Bob Cargill Cripple Creek Knives

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I want to add, The names you don't hear and the faces you don't see are usually responsible for things going sour.
Greg
It's rare to find someone who loves (loved) making great knives, and I am assuming it's hard to keep up the pace indefinitely! A sad tale, very hard on Bob Cargill, physically and mentally.:(
And you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone!!:eek:
 

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He was in a no-win situation. He was immensely popular, at the height of his career, and his body wasn't physically able to keep up. He thought he could keep things going by passing the torch, so to speak.

But the problem was that the collectors wanted HIS knives, because of his craftsmanship and his abilities and his vision. He created that brand alone, from the ground up. I don't think any company could have lived up to those high standards. And once the collectors found out he wasn't hands-on involved any longer, the CC name didn't hold the same gold standard as when it was solely his.

As others have noted, it is a sad story how it all spiraled down. At least the fruits of his labor are still out there for people to see and enjoy.
 

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Not to be morbid, but is Bob still around or has he passed?
 
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I recently learned about Cripple Creek love the look lf the knives I’ve seen. There are some really gorgeous knives out there. I hope to add one of his knives to my traditional collection at some point, especially with the buffalo.
 

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I don't know him personally so can't say for sure. He does have a personal FB page, although he hasn't posted to it since 2019.
Thanks. I thought I heard/read somewhere he had passed, but a search turned up nothing so he's probably (hopefully) still around and I'm just misremembering.
 

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I kept most of my photos in this thread on a website that you paid to store and keep your images safe. They have all vanished for some reason not known to me and their website is down.
We are talking about "Fototime". I have been paying them for over a decade and a half without any problems. Not sure what will happen, so, I hope you guys saved as much info from this thread that you needed to. I really doubt the images will magically become visible again. I am just a tad on the angry side.
Greg
 
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I kept most of my photos in this thread on a website that you paid to store and keep your images safe. They have all vanished for some reason not known to me and their website is down.
We are talking about "Fototime". I have been paying them for over a decade and a half without any problems. Not sure what will happened, so, I hope you guys saved as much info from this thread that you needed to. I really doubt the images will magically become visible again. I am just a tad on the angry side.
Greg
I had noticed many of your photos were gone. Now I know why. :( I did download em all along with the smoke signals.


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mckgreg

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Good thinking on your part. I made a point to mention that folks should grab what they wanted on a few occasions.
After all, it is the internet. That place where nothing is actually real.
Greg
 

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I purchased a Cripple Creek honey bone, dogleg trapper in D2 back in 82. I remember the pull on the main blade was off the chart. I wish I still had it. I'm pretty sure I sold it here on the forum.
 
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mckgreg

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Cargill didn't make any knives using D-2.
 
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I kept most of my photos in this thread on a website that you paid to store and keep your images safe. They have all vanished for some reason not known to me and their website is down.
We are talking about "Fototime". I have been paying them for over a decade and a half without any problems. Not sure what will happen, so, I hope you guys saved as much info from this thread that you needed to. I really doubt the images will magically become visible again. I am just a tad on the angry side.
Greg


Greg, I am so sorry to see this, you put a lot of time and effort into this thread and it was a wealth of information thanks to you and others.
 

mckgreg

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A lot of people contributed to this thread. And yes, it is a shame. Hopefully, in time, I will be able to restore a lot of what was lost.
I do still have all the photos on an external hard drive. I may go back thru this thread at a later date and repost them.
After all, what good is an archive of info without any info.
Greg
 
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It’s very interesting reading through this thread about Bob Cargill and the Cripple Creek brand. I remember as a child my father and I stopping by to visit Bob one time. I know my father had visited a few times before as well. I have some old video recordings of my father interviewing Bob. Anyway, we’re here to share knife stories. In 1996 my family “The Cargills” had a reunion and there was raffle for a knife. I won the raffle and the knife that was made special for the reunion. I’ve kept it tucked away all this time but reading this forum I wanted to share this. I’ll try to post photos below of this knife.

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pmek5

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It’s very interesting reading through this thread about Bob Cargill and the Cripple Creek brand. I remember as a child my father and I stopping by to visit Bob one time. I know my father had visited a few times before as well. I have some old video recordings of my father interviewing Bob. Anyway, we’re here to share knife stories. In 1996 my family “The Cargills” had a reunion and there was raffle for a knife. I won the raffle and the knife that was made special for the reunion. I’ve kept it tucked away all this time but reading this forum I wanted to share this. I’ll try to post photos below of this knife.

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Wonderful story & knife. Thank you for sharing.
 
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