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The Knife that Horace Kephart created......

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by Ethan Becker, May 29, 2017.

  1. DYSPHORIC JOY

    DYSPHORIC JOY

    248
    Feb 6, 2004
    That is great news E! Make sure Joe gets a ton of pictures.
     
  2. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Yes! Pics would be great E!
     
  3. Tanker 1/66

    Tanker 1/66 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Bada** Sig bravo:thumbsup:
     
  4. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
  5. Tanker 1/66

    Tanker 1/66 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Lol mine too Warrior upgraded mine with the Stars and Stripes
     
  6. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    noice

    how about this?

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  7. Tanker 1/66

    Tanker 1/66 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Nice Bladite Nice
     
  8. Mike McCarter

    Mike McCarter Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    145
    Oct 20, 2016
    Thank you, Mr. Becker, for sharing your treasure with us. Hope I didn't leave any drool on it.
     
  9. B.Mauser

    B.Mauser KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 22, 2011
    I found an interesting picture online a few days ago. Its the rest of the page that the Kephart knife advertisement came from.


    I have wondered what else they were talking about when they said we also make the Kephart sheath knife.



    It says western Carolina university on the top. Its is supposed to have come from Horace Kepharts possessions after he died. They said he was filling it out to place an order and in the Colclesser tomahawk add above the knife he wrote the word straight to change it to say "with straight handle".



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  10. NCSlice

    NCSlice

    Feb 22, 2015
    @B.Mauser Nice find!
    Says it's crucible cast steel. I wonder which?
    I love where it says "Cut Short your knife troubles by ordering..."
    $2.00! I'll takem all!
     
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  11. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    I met up with Joe at the Western Carolina University Library & Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee NC and spent a delightful time with Pam Meister, the director and Jason Brady who is the Special Collections guy...... And special is right - very right...... Among the treasures he curates are the intact journals and notebooks that Horace Kephart used when writing Camping & Woodcraft, Our Southern Highlander's and his other tomes...... The Kephart display, which will be up until September, is really quite nice.....They have one of his campsites set up with his tent, sleeping bag, cover and air mattress and other accouterments.....The tent, and seeping gear were from Abercrombie & Fitch which at the time was one of, if not the preeminent, outfitters in our country..... They outfitted many a grand expedition before they became just another wussified fashion brand lost in the merchantile swamps......

    And then there was the knife........
    It was the Four inch version and it was the proto for the production version(I think)...... it was used a LOT...... The Museum thinks the haft is walnut but, I speculate that it might be chestnut..... We could not hold it but my examination shows the haft to be a bit rounder than the production knife and the blade sharpened so often that i am certain that the original convexes have changed quite a bit from when it left the hands of the blacksmith.....

    I found it quite special for a whole host of reasons other than it's incredible provenance...... A fine tool designed by a truly brilliant man with more"dirt time" than almost anyone and who could communicate his needs well enough to see it into production...... Wow, just WOW.....

    Thanks again to Pam and Jason......

    All in all one of the better days of my life........

    Pics will be coming from Joe and they will happen..........

    Ethan

    P.s..... The notebooks, notes and journals are being digitized and many are already available online....Check it out and if you can visit the WCU and enjoy........ e

    More to come......
     
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  12. The Warrior

    The Warrior ☠ Dubzerator ☠ Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    That's awesome.
     
  13. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    Yeah Warrior, you nailed it....Awesome!!!....... e
     
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  14. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    A place to start is www.horacekephart.com ...... His Camping and Woodcraft is still in print, there is a new documentary on DVD and al ot more......Check it out...... e

    More later......
     
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  15. The Warrior

    The Warrior ☠ Dubzerator ☠ Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Be honest Ethan, they were afraid you were gonna run off with it, weren't they? :D

    All kidding aside, that had to be an education. It was nice that you could make a comparison with his user, compared to your production model. Where the hell is Joe with the photos, dammit? I'd love to see a spine shot of either blade. Curious about the handle contours.
     
  16. Col Defender

    Col Defender

    Nov 11, 2011
    I am quite sure that a Kephart knife is not in my future. But the book, "Camping and Woodcraft" is readily available (reprints). Does anyone know though where I might find a hardback early edition in readable condition?
     
  17. The Warrior

    The Warrior ☠ Dubzerator ☠ Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Joe? Oh, Joe?
     
  18. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    those rascally people named Joe...

    updated pix were posted after Blade on the very first page (post #2?) by that Bladite guy. including a very nice spine shot ;)
     
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  19. The Warrior

    The Warrior ☠ Dubzerator ☠ Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Crap, I forgot all about that. The scales seem flatish, at best.
     
  20. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    Very flat, like a nessmuk too, hugs the body.

    If you click through you should get suitable hi-rez
     
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