Ralph Bone handmade hunting knife model D Hunter, original leather sheath w honing stone included. Made in 1965 in Lubbock, TX; rare type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Rare hunting/survival knife made in 1965 by late Ralph Bone of Lubbock, Texas. Ralph was one of the greatest American knifemakers in the 1960th, a pier to such heavyweights as Bo Randall and Bob Loveless. Unlike the last two, Ralph Bone’s knifemaking carrier was pretty short – he made knives professionally from 1964 to 1970, switching to professional gun engraving thereafter. Ralph mustered that field as well becoming a Master Engraver; his works featured in several world-class gunsmith books. Attached is a scan of Ralph Bone Knives catalogue from the late 1960th and a photo of the master himself.
This specimen was made during the one year period in 1965 when Bone was associated with G.W. Stone. Ralph Bone made the knives; Stone did the marketing. The evidence is that the knife model (D) and serial number are facing the hilt, rather than the blade, in combination with the “small bone” trademark. Actually, Bone made knives during his entire life, commencing when he was just nine (!!) years old. It was from the early 1970th forward that he began concentrating, more, on teaching, gun making, and engraving.
This in an excellent quality Model D Hunter hunting knife with a perfect balance and blade-to-handle ratio; the D model is featured on the front page of THE BONE KNIFE COMPANY catalog – see the scan attached. Looks like the overall knife and sheath design was influenced by Randall hunters/fighters of the era. The knife is about 9-1/2″ / 24.2 cm overall; a well-honed trailing-point blade is about 4-3/4″ / 12.2 cm long. The blade seems to have an original edge; it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. Exotic rosewood with brown micarta/brass spacers and solid bronze guard & pommel handle; all parts are tight; the handle is solid with no play. Ricasso is marked with Ralph’s early “simple bone” logo on one side, D565 on the other (model D, year 1965, serial number 65 for that year). Original hand-made leather sheath with the front pocket containing a honing stone is in great condition, considering the age. The white stone is slightly used. The leather is still soft and supple; all original stitching, snaps, and the keeper are intact; some discoloration spots are noted for accuracy.
This rare vintage Ralph Bone handmade hunting knife is in excellent overall condition. A highly collectable vintage blade from a very respectable American maker; don’t miss your chance to add this rare find to your collection! Not cleaned or tampered with in any way, the knife is in 100% original “as is” condition. I have a few more vintage American and European knives, as well as WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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