I've been away from knife collecting for many years but found this forum when I just happened to do a search for Cripple Creek knives.
I was very active back in the early '80's and had 10 (maybe it was 12) 5-bladed stag Cripple Creek Stockman's in my possession, (all from the same production batch) when they were first made. At the time, however, it was not known what a PITA it was for Bob to make them and, hence, no one realized that he only created a few. I honestly don't know how many were actually made but I remember someone telling me, later, that the original batch was the only 5-bladed Stockman's that were made. As I recall, however, the shields were mixed. I think there were 2 Buffalo shields and the rest were Cripple Creek shields, in the batch that I had. I picked out the best one, of each shield, to keep for myself, and traded the others away. They are truly works of art and great examples of Bob's early production knife-making capabilities. When I get a chance, I'll try to post some photos.