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Alternatives to Randall Knives.....Suggestions Please.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Nalapombu, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Armadew

    Armadew Reisloafer Platinum Member

    Nov 22, 2006
    Interesting... I had always assumed they were made with permission!
  2. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
  3. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    How about a Dustar model 1 Arad it's modeled after the Randall 14 and is made from D2 steel and is around 250.00 from what I've seen online. I believe one of our vendors around here carry them too in black or a bead blast type finish. While I have never owned one they do look pretty nicely made.


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  4. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Regardless of how some people feel about Bark River, I very much like my Blackjack 1-7 and 125 models.
  5. Coke


    Aug 26, 2016
    A friend that hunts bought a new 3V version Blackjack 1-7 from a supplier here in Qld a couple of months ago after I told him to have a look at them, the same supplier I bought my Attack 14 from, and he can't stop saying enough good things about it. He simply loves it.
  6. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    I have collected BRK's for 9 years and I enjoy my Bark River knives very much.
    Today Mike Stewart employs 40 people making knives in Michigan UP.
    I think that is a great achievement in itself.


    I've said it before and I say it again:
    Mike Stewart add more than he takes!

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  7. Eric@DLT

    [email protected]

    Mar 30, 2015
    I think some people are confused and still thinks he has more to do with Black Jack than he does. He doesn't own the name nor does he distribute those knives, he simply makes them for the current owner. The few that I've handled out of the box were pretty nice.
  8. Canvsbk

    Canvsbk Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 18, 2016
    Hess knives - just down the street from Bark River. Wonderful stuff.
  9. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Yes, I'm very happy with my Hess Tiburon!
    Lots of knife for the money!

  10. Area FiftyOne

    Area FiftyOne

    Jun 15, 2016
    I am also happy with my Hess Whitetail and Tiburon knives. They are smaller knives but VERY nicely finished. Does Hess make bushcraft style (3.5-4.5 inch) blade knives?
  11. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Outdorsman maybe?
    4.75" blade and fulltang.

  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I believe Blue Ridge knives owns the Blackjack trademark. They also distribute. I know DLT had the BJ 124 made special. Bark River has a similar knife with their name on it. That said, Mike Stewart has had a long history with Blackjack knives in terms of making them.
  13. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    Blue Ridge bought Blackjack from Ken Warner a few years ago, who in turn bought the name a few years after the original Blackjack failed. Stewart's always been the sub contractor for the higher end stuff.

    As far as Randall and Blackjack, they've always been classy about it. They aren't exactly happy about it, but felt that folks would see the differences between them. And they hoped that some would make the jump to a real Randall if they liked the Blackjack.

    At least that's how it was a couple of decades ago when they were asked about it.
  14. Georgecatl

    Georgecatl Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Check out Treeman Knives (Jim Behring: Romeo, Michigan) or his son James Behring....Behring Made out of Missoula, Montana.
    A Scagel/ Randall influence. Quality blades meant to be used....great people to deal with.
  15. Matt81818


    Mar 30, 2015
    This might not be what you wanna do but it's an option.
    Instead of spending that money on another knife why not put a 50 dollar deposit on a real Randall through a dealer and pay off a little bit at a time 50 bucks a month or so , so when in 6-8 months your knife is ready you already have it paid for. Plus you can order it the exact way you want it.
    This is what I did I just ordered a 15 today.

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  16. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    This^^^ if you want a real Randall.
  17. Final Option

    Final Option Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2012
    To the OP, I can truly understand your desire for a Randall a Made Knife, I too went through the same situation many years ago. The Randall Model 1 was just a classic knife manufactured by a real classy guy, Bo Randall. They are deep in history and were and are still carried by our brave service people in every theater of war. Yes there are most likely other knives that resemble the look of Randall Knives and most likely perform as well if not better, however they are not Randall Made.

    I have carried my Model 14 since 1984, been to a few exotic places, but now goes on hikes and camp outs but it feels like a close friend. Nothing wrong with getting something similar until your finances permit you the opportunity to get a Randall, but that other knife still won't be what you want.

    I have owned many motorcycles over the years and really wanted a Harley, some resembled Harley Davidsons and had a similar exhaust sound, occasionally people would ask me is that a Harley and I would answer no it isn't but looks and sounds like a Harley. It wasn't until I finally got my first Harley over 25 yrs ago did I realize what I was missing. It was American made for the most part but it had that history or mystic about it that was so satisfying. Yes there are a lot of folks copying the Randall look and function just fine however there is something to owning the real deal. Whichever path you choose someday I hope you are able to get your Randall.
  18. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    If you really want a Randall, then be patient, save up for one & get it. You'll likely spend more $$$ trying different brands looking for "something just as good as a Randall" than you would if you had just bought the real thing in the first place. Plus, you'll never be completely satisfied until you have the real thing.

    Just a bit of unsolicited advice from an old phart, who's gone down that road many times.
  19. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2001
    Thank you all guys for the recommendations. LOTS of beautiful knives out there to choose from. That DUSTAR posted above is a beauty, for sure. BladeHQ sells it for $205, 1/2 or less than a Randall. Then again, it ain't a RANDALL either.

    I agree with what most of you all said. I should get what I want, a RANDALL. By the time you buy one that is almost what you want, then sell it, then buy another that's closer, sell it and do that a couple more times, you could've had a Randall.

    I think I'll find a dealer that might work with me and let me set up some kind of deal where I can just send them money from time to time and apply it to what I want and eventually I'll have a Randall. Might be difficult to find a dealer that would be willing to put up with that kind of headache from someone that they don't know personally.

    I'll get one somehow. The real problem comes in deciding what one to get.

    Thanks again all.
    Have a great weekend.

  20. Aeromat209


    Jun 26, 2008

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