As a special bonus post this week I wanted to share a very cool story, written by a friend of mine, David C. Anderson, and posted on Knife Magazine’s website. I was at this same Blade Show and Ethan was generous enough to allow me to handle this knife as well. It is every bit as cool as David says it is.If you haven’t checked out Knife Magazine, you owe it to yourself to do so. Great magazine, run by a couple great guys. – Editor
This article originally appeared on The Truth About Knives. Used with Permission of the Author.
The Original Kephart Examinedby David C Andersen
Every year, the BLADE Show is full of highlights, but 2017 gave me something that will be hard to beat. I had the chance to handle an original Kephart knife -by Colclesser Bros. of Pennsyvania. Holy smokes!
Formerly belonging to Mark Zalesky, owner of Knife Magazine, the Kephart was brought to the show by Ethan Becker, who had recently managed to acquire it. I’m afraid to even ask him what it took to make that transaction take place. The knife is one of two known to still exist, and the only one in private hands. Horace Kephart’s personal knife is the other, and it resides in a museum collection.
Fortunately for all of us, Mr. Becker is a most gracious individual. If his new prize belonged to anyone else, no one would ever see it again, but Ethan told me he enjoyed being able to share such a once in a lifetime opportunity with people that truly appreciate it.
So, it was with reverence in my step and gloves on my hands….
Read the entire article here >>
Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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