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Old 09-01-2017, 11:48 PM
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Day-um Bill, you surely can drop some bombs. What a unique package made even curiouser by all the questions.

- was this Randall full tang originally handled in Delrin or is it a later re-handle...or even a new creation on an old blade? Is it authentic period? If so this and the ebony handled 14 that Joe showed are the only Vietnam era full tang knives I've seen handled with odd ball material.

- the sheath is awesome.. but it seems to be a Byrd copy of a Johnson split back. Do you know what the original sheath looked like?

- The etching, Randall Made over W Germany is something I've pondered quite a bit. Randall began etching the Solingen trademark with the receipt of orders placed in 1963. But I don't know if the use of "W. Germany" preceded the use of "Solingen" in the trade mark, or was as later variant.

If it was early, this blade could be from a shipment received in 1963. Or it could be the last group of blades from Germany, which may have been made somewhere other than in Solingen Valley. Because the trademark doesn't have the scimitars, I suspect this is an early mark before the pantograph was created for etching the Solingen logo.

Where the heck did you find this?
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:49 AM
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Jack, this is not an original shop item. It is another "KIT" knife that I have acquired, similar to the previous Model 7-5" above.

I have been going thru some pretty nice private collections and getting the opportunity to purchase many knives from long time collectors that have become disenchanted with the ways of the Randall community since the loss of Rhett Stidham. Recurring theme time and time again with many.... Also, some of these men go so far as to say they haven't been interested in any Randall's "post Bo".

I try to wrap my head around all of the knives that we don't see; have no prior knowledge of there existence.. They're out there, waiting to be uncovered after decades of storage!

Happy Hunting!
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:29 AM
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ahh.. that explains everything. I understand the feelings of many in the collecting community. It is a shame but I'm trying put that behind me.

This is a very interesting knife. Do you know when it was handled? Delrin is still available today.
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Old 09-02-2017, 12:27 PM
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All I can tell you is that it came home yesterday and sold this morning! lol

I'm working on the Model 1-8" that I was asking you about the Special Forces background information on now.
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