A custom-made blade can speak volumes, boasting beauty, character, and sometimes telling a story. In the case of a certain company’s collaboration with Bill Ruple, one of these knives even has the potential to support our injured troops.
Recently, Pennsylvania-based company Queen Cutlery conceived a project to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that provides assistance for our veterans who find themselves afflicted by injury received in the line of duty as well as for their families. Teaming up with expert designer Bill Ruple and leaving presentation and protection to GunBoxesUSA.com, a uniquely special trapper knife was designed and crafted with the purpose of being auctioned at the annual Blade Show. Its popularity with attendees was wide-swept, and as a result, the knife went to the highest bidder at an impressive $2,250.
The knife, a work of art that epitomizes Ruple’s use of 20th century patterns, the best materials available, and craftsmanship beyond compare, features a Ruple Hump Spey and large clip blade, both which are constructed of heavily-polished, hollow-ground D-2 steel. Each of the two blades are coupled with a deep-cut swedge and crescent nail nicks to be used for opening. Forged from nickel silver, the front and rear bolsters of the knife, as well as all liners and pins, are accompanied by a unique handle adorned by an oval-shaped nickel silver shield resting atop scales of genuine torched stag.
When it came to presenting the trapper blade at Blade, Queen Cutlery knew to look no further than GunBoxesUSA.com. The company, a division of John P. Scott Woodworking, was able to design a completely new cherrywood case that was crafted to snugly fit the knife, weighing 5.1 ounces and sporting a blade length of 3.9 inches and an overall open length of 7.5 inches. Utilizing the classic design and high quality of the case, Queen was able to show off the rich features of the blade while keeping it safely housed and ready for transport in style.