
     
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  12. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Progress! Tracking info shows that it's out for delivery today.
     
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  13. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Its hard to photo that texture on the scales, but it has not been changed at all. I'm watching to see the end of this tracking drama.
     
  14. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Lol, I'm watching too. I may have been a little optimistic... tracking doesn't actually say "out for delivery" yet, only that it's expected delivery date is today.
    But it's certainly an improvement!
     
  15. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
  16. ptpalpha

    ptpalpha Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    The kephart is perfect; exactly what I wanted to complete my "perfect trio" of knives.
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  17. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Nice. That field knife never felt right to me. I tried it twice. The HDFK is the best big knife of found.
     
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  18. wildmanh

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

    Jul 9, 2000
    Nice Kephart! Now get out there and use it. ;)
     
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  19. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    Jan 31, 2018
    Aren't the handles on the Production Kephart awesome?!? Perfectly grippy. Actually, the knife is really solid and functional, and it's perfect for folks who want Fiddleback quality without being concerned about taking it into the woods and beating it up. Congrats!
     
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  20. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Hurray! I love when shipping dramas end well. My favorite kind of drama. You know, Nathan Carothers is the machinist that makes the scales for the production knives. I like his knives too. His table at Blade Show is just across the aisle from us. Every year he looses me in a conversation about knives. He is a genious.
     
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