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Best Fiddleback for EDC?

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by cgpeezy, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. NOLA

    NOLA Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 9, 2016
    Yes, it's a D Humpback
     
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  2. NOLA

    NOLA Gold Member Gold Member

    441
    Jul 9, 2016
    Top to bottom are:
    daimyo
    cohutta EDC
    solo
    PK
    cohutta little pukko
    Old School Karda
    D. Hump
    sylverfalcon
    bushboot

    as I sit here typing I realize I forgot the babyboot sitting here on my desk.
     
  3. TrainedBullets

    TrainedBullets Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 23, 2017
    I certainly haven’t tried them all, but so far, it’s the Esquire for me. I give it a slight nod over the Runt for the slightly longer blade, but I can’t argue against the Runt. To be honest, I go back and forth on those two. The Runt’s three finger grip is a lot more secure than I thought it could possibly be.

    If you could use a longer blade, a Monarch is hard to beat.
     
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  4. Fishcharmer

    Fishcharmer Gold Member Gold Member

    106
    Feb 1, 2020
    @NOLA post motivated me to inventory my ISP EDC knives..Aside from a few newer ones that haven't made the rotation yet, most of these get carried. I think I'm going to have to thin the herd a bit.

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    small edc under 7"

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    Medium edc 7" - 7.5"

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    Large edc 7.5" - 8"
     
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  5. Aardvark

    Aardvark Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    "I think I'm going to have to thin the herd a bit."

    What a strange concept. Are you feeling poorly?
     
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  6. Fishcharmer

    Fishcharmer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2020
    Maybe a little..
     
  7. VANCE

    VANCE Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    I see several without the Bullseye...start there.. lol
     
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  8. VANCE

    VANCE Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    No offense to my main man Cohoota. BTW.. hes my hero
     
  9. Hurrul

    Hurrul Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 26, 2017
    I don't have one, but I am definitely curious about the Paring knife as an EDC. Looks like lots of utility in the blade shape and accommodating handle.
     
  10. Fishcharmer

    Fishcharmer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2020
    Cohuttaitis is incurable..
     
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  11. Fishcharmer

    Fishcharmer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2020
    Jmo, but the Paring has the most comfortable handle of all the sub 7" Fiddlebacks I've handled. I love the Esquire, and the Solo for small edc knives, but if I could only carry one it'd be the Paring. I love everything about it..except maybe the name. 20210222_221042.jpg
     
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  12. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    That is a good looking little knife all around. It seems like two months ago there was talk of a group buy. I wonder if that is still on the agenda or not. What are specs on yours?

    Thanks!

    Phil
     
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  13. Fishcharmer

    Fishcharmer Gold Member Gold Member

    106
    Feb 1, 2020
    I have 2, but they are quite different. Both are 6.375" OAL with a 2.75" BL(apologies for the photo quality).
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    The burlap knife has no liners and is a robust 1/8th TT. The black micarta is lined, and 1/16th 8670. As you can see from the pictures, there is a noticeable difference in the height between these two. The micarta one is .955, and the burlap is .995. The difference in their width is a little more pronounced.
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    The micarta knife is more rounded, with a much more pronounced swell, and .681". The burlap knife is more squared off, and is only .570.

    The more rounded micarta Paring is significantly easier to manipulate, and more comfortable doing fine work. I prefer its shape to the burlap although the burlap gets a lot of use.

    It is difficult to overstate how easy these knives are to control, and with multiple grips. The handle shape also allows a surprising amount of leverage too. It is really a homerun design imo.

    As far as I know the Paring group buy is still on..
     
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  14. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    ^ Thanks for the spine shots of your two Paring knives @Fishcharmer . The thicker handled black one with the thin steel is much more appealing to me too. I like the wider palm swell and the way it flares out at the pommel.

    I suspect that the reason you get good leverage is because the back half of the handle is big enough in circumference to give the ring finger and pinky enough meat to grip well. That feature is also why the Sneaky Pete handle provided good leverage to me. The thicker handle design with a short thin blade is what intrigues me about the Paring knife.

    Thanks!

    Phil
     
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  15. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Yea @VANCE and @Fiddleback . where's our paring knife group buy?
     
  16. VANCE

    VANCE Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Its coming.
     
  17. Hurrul

    Hurrul Gold Member Gold Member

    459
    Aug 26, 2017
    Those are both nice - I'd be pleased to use either.

    The group buy and now mentioned here in this thread, does point to the Parer drawing the attention of a few a people. Seemed like when the first 1 or 2 showed up, they sat around for a while on the Fiddleback website.

    Not anymore, it seems.

    Thanks for pictures.
     
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