Bill Ruple 5-Blade Stag Sowbelly (SOLD)

Bill Ruple 5-Blade Stag Sowbelly (SOLD)

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Bill Ruple is a master at making slip joint folders.  He has taught and inspired so many knifemakers on how to make folding knives, that it's almost impossible to list them.  You have to hold one of Bill's knives to truly appreciate the fit and finish, and his attention to detail.  He has been making knives since 1988.  The quality of his knives has been consistent throughout his career.  He has made knives with from one to five blades.  No matter what he makes or what show he attends, he always sells out - and quickly!

This Bill Ruple 5-blade Sowbelly is one of the more challenging knife builds for any slip-joint knifemaker.  The tolerances, and fit and finish must be perfect.  Bill doesn't make many these days, as they are time consuming and costly to build.  All the blades are CPM-154 stainless steel, and they all have half-stops.  The front and rear bolsters are 416 stainless steel, as are the pins, jeweled liners, and bowtie shield.  The scales are two gorgeous pieces of premium stag, well-matched and highly figured, with great color.  All the blades lock up tight with no play, and the blade seating of each is spot-on.  Nice large nail nicks all the way around, with firm yet smooth pulls.  Bill is the master of "walk-and-talk", and this knife is no exception.  This knife was previously owned, although it was never used, carried or sharpened.  It was recently sent back to Bill for a complete "spa treatment", as it had some storage / handling marks.  Bill refinished the blades, and re-polished the bolsters.  It is in virtually new condition.  Comes in a padded zippered Ruple case.

Condition:  Previously owned.  Excellent (as noted)
                    Never used, carried or sharpened

  • Clip Point Blade length:          2 3/4"
  • Spey and Pen Blade length:   1 7/8"
  • Sheepsfoot Blade lengths:      1 3/4"
  • Closed length:                         3 3/4"