Tom Ploppert ZULU Shadow Pattern, Micarta Scales, Orange G10 (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.
This Zulu shadow pattern folding knife is brand new, and was acquired directly from Tom. The "Zulu" is a pattern popularized by Tony Bose. The blade, as well as the spring are CPM 154 steel. The liner is 410 stainless. For the scales, Tom used brown cross cut Micarta, with orange G10. The Federal shield is also orange G10. The blade has a half stop, locks up tight with no play, and the blade seating is centered. The blade pivots around an Aluminum Bronze Bushing. Nice comfortable nail nick, with an appropriate pull tension. Tom's grinds are clean and symmetrical. The tolerances that he is able to maintain are outstanding! Comes in a padded, zippered "Ploppert" case.
Condition: New from the Maker. Mint.
Overall length: 7"
Blade length: 3" (2 3/4" cutting edge)
Closed length: 4"