Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Catch a Rising Star ............. Tom Ploppert

People always want to know who the next big name maker will be and there are many names thrown in the hat.  I have been pretty lucky correctly identifying a few of the up and comers and here is one that will surely be a winner, Tom Ploppert.  I first saw Tom's work at a show in the Fort Worth Texas stockyards several years ago and bought my first knife from him, a trapper with bolsters engraved by Joe Mason.  I have watched several other top makers examine his work and they are always impressed.  Below are pictures of several of Tom's knives.  If you find one I strongly recommend you consider acquiring it.

Engraved Trapper

Diamond Edge Cattleman's Knife

 Lockback Whittler

Lockback Sowbelly