The unsung: Whelen's Seeds-ke-dee and DeWeese pattern knives This is a knife that should be out there more. That it was Whelen's personal knife to the end speaks volumes. It may be that it has been overlooked because Whelen's own description in OYOITW identifies it by number which doesn't really correspond to the unlabelled pic in the book. It is a Green River butcher knife modification so it must be the one on the far left in the pic. The others don't come close. Like Nessmuck's and Kephart's knives, it is a thin, light blade but in a bowie/butcher blade pattern with jigged scales that would be very grippy even when wet. If it were natural horn or bone material, the porous qaulities alone would make it grippy like oiled wood. This is the source of my inspiration for the jigged scales on my own commission of a Kephart patterned blade from ML Knives and I may get another one which is more like Whelen's pattern. Whelen is not alone in his imagination of this pattern. The Marbles knives' Dal DeWeese pattern knife is very similar in design and may be Whelen's orginal inspiration. DeWeese himself was another big game hunter and outdoors writer who valued extreme light weight so it is no surprise. Of note is the somewhat squared off back of the handles on both the Seeds-ke-dee and DeWeese. Like Whelen, I strongly suspect that DeWeese's personal knife was likely a hack of a Green River or Old Hickory also. If you are a bowie guy but like light weight and minimalist knives, you are not alone. The really great thing about these patterns is that they are easy to DIY Marbles DeWeese: PS. I do remember Skab's old post... LOL!