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PostSubject: Proud Kentucky   November 23rd 2015, 7:35 pm

I grew up in Kentucky. I really am a Kentucky Colonel. 

I just managed to make a purchase that makes me very happy. 
I grew up in Bullitt County, Kentucky. I have just made a purchase 
of a small knife that was hand made by Hershel House. He is from Butler.

His work in long black powder rifles and knives has made an artistic 
and historic mark. His brothers honor and practice the traditions of 
Kentucky as well. 

This is my new neck knife. Mr. House will be adding the Hunter's Star to the hilt. 
I chose this instead of my initials. If possible, I will add it to my possibles bag strap 
made by my cousin.




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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 23rd 2015, 10:55 pm

Mr.House does some amazing work. His rifles are to die for! Beautiful looking knife and sheath, thats something to be very proud of!
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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 8:52 am

I didn't know he was still living.


"I grew up in Kentucky. I really am a Kentucky Colonel."
Were you commissioned before 2008?

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 9:16 am

patocazador wrote:
I didn't know he was still living.


"I grew up in Kentucky. I really am a Kentucky Colonel."
Were you commissioned before 2008?


Yep. Hershel is living AND producing the occasional knife!
This is his latest. He is doing the engraving on the hilt. before
sending it. Smile

I believe his brothers are active, too. Keep your fingers crossed.
I would still like to have a long knife made from home, as well. 
It seems to be a nice family business.

Boy, would I love to have one of his rifles! Pity I am not independently
wealthy! Crying or Very sad


Yep. I was commissioned Colonel twice. I am the only person I know
that has had that happen.


Governor John Y. Brown commissioned me first in 1983.
Governor Martha Lane Collins commissioned me again in 1985.
I do not think they noticed the redundancy.


I argued that they should have given me a promotion to General
since I have two! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 11:17 am

Then you must have done something pretty good to warrant that.

Someone told me that about 2008 the governor started handing those out like popcorn to his political allies. I don't have any idea if that's true or not.
After going through Pikeville, I have no desire to go back to KY. No

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 1:15 pm

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Then you must have done something pretty good to warrant that.

Someone told me that about 2008 the governor started handing those out like popcorn to his political allies. I don't have any idea if that's true or not.
After going through Pikeville, I have no desire to go back to KY. No

I have been to Pikeville. This is not the nicest part of the state for me. 

Trust me. There are great things about Kentucky.

The Kentucky Colonel award is based on the old Governor's militia. 
It has been an honorary award since that militia was disbanded. 
It does not surprise me that modern politicians are abusing the 
honor.

It has always been a politically convenient award. Those who win 
it are advantageous to those who award it and/or political cronies. 

I have never been involved in politics. I made them look good so they 
awarded me the honor. I am glad they did. I am a sucker for my home 
state.

The House family is a real treasure. They have made rifles for at least 
three Kentucky Governors.

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 1:18 pm

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Mr.House does some amazing work. His rifles are to die for! Beautiful looking knife and sheath, thats something to be very proud of!

And, thanks FG! That means a lot!

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 1:33 pm

Beautiful knife...the workmanship is superb..I have been to Ktucky a few times and it was nice..but I was mostly in the rural areas...we were out around the Black mountain area...
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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 1:39 pm

Good stuff.

Is the leather for the sheath old, or does he have a way to make it look that way?

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   November 24th 2015, 7:25 pm

I don't know much about the leather, Muley. 
I believe his wife might make it? I did not ask. 
I like it and it will age on its own if I am patient.

I have a cousin out west that is making me a possibles bag. 
We have talked about putting this on the strap. 

"We can do a lacing weave to attach it using the holes behind handle." She Says


So, I am going to wait and just wear it as a neck knife until she finishes and
then see what we need to do about the look of the leather. It will need to match the bag.


Thanks, Al-53 I have been all around Black Mountain, but not on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   December 2nd 2015, 8:15 pm

MY LETTER BACK TO THE HOUSE FAMILY: 

"I received the knife this evening. I have to say, 
I have not been this excited to open a box since 
I was a child.

The knife is elegant. Useful and unique. For me, it it a two 
finger hilt, but it is still comfortable in the hand. I am a 
big man with large hands.

The sheathe surprised me. It is so well matched! 
It hangs on me exactly. You could have measured me. 
The beads are much nicer than the photo. The length 
hangs on my large frame at the perfect height and at a 
beautiful angle.

I am attending Alafia this year for the first time. 
I will definitely be sporting this"

Needless to say, I am VERY HAPPY. It is a beautiful, functional, 
work of art from my home, Kentucky. Very Happy 

The Hunter's Star engraving is beautiful, too! And, Hershel included 
a letter about the knife that I will pass down the generations. 

It really is a beautiful work of art, guys..
Muley? The leather is exquisite. Better than the 
photo.

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   June 29th 2016, 6:54 am

CRAP ... I thought you were from the "chicken" side of KC .......  didn't know you was the real deal John ...  just kidding you, that's neat.

Oh an update KC, talked to Carl yesterday he is in the final stock shaping on the J&S Hawken, then he'll start the Bridger Hawken. He mentioned the "Watson Kit" (your Hawken) yesterday, thought that would be an interesting build.

I have several items from the House family and have traded or sold other wares from them, great talents that are always mentioned when one talks about top quality. Nice knife KC.

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   June 29th 2016, 7:58 am

A treasure for sure!  I hope you have this on on display along with your powder horn and possibles bag.  They are too nice to hide away in a closet!!

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   June 29th 2016, 8:53 am

My father-n-law was a Kentucky Colonel.....great looking knife! Also we took a group of young men from Idaho to Boonesborough several years ago for a living history event.
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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   June 29th 2016, 11:01 am

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Oh an update KC, talked to Carl yesterday he is in the final stock shaping on the J&S Hawken, then he'll start the Bridger Hawken. He mentioned the "Watson Kit" (your Hawken) yesterday, thought that would be an interesting build.

I have several items from the House family and have traded or sold other wares from them, great talents that are always mentioned when one talks about top quality. Nice knife KC.


Wow! This old post from December sprang back into life! Neat. 

I do like that knife a lot. Joe, I wear it often. People see and ask about it all the time. 
In fact, John House made me my own Kentucky long knife after this post. He made 
it a wicked piece of home and history and art: a serious knife in your hand. I now 
have two H. House and one J. House knives of my own that I value a lot. 

(Grins- I do not have a House rifle... those are pricey little gems!) I don't have any of 
brother Frank's work, either. I use stuff- I don't 'collect' stuff that 'sits.' So, IDK 
if I ever will get anymore House stuff. I will drool a lot, however.

Buck, the news about Carl Walker makes me very happy! I have been a bit 
shy about writing him even though I have his e-mail address.

The same impulse that makes me value the House family is what led me to 
get on the waiting list for the GRRW CA rifle builds. I am an absolute sucker 
for genuine ability and living connection to history. If you also make something 
beautiful that is functional that I can hold and use? Man, that is special. 

I know the rest of you guys will find this hard to believe as I am fairly chatty here, 
but there are certain folks that just make me want to clam up. It is like being in a 
cathedral, certain museums, or the Capital Rotunda... an awed, hushed silence just feels 
more appropriate. I can get that way around extreme skill and people who are actually 
living connections to history. (Fortunately, just famous people don't bother me much.) I 
know I should just get over it, but it is what it is.

So, I am a little shy about Carl. (I know how to go meet Hershel House, but have not because 
of this peculiarity of mine. I am afraid I would just stand there and grin and shift back and forth 
like an idiot!) I would clam up around Doc White, too. That report to the House family that appears 
higher in this thread? I wrote that to a cousin who reported it back to Hershel. (I know! Crazy!)

In short? Buck, I am super excited about the rifle and Carl and I am very happy you posted an 
update for me. I am glad there is still some excitement and interest as I am over the moon. My 
friends have taken to asking me about it probably because I don't shut up about it.

Light horseman, I never did the Boonesboro events, but I did do a lot in Harrodsburg at the Fort there. 
Those are a lot of fun.

PS. 'fairly chatty' can translate to 'won't shut up.' I know. lol! 
 But, I try to be entertaining.

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PostSubject: Re: Proud Kentucky   June 30th 2016, 6:50 am

KC, Light Horse,  As we all get older the memories are all that's left to share. Everyone has had some good ones, we are all lucky we lived to tell about some of them. I'm sure you two are like me with some questionable things we have all done and now look back and think "what were we thinking, we could have been killed". You two are probably like me in just doing what needed to be done at the time without much though put into the situation.

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