Tom Ploppert DINO, Original Antique Brown Rag Micarta Scales (SOLD)
Tom Ploppert is a part-time maker from Cullman, AL. He credits his inspiration behind his knife making passion to Bill Ruple - a master at making slip joint folders. Tom built his first slip joint knife in April 2009. He later took a slip joint making class taught by Bill Ruple and Rusty Preston (another Ruple alum). Tom has certainly been a good student. You can see his passion in his work, and tell it from speaking with him. Tom's fit and finish, and attention to detail is obvious once you hold one of his folders. He's also a humble and personable guy.
Tom made two (2) Dino knives with original antique brown rag micarta scales. We acquired one of them directly from Tom, and it sold on our website almost immediately! We were fortunate to find the "sister" knife, and recently acquired it from the previous owner. This is that knife, and it is in perfect, mint condition. The "Dino" is a Ricardo Romano pattern. The blade, as well as the spring are CPM 154 stainless steel. The liners are "Integral" with the bolster - meaning no seams - making a knife of this construction much more challenging and time consuming to build. The liners are heat treated and tempered 416 stainless steel. The bolster, pins and bombshell shield are also 416 SS. There is also a 416 SS lined lanyard hole, to which Tom has added a braided leather lanyard with a red bead. The blade has a half stop, locks up tight with no play, and the blade seating is dead center. The blade pivots around an Aluminum Bronze Bushing. Nice large nail nick, with firm pull. Tom's grinds are clean and symmetrical. The tolerances that he is able to maintain are outstanding! Tom has definitely mastered the "walk-and-talk", and this knife is a great example. Comes in a padded zippered "Ploppert" case.
Condition: Previously owned. Mint.
Never used, carried or sharpened.
Overall length: 7 1/4"
Blade length: 3"
Closed length: 4 1/4"