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CLOSED, Keffler-18 (K18) Sheath pre-order, group pricing offer

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by cpirtle, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. cpirtle

    cpirtle Leathercrafter Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 28, 2001

    I reached out to Jo and Nathan to see if I could offer a pre-order deal and they generously agreed to let me post it here in their forum, and further will be sending me a blank to start production on the sheaths with a goal of being able to ship sheaths at the same time the swords are shipping. My plan is to build all of the pre-orders as soon as I get the blank.

    The initial 10 will be at a discount off my normal pricing, and I will offer price breaks the will kick in based on the number of people who sign up. To keep it simple I will be offering two sheath options in two different color combinations.

    Sheath Options:

    Both sheath options share the same sheath body, which will be my full perimeter stitched, wet molded sheath without a keeper strap. Option 1 will be a drop loop option that can be worn on a belt or connected to a Baldric, it will have my standard leg tie attachment point. Option 2 will be my pack sheath which is the same as option 1 with the drop loop deleted and replaced with lashing points around the perimeter of the sheath. These are great for those who will not carry it on their body, but can lashed to anything, packed or sling rigged.

    Update: Option 3: If you would like both the drop loop option and the lashing points of the pack sheath I will make it available for an additional $25. See update under construction for details on how lashing points are finished.

    Color Options:

    Option A: Black leather with OD thread

    Option B: Medium Brown leather with dark brown thread


    These sheaths will be made to the same standards as all of my work. They will be constructed from 10/12 oz American raised and tanned English Bridle leather, fully wet molded with dyed and polished edges, then finished in my proprietary fully soaked top coat.

    Update: On my pack sheaths the lashing points whether round or oblong are fully died through the hole, chamfered then polished for a final finish equal to the rest of the sheath.


    With a finished overall length of approximately 22" this will be among the largest sheaths I make. My normal price for a sheath this size is $230, group pricing is as follows:

    8-10 orders: $195
    11-20 orders: $180
    21+ Orders: $165 - Current price

    Shipping for all US Orders will be $15, International will be actual cost.


    • I will close this pre-order shortly after orders are closed for the K18.
    • No variations will be offered in the pre-order. Special requests welcome and will fall under normal production schedule and pricing.
    • I normally don't charge anything until the sheath is ready, but since this is a group buy where pricing is based on the number of orders a $25 good faith deposit is required to secure your place in line. Of course it will be applied toward your final balance.


    Please post here that you are in, and how many you'd like if it's more than one. This allows others to follow where we are in pricing. Follow that up with an email to [email protected] with the following information.. Please no PM's or texts for this order.

    BF Alias:
    Sheath option:
    Color Option:
    $25 Deposit: Paypal to [email protected]

    Here are some examples of the sheaths being offered, or as Nathan would say, here are examples of what you won't be getting.

    You can see a lot more of my work in general in my Instagram feed HERE.

    Drop Loop


    Pack Sheath


    Color Swatch (Medium Brown and Black being offered)


    Thanks for looking and feel free to ask questions here so everyone can see the discussion or answers.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
  2. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011

    Please put me down for one Chad.

    I would like to update to Option 3: If you would like both the drop loop option and the lashing points, and Option A: Black leather with OD thread. @cpirtle
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
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  3. zmbhntr

    zmbhntr ̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•̪●)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿''̿ ̿ Platinum Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    I'm in for one Chad.

    Deposit sent for medium brown pack sheath. I'm going to need to get a sling for this beaut.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2019
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  4. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I'd like one!

    EDIT: Deposit sent.

    EDIT 2, 7/2/19: I'd like to switch to option 3 as well, with the drop loop carry + pack carry lashing holes.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
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  5. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    I'll be in for 1 and thank you for offering this service.

    ETA: Black with OD green piping/stitching and if you are willing to add some extras for carry options, I will be very happy to add on.

    ETA + 1: Both options of drop loop carry and pack carry with lashing.

    ETA + 2: pre-order procedure completed per instructions and good faith deposit sent.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
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  6. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    I'll take one Chad in black please, thank you
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  7. Brian77

    Brian77 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 27, 2014
    In for 2 1 in black and 1 in brown

    email sent with all info.... let me know if anything else is needed.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019
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  8. swaybacksteve


    Apr 7, 2015
    I'll get One Chad, Black Pack Sheath. And Thank you!

    emailed and deposit made
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2019
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  9. TommyGun56

    TommyGun56 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    I will take 2 Chad
    EDIT: Both Pack Sheaths
    1 in Medium Brown
    1 in Black

    EDIT: Deposit sent Friday June 21st:thumbsup:
    EDIT AGAIN: Would also like to add 1 inch straps for transporting if possible
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
  10. sryt95

    sryt95 Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    1 in black, pack sheath

    email sent.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2019
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  11. Byron Bowling

    Byron Bowling

    Nov 23, 2017
    One please
    Bbowling at honuapo.com
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  12. le0ne

    le0ne Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2012
    In for 1 as well.
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  13. coiledwire

    coiledwire Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    In for 1
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  14. Dirtbags00

    Dirtbags00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2015
    In for one. I will send email and deposit when I get back home later. Thank you
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  15. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Hi Chad,

    I’m in for one black, option two, sheath.
    Thank you.


    Email and deposit sent.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2019
  16. Sled

    Sled Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    I'll be in for one also. Just seems like the sensible thing to do. Update choices later.

    Update: Going for option "3" Drop loop/pack. Color: Black

    email and deposit enroute.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
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  17. bullpin


    Dec 8, 2010
    I’m in in for a pack sheath. Black.
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  18. cpirtle

    cpirtle Leathercrafter Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 28, 2001
    I just updated my post in the purchase thread that I will take one. I only needed to get to 8 which isn't break even but enough commitment that I can tell my wife with a straight face it's a good decision.. haha

    Currently we are in the second discount tier which brings it down to $180, only need a few more to get to the lowest.

    Thanks everyone!
  19. cpirtle

    cpirtle Leathercrafter Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 28, 2001
    I was thinking about it tonight while I was at my daughters softball game.. I can offer both as a third option for an added cost.

    Adding the lashing points (the way I do them) is roughly the same amount of time and effort as adding the embedded Tee Nuts and drop loop strap, which is why its a trade off on the options for me. I am going to add an option to get both for an additional $25 for anyone interested.

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  20. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I’ll take 1, dark brown with teanuts for bandolier carry thanx
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