A.G. Russell Serpentine Stockman India Stag
Item #: RUS-CS13S
All three blades store snugly within the handle. The blades are positioned to never touch each other or the liners, eliminating the possibility of rub marks on the blades. The steel is our very popular 8Cr13MoV, heat-treated to 57-59 Rc. It takes a razor edge and can be re-sharpened easily on ceramic, diamonds, Aluminum-Oxide or Arkansas stones. The 2-7⁄8" clip blade is wide but lays low in the handle, the 2" sheepfoot is a bit shorter but does not leave the point exposed when the spey is being used, and the 1-1⁄2" spey blade is a shape found no where else. I call it the A. G. Russell Surgical Spey Blade.
A striker pin at both ends prevents the edge on all three blades from striking the back spring, no mater how forcefully you close the knife. Handle scales are India stag. Made with the finest stainless steel bolsters, liners and inlay.
Measures 3-5⁄8" closed and weighs 3.2 oz. depending on the handle material. Made in China.
BladeClip - Sheepsfoot - Spey
Blade Length2-7/8" - 2" - 1-1/2"
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.
A.G. Russell Serpentine Stockman with Stag Handles - This is one beautiful knife with impeccable fit and finish. I had a conventional Stockman that I carried in my youth, but somewhere along the way I lost it. Since then, I haven’t had much to do with slipjoint knives because I have brittle fingernails. But in old age I have come to value in my knives tradition and natural handle materials, and what could be more traditional than a Stockman with stag handle scales? I recently came to appreciate A.G. Russell’s twists on traditional knife designs that make them more interesting and useful, particularly his Lockback designs that open so smoothly and easily. So, I decided to take a chance on his Serpentine Stockman, and i’m glad I did. Even though it’s a slipjoint, it opens so smoothly and easily that it doesn’t break my nails. It is a most gratifying knife in that it’s serpentine shape makes it both visually and tactilely fascinating. It is truly eye catching with the clip joint blade open and its beautiful stag handle scales. Also, with this blade open, give your forefinger a treat by taking a tactile tour of the spine of the handle and clip point blade. Run your forefinger from the rear bolster along the spine of the knife to the tip of the blade with your eyes shut. The serpentine contours coupled with the smoothness of the surfaces give a wonderful tactile experience. If you have been looking for a Stockman, this is the one. I would note that this was originally offered in three handle materials and now only stag is available. It is my surmise that before long, it will be too late to get one because when you go looking for it, you will find the dreaded notation “Sold Out-Discontined.”
Changes: The expose tails of the two blades not in useable exposed and are very sharp. Perhaps you could employ a bolster at each end of the handle like the front bolster on you Vest Pocket Semi-Skinner that hides the knife tails. Perhaps you could call it the Swollen Bolster Serpentine Stockman. It would certainly make this knife absolutely unique.
Rating: 10/10 Robert D. Milford, CT
The Serpentine Stockman is the best knife I have every owned. The Quality of workmanship is the best I have ever seen. You get what you pay for and more, which does not happen anymore. Mark U. Wichita, Kansas
Sometime in the 1970's I responded to an ad in The American Rifleman magazine and ordered a stag handled two blade congress pocket knife. I had never heard the name Hen & Rooster but went ahead and took a chance. I like to believe that was my first dealing with A.G. Russell. It was a beautifully made knife and I carried it for years. Recently I decided I needed a new knife and checked out the Russell site and found the perfect one to replace the aging friend I've been carrying. I am a user and not a collector so my purchases are few and far between but once again I took a chance and ordered the Serpentine Stockman. In many ways it reminds me of that old H&R. It is very well made. There are no gaps anywhere, the blades are tight and the Spey is shaped in a way that makes it somehow more usable. I like the extra touch of stop pins as well. One more thing it has in common with the H&R is that it is as clean and polished on the inside as the outside. Apparently a lot of thought and pride went into the designing and manufacturing of this knife as I am sure is true of all of your products. For those that hesitate pulling the trigger on a purchase because of it's origin I can only say that while China is on one side of the pocket blade of my stockman, the name A.G. Russell is on the other and that is far more important and good enough for me. Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy ramble and I hope for you all a most happy and successful New Year. Rodney S. Ridgefield, WA