BF2020 Knife from Maniago Poll

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by knifeswapper, Jul 20, 2020.

Frame / Blade Options

Poll closed Jul 23, 2020.
  1. Barlow (Clip, Spear, Sheepfoot) 3 3/4"

    109 vote(s)
  2. Swayback Wharncliffe 3 5/8"

    117 vote(s)
  3. Sowbelly Clip 4"

    68 vote(s)
  4. Bolus (Clip, Spear, Drop Point) 3 13/16"

    27 vote(s)
  5. Swinguard Spear 4"

    28 vote(s)
  6. Gunstock Clip 3 1/2"

    64 vote(s)
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  1. bbk357

    bbk357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I’m super happy it’s swayback. I don’t have one anymore since I (stupidly) sold my GEC viper. This knife will be incredible with all the modern touches.
    I just hope we can get a unique handle material to make it a true forum knife.
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  2. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Stag will be too expensive.

    Ram's Horn/Mufflon is very durable, never seen shrink on any of my examples but it's costly and getting enough for 300 + could be tricky.

    Horn Tip they do offer but the variations (which are an attraction for me) might upset the nit-picking brigade ;)

    Box Wood is a traditional European handle for working knives. If polished it can look nice, it's blonde. Bit like Curly Birch without the whorls (we've got a tonne of it here in Finland so they can buy the wood direct :D) Curly Birch would look great:cool:

    Coco looks nice as does Olive when polished.

    But, the fact is, in these exceptional and daunting circumstances we will have to accept or reject what is offered, there's no question of setting down demands or adherence to so-called traditionalism. If the Viper Swayback becomes the Forum Knife 2020 it will be part of a distinguished retinue :cool::thumbsup:

    Thanks, Will
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  3. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Jigged Bone perhaps? Can't get more traditional than that.
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  4. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Happy to see swayback came out on top.
    Looking forward to seeing what covers might be offered. Won't deny liking that grey oak (but, having had 2 craftsman apparently forget that I was on their list, I'm happy to see that alternative scale options should be available for purchase)
  5. wintermute

    wintermute Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Bog oak (morta) would be an excellent scale choice but I believe it would really jack up the price. Some nice olive wood would really make a great traditional choice for a knife made in Italy.
  6. knife_fan

    knife_fan Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2012
    Agreed, Amboyna burl would be very cool. Plus each knife would be slightly different.
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  7. Captvideo

    Captvideo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2014
    Olive wood :thumbsup:
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  8. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I would vote for that Grey oak, it looks great! The swayback was not my choice but it is growing on me:thumbsup:
  9. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    The issue I would see, using the grey oak, or any existing material used currently, is that we lose a little of the individuality that the Forum Knife usually has. I think we should choose a cover that has not been used for an existing swayback, to help keep it "special". I know there are many other traits that will make it special, but I think the handle will perhaps be the most "defining".
    Just random thoughts.... I'm certainly ok with whatever the group wants, and/or whatever Mike can negotiate.
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  10. Scott J.

    Scott J. Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 8, 2019
    +1 Definitely agree!!
  11. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    That's the defining question.
    I think Mike will be limited on what he can offer us.
    It may be exactly like a commercially available model, the only difference being our blade etch.
    I'm okay with that. It's not like we are entitled to something different, it's just nice when it happens.
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  12. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    I think at some point Mike will put up another poll with available handle choices. Natural materials always appeal more to me on traditionals...but there are some attractive acrylic/Kirinite possibilities out there that may really work with this knife.
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  13. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    15 pages and I haven't been tagged for Photoshop work yet? What the heck is going on here? :eek::D
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  14. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    Darren, allow me to be the first, can you show a swayback in Olive wood? Thanks, -James
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  15. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Step forward Sir!

    Here's a list :D Curly Birch, Olive, Box Wood, Briar, Zebra Wood, Horn Tip oh and Burgundy Micarta, Burlap.....;) That ought to keep you busy :eek::)
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  16. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    Didn't realize multiple request were permitted :confused:, in that case could I add some sort of nice blue swirl acrylic too.:cool:
  17. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Might as well add abalone, ebony, ironwood and cocobolo to the mock up list!
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  18. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    and Orange G10
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  19. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    BOG OAK!!!!!!!
  20. knifeswapper

    knifeswapper Knife Peddler Dealer / Materials Provider

    Sep 3, 2004
    Communication with Viper is a bit slow and hours are limited. So, before they went home for the weekend they were very excited about the opportunity and mentioned several slabs they would like to offer for the project. But.... by the time I responded it was too late to get the individual pricing.

    I agree that there is no sense doing a BF knife is slabs that have already been used. So, let's rule out stag, grey oak, od canvas (first run) and bocote, natural canvas, marbled carbon fiber (second run). The options they presented were:

    zircote wood
    ebony wood
    olive wood
    stabilized maple burl wood
    amboina burl wood
    birch maple wood
    juniper wood
    ox horn tip (black or blonde)
    ram horn
    giraffe bone

    There are examples of all these on their website on some pattern or another.

    I love horn, but it has its complications. If everyone agrees I don't have to take a return because of the horn - I am fine with it.
    I would like to first see the price of the giraffe as I figure it might be a bit more expensive than the others.
    I am not interested in acrylic and not sure I have ever seen it on a Viper knife. I don't want to be the first knife in which a factory attempts a new material.

    If/As we proceed the pace will be much quicker; because the factory's schedule was late November when I contracted the second run a couple weeks ago. So, for those that check in every few weeks, you may miss this one if it happens.

    Let's discuss is here until we move to another poll (at which time I will close this thread anyway).
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