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Old 10-23-2006, 09:26 PM
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Forward Curve Hilts

Why do the forword curve hilts on this sellers knives look so differant from the others I've seen? Item number: 200039407802 They seem shorter & thicker. Thanks all


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Old 10-24-2006, 07:41 AM
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Chief,
I'll take a stab at this.
Since Randall Kives are "Hand Made" they are like people, no two are exactly the same.
The knife maker must have decided to make this one a little shorter, perhaps to match the size proportion of the 5" Blade.


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Old 10-24-2006, 10:05 AM
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Hi David (Chief)!

Mike is quite right that the hilts are crafted to be proportional to the overall size of the knife. On a "Big Bear" Bowies (#12-8) the forward curved hilt is much longer than it would be on a smaller model.

Also as Mike says, since each knife is hand made, "...no two are exactly the same".

There's also a significant difference in the hilt size on my sterling silver Bear (on the left) and the nickle silver one on the right:




This can be attributed to the much heavier weight of the pure silver, not to mention the higher cost.

I hope this helps address your concerns.

Cheers!

The ever serious David


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Old 10-25-2006, 02:26 PM
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David. Your exquisite RMK stag Big Bear is sporting a .999% pure fine silver hilt, collar and butt cap. Only the spacer at the butt end of that example of American craftsmanship is sterling silver. The difference? Sterling is .925% silver and alloyed with harder metals which allow the thin spacers to take on the high polish given them by the Randall Artisans. Regards, Doug
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Old 10-25-2006, 07:01 PM
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Hi Doug!

Thanks for the clarification on "da silva".

I asked Mrs. Moosehead, who did pass Metallurgy and Precious Stones 101 if she knew that "sterling" silver was .925 pure and she replied "Obviously!"

I do like the way the pure stuff (.999) shines!

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Old 10-25-2006, 10:48 PM
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Mrs. Moosehead is a very smart lady. But then it is uncanny how ladies always seem to know a lot of really important stuff. This afternoon for example, I was trying on a winter coat here in Buffalo when a person of the female gender persuasion took a moment out of her busy day to offer that the coat was way too long for me. Alas, she was right, I am indeed built way too close to the ground.

Oops, wait a minute, this is the Randall Forum,

OK here's a picture of some Randalls with ivory handles and silver hardware. Wish they were mine! They're not.



For a change of pace, here's a picture of a Randall Desk Set I made for a friend of mine:



The coin had a little electric motor hidden in the stand which made it rotate, but the motor went tango uniform after just a couple hours. Oh well.

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