Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Ever since the first time I researched Horace Kephart I both admired and respected the man. I have enjoyed reading his tales of life in the Great Smokey Mountains, and have been at times jealous of the view of the Smokeys he got to live through. However I have just never been able to get my head around the blade geometry of the Kephart knives I have seen in the past. To each his/her own I know, and how well you like a specific blade geometry depends on what your primary uses for a knife are. My uses and experiences with knives have left me with a preference for a pointy tip. I do not recall ever having wished my knife blade was less pointy for anything important or not being able to find a way to overcome the obstacle. I do however recall a few times when I have wished my knife were more pointy for something important, and a few times when I modified a blade to make it more pointy to fill a need. It always seemed somewhat sad to me that I could admire and respect a man so much, yet never desire to have a knife called a Kephart knife by the maker because the tip just wasn't going to work for me. Yes some interpretations have been pointier than others, but none were pointy enough to suit me. Then when I came back from hanging out in the swamps in south Florida and actually had decent internet again I noticed that Andy Roy of Fiddleback Forge was producing a model he called his Kephart model. It was from everything I had seen up till then a very non-traditional interpretation, but that's what caught my eye. It has a very pointy, below-center, spear point blade shape. The first thoughts through my head were finally, now we're talking. Well, apparently I was a little too vocal about how much I liked, and equally too vocal about my chagrin at not having the funds to acquire one after my out of town stay. For just before Christmas I found an unexpected package from a friend in my PO Box. Inside was the below knife, one of Andy's Kepharts, and a note that said Merry Christmas I hope you enjoy the knife. The knife was stunning, and I was speechless, still am at times when I think about it. But enjoy it I definitely have, as it has turned out to be my favorite Fiddleback Forge knife to date. Specs: Overall length.........................8-5/8 inches Blade length...........................4-1/8 inches Handle length.........................4-1/2 inches Steel.....................................5/32 / 4mm O-1 Tool Steel Handle material.......................Natural G-10, natural canvas micarta liner, white pin stripe, and natural micarta pins and bullseye filler. I have a few other knives made by Andy, and I have always been very happy with them. love the way the handle feels on this knife, the G10 just feel great in hand and the ergonomics and fantastic. The fit and finish is absolutely fantastic. Using the knife to prepare a few dinners got the patina going, shallots really help make some darker spots. .