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A recent thread prompted me to ask the question. I have been a Randall knife lover since I saw my first one when I was 10. It is the knife pictured which was bought by a good friend of the family before he shipped out to SEA in 1965 with the USMC. He let me "safeguard" it growing up, but it did not become officially mine until I shipped out in Sept. 1984. It did 3 tours with him and I since passed it to my best friend who served in the Corp during the 1st sand box war. I figured a Marine bought it...a Marine should have it, I was Army. This is one of the few Randalls I have seen that has actually been used. Having sold a few lately I know if you use one you lose quite a bit on value. I would love to see what you all have out there that you love and cherish as much I have this knife and have actually used it....would love to hear the stories too.

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Sir, I've always told myself I can't afford a Randall (they are expensive), so for years have made do with a rotating array of cheaper knives. I've belatedly realized that I'd be money ahead if I'd just bought a Randall at an early age and been done with it. This philosophy applies to other aspects of life as well.

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My two that I carry and use. #14 & #18.



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I have used my #8 & #10 quite a bit. the #1 , #5 & #18 haven't been used yet.
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I used a Model 3 as a general hunting and fishing knife. Had to sell it when a GI Education Bill check was late. Got more than I had in it.

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I use mine. What's the purpose of buying and not using it??
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Owners of older Randalls, and especially those from the Vietnam War era, might be surprised at how valuable they have become. I ordered a Model 14 in 1963 and basically kept it unused until last year when I mentioned it to a collector. I had originally paid $40 for the knife, an astronomical sum at the time, and the collector offered me $1550! Since it had no sentimental value, he became the proud new owner.
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I go by value. We have Randalls, and other knives, we don't use and guns we don't shoot and the decision is made according to value. I am not a rich man and can't afford to shoot thousands of dollars of value down range or scratch up thousand dollar knives. The strict we shoot 'em/use 'em or don't own them doesn't work around here.

User Randalls are not really that expensive, relatively speaking. The last users I bought were a gently used #10-5 off eBay for the kitchen and a #28 from the shop for general field use. Both were pretty reasonable.

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I'm sure your aware that the "Solingen" marked Randall blades are considered somewhat rare, & bring a premium as collectibles
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I have had three, two of which are still with me. The model 23 was stolen from my old Ranchero when in for repair. The #1 was carried a lot during military service and the #14 is still pretty much unused. I wanted the best tools I could get. If someone comes across a Model 23 etched with "W.L. McCann" and "2679942" I would really like to know about it. Stolen in Pittsburg Kansas and who knows where it is now.
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I'm sure your aware that the "Solingen" marked Randall blades are considered somewhat rare, & bring a premium as collectibles
Yep I was offered a LOT of money for the knife, but it is priceless sentimentally. I actually had a Randall dealer tell me it was a fake one time...of course he tried to buy it cheap
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Many Randall knives that have been used are eagerly sought after by Randall collectors as long as they've not been abused. Collectors seem to favor knives with carbon steel blades over those with stainless steel, does anyone know the reason for this? I know that SS is harder to sharpen and hold and edge, but that would make sense for a user not a collector where the knife would sit in a vault.
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Many Randall knives that have been used are eagerly sought after by Randall collectors as long as they've not been abused. Collectors seem to favor knives with carbon steel blades over those with stainless steel, does anyone know the reason for this? I know that SS is harder to sharpen and hold and edge, but that would make sense for a user not a collector where the knife would sit in a vault.
It may be just tradition as the carbon blades were around longer than SS.
Randall will build you practically anything you want based on one of their models. What collectors really want besides vintage examples are those that have a unique set of upgrades.
This knife is an upgraded 14 which has an oval nickel silver guard and a sawtooth back

I also have a #16 Special Fighter (not a Dive) with a stainless blade and a waxed sheath which is an upgrade.
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I actually had a Randall dealer tell me it was a fake one time...
I don't see anything fake about your knife. Although there is no way to be exactly sure, there are very likely a couple things that make the knife unique. It is from among the first made with the Stainless mark on the ricasso parallel to the hilt. It is also among the first made in what is today called the "14 Room". This is a former coffee break room that was converted to production in 1964 to help meet the demand from Nam fighters for 14s, 15s, 17s and 18s. Solingen blades were quite popular on the knives made there as the lead time was only 6 weeks as opposed to a year and a half and they were cheaper than the Randall forged blade. The knife was designed with the Mercury astronauts and ordered by NASA for them to carry in space.

The Solingen bladed Randall is not rare as there were somewhere around 6,000 made. BUT, they are certainly sought after and command a premium. The age yours is and the provenance certainly makes it worth a lot more than the average Astro.

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Solingen bladed Randall is not rare as there were somewhere around 6,000 made. BUT, they are certainly sought after and command a premium. The age yours is and the provenance certainly makes it worth a lot more than the average Astro.

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Bob, you do realize this is a 14 Attack and not a 17 Astro?
I do appreciate the info about the tool room though. I am not all that up on Randall's history beyond a few tidbits.
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Oh, yeah, I've got some that are/have been used. The ones I use most frequently are my steak knives! Somewhere, long ago, I picked up a set of 4 of the #6 models. They work well for the intended purpose. The problem is only me and Momma are allowed to feed ourselves with them!

And about 15 years ago I ran into a knife seller/swindler (my fault, I submitted with a smile) named Jack Crider. He had a bunch of them he was selling off, so I passed a bunch of cash across the table toward him. One was well used (but you can't tell by looking at it). Its a short blade that doesn't seem to fit any factory standard grind. But someone along the way in West (by Gawd) Virginny took it to an engraver and had it scrached up. Not sure, but I think the name was Shaw Leibowicz or some such. When Jack had it, he was asking a fair price. So after a few gun shows and knife shows, I bought it. When his Missus returned from a potty break, she threw a fit. It was her apple pealin' knife! I offered to sell it back to him (at a fair profit for me) just to appease her.

And I've thrown my throwing knife at a tree or two (but with a back stop where I could find it if I missed.)

Less-see, I've never used my carving set. But I did give one away to a buddy for a wedding present. His wife still claims it was the best present they got. The buddy's uncle (Jimmy Garrett) worked at the Randall factory until his death. The buddy had an aluminum handle saltwater fisherman. A third yokel (an term of endearment here in the hills) went to a gunshow one time with us. There on a table was another Saltwater fisherman, with a $500 price tag. The buddy said "I've got one just like that at home!" The non-believer said "oh sure." Never question our sincerity. When we got home, the buddy marched him into the basment (drive-in style). Walked over to his toolbox and pulled out one of the bottom drawers (the large kind). In one smooth motion he turned it upside down on the basment floor and started sorting. Sure enough, within a few seconds he spotted the Randall and pulled it free of the screwdrivers, bolts, wire and stuff! It was a classic moment.

Oh, and not to be forgotten, both the buddy and I have Randall folders. Yep. Folding blade Randalls, the kind you've never seen before. Old man Randall felt a knife shouldn't fold. But back right after the old man passed away, the factory solicited some upscale folding knife builders for samples of what could be done. As the story goes (and I can't vouch for it) they sent a few blades to a small number of knife smiths. They got back some samples, but none were pleasing to them so they dropped the project. But some of the blades were later finished into spectacular versions. I'm guessing about 1993 or so... we ran into 2 of them for sale, so we made a "group buy" and picked the two up. Mine has some pretty old bark Ivory handles (scales?), the buddies has smooth Ivory with his sheltie scrimshawed on them! I've been meaning to carry it more often... They have open frame liner lock style design. Oh, and they cut steak real well, too.

Hmmm. And about that same time frame I picked up another Randall at a tiny backwoods gun show. It was a pretty casual affair. There might have been a dozen tables, total. I drove about 100 miles to get there and then walked the show in about 10 minutes. No guns of any interest, but in a glass cased display, looking like it had been shook up with the knives inside, I spotted a randall. A bit worse for wear, but I'm not all that particular. Worse, no one knew where the owner of the table had gone. So I hung out waiting. About a half hour later this jolly old guy came back in with a handful of McDonalds bags. He'd bought coffee for the crowd! Generosity is a thing here in Kentucky.

So when he got done distributing the cups around, I asked him if I could see a knife in his display. He laughed and said "Bet yer lookin' fer that old Randall". Yep. So he found the key after some searching and opened it up. As he handed it to me, he apologized and said he'd have to get a full $150 for it. I got a look on my face like I'd been stabbed in the heart. But I looked the knife over real well and finally paid him his price. It even had a name stamped/etched into the off side. Its "Ted Sackett". Never heard of him. But the knife is in with a bunch of others these days, and I don't have a sheath.

I took it to my knife consultant, Joe Gillenwater at the next big show. He looked it over, politely listened to my story, and suggested I'd been taken badly. But he'd help me out of my fix and let me double my money! What a guy. Of course I declined because he had a smile on his face. He said it was a 1960s grind trout and bird. It does fit in an old Buck sheath, so I carry it in that from time to time. It was sharpened a bunch by someone who didn't have a clue how it should be done. But I overlook that and keep it anyway.

Lets see, and I've got a Randall Kit knife with an ivory handle. Did you know Randall used to sell kit knives? Not to be confused with a kit gun, these actually came as a kit the buyer could finish himself. Mine was finished with a chunk of elephant tusk to hold on. The problem was the prior owner kept it in a safe with dessicant or a golden rod. It dried out the ivory an it cracked, stem to stern. The crack on the underside was so wide you could insert a business card. Ugly. But I swallowed any pride I still had and bought it. Took it to the gunroom in the old house and promptly forgot it. I asked my bride to please buy me some Johnson & Johnson baby oil. She forgot. Then when I came across it I looked at the knife in my musty and damp basement, and guess what? Just a little moisture in the air managed to swell the crack shut! You can still see the crack because it had been used and dirt got inside. So I was bad and washed it for about a half hour in warm water. I got some of the dirt worked out of the crack, but you can still see it.

OK, I'm tired of keying any Y'all are tired of readin'. I'll just go take a nap.
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Oh, yeah, I've got some that are/have been used. The ones I use most frequently are my steak knives! Somewhere, long ago, I picked up a set of 4 of the #6 models. They work well for the intended purpose. The problem is only me and Momma are allowed to feed ourselves with them!

And about 15 years ago I ran into a knife seller/swindler (my fault, I submitted with a smile) named Jack Crider. He had a bunch of them he was selling off, so I passed a bunch of cash across the table toward him. One was well used (but you can't tell by looking at it). Its a short blade that doesn't seem to fit any factory standard grind. But someone along the way in West (by Gawd) Virginny took it to an engraver and had it scrached up. Not sure, but I think the name was Shaw Leibowicz or some such. When Jack had it, he was asking a fair price. So after a few gun shows and knife shows, I bought it. When his Missus returned from a potty break, she threw a fit. It was her apple pealin' knife! I offered to sell it back to him (at a fair profit for me) just to appease her.

And I've thrown my throwing knife at a tree or two (but with a back stop where I could find it if I missed.)

Less-see, I've never used my carving set. But I did give one away to a buddy for a wedding present. His wife still claims it was the best present they got. The buddy's uncle (Jimmy Garrett) worked at the Randall factory until his death. The buddy had an aluminum handle saltwater fisherman. A third yokel (an term of endearment here in the hills) went to a gunshow one time with us. There on a table was another Saltwater fisherman, with a $500 price tag. The buddy said "I've got one just like that at home!" The non-believer said "oh sure." Never question our sincerity. When we got home, the buddy marched him into the basment (drive-in style). Walked over to his toolbox and pulled out one of the bottom drawers (the large kind). In one smooth motion he turned it upside down on the basment floor and started sorting. Sure enough, within a few seconds he spotted the Randall and pulled it free of the screwdrivers, bolts, wire and stuff! It was a classic moment.

Oh, and not to be forgotten, both the buddy and I have Randall folders. Yep. Folding blade Randalls, the kind you've never seen before. Old man Randall felt a knife shouldn't fold. But back right after the old man passed away, the factory solicited some upscale folding knife builders for samples of what could be done. As the story goes (and I can't vouch for it) they sent a few blades to a small number of knife smiths. They got back some samples, but none were pleasing to them so they dropped the project. But some of the blades were later finished into spectacular versions. I'm guessing about 1993 or so... we ran into 2 of them for sale, so we made a "group buy" and picked the two up. Mine has some pretty old bark Ivory handles (scales?), the buddies has smooth Ivory with his sheltie scrimshawed on them! I've been meaning to carry it more often... They have open frame liner lock style design. Oh, and they cut steak real well, too.

Hmmm. And about that same time frame I picked up another Randall at a tiny backwoods gun show. It was a pretty casual affair. There might have been a dozen tables, total. I drove about 100 miles to get there and then walked the show in about 10 minutes. No guns of any interest, but in a glass cased display, looking like it had been shook up with the knives inside, I spotted a randall. A bit worse for wear, but I'm not all that particular. Worse, no one knew where the owner of the table had gone. So I hung out waiting. About a half hour later this jolly old guy came back in with a handful of McDonalds bags. He'd bought coffee for the crowd! Generosity is a thing here in Kentucky.

So when he got done distributing the cups around, I asked him if I could see a knife in his display. He laughed and said "Bet yer lookin' fer that old Randall". Yep. So he found the key after some searching and opened it up. As he handed it to me, he apologized and said he'd have to get a full $150 for it. I got a look on my face like I'd been stabbed in the heart. But I looked the knife over real well and finally paid him his price. It even had a name stamped/etched into the off side. Its "Ted Sackett". Never heard of him. But the knife is in with a bunch of others these days, and I don't have a sheath.

I took it to my knife consultant, Joe Gillenwater at the next big show. He looked it over, politely listened to my story, and suggested I'd been taken badly. But he'd help me out of my fix and let me double my money! What a guy. Of course I declined because he had a smile on his face. He said it was a 1960s grind trout and bird. It does fit in an old Buck sheath, so I carry it in that from time to time. It was sharpened a bunch by someone who didn't have a clue how it should be done. But I overlook that and keep it anyway.

Lets see, and I've got a Randall Kit knife with an ivory handle. Did you know Randall used to sell kit knives? Not to be confused with a kit gun, these actually came as a kit the buyer could finish himself. Mine was finished with a chunk of elephant tusk to hold on. The problem was the prior owner kept it in a safe with dessicant or a golden rod. It dried out the ivory an it cracked, stem to stern. The crack on the underside was so wide you could insert a business card. Ugly. But I swallowed any pride I still had and bought it. Took it to the gunroom in the old house and promptly forgot it. I asked my bride to please buy me some Johnson & Johnson baby oil. She forgot. Then when I came across it I looked at the knife in my musty and damp basement, and guess what? Just a little moisture in the air managed to swell the crack shut! You can still see the crack because it had been used and dirt got inside. So I was bad and washed it for about a half hour in warm water. I got some of the dirt worked out of the crack, but you can still see it.

OK, I'm tired of keying any Y'all are tired of readin'. I'll just go take a nap.

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I knew another airman who built a Model 1 from one if those kits. Eight-inch blade and black Micarta handle. Put it together and finished it in the base hobby shop. It looked as good as if Randall had done the work.

He wanted it in case a tiger got hold of him in Thailand, where he was being sent.

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Bob, you do realize this is a 14 Attack and not a 17 Astro?
Aha! I didn't look at the handle which is not bolted. However, the grind does not look like a '60s Solingen #14 so now I'm beginning to see why the dealer questioned it. Sure would like to see more pics and both sides of the sheath.

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Aha! I didn't look at the handle which is not bolted. However, the grind does not look like a '60s Solingen #14 so now I'm beginning to see why the dealer questioned it. Sure would like to see more pics and both sides of the sheath.

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The grind is typical of early 14's starting with the tennite handles and the skull crusher tang. The next variation did not have the skull crusher, and the following one had Micarta handles on it like this one. I sent pictures of the knife to Randall who verified 2 things I knew. 1 the knife is legit, and 2 the dealer was a shyster. I confronted the dealer, and while he never admitted to trying to screw me he upped his offer considerably...still lowball. If I am not mistaken the 14 had this grind until the late 60's early 70's when it changed to the current configuration.
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Mr. Burg, I'd love to see some pictures of those knives!

This one was used in WWII (not by me). It was given to me by a neighbor after her husband (the original owner) passed. Original Heiser sheath, and stone.

I took it camping a few times when I was a kid. Not real practical for cutting most stuff because the blade is so thick.

When I found out how valuable it was, it horrified me to think I actually took it camping. Didn't really use it for anything, just carried it around 'cause I thought it was cool. I might have cut up a chicken once. I was 16 or 17 and I guess it WAS cool. At least I didn't pull a Guy Clark and try to stick it in a tree!




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Another Randall knife story I enjoyed. This is kind of paraphrased because its been a while since the guy told it to me.

Another friend of mine had wanted a Centennial Randall for a long time. His wife had been wanting to go shopping at a place an hour or so way. He located a knife and talked to the seller on the phone. He got driving directions. Then he told his wife he'd take her where she wanted to go, but he wanted to make a stop, too.

So off they went the next day. When he got to the sellers house, they went up and knocked. The guy invited them inside, sat them down at the kitchen table and offered them some coffee. They chatted for a short while and the guy went out and brought back the knife. Our guy looked it over and agreed it was what it should be. Then he asked if there was any room on the price. The seller said no. So he counted out $800 and handed it to the man. He heard his wife gasp. But he took his knife and they left.

When they got to the car, his wife started a multi year tirade about spending that kind of money on a stupid knife. He took his lumps like a big boy. He wanted that knife. He took the accompanying abuse from his missus. And she went on relentlessly for a few years.

Then one day there was a knock at the door. Our guy opened the door and invited the guest inside. In a repeat of his show a few years earlier, he took him to the kitchen, got him coffee and left for a few seconds. He returned with "the knife." The guy looked it over, tried to get an accommodation on the price, failed, and took out an envelope. He counted out $3200 and handed it over. Wife gasped in the background. The new owner left with a thanks. And our guy took the money (every red cent) and left the room. Since that second day, no one word has been said about his knife dealings. Go figure.
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My first Randall is a Model 16. It was originally taken to Vietnam by a GI. When he left, he gave it to another GI because the knife had too many bad memories, and he never wanted to see the knife again. I got it from the second GI. I use that knife, but I always wonder what bad memories it has.

I have two Model 1s, a Model 2, a Confederate Bowie, and a Model 14. I have used the 14 only once; to cut a birthday cake. I got all these while Bo Randall was alive. After he died, I lost interest.
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The grind is typical of early 14's starting with the tennite handles and the skull crusher tang.
Curtis, the tang and handles have nothing to do with the grind, grind refers to the blade. Keep in mind that you are looking at a Solingen and not a Randall blade. No Randall 14s have ever been ground like your knife. In fact, one of the reasons Randall stopped buying the German blades was because it took so much shop time trying to get them shaped like a Randall that it was not cost effective.

In any event, you have a great knife that has a lot of value. Certainly the sentimental value alone make it a keeper.

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I think I should clean mine. These are from around 1960+/- . Can you tell what model they are?
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I think I should clean mine. These are from around 1960+/- . Can you tell what model they are?
The Bowie is a Model 12 and would depend on blade length as to the specific version.

The other one appears to be a Model 3 or a Model 4 with a stag handle.
This is based on the current catalog and blades/models have changed some over the years.
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I saw my first Randall in 1967 when I was 12. My older brother had just graduated from Ranger School and Infantry OCS and was headed to Vietnam. My dad bought it for him as a graduation present for making it through Ranger School. If I recall, it looked like the one Cooter posted a pic of. I remember how sharp it was, because I still have the scar on my left index finger... Anyways, two tours later Bob brought it home, but it sure wasn't the shiny new knife I remembered. I think he still has it, but don't know for sure.
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Its Christmas time. Call him and find out!
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I saw my first Randall in 1967 when I was 12. My older brother had just graduated from Ranger School and Infantry OCS and was headed to Vietnam. My dad bought it for him as a graduation present for making it through Ranger School. If I recall, it looked like the one Cooter posted a pic of. I remember how sharp it was, because I still have the scar on my left index finger... Anyways, two tours later Bob brought it home, but it sure wasn't the shiny new knife I remembered. I think he still has it, but don't know for sure.
I can only speak for myself, but I know I would love to see pics of it and hear a story or two. I am sure others feel the same.
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I think I should clean mine. These are from around 1960+/- . Can you tell what model they are?
Looking at the knives tells me you know better than to "clean them up". The #12 Bowie was introduced in 1953 and the wide top stone pocket was replaced by the narrower top around that time. My guess is that even with slower moving models like the Bowies, the older style sheaths that were in the bin would have been used by the end of 1954. The heft of the lugged hilt seems a little on the light side for that era but is probably correct. The Model #3 shealth, pin, choil and spacer stock place it perhaps a few years later but not by much. This is based on what I can see and you need to keep in mind that there are things that I can't see in the pics that could change what I think of the date. Seeing the stones would also help as they changed during this time frame.

Valuable? Very, but I suspect you knew that also. Two very desirable knives.

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I think I should clean mine. These are from around 1960+/- . Can you tell what model they are?

Can't you at least clean the verdigris off of the brass guard on the Model 3? That looks atrocious!
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I have several that I use all the time, including the one I carried in the Army in the '60s and '70s, a Little Bear Bowie. My ex used hers all the time too.
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It looks like there are some very knowledgable "Randall" people here on the S&W forum.

Can anyone tell me if Randall actually made some "All Stainless Steel"------- ( No Brass) Model 18 Survival Knives?

I have a friend who claims he has one, although I have never seen it
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I use these three... to dress up a book case! They're all JRB's from the 70's. The only thing I've ever cut with them was myself, ergo the enclosed display!

I haven’t needed a combat knife and the hunting and fishing knives I use (Marble’s, Bark River, Western, Marttiini, Wyoming) are far less valuable and meet my needs.

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Can anyone tell me if Randall actually made some "All Stainless Steel"------- ( No Brass) Model 18 Survival Knives?

I have a friend who claims he has one, although I have never seen it
I guess it is possible, but Randall does not currently list a stainless guard as an option. It could have been a special order request, or he is mistaking a nickle silver guard as stainless.
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Sorry, its the Anniversary, not Centennial. The latter is a gun!
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Can anyone tell me if Randall actually made some "All Stainless Steel"------- ( No Brass) Model 18 Survival Knives?
In the 1980's Randall did some real creative things with the Model 18. One was the all stainless and there were probably less than 100 made. They also made perhaps 100 #18 handled knives with several other blade grinds, everything from Bowies to fighting knives. As you can imagine they are all collectable and yours truly for one will try to buy every example I see(which isn't many).

As to value of your friend's #18, a guy at a show here had one on his table not that long ago and he wanted $3,000 for it. That's high and is especially so in today's very soft market but they are worth good money. If your friend is interested in selling PM me. I would make an offer that could make this a really Merry Christmas for him.

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Thanks Dick! I was racking my feeble brain and keep coming up blank...should have guessed the Anniversay knife.

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had one i used for years it was a mod 1 ivory handels i think? sold it for way more than i paid for it, wish i still had it
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These are Randall 18s all stainless steel. They were $400 each when I got them (used) in the late 80s.
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I've got an early 1990's Model 5 a four inch model that I have used to dress well over a dozen elk and twice that amount of deer and antelope. Even took it over with me in 1998 to RSA on my first plains game hunt...simply to say it had been to Africa.

Did use it though to search for slugs in dead game, and other cutting chores on the hunt.

Have a model 26 but that ones a safe queen.

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I've got an early 1990's Model 5 a four inch model that I have used to dress well over a dozen elk and twice that amount of deer and antelope. Even took it over with me in 1998 to RSA on my first plains game hunt...simply to say it had been to Africa.

Did use it though to search for slugs in dead game, and other cutting chores on the hunt.

Have a model 26 but that ones a safe queen.

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Frank I LOVE that Freedom Arms. That is my dream gun you have pictured as far as SA's go. I had a 7 1/2" a while back but really wanted the shorter one. I guess I am getting old as I forgot just how big an handful those things are to shoot. I had 4 3/4 one about 20+ years ago and it didn't seem that bad...but I was young then
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Curtis,

Thats a M-83 .454 Casull with a .45 Colt aux cylinder, six inch, ported, micarta grips. I've had it for ten yrs or so. It gets shot 90% of the time with the Colt cylinder in place. And even when I hunt with it for deer/elk my Casull loads are fairly mild; 325 gr LBT @ 1200 fps.

I've got painful shoulder and elbow issues and RECOIL only worsens the situation.

Also have a M-97 a .44 Special in 4 1/4"...talk about sweet!! Light, normal Freedom Arms accurate, yet FAR easier to pack around all day long.

FA's really do ruin you for other pistols. Now I look at a Ruger SA and get half a headache. Just NOT the same.

I know a poster here who recently snagged a 7.5" M-83 in .454 LNIB for $700 or maybe $600!! Told him to go out and buy a LOTTO ticket as he was possibly on a winning streak.

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Thats a M-83 .454 Casull with a .45 Colt aux cylinder, six inch, ported, micarta grips. I've had it for ten yrs or so. It gets shot 90% of the time with the Colt cylinder in place. And even when I hunt with it for deer/elk my Casull loads are fairly mild; 325 gr LBT @ 1200 fps.

I've got painful shoulder and elbow issues and RECOIL only worsens the situation.

Also have a M-97 a .44 Special in 4 1/4"...talk about sweet!! Light, normal Freedom Arms accurate, yet FAR easier to pack around all day long.

FA's really do ruin you for other pistols. Now I look at a Ruger SA and get half a headache. Just NOT the same.

I know a poster here who recently snagged a 7.5" M-83 in .454 LNIB for $700 or maybe $600!! Told him to go out and buy a LOTTO ticket as he was possibly on a winning streak.

FN in MT
I thought that was an 83. I saw one similar to yours at Tulsa that also had a Leupold scope with it. I about cried when he told me what he'd take for because I still couldn't justify it given my current economic status.

No one I know of builds a finer revolver, and I hope to have another some day.
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These are Randall 18s all stainless steel. They were $400 each when I got them (used) in the late 80s.
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I think you got a couple of rare Randall's,--- According to Shel Wickersham"s book "Randall Knives A Reference Book",( pg 137,) he states "There were probably less than 100 all stainless steel Model 18' s produced in the early 80's,--- 25 being the smaller ones" ( 5 1/2")---I think you got a couple of high dollar items there.
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Sometime in 2003 Febuary before the invasion of Iraq, My Dad and Uncle called down to Randall in FLA and told'em I was deploying to Kuwait for the Invasion, I wanted the stainless instead of carbon because of a friend who had one that had seen alot of field duty, he let it stay wet after a long field problem and it rusted and pitted promptly! Black Micarta 7" SS blade, w/ military sheath and stone, no wait, they fed ex overnight and I got it 2 days before the Longbird over. Never got to use it as a fighting knife but did use it as a GP knife when needed, It looked very intimidating worn on the front of my ballistic vest beside my Beretta M9 above 4 M-4mag pouches containing 3 mags apiece and 2 Frags and a smoke. Knife has been sharpened but still looks new, the sheath however is still in great usable condition but its looks have suffered, it has turned dark reddish brown and has stains of brass on it. Sentimental so would sell most of my guns before I sold mi Randall!!!





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LOVE Randalls, but I sold off most of my collection some years ago. Regret that now of course. I still have a 7" No. 1 in carbon w/leather, a 5" No. 11 in stainless w/leather, and two No. 14s...one is in stainless w/micarta finger grip and the other is in carbon w/black micarta, #1 style brass hilt, brass & black spacers and a flat brass butt. Use the 11 and 14 mostly.
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Don't own any Randalls, but I do have a custom by Harold Corby that I even picked out the Buffalo scales for. Harold made me promise to use the knife before agreeing to sale it to me, and also made me promise to never try to sharpen it myself, just bring it back by his shop. I kept both promises!

My only regret is that I didn't let his son Phillip make me the folder he and I talked about before his untimely death. I really wish I had that knife.

I'll probably "settle" for a Sebenza by Chris Reeve.

Nice blades folks.
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