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Hey all-

Is the quality of new Randall knives up to the standards of the old ones? Better?

My lady wants to buy me one and while I don't mind the 4.5 year wait, I'm curious if I'd be better off paying the premium for an older one, right now.

Thoughts?

Bruce



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Hey, go to the knife fora and watch. They argue about it all the time! Randall knives aren't really a production line product. They're often referred to as semi-custom. My oldest is 1949, and it doesn't show the characteristics of a brand new one. Still very well made and almost every knife maker wishes he could be that good. The state of the art just wasn't the same as today. I greatly prefer stag to the leather washers. Every deer had different antlers, so you do get more consistent with cheap plastic.

I'd suggest paying the premium to an authorized dealer who has a knife coming up for production. That way you get new production and often only need to wait a few months at the most. Same price or only a slight premium. At gun shows with a lot of knife dealers, you might even get one for less $. The economics make sense. They ordered their limit 5 years ago. Now they've got a knife ready to be built and they've got to take it regardless of how their sales are going. They can change it once and it can be built to your specs, if reasonable. (no ivory, micarta, etc.)


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Hey, go to the knife fora and watch. They argue about it all the time! Randall knives aren't really a production line product. They're often referred to as semi-custom. My oldest is 1949, and it doesn't show the characteristics of a brand new one. Still very well made and almost every knife maker wishes he could be that good. The state of the art just wasn't the same as today. I greatly prefer stag to the leather washers. Every deer had different antlers, so you do get more consistent with cheap plastic.

I'd suggest paying the premium to an authorized dealer who has a knife coming up for production. That way you get new production and often only need to wait a few months at the most. Same price or only a slight premium. At gun shows with a lot of knife dealers, you might even get one for less $. The economics make sense. They ordered their limit 5 years ago. Now they've got a knife ready to be built and they've got to take it regardless of how their sales are going. They can change it once and it can be built to your specs, if reasonable. (no ivory, micarta, etc.)


Sound advice. Thanks.

Bruce



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Take a look at Nordic Knives site, Dave Harvey is a really good guy to deal with, he has some for instant gratification.

http://www.nordicknives.com/ArtistRandallInstock


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Arizona Custom Knives also has some.

http://www.arizonacustomknives...px?MakersFilter=3436


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I have a 30 yr old Bird & Trout that has seen quite a bit of use. Sent it back in 1998 for a sharpening and polish. Keeps an edge for a very long time. Then again...I have an old Rudy Ruanna skinner that has been just as sharp for years and years despite a lot of deer and elk skinning sessions.

Frankly I doubt many current Randall's even get used. I'd bet most go into collections.
 
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Dammit, you guys are killing me!

http://www.arizonacustomknives...%26ItemsPerPage%3D12






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A.G. Russell always has some on hand, too.

https://agrussell.com/knives/brand_id:57




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Oh my. I should never, ever have come back in this entire section, let alone this thread.....



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I bought my Astro from Nordic, they were excellent to deal with. You can get almost any model from them, may cost a bit more, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.
 
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Originally posted by ScreamingCockatoo:
Dammit, you guys are killing me!

http://www.arizonacustomknives...%26ItemsPerPage%3D12


I just went on there, saw what a few of mine are going for....


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Pre-owned Model 14....came with a few scratchs, but I don't care. Had to have a new sheath made for it too...made exactly the way I wanted it. Pre-Owned can be a way too.
Then there's this:

Randall Limited Edition Challenger Commemerative, made with NASA Pad 39 Documented G-10 Handle. A collectors/museum piece imho.
 
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