Local Bladesmith Wins History Channel Competition Show

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Jordan Keplar of Lost Sasquatch Provisions (courtesy photo)
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Local bladesmith, Jordan Kepler, recently won the History Channel's competition show "Forged in Fire."

The series pits bladesmiths from around the nation to compete in creating history's most iconic-edged weapons. In each episode, four competitors are challenged with a series of tasks to turn raw material into authentic and functional weapons. The weapon is then put through a series of tests from the judges who determine which contestant has earned the $10,000 prize. 

By day Kepler is a graphic designer and he moonlights as a knife maker, adventure photographer, videographer, and land conservationist. He grew up in Aptos and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend CalPoly where he received a degree in industrial technology that included metal-working.

Creative interests have always piqued his interest, from building custom skateboards to cardboard furniture. His passion for bladesmithing came about several years ago when he decided to make a knife to go camping.

"I continued to learn new things about knife making and really enjoyed it, then friends started asking me to make knives for them and it snowballed," said Kepler.

When Wil Willis, the host of "Forged in Fire," posted an application for the show Kepler decided to apply. 

Kepler appeared in Season 8, Episode 9 titled "Headhunter's Revenge" which aired on February 19. After making it through a series of challenges he arrived at his final task, recreating the Headhunter Axe, a traditional Filipino weapon of the Igorot Tribe. 

To encapsulate his hobbies, Kepler started a business titled "Lost Sasquatch Provisions" based out of his Santa Ynez home where he makes custom hand-forged knives. He said the whole meaning behind sasquatch is the importance of keeping our public lands clean, and Sasquatch is the best at leaving no trace.

Visit lostsasquatch.com to order a custom-made knife from the Santa Ynez Valley.

 

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CreekMoe Mar 07, 2021 12:27 PM
Local Bladesmith Wins History Channel Competition Show

I never heard of a town called "APTOS" - Name sounds like a pill?

Aptos, California
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Aptos
Unincorporated community
Census designated place
Sunset at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, California.
Location in Santa Cruz County and the state of California
Aptos is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°58′53″N 121°54′27″W Coordinates: 36°58′53″N 121°54′27″W
Country United States
State California
County Santa Cruz
Rancho Aptos 1833
Area
• CDP 6.43 sq mi (16.66 km2)
• Land 6.43 sq mi (16.66 km2)
• Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2) 0%
Elevation 108 ft (33 m)
Population (2010)[3]
• CDP 6,220
• Estimate (2016)[4] N/A
• Urban[5] 21,000
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
• Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
95001, 95003
Area code 831
FIPS code 06-02378
GNIS feature IDs 1657939, 2407750
Aptos is an unincorporated town in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The town contains several small communities with a combined population of 24,402, including Aptos Hills - Larkin Valley, Aptos Village, Cabrillo, Seacliff, Rio Del Mar, and Seascape. [5]

For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Aptos as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area is limited in contrast to the local understanding of the area with the same name. The population of the CDP was 6,220 at the 2010 census.[3]

Aptos is bisected northwest-to-southeast by the State Route 1 freeway and includes the ZIP codes 95001 and 95003.

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