Anyone ever hear of Bob White?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by cbwoods67, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. cbwoods67

    cbwoods67 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Last night, I stopped at a local auto parts store, getting some torx drivers to take my knife apart. After getting some help from the store owner, we started talking about knives. Long story short, he said that he has several knives from a man named Bob White. He showed me a little folding knife, and it had red bone handles and what looked to be brass bolsters and liners. It also had a pretty neat button lock on the pivot pin. The only marking on the knife was "White" etched into the blade. The guy said Mr. White made many traditional knives over the years, but he didn't know if he was still living.

    I figured this would be as good a place to ask as any.
    Has anyone heard of Bob White, or have experience with his knives?

    Thanks for looking.
  2. Blues

    Blues Lapsed SuperMod / Cattle Knife Rustler Staff Member Super Mod

    Oct 2, 1998
    Have a look at this post over at AAPK. Sounds like they may have been SFO's from Queen.

    Also, AZCK has a listing for a Bob White (but no images or bio info about the maker.) You may want to write Julie and ask her if she has any info in case it's an actual custom maker as opposed to a production knife commissioned by an individual or dealer.
  3. cbwoods67

    cbwoods67 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Thanks, I had already googled him, and didn't see anything.
    He etched his name into this knife similar to how Michael Morris does, not a stamp of a quail or bobwhite.
  4. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
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  5. cbwoods67

    cbwoods67 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Yep, that's gotta be him. He said that Mr. White's son made those "weird" knives and they sold really well. I think the one in your link is one of his son's knives.
    Apparently Mr. White went to big knife shows up in Knoxville for a long time and almost always sold all of his knives.
    He must be/have been a really old school knife maker, because I couldn't find any references to his knives online.
    He also mentioned that Mr. White had made a couple guns for him, so this is definitely the same guy.
  6. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    Maybe I've read too much Ruark, but the first thing I thought of when I read the thread title was quail.

    - Christian
  7. cbwoods67

    cbwoods67 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Haha, I think several people have thought the same thing.
  8. Micko77


    May 19, 2014
    Hi, brand new member here looking for anyone else that may know Bob. Yes, he's still alive; he still makes the occasional knife thought he spends much more time building 1,000 yard rifles or wildcat single-shot "cat control" rifles for locals. He's about 90, give or take a couple; he lost his good friend and supplier Gil Hebard of Gil Hebard Guns in Knoxville IL about a year ago. I suppose he'll just sit down and not get back up from the old nail keg that he has for a seat in his workshop; my kids and I each have knives that he built for us. His son "Butch", also Robert White, makes knives as well; he did a bit of Damascus work in the past but the trip-hammer method simply took too much time. Bob and his wife were big factors in Metallic Silhouette shooting in years past; he made a couple of .50 cal single-shots that were sledgehammers! Wildcats, not .50 BMG! Gotta get back to work now!
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  9. Smithhammer


    Nov 9, 2012
    This is the only Bob White I know:

    Not sure if Bob ever made knives, but he comes from a long line of Midwestern sportsmen, and it wouldn't surprise me if someone in his lineage did.
  10. trevytrev


    May 4, 2010
    I have two Bob White sodbusters and I'm certain they were made by Queen. Everything about the knives are identical to Queen's sodbusters with exception to the etching and stamp, which coincidentally is a Quail.
  11. Micko77


    May 19, 2014
    Bob has built knives for all 3 of my sons and I over the past 27 years; he does much more custom wildcat rifle /cartridge work now, and 1,000 yard guns. Butch, his son, builds knives, uses a slightly different stamp on the blade. Bob is around 88-92 years old, has lost his likely best friend, Gil Hebard of Gil Hebard Guns, Knoxville (google him sometime). He's a great guy, and his wife is a good shot, too; they used to compete together in metallic silhouette.
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  12. smokinporter


    Mar 7, 2016
    I worked with Bob at a local Machine shop, He was a Great tool maker and fun to be around, He was gun smith also And Butch (his Son did Make knives as well) Butch made damascus style and yes they were buites.
    Bod made folders and as he called them "Boot Knives" also " Under the table Stock" Switch blades For the big city market. He would go to Chicago and sell everything he took.
    As said before he was also a gifted Arms builder. He once made a Bolt action 50 CaL. pistol that you did not want to shoot as if you were loosy goosy with your grip, you might ware the piece in your hair.
    Bob was always interesting to go and visit with at his little shop and drink a few a beers with. I once brewed Home brew beer and I would take a few cases and have a great day shooting at targets.:p Bob has passed on now and will be missed.
    Hopes this helps.
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  13. Wild Ben

    Wild Ben Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 16, 2016
    Hi guys. First post here. Just to let everyone know - both Bob and his son have passed. They lived in rural Gilson, Illinois and both made amazing knives. Bob passed in a nursing home and his son , Butch, died in an auto accident.
    Their personalities and talents are sorely missed by those who knew them!
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    Jun 16, 2014
    I just came across a Bob White Queen Made knife. Trying to get my hands on. So I wanted to see who he was and of tended up here. Reason #27 Why it's good to be a member on here...Find almost anything you are looking for.
  15. Barry Rogers

    Barry Rogers

    Jan 5, 2019
    Yes, I knew Bob and his family personally. He used to work for me as a tool & die maker. I have 5-6 of his handmade knives. They are considered some of my most prize possessions.
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  16. Barry Rogers

    Barry Rogers

    Jan 5, 2019
    Bob was a custom maker, one of the best. I have a bunch of his knives.
  17. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Can you post some pictures of the knives?
  18. Barry Rogers

    Barry Rogers

    Jan 5, 2019
    I'm really sorry to hear this. Bob used to work for me as a toolmaker. I really loved the guy and his wife was awesome. A great lady.
  19. BobStevens81


    Sep 24, 2020
    Bob was married to my Grandmother’s sister and we grew up spending time around them as kids. He was a great guy and use to show off his newest knife or these cool .50 cal custom guns he would make to us which to a couple of little boys playing army was about as cool as it got. Unfortunately he had some serious health issues and passed a few years back. His son also made custom pieces but passed in an auto accident as well.
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