I saw my Auk sitting in the back of my rifle safe today and thought to myself..... I wonder if anyone else was as disappointed with this knife as I was?
I really wanted to like this knife but in the end the poor ergonomics and thick grind just didn't cut it for me...:(
Anyone else using theirs?
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October 7, 2010, 07:37 AM
I do, but then I was the one that "discovered" them and organized the group buy so it isn't any real surprise that since I already started out liking it and using it that I'd still be using it around the "farm" for rough work.
October 8, 2010, 11:59 AM
I guess you having had a chance to handle one in person before buying was the difference.
Much easier to form an opinion when it's in the hand eh.....lesson learned!
October 8, 2010, 01:48 PM
Still have mine. I wasn't disappointed in it, but it doesn't generally get much use. My go to fixed blade utility was made by JTW, and it just seems perfect for most of the stuff I do. Combined with a good folder I cover 95% of what I need.
In case you are wondering what the heck an AUK is they look like this,
I was going to send mine back to get the maker to re-profile the blade but in the end I didn't think there was enough there to work with in order to make it worth while.
Didn't like the angle of the guard or the round profile on the top of the handle... no control with the thumb on top of the jimped area.
The dagger was originally shown with a rounded pommel but the maker/designer changed it to the pointy style for some reason.
I might just grind it square at the back to get rid of the point as it's more of a hazard then a help....
October 18, 2010, 01:15 AM
If you send them back to Fuad he'll work with you on them. He's always said that if someone's not happy with his work he can help them get to where they are.
October 18, 2010, 01:23 AM
I should send them back your right. I emailed Fuad about it and he said no problem... thing is I don't think there is enough material left on the drop point to get it to where I want.
The dagger would be easier to fix myself..... it looks cool with the pointy end, but it's a hazard to wear on the belt, and you can't put your thumb around it in a reverse grip and the handle is not long enough for it to be used as a striking point in a regular grip.
Pretty much a letter opener.... though that's probably true of a lot of daggers.
Is he still making the Auk's like this?
October 18, 2010, 01:41 AM
Looks like he is, I just checked his website,
I would have been happy with a finger guard profile more like this one, it's a bit more rounded(like a finger) and finishes a bit more vertical... compared with mine that feels line an angular ramp.
But the other thing I think would greatly improve the handling of this design is non rounded jimping serrations on the top. If he made them square like the ones on the bottom the knife wouldn't roll as much when squeezing between the fingers and thumb on top. Without a handle there is not much to hold onto so I found myself trying to use my thumb on top on the serrations but the round edges makes it very unstable.
Anyways just curious if any one else that bought one through the group buy was still using them....
October 18, 2010, 01:51 AM
It was a pretty good lesson about buying before trying for me HSO that's for sure.
Here is a picture of the different Auk's that hasn't changed since the group buy and some of these blades have very different shaped choils then the one I received, number 1 and 2 ( on the left) look about perfect and even number 3 ( on the left) has more of a curve to it.
The original dagger picture that was presented for the order is not on the website anymore and is quite different from the one that was eventually produced.
October 18, 2010, 01:54 AM
I just checked my hard drive and found the picture of the dagger I ordered.