Robert Enders Three-Blade Lock-Back Whittler, Jigged Bone Slip-Joint Folding Knife

Robert Enders Three-Blade Lock-Back Whittler, Jigged Bone Slip-Joint Folding Knife

$950.00
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Windy City Knives recently acquired a relatively large collection of single and multi-blade slip-joint folders, all made by the late Robert "Bob" Enders of Cement City, MI.  They came from a life-long collection of knives that were well-taken care of, and properly stored.  There are varying patterns, and in general, all are in excellent condition.  They have all been inspected and checked for fit, finish, functionality and condition.  Please take the time to carefully read the complete description of each.  Bob Enders passed away in December 1999.  His knives have become very desirable, and highly collectible.
 
This is a Bob Enders three-blade Lock-Back Whittler, slip-joint folding knife.  The main blade is a Clip Point, another is a Pen blade, and the third is a Sheepfoot.  The highly polished blade steel is most likely ATS 34, a stainless steel often used by Mr. Enders.  The main blade is marked "R. Enders Maker" inside the outline of the state of Michigan.  The front and rear bolsters, and liners, are most likely nickel silver.  The handle scales are natural jigged bone, both in perfect condition.  The main blade is the lock-back.  It opens with a nail nick, and does not have a half-stop.  The secondary and tertiary blades each open with a nail nick, and each has a half-stop.  The pulls are firm and smooth, and each blade closes with a snap.  All the blades lock up tight with no play when opened.  By today's slip-joint makers' standards, the blade alignments are not perfect, but do keep in mind that this knife is more than 20 years old, and not many knifemakers would make a lock-back Whittler in the 1990's.  Building a traditional folding knife with a lock-back mechanism, as well as two slip-joint blades was a challenge...and still is.  Today, a LBW would set you back around $2,000, or more.  The lock-back blade is somewhat off center, and there are some fine micro scratches on the blade's bevel.  This is compounded by the fact that the highly polished steel picks up everything.  It has never been used, carried or sharpened.  The other two blades also have some fine micro scratches.  All the blades are tight without any play when opened.  The blades passed my "dollar bill" test - I was able to pass a crisp $1.00 bill between each blade and liner.  The bolsters are in excellent condition, with nothing more than some wispy storage marks and a bit of patina from age.  This is a solid knife, and by no means a safe queen or collector grade knife.  It is however, a great EDC.  And if you are a fan of slip-joints and / or Bob's knives, this is an impressive piece.  There is no case.  The knife will come securely packaged.  The shadows seen on the blades are creases from the light tent, reflecting on the polished finish of the blades.

Condition:  Previously owned.  Excellent.
                    Never used, carried or sharpened

  • Clip Point Blade:       2 7/8"
  • Sheepfoot Blade:      1 7/8"
  • Pen Blade:                1 3/4"
  • Closed length:           3 7/8"