18" Keffeler Sword (K18), AKA The KOD Piece

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    the weight at the pommel seems like a good idea. What material did you use?
     
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  2. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    The prototype is steel. Production will be stainless steel.
     
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  3. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
  4. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 18, 2019
    +1 on that !!

    Wasn’t too concerned with this one, but after that vid - oh my !!

    Winston
     
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  5. vkp78

    vkp78 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    With an almost 3 pound weight but the CG just 1" in front of the guard it should be interesting to see how it handles with one hand.
    Nathan, mind sharing any videos of one handed use or swinging the sword? How hard are you running them?
     
  6. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
  7. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    With that kind of balance, it should handle pretty well single-handed, but I'd advise caution playing around with a razor sharp double edged ~3lb sword single handed.

    For weapons training in the MA styles I studied, we did a LOT of training with unsharpened training swords before ever doing forms and stuff with actual sharp swords. Especially when approaching that 3lb mark, it's easy to generate more momentum than the user's skill can adequately control 1-handed.
     
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  8. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I added a 5-oz weighted pommel to the design which has moved to the center of gravity to directly ahead of the guard.
     
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  9. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    So, while it certainly handles well single-handed, this is a powerful blade and an accident won't be forgiving. You guys be careful out there, this is not a toy.

    ... Okay it is totally a toy. But it is a very dangerous toy...
     
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  10. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    as much as this thing scares me, I'd love to try one out
     
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  11. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    I wouldn't even hold your beer. I ain't getting anywhere near one of these.
     
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  12. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy

    Aug 21, 2014
    Egfrumgbothumb
     
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  13. SRWeldon

    SRWeldon Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    May 26, 2012
    I may have missed it somewhere but will these come with a sheath?
     
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  14. gunslinger387

    gunslinger387 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 31, 2010
    ^they did not.
     
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  15. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    If I don’t have this mixed up, I believe that the K-18 will not come with a sheath, but Chad Pirtle (pirtlemade) will be making some. He took pre-orders for the sheaths at the beginning of the project. I’d suggest contacting Chad if you are interested. There may be more about this early in the K-18 thread? Mike

    Post #184
     
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  16. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    I don't think I've ever bonked myself on the noggin with the spine of any of my large knives but I'd still be a bit apprehensive of using that big bastid. It does look like a helluva lot of fun though. :thumbsup:
     
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  17. vkp78

    vkp78 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    This is going to be legendary
     
  18. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy

    Aug 21, 2014
    I just drooled on my phone
     
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  19. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Yeah, I think so. This is one of the coolest projects I've been involved in. It was risky because it required us to do several things with our process we had never done before. It became an epic undertaking here (still is) but the end result is unique and really very cool.
     
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  20. fkctrjt121

    fkctrjt121 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Sep 29, 2017
    It's very cool!
    Do you see another sword project in the future?
     
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