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What’s you favorite CPK, why?

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by gunslinger387, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. gunslinger387

    gunslinger387 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2010
    ill be honest. I’m torn. I have a few and I totally dig them all. The BC is massive and fun. The FK2 I carry in a bag that I have at work. The EDC2 I carry practically all the time and I even scored an EDC that I haven’t completely warmed up to.

    All in all even though it doesn’t get the most use. My favorite is the HDFK. It’s a chunk of sharp steel. It can chop and feather stick and everything in between. Of all of them it has the best grip.

    This might all change when I finally get my UF......

    Looking at my post I realize I am a bit of an addict.
  2. WValtakis

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

    May 29, 2004
    The integral daggers, no explanation needed;) (even though I'll probably never own one:(). But if I'm picking one I actually own...my D2 HDFK for all the reasons you've mentioned. It's a great all-rounder and the handle is phenomenal.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2019
  3. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Hard choice for sure ... I really like my EDC2s as one kept me from getting several more stitches shortly after I got it ... and is with me most days ...

    but the HDFK feels like it was built and molded for my hand ... and it's in that size range it does most everything well ... it would probably be my choice if I had to pick only one ...

    and now that I have a MC ... it is a big knife that has countless uses and it is designed so well you can even do tasks usually reserved for much smaller blades ...

    and the FK2 ... field dressed 2 deer and broke them down and a few passes on a ceramic hone rod ... and you couldn't tell it had been used ...

    oh did you ask for only one? ... sorry that's the best I can do ... :rolleyes:
  4. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
  5. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Definitely the HDFK, what a fantastic all around knife.
  6. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Another nod for the HDFK.

    The reason for me is simple, if I had to only pick one from the bevy of the CPKs which I possess and bolt outta house, I’d choose the HDFK because of it’s all around ability. The fact that it’s so darn b*tching looking doesn’t hurt it either ;)
  7. WValtakis

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

    May 29, 2004
    That's why it's the one that lives on the bag o'doom...but it does have a D2 EDC piggybacked with it ;)
  8. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I only own the HDFK and an MC so it’s a tough choice between two great blades that really isn’t a tough choice, if that makes any sense.
    HDFK hands down. I haven’t found a flaw in it while doing any task yet and I really enjoy using it. If possible I’d enlarge the proportions of the grip 5-10% equally in diameter for my XL mitts but that’s only nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking.
    After getting the HDFK I sold every other field knife I had besides a pair of CRK Nyala’s.
    Eventually I’ll pick up another HDFK so my boys won’t have to fight over it when I’m gone.
  9. Keoneloa

    Keoneloa Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2016
    HDFK. Though it is the only CPK I have owned, it’s so good that I don't even carry any of my other fixed blades any more (Matsuda Betsu Kamui, CRK Nyala, White River Caper, couple Benchmades...) so good that I’ve so far passed on an FK2 as I can’t convince myself I need any other knife on my belt—the handle is phenomenal, and the blade can do it all...though the DEK1 looks to be an itch I am gonna scratch :D
  10. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I don't have a favorite because I like the ones I have equally. They each serve a purpose. The one I carry the most is a HDFK.
    I've held out on the UF simply because it won't really serve a purpose for my chores. Just saw one in the green terotuff and it's got me rethinking I just might need one. :oops:
  11. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    The FK2 because it’s the only one I have :p

    You guys are really making me want a HDFK now though o_O
  12. folder geek

    folder geek Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    Only have 2, a EDC in D2 and a LC in D3V.
    EDC for daily carry, the handle and D2 especially when used for food prep.
    LC because of the fun factor and perfect around the camp.
    Might have to get a HDFK based on all the positive reviews.
  13. grogimus

    grogimus KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 27, 2012
    My FK2 has tremendous sentimental value, it would be the last knife I owned if I had to get rid of all my knives but one.

    Sentiment aside, I haven't had a chance to use it nearly as much as the HDFK (NASK!) which I absolutely love but I think it'll take over for my top slot as a user also. It has similar handle ergonomics to the HDFK in a smaller, lighter package.

    The UF is pretty dang comfy too, the 'Utility' part of its name can't be overlooked.

    My top 3.

    For break'em-smash pachooey-chomp fun time though I don't know how you could beat the BC. Seems the CPK crew has some ideas on that coming up though lol. :thumbsup:
  14. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Up until I got my HDMC, my favourite was definitely the HDFK. I suppose if I had to choose, the HDFK is still king, but the HDMC has certainly narrowed the gap! It just makes me smile every time I fondle it. :D

    With that said, here’s a couple obligatory pics.....
  15. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    My most used CPK is my EDC2. It would certainly be the most missed in my daily life. Which tempts me to say it’s my favorite. There’s no aspect of this knife that I would change.
    My FK2 is fairly new to me. I have had little time to actually use it. Like Grog said, it’s ergo’s are phenomenal. A year from now, after some actual use, I’m sure it’ll be a contender.
    I love my choppers. I have a BC and just received my HDMC. I’ve used the BC extensively for yard clean up and breaking down fallen limbs. This knife is a blast to use. I imagine the HDMC will be as well.

    In the end, I’m in the same camp as a lot of the others here. My favorite would have to be the HDFK. It’s just so damn versatile and comfortable.
    It’s funny because for any given task there is a different CPK model that would do it better. The HDFK is the one that can do just about anything.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2019
  16. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    the HDFK is my favourite because I made Nate work so damn hard on the handle:mad::D). My modelling at that time was not that great, particularly with that knife. To be honest, the 3D modelling on my part was rushed. To me, it's our most successful collaborative piece in terms of meeting all the design requirements to a T, where Nate had to translate my intentions for the handle shaping and nailed it. It's seamless, and a great example of where design meets manufacturing in the most successful way

    Since the HDFK, I've significantly improved my handle modelling game, (which HDFK's big brother will demonstrate should that project go forward) and I think and/or hope you'll appreciate the results with the intro of DEK1
  17. ElCaptain

    ElCaptain Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2011

    Lorien are you referring to the camp knife?
  18. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I thought I had the big brother when I bought the MC!
    I’m very interested to see what you two have come up with !
  19. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
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  20. ElCaptain

    ElCaptain Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2011
    Ooo la la. Can you tell us about the thought behind it and/or share pics?
    Standard78, Fullflat and Odog27 like this.

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