Wow, those are some great knives, that model 5 is a dandy.
December 5, 2012, 11:51 AM
I recently had an angler on my skiff that brought a small tackle box with him. As he opened it I looked at an unusual fixed blade knife that had lots of miles on it (wish I'd taken a picture -it was a bit too big for a bait knife and not narrow enough to be a filet or boning blade -blade about 4 to 5 inches long with a simple wooden riveted handle...). Yep, you guessed it, a Randall logo when I looked closer... I remarked to him that most wouldn't realize how good a blade that was (and thought also, and pretty expensive) and he agreed that it was never noticed by most even when they used it.. Great to see a well made blade actually getting used instead of sitting in a drawer somewhere. Every Randall I've ever seen was a well made solid piece of gear.
December 5, 2012, 12:15 PM
Sure wish I hadn't sold mine....
Ordered a Model 1 when I was in the army about 1966... Thing was delivered to my home when I got out in '67. 7 inch blade, "saber" handle, lugged guard. Very nice piece.
I had no use whatever for the thing.... Just wanted it.
Hung on the wall for a couple of years with the rest of my small collection, but then we fell on hard times and I sold everything.
December 5, 2012, 01:11 PM
Great to see a well made blade actually getting used instead of sitting in a drawer somewhere. Every Randall I've ever seen was a well made solid piece of gear.
Back in the seventys I moved with my wife and young daughter to a homestead in Western Montana we were building. Over the years I built several log homes, first for myself and later for friends and to help earn a living.
I took a job one summer with a crew building a large log lodge for someone from NY City, way off the beaten track. We camped onsite and I traveled home weekends. Anyway one of the guys on the crew did most of the scribeing and fitting of the notches, he had some dandy specialized tool he made for himself and did use a chainsaw, but on his belt he carried a Randall, a much used Randall and among other things, he used it to fine tune the notches on the logs. I asked him about it and he said it had belonged to his Dad.
Nothing wrong with keeping a Randall new and unused if that what you want to do, but it's in the using that make em special. I picked up a nice new Colt revolver at a gun show back then and told the guy who sold it to me that I wasn't going to shoot it because it was in pristine condition. He looked at me and said "who ya savin it for?" Every time I saved a knife or gun It ended up belonging to someone else:rolleyes:
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