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Who owns a knife made by Phillip Chappell

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by jaz322, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2015
    History in the making right here folks. The forge has turned out some fine makers and this is no exception. Excited to post up the following ‘unboxing’ impressions of this bushcrafting beauty —

    Out of the box, I immediately noticed the steel on this knife is hefty (0.125) and looks to have the best spalting of any knife I’ve owned — that’s saying a lot!
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    Secondly, the subtle maroon pinstripes....nice accent on the black micarta.
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    It just so happens to fit my hand to a T. I actually had the privilege of seeing the conceptual profile during a visit to the shop shortly after BLADE show, so I had an idea of its size. The finished handle size turned out even better than I’d imagined. You can't make a perfect handle for everyone, but this one is right for me. Handles that feel too small (not including tiny pocket edc’s and sentimental pieces), don't stay in my collection.
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    Approx. overall length of the knife is just over 8.25 inches, with a 3.625-inch blade. When looking through my collection for a comparable size, the ke bushie, kephart, and bushcrafter are closest. This is not a slim and slicy knife. It is a straight up bushcrafting knife. Would love to see a user review on this model (not with this knife) by one of our resident experts. I probably picked this knife up 20 times the first day, just to feel how nice the grip is. The belly of the handle is just right on this model. Some glamour shots:
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    Phillip, congratulations on your knife making. Clearly you have learned from the best.

    As @VANCE turns out more blades in the future — let’s see ‘em, folks!
     
  2. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Very cool! I don't own any by Phillip yet, but if he keeps this up I will need to.
     
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  3. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    @jaz322
    Thank you for the kind words and taking the time for a few photos & sharing your thoughts. I was so nervous you were going to think it was a piece of junk.

    That is the only knife that I have Sold (Uber Elite class you are in:D:D:D:D). I hope to change that soon though.

    And yes, I have some of the very best Makers in the shop that are always willing to help me out anytime I ask.
     
  4. Tutone

    Tutone Gold Member Gold Member

    457
    Feb 9, 2017
    Very cool Phillip‼️ I’m gunna need a Vance knife too. You need a bitchn’ makers mark
     
  5. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    i was thinking something simple & clean but i'm having trouble coming up with a Brand or any of that kinda stuff..which is crazy as I think about it because I've come up with quite a few Model names, handle material names & other stuff for other Makers that have been around the shop
     
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  6. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    Well, hit them up to help you out. OR you could take ideas from us. :)
     
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  7. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    well...that an idea that i had not thought about:D:D:D:D:D

    srsly...i didnt think about that
     
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  8. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    im not sure why the spalting is so nice on this one . i do the spalting process on Fiddlebacks and mine.....its a mystery...
     
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  9. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    How the spalting is going to come out is almost always a mystery isn't it?
     
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  10. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    ive noticed trends and trying to dial in all the spalting
     
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  11. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Ah okay. Trends are usually a good thing to find.

    By the way, I love the forward end of your handle. I love that it wraps further down around the leading side of forefinger for wider surface area for the forefinger to contact rather than just the narrow metal of the integral guard. It's nice to spread out the pounds per square inch there when pressing forward on the tip while pushing and twisting the handle. Like when boring or making intricate notches like on a try stick. I also like the below-center point a lot.
     
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  12. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    I've heard at least one person say they had an A2 knife that just wouldn't patina, so I wonder if there are slight variances in different lots of the steel that's enough to make a difference in its propensity to patina/rust and if this has anything to do with how well the spalting "takes".
     
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  13. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Phillip, I’m excited to see this first sold really fine blade. I’m hoping to be in the top 10 owners.
    Use your screen name “Knives by Vance “ or some version of that... just my two cents. Any way Congratulations Brother!
     
  14. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    thank you very much Douglas
     
  15. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    465
    Jul 13, 2017
    There it is right there. Notorious PIP if you need something shorter. :D
     
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  16. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    its ok I guess
     
  17. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Rivers Edge Knives would be my top choice.
     
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  18. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 3, 2015
    I love this name. First 10 purchasers also get a shirt with their order...

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  19. VANCE

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

    Mar 13, 2006
    Hmmmmm
     
  20. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    465
    Jul 13, 2017
    I like that. It sounds better than Two-Dunks-in-the-River Knives and I-Fell-in-the-River Knives. :D
     
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