Rook Custom Kephart Knives

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  1. GreyOne

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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.

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

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

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

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    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.

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    I whittled out a hast little sling shot handle, and cut a couple of crude pot hook notches, after cross battoning some small limbs.
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    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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    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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    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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    I bought a JAAT awhile back from another member and was really hoping he'd get back making knives hot n heavy because 1- I'd like to get another from him directly and 2- when he gets famous my JAAT will be worth big bones:)
     
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    That's a NICE blade.
     
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    That's a beautiful knife!!! Congratulations! Great job Rook!
     
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    G1,
    Fantastic! I am going to have to talk to Rook. That has become my favorite blade shape, knife style, handle and blade length. Thanks for showing those. You have great taste in knives!

    Regards,

    ezra
     
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    Very nice looking blades and sheath too!
     
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    Sexy!

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    I am convinced that for those of us with large hands, the 5 inch pattern blade with a 5 inch matching handle is just about perfect. The 3/16th blade thickness may be better, if you do not have a special purpose for the 1/4 inch thick blade. This is a massive piece of blade, first knife I ever had that made a Becker look normal. :)

    You will have to get with Rook on the specs, but I can highly recommend the workmanship. :)

    Glad you like the knives- it took me a long time to narrow down to the users I have now. I still have a Turley Dogwood in the mix, but it didn't get into that group shot. :)
     
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    Solid knife Grey One. I like knives with some heft to them. Thanks for the review.
     
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    That's a real nice Kephart! I, too, have recently developed an interest in Kepharts and recently picked up one myself. Yours is gorgeous. :)
     
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    Reckon he is going to be easing into it for a while, but contact him, he may soon have some standard models planned.

    You might want to look at getting a Kephart style- they are , I think, as multifunctional as a woodlore style pattern, and perhaps a bit more robust.
     
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    Rook makes some good knives and he's a cool dude too.
    Nice score, G!
     
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    Dude because of your post I had to change my order haha I really dig that knife
     
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    That seems like an understatement G1 - that BK-2 looks like a playtoy in your hands. I have large hands myself - but I think that Kephart looks like a perfect fit for you!

    Well done Rook.

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    I handled GrayOnes Kephart today. Impressive. Now I have to purchase one.
     
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    I had a feeling that was coming. :)

    I won't feel a bit guilty either, as I know you will find it to be a really amazing tool. Rook is out of pocket for a few days, it may take him a bit to respond to any PM's.

    His new prototype model is similar in profile to a Kephart, and may suit a lot of people.
     
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    *note to self. stay out of greyone's punching distance*

    and yeah, That thing is a tank! great looking knife.
     
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    I must have that!
     

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