No your right Doug - there was a company back in 1991 that produced pretty much similar designs to ringle holeys - I think they were british and they used to sell a whole load of bolts in ano colours ( I remember the green was very intense colour as opposed to the traditional olive ringle green)
They had a large stand at Cyclex as I remember it well. Just cant remember the name.
Was it Zero ? Fred Salmon
I have some Fred Salmon Ringle copies with holes in - not sure if they're the ones being talked about here though, but they're plain silver, they are very well made, they didn't cost much and they're the lightest skewers I've got.
So no complaints about Fred Salmon kit from me, although I will admit that his name does lack just a tiny weeny bit of the bling-style prestige of Ringle or Chris King.