Bill Ruple 5-Blade Stag Sowbelly, Flat Ground Blades
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
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. I was told by the previous owner that Bill indicated this was the very first knife he made with flat ground blades. 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 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 easy pulls. Bill is the master of "walk-and-talk", and this knife is no exception. This knife was previously owned. Although it has never been used, carried or sharpened, I did find some fine micro scratches on one of the Sheepsfoot blades and bolsters, from handling. Many would not have seen them, as they are visible in certain lighting and angles. I could not capture them in the photos. I have taken these into account, and am offering the knife at a substantial discount. If you are looking for a Brand New, Mint, Direct from Bill, 5-blade Stag Sowbelly, please follow this link...New from Bill, 5-Blade Stag Sowbelly. Comes in a RUPLE padded zippered case.
Condition: Previously owned. Excellent
- 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"