Post your Kephart Inspired Knives

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  1. freebirdfb

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    Photobucket hijacked photo posting this is the only pic on the pc. Wolf Creek Forge Kephart 3rd down and an RW Fred stacked handled Kephart on the bottom.

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    Interesting idea for a thread.

    I like the ideas behind Kephart's knife, but not his exact iteration. I prefer knives with a bit more point.

    This meets Kephart's criteria and is the one I settled on when I went looking for a common sense sheath knife.

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    Nice looking knife. For field dressing deer a pronounced drop point is nice but for camp chores a more pronounced tip is nice. This is where my neck knife comes in handy.
     
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    image.jpeg Here is mine in D-2 and cocobolo
     
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    I have Deer Creek Forge's version of the Kephart. It comes with a scandi-convex grind. From what I can gather, the original Colclessor Kepharts had a full flat grind. I would like to get a proper Kephart to try to full flat grind, and see how it performs.

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    I think full flat is the way to go, but the saber grind on my WCF isn't bad and helpful if you baton with it.
     
  7. MartyJ

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    Made this one up a couple of years ago, very close to the same specs as the original. I made it from a cut down carbon steel butcher knife. I use it fairly frequently, at least weekly, as a food prep and general purpose camp knife and it is handy. Wouldn't change a thing. IMG_2789.JPG
     
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    Good looking knife, who is the maker, model?
     
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    It's a John Landi Bushcraft.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I think this dude cost me about $8 and 40 minutes of labor to cut it down, sharpen and BLO the handle. Has a 4.25 inch blade.

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    I found this knife stuck in a tree at a campground and shaped it into a Kephart type shape.
     
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    I recently modded this Old Hickory butcher knife into a Kephart style knife. I also made the sheath in the style of Kepharts.

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    It didn't stay like that for too long before I re-profiled the tip and made walnut scales for it. I went a little more modern adding scallops to the handle but its still Kephart inspired.

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    The only other Kephart inspired blade I have is a LT Wright Bushcrafter HC.

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    @dRobinson to the yellow courtesy phone please.
     
  15. LostViking

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    I litterally just grabbed a Kephart off the Trade Blanket today.

    I'm excited to receive it.
     
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    Mine is this Fiddleback Kephart interpretation.

    Quite a great knife.

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    @MrFixIt I would've never gotten it done without your guidance and a little direction my friend!! Thank you brother
     
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    I love the look of those FF Kepharts, drooled over them many times but have yet, not pulled the trigger - that's a gooder you got there too.

    I don't see that much Kephart in them though!

    Either way, I'd take one in a heartbeat!
     
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    Glad I was able to help in some small way, but honestly, I knew you could have done it without any help.
     
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    All of these are good looking tools.
     
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    Battle horse knives smoky mountain razor, fieldcrafter and Condor bushlore.
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    Man there is just something about fiddlebacks. My gaze passes over one, and I just can't help but stare.
     
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    Here is the original WCF posting of my Kephart before they put it up for sale. I luckily logged in at the right time and snagged it. It isn't nearly as shiney now. There is a pic of my very first sheath attempt, it was horrid but fully functional. There is also a pic of this knife with a WCF Neck knife.

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/kephart-style-knife.114325/
     
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    My two. A JK Kephart which is a beautiful knife and a pleasure to use, and my old beater Condor kephart, which for a very inexpensive knife, has stood up to some pretty heavy use over the years.

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    My new Kephart showed today.

    Got it out this afternoon for its maiden voyage.

    Initial impressions are, I am very pleased.
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    Matching fire steel,
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    And a Sheath I think I'm going to like. With pocket for included Arkansas stone
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    More fun with my new Kephart,
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    Hey Viking, Is that a Lucas Forge Kephart?
     
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    Yes sir, it is.
     
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    I can't tell if that Lucas Forge Kephart is more knife or more art.
     
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    @WhisperInThePine Yes indeed. But Lost Viking has put it to use. I think that makes it more knife than art and will eventually develope its own character.
     
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    It's a pretty one for sure.

    But, it has been on my belt everyday since it arrived. We've made fires, constructed some small tools, and sliced veggies for breakfast. It has helped build several fires. Including a tough brush pile fire in the pouring down rain. It has even found its way to the inside of a peanut butter jar.

    So while it is certainly a looker. I'm going to say more knife.
     
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    Functional art.

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    This is for SURE one of the nicest Kephart interpretations I've seen! Man, I was somewhat considering picking up a Bark River because I liked their shape, but this one is much nicer in my opinion!
     
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    @LostViking, sharp 90-degree spine for ferro rod striking?
     
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    You all are bad influences. I talked with Bruce at Deer Creek Forge. Even though I've owned my scandivex Kephart for a year and a half, for a low fee (I won't tell you how low, but if it were a temperature ice would be forming) he is going to swap out my Kephart and send me a brand new Kephart with a flat grind! In all my dealings with him, he's bent over backwards in the customer service department.
     
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    The spine is pretty square. But I don't think it would throw sparks as it stands. Some quick file or stone work might be in order for that.

    However the accompanying steel came with its own independent striker.

    For whatever reason, I tend not to strike steels with my knives anyway. So it's a non issue for me.

    I know, now I probably have to tear off a quarter of my man card and send it in.
     
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    Customer service is where it's at!
     
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    Pics of your knife before you send it in?
     
  44. WhisperInThePine

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    Post 5 of this thread.

    But here's another couple pics.

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    I'm betting if it's not 90° on the regular, I could ask for it in the notes section. Thanks!
     
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    Deer Creek Forge...

    Walnut scales-
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    Cherry scales-
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    he was willing to work with me on getting the grinds how I wanted them, pretty fast turn around, very fair price...really like his work
     
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    My Modified Kephart. It's much larger than a standard kephart but his knife was the main inspiration for it. Brazillian rosewood scales with black fiber liners. 1095 high carbon steel with saber grind. Done 90% by hand with files and a file jig I made. First knife I had made in IIRC 5-6 yrs.
    Here's the step by step follow along build thread if anyone would like to take a look.
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/one-last-knife-one-last-design.184967/

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    @T. Pollock that is one fine looking knife you crafted, very nice!
     
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    Thank you kindly!!! It had been a long time but I sure enjoyed making that one, brought back many fond memories of my knife making days. I really couldn't find the exact knife I wanted (some close but not exactly it) so what's a fella to do... make his own. :dblthumb:
     
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    Here is a Karelia knives (@MichaelBear) kephart design.

    I just thought it was a really cool design that's based off the kephart style knife so I wanted to share.

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