Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by The Warrior, Oct 6, 2018.
No release date yet. Gonna be stonewashed 1095, wood handles, and leather sheath. I'm stoked!
Looks like a kephart, that should sell. I like it. Edit I should have paid more attention to the last pic.
Sure is. Ethan has an original Colclesser Brothers Kephart. It's made after that. Not sure if it's an exact replica, but close, for sure.
EDIT: Here's Ethan's original, from the Colclesser Bros:
Yes indeed. One of our forum members actually got to hold the original.
Super stoked on this one
That's nice and different from BK line without plastic and that nylon sheath.
I hear that brudda. Super freakin' stoked.
I really like that too. Cannot wait to get this one.
Looking forward to your overview/review.
Not sure when these will be released. Ethan just said, "soon".
Cool. Wonder how thick it will be? 1/8” or 9/64” would be nice in my mind.
I'd like to know that as well.
Comparison shot, new, and original:
In keeping with Kepharts philosophy, it should be 1/8" If it is thicker that might be a deal breaker for me.
Sweet! Looks like a gotta have to me.
I like that
The bk16 has been so successful at its thickness I wouldn't be surprised if this is the same
I have no idea, but it looks to be a pretty close replica, I'm sure it's the same.
Welp ....there's 100 bucks I didn't want to save....guess I'll get more gear up for sale....lol. Looks fabu...Thanks Uncle Ethan.
I hear ya, haha.
I'm hoping this is made by regular KA-BAR production, and not KA-BAR's new State & Union custom shop. If it's made by the custom shop, it will cost more.
It was my guess on Bladeforums that it's called the BK62, because Kephart was born in 1862.
Any indication of the price?
I ordered a green river hunter last week because I've been enjoying my modified old hickory/ kephart knife.
Nope, not yet. Very curious myself.
Did the “CV” accidentally get left off the 1095 listing? I’m assuming standard KaBar production would be 1095CV. If not, maybe that’s a hint it’s from the custom shop.
Not sure. There's no official listing yet. These shots were taken by a guy from Blafeforums, that attended BLADE West, and was given permission from Ethan to do so. My guess would be 1095CV, but again, not sure.
I’m a Becker nut, AND a close replica of the Kephart knife is beyond cool. I’ll be watching and waiting for new developments.
I hear ya man, I can't wait for this one. Ethan has been hinting for awhile it was going to be made, looking to be reality now.
A video my son did with Ethan discussing his original:
I would like to know if the replica will be tapered on all axises like the original?
Nice video of Ethan Becker sharing his thoughts.
Definitely going to have to get one!
Now, they just need to add a Nessmuk and a Deweese...
Judging from photo #2, the prototype tip of the prototype knife has already been stuck through the prototype sheath. HAHA!
I like the knife. 1095 or 1095CV would either one be fine with me,
If it comes in at 1/8" it ticks enough boxes for me to be my first Becker. I understand why the bolt on scales but it seems to be a great place for bacteria to hide on a food prep/meat processing knife.
Merry Christmas to myself I guess..... Fantastic looking knife and I'm sure digging it.... but I do kinda wish he would have modified it just enough to accept a regular Becker handle.... most comfortable handle in the knife industry IMHO... at least for MY hands.
This one will sell in the thousands, tens of thousands..... I just hope its not another 200 ever made sprint run kinda deal.... I have one of all the others made so far, kept pristine for the collection, and I'll have one of these also, but that tends to make them prohibitively expensive enough to keep me from buying 2, a keeper and a user..... and I'm sadly, far more into keeping my collection up to date than I am " trying out " this knife...
If I can only score 1.... its doomed to be an instant safe queen.
Would like to know myself. Hoping they stick to the original, but from a cost standpoint, an ffg would probably be cheaper.
Someone mentioned on BF that the sheath looks like a sheath KA-BAR has for another knife they produce. Not sure if that will be the one they use or not.
Safe queen? What the hell is that?
I got to handle this new Becker on Friday and Kephart fans should prepare themselves for pure joy!!! Ethan let me handle the original and the new side by side and only the newness and the bolts separate the two. The handles are contoured to match the original and the blade is flat ground. If you are a fan or just looking for a great woods knife the new Becker will be sure to please!
Well, that is very cool. I love me some Kepharts and would have bought an ESEE PR4 except for those God-awful butt-ugly scales. No ugly scales on this one. I can’t wait for these to hit the shelves. Nicely done, Mr. Becker!
Thanks for posting this, @The Warrior.
Nice, will have to get that one for sure. Been on the lookout for a Kephart for a while now, and Becker always makes solid knives so this is a must have.
I guess Ethan said he hopes for a Christmas release, but more than likely it will be after.
in that top picture.... is that a false top edge I see near the tip?.... that would be a bummer.
There is a relief on the spine, just like the original.
It's hard to tell from the photo, but I'd like to see it have the "ridge" near the hilt like the original.
I don't know how much I'd pay for that though. The $10 old hickory butcher knife is pretty easy to turn into a clone of that knife.
I've really been enjoying this one since I modified it a few weeks ago. That's real patina, not forced.
I have a Green River hunter on order and I'm going to compare the two. The one I like better is going to get a sheath and the other one is going to stay on full time kitchen duty.
The old design is solid, and I'm glad I did the mod to the old hickory because I wouldn't have otherwise known how good it is!
I think it would have looked better if the plunge line was parallel to the handle myself.
I centered it on the blade width. It's not a big deal, another $10, 1/2 hr fun time in the shop and I can have another one!
I'm hoping the 62 has a price point of around $100. No clue what it will be though. Ethan has an original copy of the Kephart, one of 3 known to exist. I think it's cool to reproduce it, and let others have the experience.