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A. G. Russell Drop Forged Chute Knife

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Item #: RU-TC975-NI


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It's Not Ivory™

I designed this knife in 2001 to be made by Dietmar Kressler, absolutely the best knifemaker in Europe at the time. We asked Dietmar to make 100 pieces and limited it to that quantity. In the end, he made only 75.

After we sold out of the limited edition knives (the last one at $2,195), I began work on a drop forged version that we could sell for a reasonable price. It took me every bit of 10 years to get the tooling finished in Taiwan and the knives made. In addition to the standard knife with handle scales of our own Ebony Rucarta™, which we shipped to Taiwan to assure the quality and appearance, we also ordered finished knives without handle scales so we could add unusual handle materials here in our own shop. We have created knives with Desert Ironwood handles and continue to offer those. Recently we came up with an interesting new material which we have just started using as handle scales.

ItsNotIvory™ is a remarkable new material that found it's way into my hands by accident. This material is the best I have ever seen as a substitute for ivory for knife handles. It looks like the interior of a very dense ivory tusk from the Congo. When added to the knife I designed to honor my friend Harry Archer, the designer of the original Loveless Chute knife, it creates a prize for any collector or user wanting to have the best possible chute knife.

The entire knife, from tip of blade to butt of pommel, is drop forged in Taiwan of Japanese 440C with a very tapered tang. The 5-1/2" clip point blade is hardened to 57-59 Rc., the optimal hardness for 440C. Measures 9-1/2" from tip to butt and weighs 8.4 oz. Includes a very fine brown leather sheath in the Loveless Combat Style. Made in Taiwan. Handle scales are added in the A. G. Russell™ shop in Rogers, Arkansas.



  • Type
  • Blade
    Clip Point
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
  • Butt Cap
  • Handle
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    8.4 oz.
  • Sheath
  • Origin

A.G. Russell Knives

From the age of nine I made homemade knives until I was about twenty-four when I began to make handmade knives, crude but no longer made at home. A few years later, I had met and learned from makers like R.W. Loveless and R. L. Dozier. I made knives until the mid 1970s. I don’t make handmade knives anymore, as my hands aren’t what they used to be. However, I do have very talented makers in the United States and Japan who make knives that I am proud to put my name on. I design pocketknives, one hand knives, lockbacks, and fixed blade knives and have them made to our standards. ~A.G. Russell III

A.G. Russell has been in the knives and whetstones business for over 50 years. A.G. Russell knives are well known for their quality. A.G. Russell knives tend to be more traditional in style and look, with modern advances in material and design to create excellent knives.

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