This is a rare double edged dagger custom made by the renowned edged weapons maker and engraver Ralph Bone [1932-2006], 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. This double edged dagger is 12" long overall- the hollow ground blade is 7" in length and has the original dog bone logo on one side of the tang and "B 00" on the reverse- I believe the "B" denotes the model and "00" would stand for the prototype or the first issue of this model but I could not get a concise understanding of code. 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" - a factor to denote that this may 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 dagger 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.
Item ID: RL10642
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