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bear the dog
04-02-2012, 11:45 AM
Kephart Knife
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Gii shi kan dug
04-02-2012, 12:31 PM
Nice piece of steel.I like the rustic looks of the blade and handle. Not just another pretty face.

B33J
04-02-2012, 12:47 PM
I can not wait until I get mine! Thanks for the tease Rueben

Missouri Rick
04-02-2012, 03:24 PM
Nice. Looks like all the knife you would ever need. I like the rustic look too.

Bard
04-02-2012, 05:42 PM
Nice knife and great patina in the cutting the cheese picture.

pitdog
04-02-2012, 06:10 PM
Can I play !:D

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rasp181
04-02-2012, 06:46 PM
Real beauty, Matt makes great knives!!

Ratty1
04-02-2012, 07:13 PM
Very nice looking knife. It looks like it's taking on a great patina also.

Mtnfolk Mike
04-02-2012, 07:31 PM
great pics as always Reuben.. you gotta love the Kephart..

bear the dog
04-02-2012, 08:45 PM
I can not wait until I get mine! Thanks for the tease Rueben

Cool. Hate to ask you, but…how much longer do you have to wait?


Nice. Looks like all the knife you would ever need. I like the rustic look too.

I’d like to think so, but knives are like Lays Potato chips, can’t have just one. I do belive it is all the knife I need.


Nice knife and great patina in the cutting the cheese picture.

Thank you, that one with the oak scales is a JK Custom knives Kephart I had since 2007.


Can I play !:D



Pit, I would be disappointed if you didn’t. I remember seeing that Keppy years ago. Good idea on the dog trap, you animal!:30:


Very nice looking knife. It looks like it's taking on a great patina also.

Thank you sir. Funny how I never really noticed the patina like everyone else does, it just kind of crept on there after lots of chicken soup, mainly cutting potatoes and meats.


great pics as always Reuben.. you gotta love the Kephart..

You said it. The darker walnut handled knife is of my favorite thickness for a knife, 3/32”. I think there is a direct correlation between the spear-pointed blade shape and oval cross section of handles when it comes to knives that work. Think about the design of both a Swiss Army Knife and a Kephart, both have the spear-pointed tip for general utility and an oval shape to the handle, heck, even a Mora Classic has an oval shape to the handle.

bear the dog
04-02-2012, 09:27 PM
Man I new those pics looked familiar.

good to see you here bro...

just when I thought this was a respectable place!

Haha, good to be here man and see so many familiar faces!

Thank you.

-RB

Trail Dust
04-02-2012, 09:51 PM
The darker walnut handled knife is of my favorite thickness for a knife, 3/32”. I think there is a direct correlation between the spear-pointed blade shape and oval cross section of handles when it comes to knives that work.

Lots of truth to that concept, for sure. Like many avid outdoorsmen and sportsmen out there, I feel that too many knives being produced thsese days are much too thick to be much of any good around camp and field. To each his own, but I like knives that cut, carve, slice and dice with great efficiency.

I had Matt tweak my version of the knife by adding a convex grind, extending the oval-shaped handle out to 5" for my XL hand, and narrowing the blade profile up just a touch so that the knife would be a little more nimble or agile in the hand. The 1/8" thick blade is just a real pleasure to use hours on end. In fact, I use it so much that it doesn't have time to develop a patina or stains (obviously lots of strop maintenance).

Enjoyed the photos here, BTW. Good stuff.

http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k552/fastertrails/MLWoodsBush2.jpg

bear the dog
04-02-2012, 09:58 PM
To each his own, but I like knives that cut, carve, slice and dice with great efficiency.

http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k552/fastertrails/MLWoodsBush2.jpg

That is what I like a fixed blade to do, especially if I have a bolo or tomahawk for the brute work.

Beautiful knife. I have read about a few guys who own an ML knife and then send it back for Matt to regrind and modify. Like having a new customized version of your own custom knife. I don't think a person can get a hot spot from any of Matt's creations.

Mind if I ask what the specs are on that one...especially the width?

-RB

Trail Dust
04-02-2012, 10:15 PM
That is what I like a fixed blade to do, especially if I have a bolo or tomahawk for the brute work.

Beautiful knife. I have read about a few guys who own an ML knife and then send it back for Matt to regrind and modify. Like having a new customized version of your own custom knife. I don't think a person can get a hot spot from any of Matt's creations.

Mind if I ask what the specs are on that one...especially the width?

-RB

Yes, I agree, most all of the ML knives that I own, or have used, are VERY comfortable in the hand during extended use. One would get the idea that Matt actually uses his knives! :)

The blade on this one is 1" wide, 4-1/2" long, 1/8" thick, and balances on the index finger for absolute control. Just a very easy, comfortable knife to carve with and, a joy to work with around the camp kitchen. Very, very pleased with the overall design and quality of the knife. Matt got this one 'spot-on' for what I do with a knife in the outdoors.

XMP
04-02-2012, 11:23 PM
Great pictures, Reuben.

Matt's knives are indeed a pleasure to use; and on top of it they come with some of the nicest sheaths around IMO.

pitdog
04-02-2012, 11:35 PM
If ya like Matt's knives check this out of one of his new designs.....very tempting !

Unreleased video of the Trail Fighter knife ML Knives - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa4qp-7FGn8&feature=share)

B33J
04-03-2012, 08:21 AM
[QUOTE=bear the dog;1112135]Cool. Hate to ask you, but…how much longer do you have to wait?

He told me February. Not a big deal to me at all. There isn't to many makers that hand forge knives anymore so I think the wait is reasonable. Plus Matt is a super nice guy to deal with.

Thaddius Bickerton
04-03-2012, 02:05 PM
That ML Kephart is exactly what I like in a knife.

Ya'll are lucky to have one.

Someday I will have one, coin permitting, and if he has time to make an old man one.

bear the dog
04-05-2012, 09:30 AM
JK Cutom Knives- Kephart
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Straight-back Kephart
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Yellow Lab
04-05-2012, 11:19 AM
I have several ML knives. Very pleased with Matt's work.

S.Gossman
04-06-2012, 06:46 AM
Awesome pics as always Reuben. Matt makes some great knives.
Scott

bearot
04-06-2012, 08:19 AM
that's a purdy knife der.

bear the dog
04-15-2012, 11:27 AM
Awesome pics as always Reuben. Matt makes some great knives.
Scott

As do you Scott.
Never got my hands on a Gossman Keppy, but I do believe you are the man responsible for bringing it back to life for a Dan Shechtman article.
Thank you for doing so Scott.

-RB

S.Gossman
04-16-2012, 07:55 AM
Thanks for the compliment and credit. Much appreciated. I haven't made a Kephart for a couple of years but did recently get a couple of orders.
Scott