What was the purpose of what I call "reversed" finger grips?

Discussion in 'The Randall Made Knives Collector's Forum' started by frontier21, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. frontier21

    frontier21

    10
    Dec 16, 2018
    I've seen them on older Randall fighters.

    Like this:

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    Thanks.
     
  2. rodblder

    rodblder

    271
    Apr 21, 2004
    see below
     
  3. rodblder

    rodblder

    271
    Apr 21, 2004
    left-handed, supposedly going into a fight they wanted the sharp edge up so when they stabbed somebody they could pull the blade upwards.....just guessing
     
  4. tunefink

    tunefink

    74
    Sep 15, 2002
    The knife in the OP is mine. It is a 1942 Randall fighter. The original design was intended to be held cutting edge up with the index finger wrapped in front of the hilt. Not that there are only three finger grip slots.
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2020
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  5. frontier21

    frontier21

    10
    Dec 16, 2018
    Thank you!
     
  6. Murindo

    Murindo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Up edge was a sometimes fighting style from the past that took advantage of the natural upstroke when pulling a knife back from a thrust.

    It hasn't survived the test of time but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be useful to someone who specialized in it.

    Nice Randall!
     

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