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Old 06-15-2017, 06:11 AM
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Randall made knives model 12 bear bowie with custom engraving

Will engraving a Randall knife ruin the value?

I bought the knife from smoky Mountain knife works


Here is the link so you can see the knife


https://www.smkw.com/randall-bear-bo...od-ss-engraved


Thank you for your help
greg
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:15 AM
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Here we have a beautiful example of why Randall Made Knives is one of the most Legendary names in the business. This beautiful looking model 12 “Bear Bowie” is well optioned out with an 8 inch 440 stainless steel blade, nickel silver double forward guard and butt cap both with custom engravings; the engraver is unknown as the knife has no marks of any kind to tell who did the engravings. Polished duralumin and black fiber spacers and a beautiful Burl Wood handle to top it off. It is complete with a black leather “model A” sheath with a salmon colored sharpening stone. Randall Made Knives are one of the best investments and all around collectibles anyone could own so don’t miss out.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:24 AM
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:47 AM
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Hello Greg
Welcome to the forum. That's a great looking Big Bear Bowie. They are one of my favorite Randall designs. Here is a pic of mine made in the mid 1960's



In my opinion, engraving a modern Randall in many cases enhances the value. Especially when done by a recognised engraver like the late Tom Leschorn.
I say modern Randall because to engrave an early collectable Randall and changing the original look of the knife would detract from the value.
Here are your pictures.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:58 AM
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Would there be any way to find out who done the engraving?
That Randall you have is awesome thanks for posting...
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:13 AM
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If you look close at the bottom of the butt cap
It looks like it has been Chrome coated or something it looks like
Brass or copper is showing through.. It just doesn't look right to me...
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:12 AM
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It's hard to tell from the photo, but I suspect it is solid brass. If not, it is solid duralumin.
If there is no name or initials, it would be hard to track it. Perhaps the style will give someone here a clue of who may have done it.
Sam
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:03 AM
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If you look close at the bottom of the butt cap
It looks like it has been Chrome coated or something it looks like
Brass or copper is showing through.. It just doesn't look right to me...
My goodness! I absolutely LOVE that handle material! Congratulations! If you ever decide to sell..... lol

Your knife was built much later than the shop would have been involved with chrome plating, and if it were in that timeframe, the blade would have ben the only portioned plated. Having said that, it's not out of the realm of thought that it could have been electro-plated by a previous owner, possibly the engraver himself. it appears to have been taped off for the process, although it's impossible to tell by the photos themselves.

As far as Engravers, 9 out of 10 cannot engrave a Randall because they do not have the proper clamping devise to hold it for the procedure. But that still leaves 100's of people who can! Most of them do not sign their work either, so without provenance there is really no way of telling...

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Old 06-15-2017, 11:20 AM
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Wow.. I don't usually "take" to modern work, but this is extraordinary in some respects. I like the minimalist on the hilt. But I think the pommel cap is especially special (yuk yuk). It looks all brass, no chrome. But the "engraving" seems to be raised relief like the background it sits on top of. In that case it may not be technically "engraving" at all, more like hammered/punch work. The spaced punch depressions that define the background on the pommel butt are unusual and artistically effective.

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Old 06-15-2017, 11:28 AM
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bear bowie

I decided to cancel my order until I can find out more about it
So the knife is up for grabs
They did give me a good deal at $1050
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:33 AM
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It would be cool to have the sheath punch hammered in same design as the pommel butt and the photo background. Oh well.. I stick to what I stick to... Vietnam era.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:38 AM
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Randall Smithsonian

I just bought this knife a few weeks ago from a dealer
He just received it from Randall like three weeks ago...
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I decided to cancel my order until I can find out more about it
So the knife is up for grabs
They did give me a good deal at $1050
Who is the seller?
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:15 PM
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I just bought this knife a few weeks ago from a dealer
He just received it from Randall like three weeks ago...
I have seen this one somewhere else......
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