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Old 12-25-2016, 04:44 PM
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Guess the famous maker?

How about a little Christmas fun?

I'm curious to see how many hints I have to provide before somebody guesses the ID.

Pretty sure it predates me and I'm 60.

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Old 12-27-2016, 09:50 AM
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Hint number 2, (hint number 1 being the age).

This particular knife doesn't much resemble the iconic versions he's most noted for.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:49 AM
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Hmmm, let's try Montana.
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Old 12-29-2016, 09:40 AM
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Rudy Ruana?
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:15 PM
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Yay, winner, winner, chicken dinner to cnccutter!

Now for the biggie, can you tell me anything about this particular knife. I haven't contacted the shop yet, or taken it back to get the official opinion, but I sure am jonesing to find out more about it's age.

I got this particular knife after my grandfather died. My step-father was little jealous about it. Years after that, I was going through Bonner on the way to Christmas from college and stopped in to the shop. I didn't have the knife with me at the time. That was around 1975. Rudy brightened up when I described it, but without being able to eyeball it, all he could tell me is that it sounded like an old-timer.

Then he sold me a newer version of his wares so I could present my step dad with his own Ruana. I ended up with that one back too after he died.

I was just getting around to cleaning this knife after a successful hunt, when I got to looking for information on how to get some of the tarnish off.

Until then, I didn't really have a clue that these things have become valuable collectors items, so now I would even feel guilty about hacking more elk with it, or at least avoid taking a rock to the back of it to break bone. I have the feeling Rudy would be pissed and tickled at the same time.

I think I paid $40 bucks for the aluminum version in '75, plus a promise to drop off an elk shed, that I still owe him forty years later.
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