Most gun collectors have a few knives in their collection. This collector is no exception.Randall Knives should need no introduction. As the story goes, Bo Randall was inspired by a Bill Scagel knife he bought, and he eventually became a student of Scagel and learned the art of making truly exceptional knives from one of the world’s best. Scagel knives sell for tens of thousands of dollars now, and original Bo Randall knives aren’t far behind.
The third generation of the Randall family continues the knife making legacy, and the cult allure is such that there’s a 5 year waiting list for a Randall knife. In September of 2013, on a whim, I put a $50 deposit down on a Randall knife, knowing that it would be at least three years before I’d hold one of these vaunted blades in my hand. True to form, three years stretched out to five years, and I had long forgotten about my deposit when I received a bill in the mail for the balance owing on my soon-to-be-finished Randall.
Today, it arrived.
I decided to take photos of the knife’s unboxing.
A plain, unmarked cardboard box. The hefty feel in hand suggests that there’s something good inside.
The process needn’t be rushed. Get a high quality knife (perhaps another Randall?) and let the blade slice through the packing tape.
During the last election I stopped reading mass media. Alas, this might be the best use I’ve found for mass media … as packing material for a high quality, American-made knife!
Inside the newspaper is something special wrapped in paper. I love how unpretentious the packing material is; it’s clear that Randall doesn’t need a fancy marketing department and high dollar graphic design to sell their products. As is often the case, a reputation for quality is the best advertising.
The sheath of the knife. Top quality leather, stitched with a very durable thread. This bodes well for things to come.
This is a working man’s tool, and befitting that is the sharpening stone that comes in its own separate pouch.
Even the snap button on the keeper strap is detailed nicely.
Next in the paper wrapped package was … paper! Instructions on how to sharpen and care for the new Randall knife.
At last … the 12″ Confederate Bowie makes its grand entrance. One only needs to hold this knife for a moment to know that this is a solidly made tool of heirloom quality. True to Randall’s promise, the blade came with a razor-sharp edge and every little nook and cranny is finished to perfection.
This is a brand name I’m happy to have in my collection.
Even the handle is a work of art. Who knew that leather could be polished so brightly?
The knife came well oiled, since this is a carbon steel blade that will rust.
There’s not a lot of ink that I can spill that hasn’t already been spilled about Randall’s quality, so I’ll close this post by saying that this knife was worth every bit of the five year wait.