On Randall knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by mendezj, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. ohen cepel

    ohen cepel Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Are they still doing that? I lost track but thought they didn't do that sale anymore.
  2. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    Yep, this year they sold about 150 knives that way.

    I don't think people have much luck with off the street sales like the old days, but the still do the big sale once a year.

    Edit - actually twice a year, I forgot they do one in October too, I always think of the spring sale as the big one.
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  3. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    If you do please take pictures and post with your thoughts. Most people own one or the other, not both.

    That April sale is pretty cool. I never heard of it. Those who know probably like to keep it a secret. Lol.
  4. MayHemAndHaw


    May 5, 2020
    There's a lot of history behind Randall and that commands the price in part. It's hard to argue quality about a knife that WWII guys carried,used and recommended. There are better and cheaper modern options but there are also better and cheaper modern options for a 69' Camaro as far as fuel efficiency, price, etc. It's hard to get mad about rarity when they're made the same way as always, hand forging takes time. I'd much rather buy something done right that takes longer and costs more rather than a stamped piece of metal.
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  5. Airborne 1

    Airborne 1

    Apr 23, 2014
    Bob Dozier but it will cost you more.
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  6. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    There are authorized dealers that don’t mark up at all
  7. NautiBuoys


    Jan 3, 2006
    That’s what I did (bought from an authorized dealer, at list price, took 4 months at the time) some 38 years ago with my first, a Randall Bradford Angier SS Model 5. Since then, it has gutted/skinned over 150 heads of game, mostly whitetails along with a few bear and antelope. Holds an edge as good as any. Never, ever let me down or made me wish for something else. It’s a working, hunting knife made to be used and IMO, nothing holds a candle to it.
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  8. mendezj

    mendezj Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 24, 1998
    I’ll check it out. Thank you. :thumbsup:
  9. mendezj

    mendezj Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 24, 1998
    Thank you, but I already own a bundle of Randall knives. I just wonder how they are seen now in the context of so many new brands and makers. :thumbsup:
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  10. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I do have to wonder about the Randall wait period ? Seems strangely excessive.
  11. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    They are just unwilling to expand. They have no need to. Every knife they make they sell. Staying small maintains the integrity of the brand. I don’t mind the wait, I have plenty of knives to use while I’m waiting.
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  12. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    That's how I've always viewed the waiting list. They are selling everything they make, and while it has become sport to pick on them for this or that, the waiting list hasn't dropped, and it's still the most well known handmade knife brand in the world among regular people. The waiting list helps maintain that status, with every new worker they'd add or extra few hundred knives they'd pump out, it would diminish the brand a little. It would become just another factory knife.

    Maintaining the wait also helps their dealers and the value in the aftermarket.

    On Randall's part, they've always been decent about acknowledging the wait, and pointing people to quicker sources. Sometimes they might even throw out the name of an unrelated maker they think does nice work.
  13. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I really like the No. 15 Airman. My first was the No. 16. This was back when I thought you needed a tactical knife as your "survival knife". If I use one, it would be the Jack Crider Special. I bought it off Jack Crider years ago and it is a very functional knife. Now, I simply choose not to spend the money, but I really like the classic Randall look.

    The days of buying new Randall's at shows have ended. I think the authorized dealers sell all they can get their hands on. I suspect the dealer orders impact the wait time for individual sales as they probably get priority service (as they should).
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  14. MayHemAndHaw


    May 5, 2020
    Thank you for saying what I was trying to say and saying it better than I did. Exactly this. The people Randall employ know the craft, you can't just hire somebody from an employment agency.
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  15. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Not to mention, they aren't even made by the guy who built the reputation for quality of the name, but a bunch of guys just putting parts bins parts together, like people on the line building a hamburger at Five Guys (some friends have taken the tour). That alone (for me personally) is enough reason not to ever buy a new one. When you're paying for the name of a guy whose name is on the blade of the knife you're holding....who wasn't even in the room when it was built means an instant pass for me.
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  16. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    I love Randall's. I only own 440B knives but they are all well made, well heat treated and superb examples of classic Americana.
    Because something is made using older materials or technology that does not mean that it is inferior.

    Certainly there are more modern knives made with updated materials that offer better performance. I own many.
    However for over 70 years professionals of all kinds have trusted Randall knives to do what they expect a well made knife to do. That has not changed and neither have the knives.

    When you buy a Randall you buy a piece of knife history. You own something that has its roots in the very fabric of the handmade knife. Without Randall there is a possibility we would not even be having this discussion on this forum. Such was the effect they had on the knife world.

    As for the price Randall's are in my opinion still pretty good value for money. They are essentially hand made from scratch in the USA in a small shop by dedicated artisans. Unfortunately in this day and age that costs money.
    The 5 year wait is easily avoided. There are a number of brilliant Randall dealers who will custom order you the knife of your choice in 6-9 months. The cost is either the same as the Randall factory price or just slightly higher.

    I have never seen any knife aficionado hold a Randall Model 1 in his hand for the first time and say "Hmm old fashioned, overpriced"
    I have seen many say...."Wow that's nice.....is it for sale?"
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  17. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    I own both Blackjack and Randall knives. I think the Blackjack's were fantastic value for the price. That being said I carry a Randall more often, but my primary field knife is a Loveless pattern drop point by WC Davis. Things change, and everyone needs to find what works for them.
  18. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    I dont think anyone is arguing that they're old fashioned or that they arent very nice knives. The argument is that they're difficult to obtain, either price wise or wait time. I've checked out a lot of the dealers, and you either have a very limited stock or a limited selection of models. So it still isnt that easy. Plus as many have said, you can buy similar, or even full on custom knives, for less at this point.

    I straight up went on Ebay and got a very nice looking Blackjack model 1-7 I believe for 240ish dollars last night.
  19. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    As the owner of some of Mr. Dozier's work, this is who I'd rather go with. But, much like Randalls, you have to find an older knife if you want one the man himself actually made.
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  20. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Yep. I like Dozier's too and find them to be a good value overall. Bob makes the ones in his St. Paul shop as far as I know. He mostly makes folders now and I have been tempted to get one more than once.

    Even an older Randall was probably not made by Bo Randall. Randall knives have made a significant contribution to the industry and were in fact the first "expensive" knives I considered buying after learning a few things during my early Blade Show visits (beginning in 1990). My first handmade knife was purchased as a trade for a gun I was selling at a gunshow.

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