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Ironwood Obsession

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Luca917, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Luca917


    Jan 10, 2016
    Not my best pics, but Ironwood seems to show up best in sunlight. It's a challenge balancing between shadow, glare, and the stunning nature of ironwood when light hits it just right. Anyway, I promised to post my Ironwood collection - where I started with this whole obsession - so here we go.

    The Fiddlebacks:




    The Surls:




    And Three from Another Mother:

  2. Heespharm


    Nov 8, 2011
    "King of ironwood forest"

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  3. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    All hail The King !

    Awesome I.W. collection there, and I love how you've captured the inner beauty of the wood in your photos, as well as the composition.

    Nicely done Sir :thumbup:
  4. Luca917


    Jan 10, 2016
    A certain one of those has your name on it, Peter.
  5. VANCE

    VANCE Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    impressive :thumbup:
  6. Kal-El


    Sep 30, 2010
    Man oh man Tony. That is a VERY nice collection! The hue on the Ironwood KPH is stellar.

    BTW, is that a Buscrafter or BC SR?
    Whichever it is, there's a tiny little face in that burl who looks very sad. :p
  7. Luca917


    Jan 10, 2016
    Thank you sir! I had no idea just how serious this little problem I have has become until I started gathering them all together last night, and in trying to pose them with just the right sunlight this morning. I think I might need an intervention.
    I agree that the KPH is pretty spectacular. Just arrived this Friday.
    The blade you are asking about is a Bushcrafter, and the very first Fiddleback I ever claimed on a Friday sale. I've never noticed the sad face before! Probably a sign that I need more Ironwood...hahahaha!
    The Bushfinger on the right is a recent acquisition from Bob.
    And the Lady - my real prize - I owe a huge thanks to Peter for that one.
  8. jringo8769


    Dec 25, 2015
    Wow love the ironwood

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  9. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2012

    Is the approach required to get closer to these than the photographs.

    Thanks for doing sharing mi amigo.
  10. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Be still my heart.....you are truly a gentleman my friend......at least I got to briefly see her in nursery at the Forge before she flew home to you. Looks like she is being well cared for, although I am a bit concerned about her exposure to second hand cigar smoke ;)
  11. pertinux

    pertinux Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Very, very nice, Tony!

    Your pictures capture some of the wood's beauty very well, although of course it is even better in person-- and can present very differently depending on the lighting.

    One thing that cannot be understood through pictures alone is how fantastic the material feels in hand; the density of the wood, expertly finished by the maker(s), renders the handles ... indescribably good. :)

    My own ironwood, a Fiddleback Bear Cub that's blonder than yours but which really does it for me:


    A couple of Robert's (Fiddleback Outpost's) woo-woo Light-Up pictures that sealed the deal:



    I love how the wood warms when carried, whether in my pocket or in my hand:


    I just plain love this knife!



    ~ P.
  12. TPVT

    TPVT Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2012
    Wowie! awesome thread!
  13. Odaon


    Apr 13, 2009
    Awesome!! That's a heck of an IW collectoin Tony. Which is your favorite? :D
  14. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    Stunning knives and photos Tony! I love how different pieces have such different depth and color.
  15. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    That is a stellar ironwood family you have there Tony. My favorite is the ASP.

    I went through a big ironwood phase about eight or nine years ago when I got into knives more seriously. Most of them are gone now. I do have one ironwood Fiddleback, my custom shop Duke. It has served me well so far.



    Thanks for starting this thread Tony. Even though i prefer burlap and synthetics these days, it is always fun to look at gorgeous wood.

    Last edited: Mar 5, 2017
  16. SA Condor

    SA Condor

    Mar 10, 2014
    Gorgeous collection Tony! I think I 'need' a knife with ironwood scales :D
  17. Scotcha

    Scotcha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Super ironwood collection Tony!!!
  18. heat_treat

    heat_treat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2015
    Ironwood is, and has been for awhile, my favorite wood for handle material. I would be very happy with even one of those beauties but to have that set... :eek:

  19. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    Very nice Tony. I typically do not go for wood handled knives... But when I get hungry for one it is always non burl IW, a. Blackwood, Osage and some of the oaks and maples that catch my eye.
  20. HWF


    Apr 1, 2012
    Wow! That is quite the collection, love those handles.

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