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    Some time back, I asked my friend Rook, of River Bottom Blades, for a pair of Kephart style knives, based on some he had done in the past. I wanted two knives, for myself and my son. Rook agreed to do the blades, though he was not yet ready to go back into production on knives.

    I asked for something a mite different. I wanted a 5 inch blade, with a handle of equal length, made from 1/4 inch 5160 stock. Now, this was turning a Kephart into a tank , I suppose, but I had my reasons. I got the handle scales made from Osage, as I like that wood, and find it very durable , better than most unstabilized woods.

    I also got a ferro rod with matching Osage handle to go with each knife.



    I added the ranger band to keep the ferro rod in place, at least for now.





    This picture shows the spine thickness, compared to my Turley Dogwood, which is 3/16th thick.



    Here is a side by side shot with a Becker BK-2.


    The Kephart blade is almost as massive, and I think certainly as tough and indestructible as the Becker. It is a bit livelier in my hand, and likely a bit better suited for some camp chores, while giving up very little in chopping ability.

    This picture shows a Cold Steel Pendleton light overlaid on the Kephart blade. I was intrigued by the closeness of the blade profile, despite the massive difference in size.



    Today I got out for a few minutes and actually got to cut a few things. Not a true field test, but the first time I have had a chance to do anything in several weeks.







    I whittled out a hast little sling shot handle, and cut a couple of crude pot hook notches, after cross battoning some small limbs.


    Obviously, i need to get out and do some real field testing yet, but my first impressions are very, very good. This blade is likely to replace my BK-2 as the main belt knife when carrying only one blade. It has almost as much heft and sheer strength, while being much easier to use for small cutting tasks. It is not a Puukko, nor yet a machete, but it can sure fill a lot of the territory between those two extremes.

    I want to give Rook my thanks for this pair of knives, they are exactly what I had envisioned. I wish I could have pictured the pair side by side, but my son has his with him, and I never got a chance to photograph the pair. I intend to rectify that the next time he comes by.
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    Awesome man I've got a woodlore on order from him
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    Damn nice blade Bro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerri View Post
    Awesome man I've got a woodlore on order from him
    It will be worth waiting for ! Some awesome work.
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    Excellent review Greyone. We have two River Bottom blades in the house. I have a necker that I EDC and the son has a sweet little bushy blade.

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    Turned out beautiful!

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    wow.. that is a beauty.. i like it..
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    I find myself being attracted to Kephart style blades lately.
    Maybe not 1/4" thick though.
    That will be a work horse for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45jack View Post
    I find myself being attracted to Kephart style blades lately.
    Maybe not 1/4" thick though.
    That will be a work horse for sure.
    I agree, this is certainly not for everyone. However, in a 3/16th blade, at about 4 1/2 inches for both blade and handle, it should be an ideal all around blade for most people.

    I felt like the Kephart style needed to be about matched in blade length and handle length, and Rook agreed that the symmetry looked right. It fits my large hands well, and is pretty nimble in spite of the blade thickness. I may get him to do me another down the road in 1/8th steel, which is likely much closer to what Kephart carried, but this one was my attempt to find something that was both aesthetically pleasing and well designed, while matching a BK-2 for sheer brute strength. I got it.
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    VERY nice! That long osage working handle would be something my hand would appreciate (big hands)! 5160 was a great choice for a blade of those dimensions, IMO and experience. Should be a very durable and dependable knife all-around. Looks like Rook did a great job with your order!

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