Summary: an unused, nearly new stiletto made by Charles Hipp after Ralph left the company. I think the 81 on the back side of the blade means the knife was made in 1981, if correct this little beauty is about 40 years old. Note the spacer pattern, wood handle and brass butt… it’s nearly identical to the 5-1/2” fighter also listed for sale and made at approximately the same time.
This stiletto has a 7” mirror polished blade, brass guard, black & brass spacers, wood handle and brass butt cap. Made from 3/16” stock, overall length is spot on 12”. The knife appears unused and is in beautiful condition with nothing but light handling marks and tarnish / patina on the brass hardware. All said and done, I’d rate the knife in / around a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.
The sterile smoothback (unmarked) sheath is presumably original to the knife but maker unknown. The keeper strap snap functions properly, you’ll find a few handling marks front and back and a bit of darkness at the throat from past knife storage.
8 photos for review – as shown, a new black canvas carry case is included. Ralph Bone knives and those made by Charles Hipp are quite collectible, this 40 year old dagger is a sweetheart of a knife perfect for collection / investment purposes. Thanks and good luck.