What should be his first?

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by James River, Feb 12, 2021.

  1. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    Alright friends. I'm the proud new Dad of a healthy baby boy! Already wondering what knife should be his first. That Forager looks like a good candidate! Any suggestions?
     
  2. Drop bear

    Drop bear

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    May 3, 2020
    Leatherman does one with a removable blade specifically designed as a starter knife.
     
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  3. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    First of all congrats!

    Until he's old enough for a real knife, I vote either the Spyderco wooden Dragonfly kit or the Case wooden Mini Trapper kit!

    As far as his first real fixed blade, what about the Buck 102? Lots of history, American made, high quality, and priced well. There is also the Buck 102 Pro coming out next month featuring S30V steel and Micarta.

    For a folder, I don't think much beats a Swiss Army Knife as a first knife.
     
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  4. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I could be wrong; but the subforum in which he posted seems to suggest that he's looking for his son's first Fiddleback Forge knife...though his mention of the Forager makes me think he's using his son as an excuse to buy himself a knife with the premise that he'll pass it along when the boy is old enough.
    IMO, the Forager is not "first knife" material; but buy it anyway. He'll grow into it, eventually.
     
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  5. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    Oh snap! Saw it in the "New Posts" area and didn't even notice which subforum it was posted in. I just automatically assumed it was GKD, lol. It's late.

    How about a Forge D. Humpback?
     
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  6. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    Congratulations @James River on your new born boy!! Lots of great memories to build in the future!! :thumbsup: My first knife was a scout knife. Single blade folder. Fixed blades maybe a little later in life LOL. Especially a forager. When I was in scouts. I was given a totin chip card. I got it when I could show that I knew how to handle a knife. If I did something unsafe I would get a corner cut off. All four corners cut off I would lose my opportunity to carry my knife for awhile. Then start all over. Maybe a good way to teach him to be responsible as well. One thing for sure, there is a massive pool of knives to choose from and if he’s gonna be anything like dad I’m sure there will eventually be a collection involved. LOL :D
     
  7. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    baby boot or lil snowbill
     
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  8. swonut

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

    Jan 1, 2007
    It should definitely be a pair of matching knives -- One for dad and one for son. Oh and congratulations on the kid!
     
  9. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    Thanks @Choppaman ! Great advice! That is a cool way of teaching some sponsibility.
    @Bmurray Great suggestions, might need some custom handles from your shop :)
    @swonut Thanks! I like the way you think!
     
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  10. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    He has
    Some big hands. Shouldn't take long!
     
  11. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    M
    My first was a Swiss! Not to far after was the Buck
     
  12. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    I will have to check that out, thanks!
     
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  13. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2015
    My first knife was also a SAK. After proving I could keep and use it safely I was presented with a Buck 110 folder that matched dad's. It wasn't too long after that things got a little crazy and my knife collection began! I still have that 110 today and it's my most cherished knife. It's been on more hunting and camping trips than I can count or remember. Once I sat it down by a lake in Kansas while fishing and forgot it. I remembered while driving home hours away in another state. My wife(now ex) was pissed when I turned around and drove all the way back for it!
     
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  14. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Unequivocally his First Fiddleback Forge knife should be an Esquire
     
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  15. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    Great story. I would have turned around too!
     
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  16. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2015
    That's the short version of it. It turned into quite the adventure before I had my knife back in my hands. Someday I'll take the time to type out the whole story for you all.
     
  17. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    Definitely a top contender!
     
  18. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Congratulations. Definitely a SA, Alox to boot. Now, the matching pair seems great, maybe the Esquire and a Monarch, then I thought of a Bear Cub and a Bear Paw.

    I just had a great idea!!! get one for you, your wife and your son, then you can say you have knives for Papa bear, Mama bear, and Baby bear. :D

    so it would be a Bear paw and cub, then a mini kephart.
     
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  19. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 14, 2019
    First off... I like the idea of jump starting his need for nice things with the Alox upgrade! As long as he dosen't ask to go all the way to the 250 + mod SAKS LOL. Really interesting point on just getting the whole family set up.
     
  20. Rufus Magnus

    Rufus Magnus Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 8, 2019
    Congratulations @ James River!! My humble suggestion is to start with the Solo then as he grows a Loaner, and for his 21st bday the Bush Hermit. :)
     
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