Welcome to the World of Fiddleback Forge Knives!
Hello Knife lovers, welcome aboard. I'm Andy Roy, and I started Fiddleback Forge Knives in my garage in 2007. The knife making bug bit me after making a few simple knives from files and old hickory knives I'd cut up. At the time I was an engineer working in an antenna design company. Knives are so much more interesting to me than electronics and before long, I had followed my passion into a business. I started out part time, and then in May of 2009 I was laid off and dedicated myself to being a full time knife maker. I started out making six a week in my basement (we had moved). I don't know if it was myself or my wife who was more surprised when a few months in, we were still making ends meet.
Knives turned out to be the right direction for me and Fiddleback Forge, with your help and support, is growing. We now make our knives in a separate facility in Cumming, GA, churning out over 30 knives per week with two employees and an apprentice helping us to finish the work.
Handles and grinds are the focus of my knives. I am a toolmaker, and strive to make a real cutting tool that is comfortable to use. The grind I like to put on knives (I still do all the bevel grinding) is the convex grind. I fell in love with convexed knives from the Himilayan Imports khukuri. I like the strength of the convex knife, and I find them the easiest to maintain. This is especially true in the field, certainly sandpaper is easier to carry, and less likely to break. The other aspect of my knives that make them special is the handle. I shape each handle with grinders and files, and try to make each handle comfortable to use, and naturally indexed in the hand. I always liked carving walking sticks, back in the Boy Scouts, and I think the shaping still appeals to me on that level. I think for a long time, the comfortable handles sold the knives, while I worked out exactly how to make the convex grind look as good as some of the other grinds. As a knife maker, I strive to make the handles more comfortable, and the grinds cleaner with every batch.
Acquiring a Fiddleback Forge Knife
I sell my knives two ways. I work with several dealers who are excellent folks that I am very happy to work with and I also sell directly on the Blade Forums at weekly Fiddleback Friday™ event. For those who do not know, each week I put a selection of the knives that week up for sale in a thread titled Fiddleback Friday. It's first come first serve, and common forum 'law of the sharks' applies. This event has been a great success and we at Fiddleback Forge thank everyone who participates. For more information on how and where to purchase a Fiddleback, check out our Purchasing page.
Our Home Away From Home
Speaking of the Blade Forums, we have posted (and continue to do so) a lot of information on the Blade Forums and there are a few important threads pinned to the top portion of the Fiddleback Forge forum there.
- The user pic thread is for folks to be able to post and browse pics of my knives.
Also, feel free to look at pics till you can't stand it anymore on the website here (in our knives section) and at: http://public.fotki.com/FiddlebackForge/
- The warranty thread is for folks to post warranty issues. I will respond in the thread there. It explains the warranty, and a bit about the warranty history at Fiddleback Forge knives.
- The introduction to Fiddleback Forge thread, ie, this one.
- The Fiddleback Flea Market™, which helps folks who are gold or better members at Bladeforums to sell their used Fiddlebacks.
Our Friends and Associates
There is a small family of knife makers that I have worked with, and have learned to make knives with me and at my shop. I'd like for you to check them out as well. First I'd like to mention Dylan Fletcher, of Fletcher Knives who makes his knives out of our shared shop. Also, check out Dan Eastland of Dogwood knives. They both have forums at Bladeforums where you can find their work. Two newcomers came around this year that are both so talented its hard to stand. Those are Damon Lusky of AK Knives (technically, Dylan's apprentice) and Adam Andreasen of Valkyrie Knives. These two guys both walked up to a grinder, and pulled a perfect convex sabergrind first try. I am very proud to have been able to teach a bit of knife making to this family of guys, and I can tell you that I have learned as much from each of them as they have learned from me.
Thank you for supporting Fiddleback Forge Knives. We are excited and humbled to be able to make knives for you, and hope you enjoy USING our tools!! Function comes first here, but we strive to make a knife pretty enough to show off.
We proudly back our knives with a satisfaction guarantee. When you get the knife it should make you happy. If it doesn't, return it in unused condition within the first month you own it. We'll refund your purchase price, plus shipping (domestic) back home to us when we receive the knife in unused condition.
We guarantee our work to be free from mechanical defects under normal usage and will repair or replace such a knife/problem as necessary, as long as we continue to manufacture knives. Natural handle materials such as stag, bone, wood, pearl and ivory may shrink, crack, and/or discolor with change in temperature, or humidity or age. This is normal wear and tear and like all normal wear and tear is not covered under this warranty.
Machetes are guaranteed for satisfaction on arrival same as my knives. We also guarantee that the blade won't break, and the handle won't pop off. These are not cheap, mass-manufactured machetes and we build them to withstand the typical usage of a machete. If either of those two happens, we'll provide you with a new machete. However, edge damage is common to machete's, is to be expected, and is therefore not covered under my warranty. To fix nicks or other edge damage in your machete blade, file it out like any other machete and go on having fun cutting.
Look, we love our customers and the vast, vast majority of our customers treat our knives like they treat their kids (or better - it isn't our position to say). However, not all customers fall into that group and we don't cover stupidity, acts of God, or other accidental damage. Ask yourself why your knife failed. If you're batonning with a skinner, then you have fallen into the stupidity category. We can likely fix your knife and will do it as cost effective as possible, but you are not getting a free knife. Skinners, kitchen knives, Nessmuks, etc. are designed and intended to be used for their specific intended function. Get an outdoor knife with a thicker edge if you are gung ho on batonning through knotty wood. We believe this is common sense, but it had to be said.