Variations From The RANDALL Knives Pictured: Because
each knife is completely handmade, the dimensions of the blades, guards, and
handles can vary slightly from the ones you see pictured here. These variations
result from the fact that no jigs or dies are used, each blade being forged,
ground, and polished by hand. The shape and color of stag also varies with
each piece, and the grains of woods are never identical.
The famous Randall Made Knives: We are pleased to be one of the few dealers selected to carry these famous
blades. They are still 100% handmade by skilled craftsman under the direction of Gary Randall, son of the late W.D. "Bo" Randall. Continued dedication to quality workmanship and design have made the Randalls and their knives true "Legends in their own time".
A Few Notes About Randall Blades: Almost all Randall blades are forged on an anvil mounted on a section of log in their forging room. From start to finish, all blade work is done in Randall's shop, including heat treatment. The tool steel blades are made of Swedish Uddeholm FB-01, a high carbon, oil hardened, fine grain steel. The stainless steel is American 440B, an air hardened, stainless die steel.
What steel should you choose for your knife? We recommend the tool steel for those who demand long edge retention and ease of sharpening. The only drawback, and to some it is a serious one, is the fact that the tool steel can discolor, or rust. If you live near the ocean, or intend to use the knife around water, the stainless steel is your obvious choice, and you still will have an excellent quality knife steel. Stainless is a good choice for the collector, as it reduces the maintenance required to keep the knives looking new. The chromium in stainless steel blades help it prevent rust, but is also very hard, and thus can make it slightly harder to sharpen.
Randall blades have been made by the same methods for almost 60 years. They still use the same types of grinding wheels, polishing wheels, and compounds that Bo Randall used on his World War II knives. As Gary Randall is always trying to improve the knives, you can notice some small design changes from the early knives. Of course, the newer epoxies, solders, etc. are now being used to make an even stronger and long lasting knife.
We at Nordic Knives are always pleased to answer any questions you may have about Randall Made Knives. Call or write us at the phone number and address shown at the top of this page.
Custom Woods: You will see many knives in this
website with handles described as "custom" ironwood, or cocobolo. This
is handle material that we pick out ourselves, and then send to Randall Knives
to have it put onto one of our knives. This is something we can do on practically
all models, and assures you a quality handle that is both functional and beautiful.