Bill Ruple Lock-Back Trapper, Vintage Butterscotch Micarta, Folding Knife

Bill Ruple Lock-Back Trapper, Vintage Butterscotch Micarta, Folding Knife

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Bill Ruple is a master at making slip joint folders.  He is also just as much a master when it comes to making lock-back knives.  However, Bill doesn't make many lock-backs.  This is the only one I have been fortunate to get directly from him in years.  Bill 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.  No matter what show he attends, he always sells out - and quickly!  This knife is brand new and direct from Bill's table at the 2022 Nashville Custom Knife Show.

This large lock-back Trapper is a rare knife from Bill.  Bill doesn't make many lock-backs, compared to his slip-joint folders.  It features a CPM-154 stainless steel clip point blade with a hand-rubbed satin finish and vintage Westinghouse Butterscotch Micarta scales with an inlaid 416 stainless steel Federal shield on the presentation side.  The bolster is 416 stainless steel and is integral to the liners.  The pins and liners are all 416 stainless steel, as well.  The blade opens smoothly, locks up tight with no play and the blade seating is centered.  Nice "snap" both opening and closing.  Comes in a "Ruple" padded, zippered case.

Condition:  Previously owned. As new from the maker

                    Never used, carried or sharpened

  • Overall length:  8 1/8"
  • Blade length:    3 1/2"
  • Closed length:  4 5/8"