I am going to state my opinion here. I am in the minority of folks that has "beaten" a "full-Tang" Randall, a Model #14 to be exact. It now has a CDT with thick leather spacers I put on it myself.
To be honest, there are alot of men who have put their life and faith in this knife type. That being said, with prolonged beating I did see the micarta and epoxy give way and stress the brass tube such that the handle would pivot on the wrist thong tube. After time and continued use it became easier, light tapping of the clip point against a log put the handle back in place all the time.
I got tired of that and decided to oder a #14 with stacked leather, and optioned #14 finger grooves. After that I removed the full tang micarta handle, and installed a CDT, I am much happier with it now. Despite the rhetoric self important pontificator's will tell you about tang sizes the human body does not have the mechanical advantage against a tempered piece of 1/2 x 1/4 O-1 steel the length of which Randall uses in their knives.
RCBMJR (sp?) once said that the CDT option for the #14 Attack is the proper configuration for that blade. After some time, I agree with him,
The short answer is yes, I had issues. I was not being nice to the knife either though, and really was abusing it more than reasonable.
Last edited by ron_m80; 07-25-2012 at 12:34 AM.
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