Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

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Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby sal » Sat May 23, 2020 12:37 pm

I'm sorry to announce that Mr. Butch Vallotton has passed at the age of 77.

This was posted by his Son Rainy on his facebook page.


BUTCH VALLOTTON PASSES AWAY

Butch Vallotton, long-time maker and designer of custom auto and other folding knives, passed away earlier today. He was 77.
Rainy, Butch’s son and also a knifemaker, posted the following this morning on his Facebook page:
“My Dad has been in this knife business for 40+ years and he touched a great many good people. Some he helped by phone, some he was hands on help and others he took under his wing.
“He is my Dad, my father, my hero, my mentor and my friend. He taught me to walk, to talk and to fish. He taught me to drive a stick in his Toyota 4x4 truck. He taught me to love and how to be a food father and a better dad to not only my kids but to many, many other kids that needed a dad.
“He was a good man, a great dad and a caring human.”
Butch specialized in double-action autos and converting manual folders into autos. He was noted especially for folding knives with unusual and creative opening mechanisms.
He sold his first knife in 1981, started making knives full time in 1984 and made his first auto in 1987. His assisted-knife technology is in use by Gerber and he worked with Spyderco and Microtech designing the Chameleon Double Action. He also designed knives for the old GATCO/Timberline.
Two of his designs won BLADE Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards: the Timberline/Buch Vallotton Discovery for Best Buy Of The Year in 2000 and the Spyderco Vallotton Sub-Hilt Folder for Imported Knife Of The Year® in 2011.
According to the Vallotton Custom Knives web site, Butch was the first folder maker to use a blade thumb stud as a stop pin for the knife’s lock. The Spyderco Vallotton Sub-Hilt honors this innovation and is reportedly the only Spyderco knife to feature both a thumb stud and the company’s familiar round opening hole in the blade.
Butch is the patriarch of a three-generational knifemaking family that includes his son Rainy and Rainy’s son, Brandon.
As these words were written, memorial services had not yet been announced.

Butch and I go back decades and I really learned a lot from him. We are honored to have been able to make some of his designs and we do have a new one that he gave to Eric.

Please share your thought and comments.

sal

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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby Sumdumguy » Sat May 23, 2020 1:06 pm

He will be missed, but he will live on through his children and designs.

I for one am excited to hear about a new one.

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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby Naperville » Sat May 23, 2020 1:54 pm

It sounds like Mr Vallotton advanced the state of the art of knives at Gerber, Spyderco, Microtech, GATCO and Blade. He has left him imprint on the world and will be missed.
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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby curlyhairedboy » Sat May 23, 2020 9:38 pm

From my brief time with the Sub-hilt, the design showed a very distinct design sense and significant attention to detail. The knife world will miss him!
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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby MacLaren » Sat May 23, 2020 10:12 pm

The Vallotton is where it all starts for me.
So very good of Sal and Spyderco to honor Butch like this.
I am very excited to learn that Eric has something planned for the Vallotton.

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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby Pancake » Sat May 23, 2020 11:31 pm

I am a bit late, but RIP Mr. Vallotton.
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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby BLJace » Sun May 24, 2020 2:52 am

Butch Vallotton, you will be missed. I hope your life was full of happiness and joy. While this is nothing in comparison to the loss your family must be feeling, you're also a great loss to the knife world. Thank you for your work, and rest in peace.
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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby Larry_Mott » Sun May 24, 2020 3:23 am

I read Rainy's post just after he posted it.
It's always incredibly sad to lose a parent or dear one, and in this case it echoes all the way through the knife community. I never met the man himself, but i have talked to Rainy, and got the impression he so eloquently posted when his dad passed.
I was very sad to hear, also for having lost two of the people who were closest to me, my uncle and mom recently.
My condolences go out to Butch's family and friends. May he rest in peace!
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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby kwakster » Sun May 24, 2020 4:00 am

This thread also needs some pictures.

Custom Butch Valloton double action folder, made for Soldier of Fortune magazine in 1998.
Mirror polished ATS-34 blade & full titanium handle.

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Specs:

Length opened: 23,6 cm
Length closed: 13,3 cm
Blade length: 10,4 cm
Blade thickness: 3,2 mm
Steel: ATS-34
Handle material: titanium
Weight: 174 gram

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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby kwakster » Sun May 24, 2020 4:06 am

Prototype Butch Valloton double action folder with right handed linerlock from 1993.
Prototype for a series of year knives for Soldier of Fortune magazine.

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Specs:

Length opened: 25,3 cm
Length closed: 13,8 cm
Blade length: 11,3 cm
Blade thickness: 3,92 mm
Steelt: probably O1
Handle material: black canvas Micarta on steel liners, with titanium spring.
Weight: 237 gram

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Re: Honoring the late Butch Vallotton

Postby kwakster » Sun May 24, 2020 4:22 am

Various year knives made for Soldier of Fortune, only 50 pcs made per model.

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SOF 1993, number 47 of 50

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SOF 1994, number 10 of 50

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SOF 1995, number 10 of 50

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SOF 1996, number 16 of 50

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SOF 1997, number 47 of 50

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SOF 1999, number 28 of 50

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