Bill Ruple Stag 5-Blade Sowbelly, 2018 Blade Show

Bill Ruple Stag 5-Blade Sowbelly, 2018 Blade Show

$2,500.00
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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!

New from Bill Ruple at the 2018 Blade Show, is this large five (5) Sowbelly - one of the most challenging knives for any slip-joint knife maker to build.  The tolerances, and fit and finish must be impeccable.  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, liners, and crest-shaped 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 dead-on where need to be.  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.  Comes in a "RUPLE" padded zippered case.

Condition:  New from the Maker
  • Blade length (main - trapper):    2 3/4"
  • Blade length (spey and sheepsfoot): 1 7/8"
  • Blade length (pen and clip point):  2"
  • Closed length:  3 3/4"