Lil, Ferox Pass Around

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  1. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Ok gentleman, just took delivery of the Lil' Ferox. At first glance there isn't anything little about it which gives me to wondering what a fully fledged ferox must look and feel like. Tomorrow I'll start putting it through it's paces.
     
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  2. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo

    Nov 13, 2013
    Nice Douglas. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I've only seen pics and specs of the full on Ferox, but being Recon+ size it has got to be one gnarly knife.

    Even with the specs on the mini: 3/16" (.183") 01 Tool steel Tapered Tang, 8.32oz OAL 10" Blade 5 1/2"

    The 'lil or mini designation is as deceiving as the person with this on their person.
     
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  3. adequacy

    adequacy

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    Mar 19, 2014
    Excited to hear your thoughts Douglas. That looks like one strong knife!
     
  4. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Attention!! Madcap magician PM me your physical address so I can send you the Lil' Ferox!!
     
  5. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator

    Jun 4, 2014
    @madcap_magician, Douglas @varga49 needs your address to send you the Lil' Ferox you are next on the list please PM him with your delivery info
     
  6. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Sorry guys, I did see the notifications earlier, but I was on my phone at the time and it's hard to post from there.
     
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  7. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator

    Jun 4, 2014
    No worries, we just wanted to make sure it got to you soon!
     
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  8. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Looking forward to trying it out! I've been following your work for about a year and never thought I'd get the opportunity to try before I buy, as it were. Thanks for the opportunity to do so!

    Hopefully we'll see some big knives like this one from you in the future, as well, though I know the small ones are the best sellers and the most profitable.
     
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  9. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Still can’t message you to give you tracking numbers. Suffice to say expect to take delivery tomorrow....heads up... Blade is coated with RenWax, in case you’re going to slice food! Have fun
     
  10. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Sorry, my Gold membership lapsed, so I can no longer receive PMs. You can leave messages on my profile if you like, otherwise I'll just expect to see it tomorrow. Thanks!
     
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  11. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Just got this little beast today. I will not really be able to put it through its paces per se, but judging from the way it looks now, the prior users definitely did. Got a solid patina going and a lot of good, honest use marks.

    I am really not sure how big the Ferox is compared to the mini. The Mini Ferox is a great size. It is a big knife, but highly ergonomic and doesn't really feel big. It's not bulky, and the tapered tang and well-contoured handle do a lot for the feel in hand. This is a fantastic knife. This is the only OKT knife I have held in person, but it is already my favorite, and my jealous eyes are only eyeballing a clip point and swedged Ranger as a possible contender. If there was one like this in CPM154 or S35VN available right now, I'd have bought it already, and the full-size one at USA Made Blade is now making me look very closely.

    I didn't do much with it so far, but it did come out of the sheath and demand to be used, so I reduced the medium flat rate box it arrived in to very small pieces of cardboard.

    The Mini Ferox cuts very well for that purpose. Not so much at this point for fine things like paper towels and paper, but I'm not sure when the edge was touched up last. It is a good sharpness for the uses a knife this size would see. It snap cuts very nicely.

    I really love the handle and blade contours... this is a gorgeous design.

    Hope to see this design show up on Thursdays sometime, Chris @Osprey Knife & Tool.

    EDIT: Chris, is the handle scaled down proportionately from the full-size Ferox, or is the blade just lopped off shorter?
     
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  12. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Cutting through western juniper and that doing that severe battoning with live oak did leave it's marks. [See my instagram post] I did strop the blade on coarse hide and then smooth after I cleaned it but that's all.
    glad it showed up so quick! have fun!
    I will work on my lil Ferox review this weekend guys. I’ve had some trouble uploading photos from my phone. I’ll persist .
     
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  13. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Glad you put it through its paces! I don't have the opportunity to subject it to hard use, but it sure looks like it took it well!

    I will check out your Instagram posts. I don't use social media other than forums myself, so I wasn't aware you had pictures up.
     
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  14. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator

    Jun 4, 2014

    I’m glad you received it already, dont worry about not being able to put it through its paces there is no requirement on what to do with it other than stating your opinion and observations which you have done a good job already, I am glad to hear you like it as well! I am certain I will be making some more in the future probably around the end to beginning of the year. To answer you question the whole thing was scaled down handle and all, so yes the handle is shorter on this one.

    If you think the edge needs a touch up before it goes to the next person send it back to me and I will freshen it up for the next person, I hope you have fun with it!
     
  15. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I think it has a good working edge. Varga49 stropped it, and I will only destroy a box or two. Or three. Depending on what I can find that wants to be chopped. I can't shave with it, but it cuts everything I want it to cut.

    The handle is really great. I love this style. It flows naturally into a closer, choked-up grip for most work, but your hand easily slides back for some extra leverage around the pommel for chopping cuts. I have small hands and slender fingers, and it seems this is a hobby that attracts ham-fisted people, so it's always an open question as to whether larger knives will have disproportionately large handles for my grip. The Mini Ferox has plenty of handle, but for my hand, anyway, it gives two clear natural grip positions and seems proportionate. Like I said earlier, it does feel smaller than it is. I'd carry a knife this size IWB with no problems.
     
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  16. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    having a difficult time posting images from my phone..having to crop them dramatically and picture qualityis not as good as I want it. I'll keep trying!
     

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  17. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    @Osprey Knife & Tool , remember, you were going to find the next address and e-mail it to me. Thanks!
     
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  18. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator

    Jun 4, 2014
    I did, have you not recieved my email?
     
  19. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Nope, sorry.
     
  20. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator

    Jun 4, 2014
    Ok I will resend it, can you email me at
    [email protected]
    I will reply to your email ASAP that way there will be no mishaps
     

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