Collecting Randall Made Knives And Pictures
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!