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Last 4 for the Blackpowder show

Geoff Keyes

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Every year since the Lady Wife and I got together, I have had a table at the Spring Mountain Man show.  She is a past president and it's more of a social thing than a big sales shows for me, still,. I like to have some new stuff for the table.  I got three done over the last several weeks, and then these 4 got finished up today.  I think the 3 little guys must be demo blades, maybe showing how little steel you need to make a serviceable blade.  I found them buried in the grinder swarf and though they deserved to be saved.  The last one is something I saw online, my take on a Kephart .  This is a little out of the box for me.  I mostly do stick or through tangs, and this is a full tang.  Mine is a bit more robust in cross section, and I have just 2 pins and a more pronounced plunge cut.  Not bad for a first go.  


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2 inch blade, 6.5 inch OL, osage, stacked leather, and moose tine


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3.5 inch blade (including ricasso) 7.5 inch OL

Stabilized mulberry burl and horn

Lots of cutting edge on this one


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2.5 inch blade, 7 inch OI

horn, osage, fiber spacers and horn with a brass button


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These little skinner/utility blades are intended to sit in your palm with 3 fingers on the handle and your index braced against the spine of the blade, although there is enough for a full grip.

Last, the Kephart

4.75 inches to the handle, 9.25 OL

Ipe slabs, just barely convex grind, but no swedge

It's a sturdy little beast, should be good for pretty much any camp task.  


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I'm thinking that a slightly longer blade, say 7 inches and a bit less mass (shooting for 1/8th inch at the ricasso) might be a nice package.

As always, comments are welcome and thanks for lookling





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Great looking blades ! I really like the look of that osage orange and horn& spacers.  I'm kinda a fan of Buffalo horn, but not the smell LOL 


Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.Lu 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Mr 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
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Yeah that Osage handle is a really nice addition to a small and very servicable blade.

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