Collecting Randall Made Knives And Pictures

Model 1 Stacked Leather
Model 1 Stacked Leather
Model 6 Stag
Model 6 Stag
Model 12-8 Ironwood
Model 12-8 Ironwood
Model 12-8 Stag
Model 12-8 Stag
Model 114-7  Black Micarta
Model 114-7 Black Micarta
Model 21 Stag
Model 21 Stag
Model 25 Stag/Stacked Leather
Model 25 Stag/Stacked Leather
Model 5-4 Stag
Model 5-4 Stag
Model 12-9 Stag
Model 12-9 Stag
Model 27 Stag/Stacked Leather
Model 27 Stag/Stacked Leather
Model Thornall Special
Model Thornall Special
A Randall 16 Roughback sheath from the late 60's with a S S stamp.  Fairly rare.  It sold for over $3,000.00 on ebay.
A Randall 16 Roughback sheath from the late 60's with a S S stamp. Fairly rare. It sold for over $3,000.00 on ebay.
Randall 8-4 Roughback sheath baby dot snaps
Randall 8-4 Roughback sheath baby dot snaps
Randall 10 Roughback sheath Baby dot snaps
Randall 10 Roughback sheath Baby dot snaps

Collecting Randall Made Knives


Randall Made Knives

Very few businesses can survive if the wait for a new order is five years long. Randle Made Knives of Orlando, Florida is one of these businesses.

Randall knives are popular and highly collectable. Why are Randall Made knives in such demand? The simple answer is that Randall is a handmade quality knife. Randall is owned and operated by decedents of Bo Randall who started making knives in 1937. They are not mass produced. They are hand crafted. They have been carried by Generals and Astronauts. Many sportsmen buy a Randall to use and pass on to their children. Randall knives are also popular with collectors, who have formed the Randall Knife Society of America.

The history of the Randall knife is unique. President Ronald Reagan ordered Randall knives when he was a Captain in the Air Corps during World War II. Francis G. Powers, the American pilot who was shot down over Russia in May of 1960 in his U-2 spy plane, carried a Model 8 Randall trout and bird knife. The seven Mercury astronauts carried Randall Model 17 Astros into space. There are two Randall Astros in the Smithsonian Institution. Astronaut Gordon Cooper did the final design on the Astro.

A Randall knife is a quality knife. Hold it in your hand and you feel the craftsmanship that went into creating the knife. You begin to understand why both collectors and users appreciate this brand and why Randall Made Knives continues to grow in popularity.

You can learn more about Randall Made Knives by reading, ”Randall Made Knives”, the authorized history of Randall Knives which was written by Robert L. Gaddis. Also “The Randall Chronicles” by Pete Hamilton documents the making of a Randall knife with pictures and comment. You can visit Randall knives on the web for a look at the knives and a brief history. Prices start around $320.00.

To purchase a Randall Made knife directly from Randall, you can put down your deposit and wait 58 months for your knife. However, there are quicker ways to get a Randall knife, but you will pay a premium.

If you do not want to wait five years for your Randall Made knife, they are available at knife shows, and can be found for sale on knife web sites. It is always wise to compare prices.

The recent recession has not affected the wait for a Randall Knife. The demand for Randall Knives is still very high. I list them on eBay every once in a while and they almost always sell. The Randal 16 pictured in this hub sold for $3,000. It might go as high as $6,000 to the right buyer. There are some bargains out there but you have to look for them. Good Luck!

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CimaCoashyMom 16 months ago

My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different page and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.


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GNelson 2 years ago from Florida Author

DJ,

I don't think I have ever seen a set. The minis have serial numbers but the regular Randalls do not.


DJ. Burris 2 years ago

How frequently do you find a "set"

Where the larger knife and the

Smaller knife have the same

Serial number?


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GNelson 4 years ago from Florida Author

misslisamarie,It has no compass. It is an older Randall with a Johnson Roughback Sheath. This on is probably from the seventies.


misslisamarie 4 years ago

What kind of knife is that in the second to last photo? Does it have the compass built in at the end?


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GNelson 4 years ago from Florida Author

jpcmc,

Randall is heavy on the pocket and one of the most popular knives on eBay. The demand for these knives is unreal.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

They really look gorgeous. I bet they're heavy on the pocket. But I guess it's worth every penny. A 5-year waiting list proves it's worth it.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks. I'll have to look them up!


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks for the comments. If you get a chance go to the Randall shop in Orlando. You can see them making knives and view a great collection of knives on display.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Nice pictures , thanks for sharing it.


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Josh Wiley 5 years ago

Interesting information and good looking knives. I have a friend that collects knives and he has a few of the Randall knives in his collection.


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JapanGulu 5 years ago

Very interesting info. I had never heard of Randall knives - but I will look further into them - thumbs up !

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