Kephart sheath based off the original for DRobinson's MP Kephart

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  1. badger claw

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    Once Matt finished his re-creation of the Kephart for DRobinson it was sent down to me to do an original sheath. There are some great pictures from the museum so i did my best to make a copy. There is a bird tooled into the front of the original and we searched to find something close but in the end I felt it was better to leave it off then tool something that wasn't even close.

    Original:
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    and what i came up with:

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  2. badger claw

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    this was a fun project…thanks for looking!
     
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  3. t.darrah

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    Very nice work.
     
  4. Bob Sundquist

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    That is a fine looking knife.
     
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    That is beautiful and very faithful looking work in both the blade and the sheath. Really stuff to be proud of.
     
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    Nice compliment to the knife.
     
  7. badger claw

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    thanks fellas! The knife is amazing…thinking i will use my spot on Matt's list for one to go with my Nessmuk he made me.
     
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    Awesome as usual BC. Nice compliment to the blade and perfect interpretation of the original even without the bird.
     
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    Fantastic job BC , complements the knife exceedingly well. Thanks for your help in furthering the historical nature of this awesome package.

    :35: :dblthumb: :35:
     
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    Wow...both knife and sheath...wow.
     
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    John, you killed it. That looks amazing.
     
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    well done ...
     
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    Perfect! I do believe I would like one for my big Kephart! Well done John!!
     
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    Two awesome pieces. And even better that it's worn as a lefty.
     
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    Wow that looks great
     
  17. badger claw

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    good eye, sir!
     
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    Ah, thanks. We southpaws are generally pretty tuned in to such things, what with everything we try to use being backward and all.

    Sent from my XT1030 using Tapatalk
     
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    Very nice job on that, looks great. It will only get better with good old father time.
     
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    Very sweet!
     
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    Here you go guys, more viewing pleasure

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    The 'old world' feel of both the knife and sheath are hard to describe. Matt did an awesome job reconstructing the knife according to the illustrations and spec's in that article. It feels as though Kephart's original knife had been maintained (albeit not sharpened away as much) all these years and placed in my hands. Some of you fellers may call that cheesy, but you'd have to hold the knife I think to understand. Ok, maybe I'm just a Kephart fanatic..

    Likewise, badger claw executed the sheath amazingly well. I poured over search engines trying to find quality pictures of the original sheath to no avail. Somehow bc located high quality pictures taken at the Mountain Heritage Center here in NC; something I failed to find. I had even contacted Steve Watts at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia a few months ago to gauge his thoughts on the original construction of upper portion of the sheath encompassing the belt loop (never received a response unfortunately). Badger claw also surmised that the original sheath had the retention strap. I thought that to be a very astute observation.

    Anyway, I'm glad to have had these two craftsmen put this package together. I know they both have an appreciation for historical recreations.

    This one will be one of those "pry from my cold dead fingers" types.

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    LOVE that combo! Great work all around!
     
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    You really did that original sheath justice. I respect how you restrained on the tooling, staying true to the original, but giving it your own subtle unique characteristics.

    By the way, I've always thought that you and Matt's work is very complimentary. Your styles "mesh" well, in my opinion. This beautiful knife and sheath combo is a perfect example. Well done, both of you.
     
  24. Exy

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    Nice burnishing fella.

    Clean work as always.
     
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    Recreating a Kephart sheath for my Deer Creek Forge Kephart. This great to see. I don't think mine will turn out as well, but it's still a work of love.

    What surprises me is that I did a search for Kephart sheath on the forum, and this thread didn't show up. However a google search of the same input led me here.
    :confused:
     
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    Make sure to post up pics of your project. Any questions don't hesitate to ask!
     
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    Totally love both! Totally!
     
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    Hehehe,...nice knife and sheath,....but,...ummm,...isn't this more of an ambidextrous style sheath? With just the single rivet attachment, a simple matter I think to simply twist the retaining strap around to make it a "righty"??

    ....the leather fit to the blade and handle will adjust to the "switch" in short order. :)
     

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