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Offline wsdstan

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Another package arrived in the mail today!
« on: September 11, 2018, 04:07:38 PM »
I got a package in the mail yesterday too.  It was from Sarge (Mike).  My Kephart arrived and, while I know those of you who have followed this project know what they look like, I need to say that pictures just don?t do the knife justice.  Mike has extraordinary  skill in working metal, mating wood and steel together in a butter smooth finish, and putting very difficult and time consuming effort into making the knife really special.
 
I opted to let Mike select the wood for the scales and he chose a piece much like the originals that had been stabilized. The blade is convex with the spine being thinner than the midsection as it tapers to the cutting edge. It is not an easy grind to get perfect but mine is.  You get a blade that looks thinner than it really is.  The balance is at the perfect point for me and I am just overjoyed with the fit and finish. I cut up meat for the charcoal grill and a variety of vegetables with it and made one feather stick.  I cannot wait to dress out a deer this year, assuming I get lucky.  This knife will be my go to bushcraft and hunting knife.
   
The knife is a heirloom item in my opinion.  If you have someone to pass along your treasured items to when you?re gone; this piece of art and function will certainly make them very very happy. 

Many thanks to Sarge (Mike McCarter) for undertaking this project.  The finished product is sure worth the work he put into it.  Horace Kephart would have been proud of it.   








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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 05:10:14 PM »
Congratulations Stan. That sounded so good I think I'll read it again. And the pics- thanks.
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 05:11:20 PM »
That is a beauty, congrats. Mike is an awesome craftsman.

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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 06:39:31 PM »
Congratulations Stan. That sounded so good I think I'll read it again. And the pics- thanks.

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That is a beauty, congrats. Mike is an awesome craftsman.

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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2018, 07:16:17 PM »
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 07:32:23 PM »

  Beautious .
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2018, 05:35:06 AM »
jealous,  but I have one coming in about November.   :)

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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2018, 07:03:31 AM »
I really appreciate you guys. Many thanks!
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2018, 06:14:02 PM »
Outstanding Stan.
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2018, 06:21:38 PM »
Great looking blade Stan!
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2018, 05:01:38 AM »
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2018, 07:41:15 PM »
Just thought I would add that I got to dress out a whitetail that came by where I was sitting this evening.  The Kephart did just fine.  The 5" blade works well inside the cavity and does everything from the alimentary exit to slitting and removing entrails just like you would expect.  This is a great all around tool for a lot of the things we do with knives.  Mike's artistry with metal and Kephart's design make this a particularly enjoyable knife to use. 
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2018, 08:34:40 PM »
Thanks for sharing that, Stan. Congrats on the deer!!!
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2018, 08:58:21 PM »
Congratulations Stan.
  Alimentary, a most polite way to express that detail. I have anticipated the tip design of the Col knife is not pointy enough to perform the task as I have previously. Could you detail your method? Everything else; I agree, would be just like I'd expect.
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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2018, 08:51:00 AM »
Unk I merely pierce the skin adjacent to the rosebud and cut a circle around it about 1/2" or so away from the canal.  The Kephart is pointed enough to this.  I normally use a razor knife with one of those disposable blades to do that job but wanted to see how the Kephart performed.  The razor knife is probably a bit easier to use but they didn't have them back in the day.  I also saw the pelvis at this time which will enable you to pull the canal free of the body.  Sometimes I tie it off with string to avoid any leakage.  I used to use one of those butt out plastic devices but find it isn't necessary if I cut the pelvis prior to slitting the muscle wall up to the rib cage.

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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2018, 08:09:51 PM »
That?s an awesome looking knife Stan, congrats!!

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Re: Another package arrived in the mail today!
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2018, 08:59:26 PM »
Sarge does a great job on these.  I am really enamored of this knife Dano.

I still think of you every time I use my bushcraft knife in that great sheath you made.  Wondered what you were doing and it seems like quite a while since you were on the site.  Glad you are back and hope you stay around if work allows.
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