The Becker BK62 Kephart has a direct connection to the "Forefather" of American Woodcraft... Mr. Horace Kephart. His publication Camping and Woodcraft (first published in 1906) is still popular reading by modern bushcrafters and outdoorsmen.
Ethan Becker owns the only known original 5 inch Kephart Knife still in existence and owned by an individual. This knife inspired an entire genre of outdoor knives. The BK62 Kephart is as close as you can get, in a production knife to the original. This knife has been designed and executed brilliantly by the craftsmen at KA-BAR.
The 5-inch spear point blade is a bushcraft/woodcraft classic due to its versatility. This was the knife Horace Kephart designed and used for everything from wood carving, skinning, food prep and everything in between. The cutting edge starts right in front of the handle scales ensuring maximum usability and versatility.
The blade length is long enough to do good-sized jobs, but the knife is still nimble and easy to maneuver. The full flat grind allows the knife to be a terrific slicer and works well for virtually any task. A slight swedge on the forward part of the spine makes the blade more efficient by reducing drag when cutting through soft or fibrous materials such as vines or wild game. It also allows the knife to be more effcient at piercing tasks.
KA-BAR's excellent 1095 CroVan steel works great under a variety of conditions with plenty of toughness and edge retention. The blade does not have a coating but the stonewashed finish offers minimal corrosion resistance (although it will patina) for the steel and also minimizes the appearance of scratches.
The handle scales are bolt-on using the typical Becker hardware. The scales are made of walnut wood for a classic look and to not feel as cold when used in cold weather. The handle has a slim profile but still fills the hand well. A raised area at the front of the handle scales provide an excellent position when doing a pinch hold and when choking up for fine work. The tapered tang lightens the back a bit providing excellent balance with the balance point being right at the index finger.
A period correct brown leather sheath is included.
What worked well a century ago still works today. The BK62 Kephart is a versatile knife that will find its way into the hands of campers, hikers, bushcrafters, survivalists and hunters alike. As Ethan Becker likes to say about this design, "There is nothing you don't need on this knife, and everything you need is there."
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