I had a picture posted of a Ruger Flat-top I was selling and several people asked about the knife that was also shown. It was made by the "Knifemaker to the Stars" Chuck Stapel. He made knives for "Cowboys and Aliens" and "Quigley Down Under", among others.
Chuck was a great guy and a staunch supporter of Quail Unlimited. I knew him for several years when I was President (and, later, Chairman) of the Los Angeles chapter. Each year, he would donate two knives to us for our fundraising banquet. One for raffle and one for auction; He'd split the proceeds on the auction knife. The money raised would then be parlayed by matching funds agreements with the Los Angeles County Fish and Game Commission and the Forest Service into wildlife habitat improvement projects, mostly in the National Forests.
Every year, Chuck would be seen at the Annual "Dub" Taylor Celebrity Clays shoot, benefitting wildlife. He usually had some "babe" on his arm, sometimes one of the Mandrell sisters or Leslie Easterbrook (Of "Police Academy" fame).
One of Chuck's eccentricities was that he felt silverware imparted a taste to food, so he always carried a custom knife and fork with him.
Chuck passed away earlier this year.
Here's some samples of his work:
A "Saturday Night" vignette featuring a mammoth ivory boot knife:
Ruger 45 Vaquero with a Stapel hunter. Ivory and walnut, scrimmed by Bob Egnath:
Python with elk horn:
Wife's "Bear Gun" (41 mag) with another elkhorn. She now has a Stapel ladies knife that is scrimmed with roses, also (picture to follow??)
Wife also has a skinner with a carved rose (picture to follow). That has a sweet story from Chuck's childhood I'll tell later.
Anyone else have any of Chuck's knives?