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This is from the 1960's. Stag handled and has the compass in the pommel. The sheath is the original to the knife.... :)



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Funny thing about that Randall. And a reason why I never normally post pics of a great knife. I'm on many forums and use the Gizamo moniker everywhere. I've already received two emails from folks on other boards that lurk here. They picked up my email addy and sent offers to buy that knife. The Randall Folks are a funny lot. They have to wait for up to 2-3 years in line to buy some of the modern knifes. When you find a knife that Bo Randall actually made, they lust after it and will hunt you down! :mrgreen:

Soooo, to the folks that are reading this. The other two fellows made very generous offers...but I already know what I have and what it is actually worth....

The knife is not for sale....Truly, you are wasting your time if you email me. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. ;)

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Similar thing is happening with my Ralph Bone knife right now - just on a smaller scale. Some fellows here offered up some good leads to track down information - now some fellows elsewhere are wanting to buy it.

A couple of sources tell me that the same fellow who made Randall's sheaths in that 1960s era also made Bone's while he was in Florida - a Mr. Johnson..(?) I see some similarities in this sheath and the one with the Bone - particularly the stitching and overall shape. Any thoughts about that, Giz?

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There is a whole subset of discussion on various knife forums about the difference between the Johnson sheath. I'm not really up on this, but have a basic understanding.

There were two types in particular ~ smooth and roughback that I believe some date back to 1959. These were fully stitched and had no rivets. The stone pouch is typical in some models. The logo direction is stamped either across the back in the short direction, or running the length of the knife. If you find a red stone with a fishhook groove, you can date the knife back to 1949, with some Randall's.

Like I said, not a sheath expert. But it's worth looking into. Also, for anyone else reading this, never use any oils on your sheath. Saddlesoap works well and won't soften the leather ( to be avoided at all costs )....

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I keep studying the photo of your knife - the blade particularly, but the whole knife seems to be very slim and hand-fitting for jobs small and large - useful for so many chores.

I know that there are many smaller models out there, and so many of the Randalls I see are handsome, wonderful knives - but too large for much of anything beyond display and knife fighting. I haven't been in too many knife fights lately, so I don't know just how much I'd use one of those.

Now, this knife is a different matter...! You know how much of a kick I get out of using fine objects - like shooting my antique and engraved firearms and such.... I'd be tempted to pack that one in my kit every time I set off in the woods!

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Find a pic of the older style Randall Model 8. It is called the Bird and Trout. In my mind, there is no finer knife. It is the pinacle of Bo Randall's genius in the small knifes. If you find one from the 1940's with the pinned stag, ~ never let anyone know you have it. Except me, of course. I'll be on the next plane out! :p

Did I ever mention Scagel to you? :mrgreen:

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When I was much younger, I saw a small fixed blade sheath knife, that had a normal sized, but thin, bone handle....and had a short blade. (about 3") I liked it very much. It was named a "Bird and Trout knife" might it be the Randall M-8??? If anyone could post a picture of the Randall, I'll know what to look for at the garage sales that plague New England in the summertime. Thanks, Bob
 
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Bob,

Sorry for the small picture, I'll look for a better one. The one pictured is a early one from the late 40's or very early 50's....pinned stag. I would expect it to sell in the $800 range.

 

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Gizamo said:
xtm,

Did I ever mention Scagel to you? :mrgreen:

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Yes! I like that one very much, too - but I am grossly uninformed on the man and his knives. I really do like the style and design of your Scagel blade! Sometime, show us a photo of this Randall and the Scagel side-by-side for comparison.

I am probably very blessed to have never fallen into the bottomless pit of custom knife collecting! :lol:

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