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Ruffin Johnson "El Lobo Solo" Skinner 440C Mirror Polish



This knife by Ruffin Johnson features a mirror finished blade with notched thumbrest, .182" blade stock, 1.401" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a stainless steel guard and butt, stag and buffalo horn grip with black/white/aluminum spacers. Comes with a brown leather sheath. Wolf logo onset on butt. Excellent condition.

About the Maker

Johnson, Ruffin

Ruffin Johnson passed away in 2011. Ruffin spent the last 40 years of his life designing and hand crafting hunting and collectors knives. During his career he was known as “El Lobo Solo” and as the capstone to his outstanding career was awarded the Texas Legends Award in 2004.


  • Maker: Ruffin Johnson, aka "El Lobo Solo"
  • Model: Skinner
  • Blade Length: 4.5"
  • Overall Length: 9"
  • Steel: 440C 
  • Blade Style: Trailing Point
  • Handle: Sambar stag with desert ironwood insert, stainless steel spacers and fittings
  • Sheath: full leather with unusual handle flap; stamped with "Red's Saddle Shop" and has "Ruff. Johnson #8" written in Sharpie on the back. The curved tip doesn't fit all that well, but it appears to be original based on other photos of his knives from that time period.
  • Vintage: mid or late 90s.
  • Engravings: wolf engraving on right side of blade near the guard with something in cursive under it; on the left side, "Ruffin Johnson" in block capitals with "El Lobo Solo" in cursive under it. All engraving is clean and well done.
  • Ornamentation: very cool wolf on the end cap, seems to be the tang which has been molded into shape after assembling the handle. Pretty sweet.
  • Origin: Houston, Texas
  • Condition: mint, or close to it, very minor scratch on the bolster. 

Ruffin Johnson "El Lobo Solo" Skinner 440C Mirror Polish