This is a rare Model "B" Stiletto custom made by the renowned edged weapons maker and engraver Ralph Bone [1929-2006], making knives in Lubbock, Texas from 1964 to about 1970 when he sold his company to Charles Hipp and moved on to work for Smith & Wesson as an engraver. The knife's design was influenced by the British Commando knife of World War II This double edged stiletto is 12" long overall- the high carbon content tool steel blade is 7" in length and was has the original dog bone logo on one side of the tang and "B 00" on the reverse- the "B" denotes the model and "00" denotes that this was Ralph's own personal knife. The blade is unused with no scratch marks or dings. It has a full brass guard and pommel with a rosewood, grooved handle that has black composition and brass spacers at the guard and the pommel and most exciting- the pommel end is engraved with "RB" - another factor to denote that this would have been a personal piece belonging to Ralph. The leather sheath is 14" overall and 3½" at it's widest. The sheath is unmarked but most likely made for Ralph Bone by Johnson's Leather, Casselberry, Florida, as were most of his sheaths. The female part of the brass keeper snap is missing but apparently this was not uncommon as in my research I have found several examples of Ralph's early sheaths missing this part of the snap. There is a red trimmed paper tag on the back of the sheath with B 00 Wrinkle Stih. Once again this Stiletto is in unused condition and has been stored away in a collection since the Vietnam War Era. I have not done any cleaning to this piece- only wiped with a soft cloth.
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