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Old October 24, 2014, 02:53 PM   #1
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Vietnam Era Ralph Bone Fighter - mint




A friend of mine served in Vietnam in SF, then an Alphabet Agency, then after the war ran several POW searches (that's when I met him and started equipping the efforts with knives). He's medically retired now and is letting me take some pictures of knives he's collected over the years.

This is an 8" Lubbock Ralph Bone fighter that stayed home in the safe.
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Old October 24, 2014, 06:55 PM   #2
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Beautiful knife!
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Old October 24, 2014, 07:49 PM   #3
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Oh MY!
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Old October 24, 2014, 07:55 PM   #4
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Old October 24, 2014, 10:06 PM   #5
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now that's a pig sticker
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=ralph+bone+knife
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Old October 24, 2014, 10:10 PM   #6
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Bone you ask?

Yea, I admit it!

I'm definitely jealous, and a little coveting too.

Wow!
How many can there be still in that condition?

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Old October 24, 2014, 11:46 PM   #7
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Now THAT"S a knife !
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Old October 24, 2014, 11:54 PM   #8
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Did he tell you any history of the knife? It would be interesting,
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Old October 25, 2014, 12:33 AM   #9
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Safe queen, he said. Purty, though.
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Old October 25, 2014, 11:25 AM   #10
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RC,

Not too many in mint condition out there. The sheath doesn't even look like the knife was ever in it, BUT it clearly has been waxed and I'm not sure if Johnson sent them to Mr. Bone in that condition or not.
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Old October 25, 2014, 02:17 PM   #11
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The Randall #1 influence is unmistakable in that one. Lovely knife.
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Old October 25, 2014, 02:29 PM   #12
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I thought of the Randall knife myself when I saw that pic.
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Old October 26, 2014, 12:24 PM   #13
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That knife has some truly fantastic symmetry going on both in its design and the materials used in its construction. Thank you and your friend for sharing this beautiful knife with us.
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Incredible lines.
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Old October 27, 2014, 02:32 PM   #15
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I saw one years ago on an op and when I handled it it made the Randall #1 feel clunky. That is off the scale gorgeous.
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Old October 27, 2014, 05:58 PM   #16
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Gordon,

I agree. This is lively in the hand compared to my Randalls.
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Old November 3, 2014, 03:38 AM   #17
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Now that is a thing of beauty.
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Old November 3, 2014, 09:59 AM   #18
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Old November 3, 2014, 06:49 PM   #19
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"I agree. This is lively in the hand compared to my Randalls." -- hso

A thing of beauty and purpose...second the opinion on balance and "maneuverability" after the privilege of hefting it this past weekend.

Drool factor off the chart. So many knives...so little time.
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Old November 4, 2014, 03:18 PM   #20
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These and the G.W. Stone equivalent were among the first to trade on the Randall legacy back in the 1960's. They led to the custom knife trend that began then.

Stone used 440C steel with his own advanced heat treat. A man who worked with Bone told me that they used Graphmo (brand) tool steel, prob. the same as 1095.

I don't like the more tapered shape of the blade as well as the original Randall Model 1, but the Bone and Stone examples don't have the dip in the blade spine just before the guard that I don't like on the Model 1.

You can get the same basic blade shape from Randall without the dip if you order the Model 5. The false edge/clip can be honed on request.

Randall handles are a bit short for many hands to take the full length Fairbairn-recommended grasp for slashing and thrust strokes. That's one reason why many like the longer Bone handles.

I see that the knife pictured was a safe queen. Some did see action and Stone showed me a letter from a Spcl. Forces soldier who said that his Model A worked well when his camp was being overrun by VC. One hard stroke of the eight-inch blade took off a Viet head. Randall also received similar testimonial letters.

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