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    Quote Originally Posted by MTNDIESEL View Post
    Hey Guys,I've got my book ordered.Thank You Shel....
    I've got a question..Just recieved my new and first Randell.A 14 Attack..I'm wondering should I be concerned w/ a pin hole in the hilt solder?It was a big investment.I know it won't hinder usage in Attackage.Should I worry about corrosion.As a Stationary Eng.Welder HVAC Mech,sudo knife maker,Now Randall investor..I'm kinda anal about these things.
    Or should I just accept that all things in life are not perfect and just enjoy?
    My #1 also had a pinhole in the solder. Years ago I put a little super glue in (on) it, and it seemed to take care of the problem. I'm sure Randall would fix both of our knives--but for me, I'm satisfied.

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    RMK's from the beginning have had solder voids at the hilt joint. As such, I'm not sure that I agree with Mark Henninger's assessment; in fact, I'm pretty sure that RMK wouldn't fix a non problem...



    Then again, that's just me...as always, YMMV
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    Concidering what grade of solder they use, a solder hole that passes through the hilt is not good. I would not accept yet another downgrade in shop ouput quality. Send it back and tell them to fix it no matter how long it takes, they only get away with this behavior because of their collectors demand.. Thats just f'in lazy work, or a new process change, or a new kid working there.

    In the end the Randall name will only be worth the work they put into the blades they made everyday. I say that because they already lack much in common with the ones that made the shop famous.

    Welcome, and consider your ownthread next time. We just broke the rules posting off topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron_m80 View Post
    Concidering what grade of solder they use, a solder hole that passes through the hilt is not good. I would not accept yet another downgrade in shop ouput quality. Send it back and tell them to fix it no matter how long it takes, they only get away with this behavior because of their collectors demand.. Thats just f'in lazy work, or a new process change, or a new kid working there.

    In the end the Randall name will only be worth the work they put into the blades they made everyday. I say that because they already lack much in common with the ones that made the shop famous.

    Welcome, and consider your ownthread next time. We just broke the rules posting off topic.
    Stand corrected.

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    I am not anymore right than another in regard to opinions. Of the few that i has they were nowhere near where they could have had a pin hole through the hilt, by that i mean they have all had a nice solder ring around the hilt.

    I guess everyones idea of a pinhole means this conversation could have no end if we all wanted to be right.

    Thank you.

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    Sorry for the breach in forum etiquette for hijacking Shel's thread,''sorry Shel''Great book by the way!!!. I was just a little over enthusiastic w/ my first Randall.What a great knife.And the # 14 double stitch sheath is just as cool.As far as sending it back for repair.I'm still on the fence.I wish the seller would have had full disclosure on this issue.I really don't want to send it back to him for a refund cuz I hate going threw the hassle of it all.

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    If you didn't get it from the shop, I don't see any option availablle to you. Keep it or sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTNDIESEL View Post
    Sorry for the breach in forum etiquette for hijacking Shel's thread,''sorry Shel''Great book by the way!!!. I was just a little over enthusiastic w/ my first Randall.What a great knife.And the # 14 double stitch sheath is just as cool.As far as sending it back for repair.I'm still on the fence.I wish the seller would have had full disclosure on this issue.I really don't want to send it back to him for a refund cuz I hate going threw the hassle of it all.
    I know how you feel about your Randall. I'm the same way. Basically, I just decided to try to fix the solder pinhole myself. The glue has held up for probably 10-12 years, (though it has "yellowed" a bit). These knives are just so cool. (I wonder if it is possible that the seller did not notice the pinhole?)

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    Thanks Mark,But I would think someone selling a high priced uncommon Randall,'this knife has been the only one like it that I've seen in my short few months searching for one'' would notice and have the stones for full disclosure.I can email anyone a pic of it from the sellers site.It looks like a piece of lint or something.Me,In my THEN lack of knowledge & naivete assummed as such.Caveat Emptor.....I'm not crying,just disapointed.I would'nt run a bussiness like that.Super glue uh?I'll have to think about doing that.As for ron_m80,I would think buying it from a RMK Dealer the shop would honor their factory warrenty?.Or is that not transferable?And lastly,If Shel thinks the factory would not recognize a pin hole as a repair issue, I'll just move on and enjoy. Next,a brass fittings 25-5 w/ a laynard hole.....woohoo! arn't these Randalls great..love the lineage!!

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