Bill Ruple Two-Blade Stag Trapper, File-Worked Blade Spine, Spring & Liners (SOLD)
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 large two-blade Trapper features a clip point blade and a spey blade, both made from CPM-154 stainless steel. Both blades have half stops. Both blades have ample nail nicks with firm and smooth pulls. The scales are beautifully matched premium amber stag with rich color, texture and contour. The fluted front bolster has shadow lines above, below and in-between the fluting. The bolsters are 416 stainless steel as are the liners, pins, and oval shield. Bill has done some absolutely impeccable vine file-work on the backsprings that continues - almost seamlessly - on to the blade spine for about 1.0". The outer and center liners also have file-work on the back of the handle. Bill's tolerances, and fit and finish, are second to none. Bill has stamped "RUPLE" on the ricasso of both blades. Both blades lock up tight with no play, and the blades are nicely centered between their respective liners. Bill does the "walk-and-talk" like very few can. This knife was acquired from the original owner's collection, who purchased it directly from Bill. The knife has been stored since new. It is in essentially new condition, just as it came from Bill. I'll call it "near mint" since it was previously owned. Comes in a padded, zippered case.
Condition: Previously Owned.
Never used, carried or sharpened
- Overall length: 7 1/2"
- Blade length: 3 1/4" (each blade)
- Closed length: 4 1/4"