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FK vs FK2

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Scifidelity, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Scifidelity

    Scifidelity Gold Member Gold Member

    62
    Sep 29, 2019
    can someone please help me with the differences? I did review the website, but there isn't much info on the FK2.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    There's some really good comparisons in the thread starting with Nathan's quote, just click on the little blue up arrow:thumbsup:
     
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  3. Scifidelity

    Scifidelity Gold Member Gold Member

    62
    Sep 29, 2019
    TY! I did a search before posting and somehow that didn't come up.
     
  4. Bigalmalloy

    Bigalmalloy

    107
    Apr 10, 2015
    I believe the blade portion is very similar if not the same. The fk2 handle is more round and fills the hand. The original has a slab feel to it. Also the fk has a pry bar pommel where the fk2 has a standard rounded pommel with hidden lanyard hole.
     
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  5. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    The fk2 blade raises the tip and has more belly toward the tip.
     
  6. Daverous

    Daverous StabosauROUS Platinum Member Gold Member

    152
    Oct 31, 2018
    Get both. Problem solved.
     
  7. Scifidelity

    Scifidelity Gold Member Gold Member

    62
    Sep 29, 2019
    Oh don't you worry about that. I plan to. :)
     
  8. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    nope
     
  9. Scifidelity

    Scifidelity Gold Member Gold Member

    62
    Sep 29, 2019
    Any idea if the scales are interchangeable? Doesn't really look like it but figured I'd ask.
     
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  10. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    Nope
     
  11. Daverous

    Daverous StabosauROUS Platinum Member Gold Member

    152
    Oct 31, 2018
    Honestly, here's my take from using both - the fk2 has a more ergonomic handle that works in more positions. The fk1 feels slightly more nimble to me(I know it's basically the same blade shape, but it feels less wide). I enjoy the exposed pommel on the fk1 for prying and opening a beer ;) I've also used it as a flat screw driver once or twice in the field. I enjoy the smooth pommel on the fk2 when driving in the blade because it gives my thumb good purchase. Handle length doesn't impact me on either and I wear XXL gloves. Initially I thought I'd prefer the longer handle on the fk1 due to my hand size, but the extra girth of the fk2 made it feel just as at home.

    For me I lean to the fk1 but it's a very hard choice. If I used my blades in a larger variety of hand positions I know I would pick the fk2. That being said, I plan to order at least two more fk2s :) it's just that good.
     
  12. Scifidelity

    Scifidelity Gold Member Gold Member

    62
    Sep 29, 2019
    plot thickens...just picked up an original FK, but the "3V" doesn't have the delta (triangle) around it. Is it a prototype or something? only other difference is that the height of the flat/ unground portion of the blade appears to be somewhere between that of the FK and Fk2. Pics to follow shortly.
     
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  13. Daverous

    Daverous StabosauROUS Platinum Member Gold Member

    152
    Oct 31, 2018
    Nope. Just pre delta.
     
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  14. Scifidelity

    Scifidelity Gold Member Gold Member

    62
    Sep 29, 2019
    ah ok there were gen. 1 FKs that were 3V and later ones were Delta 3V. I think what trips me up is that there are multiple runs of the same knife, but slight variations between them. Nothing wrong with improvement, don't get me wrong, it's just harder to learn/ know what's what...that until I fully commit and spend all of my nights studying Carother's...which is probably just a week or so in the future....
     
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  15. untytled

    untytled Gold Member Gold Member

    609
    Feb 21, 2014
    Do it! Highly recommend it. It's a lot of fun and you'll gain a greater appreciation for all things Carother's.
     
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  16. fatfrog

    fatfrog Basic Member Basic Member

    50
    Jul 26, 2019
    Totally jumping on the fk2. Just need to decide which set of scales to get.
     
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  17. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Surprised this hasn't happened, yet...
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    The scales on the FK were buffed, FK2 unbuffed...but I took a rag and a little buffing/polishing compound to it, and knocked the roughness down a bit. I think I found a nice compromise in looks and feel.
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
  18. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

    313
    Dec 13, 2015
    There is something classy about the original FKs....
     
  19. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    The 3V without the delta is still a tweaked heat treat protocol similar to the Delta 3V heat treat protocol.
    Nathan said in one thread or another that the differences in overall performance would likely be imperceptible during normal use - or something to that effect.
    At least that’s how I remember it... which is likely wrong... sorry.
    Now I feel like I may have created fake news or alternative facts.
     
  20. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Yup.

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