Knives From Randall Made - Whats the Fuss?

By: Greg R.

Randall Knives are some of the most valued collectibles among true blade aficionados. The company is well known for creating some of the highest-quality hand-made knives in the world.
History of Randall Made Knives
In 1937, W.D. "Bo" Randall began making knives as a hobby. Diligently he quickly built up the skills to create hand forged knives of the utmost quality, for a range of wilderness functions. In the years prior to the second World War, he began to sell his knives on a casual basis.
In the early stages of the war, a reporter got wind of these blades and wrote a story regarding Bo. This led to overpowering interest and pushed Bo into the knife-making industry full time. This worked out to be a great thing for blade buffs!
Randall kept to making every blade by hand, despite innovation in massproduction techniques throughout the business. His publicity and fame blossomed during and after World War II, as several decorated war veterans and famous celebrities like Ronald Reagan used his knives.
After the war, Bo was sought out by NASA to make a survival knife for its infant space department. The end product was one of Randall's most famous knives -- The Model #17 also known as the "Astro".
Bo Randall passed away in 1989, but left his firm in the competent hands of son Gary.

Today, benefits from a stellar reputation for creating some of the best hand-made blades worldwide. Their offerings are true collectibles, frequently escalating in resale value instantly after purchase.
The Knives
Randall makes more than 50 models, many of which have been in production for many years. The models fall into many divisions: Sportsman models are for hunting, fishing and other outdoor chores. The Model #5"Camp and Trail" and #8 "Trout and Bird" are in this department.

Seawater knives are for diving, fishing and common utility use. The Model 10 and #16 "Diver" are the most popular knives in this sub-division. Survival blades include the model #17 "Astro" and #18 "Attack And Survival". Military style blades include the Model 15 "Airman" and the "Attack" Model 14. Bowie models include the #12 "Bear Bowie" and #13 "Arkansas Toothpick".
Knife Construction
Randall has been refining its knife making technique throughout its past. It now uses a time-consuming, seventeen step process that involves forging a high-carbon steel blade, hand-shaping the blade to exact specifications and multiple polishings. For complete specifics on the technique, check out .
Where to Buy Randall Knives
If you're interested in buying a Randall Made Knife, there are several approaches. If you have the patience to wait for it, you can put yourself on the waiting list on the Randall website and get your blade in five years or so. Or you can find an authorized Randall distributor. However, as these merchants are restricted in how many items they can buy from Randall, the specific knife you want is likely to not be in stock. For customers who desire a specific model, or want their blade sooner, the only alternative is to search on eBay.
There are numerous new and pre-owned Randall Made Knives available for sale on eBay. It may take a little searching around to discover the right type of blade for you, but with some work you can usually locate the perfect item. Always consult the feedback rating of the seller before purchasing, as you should buy from an honest seller. This that means someone who owns a feedback rating of 99% or greater.
Learn More about Randall Knives
Randall Made blades are so collectible, there are several books available about them: an excellent reference book by Sheldon and Edna Wickersham, Robert Hunt's "Randall Military Models" and "Randall Made Knives: The History Of The Man And The Blades" from Robert Gaddis.
For a rough rundown of the Knives, visit the on Randall Made Knives. It's brief, but does provide some references to more detailed sites.

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