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Also the wonderful people I have encountered while traveling with wonderful stories to share.
In 1981, Bob Cargill formed Cripple Creek Cutlery in Lockport, Illinois.
His goal was the revival of old-time patterns and production of them in limited numbers.
Cargill had been involved in collecting antique factory made knives for a number of years and had served several years as a factory authorized repairman for W.
More recently, here had been a custom knife maker for half dozen years and many of his custom knives were patterned after antique favorites.
Cripple Creek was the fruition of a dream to apply modern day handcrafting methods with age-old favorite knives.
Primarily noting the shield and stamping make identification of a Cripple Creek.
Production of the standard Cripple Creek patterns in 1981 was approximately 500 knives and approximately 250 in 1982.
Shortly after introduction of the brand, Cripple Creek contracted to make a special knife for Knife World Publications.
Therein lies the reason for the very low production of regular Cripple Creek Little Indian series knives during this period.
A variety of handle materials has been used for Cripple Creek, but the majority of knives have been handled in bone.
It became a blackjack knives effingham history for collectors of the brand.
Other collectors used have been brown bone, strawberry bone, green bone, and white bone.
Except for 1986, when Christmas celluloid and red-white-blue Micarta were used on two special knives, natural handled materials have been used.
Stag has been second in use to bone, followed by mother of pearl.
As with all knives, values of Cripple Creek vary depending upon pattern, years made, and handle material used.
With this brand of knives, however, it is possible to offer some general value guidelines for mint condition knives that apply to all or most patterns.
With the limited production of regular patterns in 1982, any standard Cripple Creek pattern knife dated that this web page will be valued as highly as one produced in 1981.
In 1984, Cripple Creek produced the five-blade sowbelly stockman in three handle materials.
In 1993, Cripple Creek knives was sold to Blackjack knives effingham history Knives and production moved from Tennessee to Effingham, Illinois.
A limited number of patterns were produced there prior to ownership of the brand returning to Cargill and to Tennessee.
Using the United States Patent and Trademark OfficeI did find a current web site for Cripple Creek Knives: The current owner is Martin, Phillip S.
A nasty fellow who helped destroy the 'NKCA'.
While president of the NKCA, thousands of dollars of member's money disappeared.
Countless requests for an accounting of funds were never answered.
This finally led to the demise of the KNCA, the museum and all the museum knives; a sad state of affairs.
Those responsible are burning and will burn in hell; I hope.
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