Jason Ritchie Two-Blade Jigged Bone Saddlehorn Trapper Slip-Joint Folding Knife
Jason Ritchie is from Hanover, Illinois. He is a former Marine and has spent the last 20 years as a full-time Railroad Signalman. As a part-time traditional slip-joint knifemaker, he built his first knife in 2020. Jason got started in the knife industry by doing production knife handle modifications to Case and Great Eastern Cutlery knives a year earlier. To look at and handle one of Jason’s knives you would never know he has only been making knives for a couple of years, let alone the fact that he is self-taught. His work is that of a much more experienced knifemaker. Jason draws his inspiration from the late, great Tony Bose, as well as from Reese Bose. His attention to detail and fit-and-finish are testament to his commitment to his craft. Jason is one of those new makers who should be on every slip-joint collector’s radar. Windy City Knives is privileged to work with Jason.
This is Jason Ritchie’s small two-blade Saddlehorn Trapper slip-joint folding knife. Both the clip point and straight back blades are hand ground from AEB-L stainless steel, with a satin finish and cryogenically treated and tested at 61 HRC. The relieved liners, integral bolster, Federal shield and pins are all 410 stainless steel. The scales are hand jigged and hand dyed Rootbeer bone, done by Jason. Jason also told me that this is the first knife he made where every part was shaped and formed by him from raw materials, with the exception of the pivot bushing. Both blades have ample nail nicks for secure, smooth and firm pulls. Both blades are tight in the open position, and each sit centered between their respective liners when closed. Nice walk and talk too! Included with the knife is a Horween Leather slip made by HW Leather, padded zippered case and Jason’s COA.
Condition: New from the Maker
- Overall length: 6 1/4"
- Blade length (each): 2 3/4"
- Closed length: 3 1/2"