Alive from 1862 to 1931, Horace Sowers Kephart — a librarian, author, and outdoorsman — was the preeminent expert on all things related to the great outdoors. In fact, more than a hundred years later, his tome, Camping and Woodcraft, still contains the answers to just about any question you might have regarding the natural world. As an homage to this great, abundantly influential man, Ka-Bar has paired up with prolific knife designer Ethan Becker to recreate Kephart’s only known knife design, the BK62, and release it for public sale.
Though the knife is modest and subtle in its appearance, its ergonomic design and material construction is nothing shy of exquisite. In fact, though the knife has never been sharpened, it still cuts beautifully, some 100 years later. And while those are big shoes to fill, we believe Ka-Bar and Becker have managed it brilliantly — crafting their homage out of 1095 CroVan steel and mating it to a stunning walnut handle. Perfectly balanced, the BK62 measures up at 9.688″ in total, weighs just 6.4 ounces, and comes with a fittingly elegant leather sheath. Available now from select dealers and set for a wider release in January 2019, the Ka-Bar Becker BK62 Kephart Knife retails for $183.