Pre-order for the new Kephart?

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Dec 16, 2020.

pre-order for the new Kephart?

  1. Yes, start a pre-order

    69 vote(s)
  2. No, bad idea

    6 vote(s)
  1. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm considering doing a pre-order for the new Kephart maybe this Friday.

    The timing wouldn't be perfect because it's not quite ready for its "grand unveil", but we have only done one pre-order in 2020 so far and I'm running out of time to put another run into this year.

    This actually matters some for tax purposes. I'm thinking about this from the point of view of running the business. It is advantageous to level out your years. Last year was a good year, this year (due to the move more than Covid) was less, and with our newly on-line manufacturing capabilities, next year is looking pretty good. So it might be helpful to put some of next year into this December in order to move some of 2021 into 2020. We're not in a money pinch, it isn't a cash grab, but it would certainly be artificially timed rather than "organic".

    What do you folks think? It's a Kephart (we all know what that is). The steel is here already and we've already decked it, it's about to go on a machining center, so this isn't "vaporware". So, should I do a pre-order for it? Friday?
  2. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    I am a fan of the kephart! I would be interested. Also need a DEK1 :)

    EDIT: Since I was the first to agree to this wonderful idea!! Can I be automatically put on the pre-order!?? :D:D:D
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2020
  3. halm

    halm Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2012
    For sure. Love Kepharts!
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  4. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
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  5. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I'd be in!
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  6. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Open to a pre-order. Would be helpful to know specifications, handle options, prices etc
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  7. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    AGREE! would like to see a preview of selections! Sheath options, etc. Good call @prom52
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  8. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Nathan, are you going to be offering some semi-custom options like the other preorders or are you planning on a simpler Kephart preorder without too many frills? (mostly handle scale options, I imagine).
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  9. Chris A

    Chris A Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    I’d also like so see the specs but am in regardless
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  10. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    This shit sounds fishy, like an attempt to get over on the IRS or something.

    If that’s the case, I’m in
  11. beattheheat

    beattheheat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2018
    if it's Delta 3V AND similar to the cad rendering shown by casinostock in #26 i'm in for 1,and if possible osage scales!IF it has the "broomstick" handle from original no interrest.i don't like the original design.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2020
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  12. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    I assume no votes are only because of knife allowances are shot! :D
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  13. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    I would be in for a preorder. Mostly because I want the peace of mind that it gives me. I am still waiting on the DEK1 from that preorder but I know it's coming regardless - might as well add another to the wait list.
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  14. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I'm not huge on the traditional Kephart pattern, so I would probably pass as it is (although once we see pictures of the new pattern I could change my mind), and to be honest every preorder I have with CPK is still pending, so I think I'd like to see my DEK1 preorder or my K18 before I decide to throw more money in the pot. I certainly trust Nathan and Jo to deliver, I just don't like having so much money tied up in long-term pending projects. Although... the axe would force me to reconsider that, LOL.
  15. Odog27

    Odog27 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    I’m probably out.
    A lot of variables in my knife budget.
    Will I land a BD?
    If I don’t land a BD, should I get a second DEK1? Or another FK2? Or the Kephart?
    Additionally, I’m trying to scrape together money for a K18 - but probably dreaming.
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  16. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    After seeing that log of Osage you shared, how can I say no?

    That being said it’s Christmas and I have 0 money to spare so I certainly can’t afford one.

  17. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Just to add, I am among the very very few nitwits (maybe the only one?) who has never held or owned a Kephart ever! Therefore it would be an absolute boon for me to be guaranteed the CPK-Kephart without having to partake in the ever arduous Fridays' sales scrums! I am naturally in, but due to self-imposed constraints, most likely I will not be going overboard with multiples like I had in some of the past preorders. If they should be offered with wood handles as added options, count me in for at least 2 :D
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  18. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    I will try to resist since my boot dagger is currently the do everything EDC, peels apples, slices potatoes, you name it.
  19. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    I'd be in on that action.
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  20. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Sign me up. I’m in.
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