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Old 10-12-2022, 03:22 PM
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Vintage wood handle 1-8. Help

I bought this wood handle vintage 1-8 (below left) because it was apparently about the same vintage as the 1-7 ďMagic Randall.Ē (

1-8 with 1-7 ďmagic RandallĒ

The blade seems to be early '60s. (I would welcome critique of that opinion). The sheath is also from very early 1960s, brown button Heiser KL. Stone is decent condition, gray two-grit but with no discernable paint. I can't identify the wood(walnut?). Most of usual knife age markers seem to point to 1960-62. However, the 5-spacers, instead of seven, are the problem. I only see two options to explain the knife, though perhaps there are others:

(1) ...the knife was rehandled in the early-mid 1970s, by the shop. But these 5-spacers appear different from the 5-pacer arrangement found in the later 1970sÖ

(2) ...the knife had these spacers when originally handled in early Ď60s.

I would welcome opinions from people more knowledgeable about spacers and '60s "fighter" blade grinds than moi. Thanks... and if anyone knows what this wood is, I would appreciate a clue.

1-8 with sheath, stamp side

1-8 with sheath opposite side

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Old 10-14-2022, 01:30 PM
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Well Iím fairly confident the blade matches the sheath age, 1960-61. I'm conflicted about spacers and handle. Iíve decided the handle may be walnut which was available (I think) in early 1960s. For comparison, I found a couple of Big Jimís early Ď60s, late 50s leather handled knives. Also, I have a couple of early Ď70s walnut handled knives. So, I created a composite picture comparing these four with the subject 1-8.

Two Walnut handled early Ď70s knives

Two leather handled early Ď60s posted online by BigJim

The subject 1-8. Iíve tentatively concluded the handle may be walnut. Best I can determine it was available in 1960 though I donít think Iíve seen many knifes from that period with walnut handles..


Comparison of spacers. I cannot reach a conclusion about spacer age. Iím tempted to say the knife was rehandled in early-mid Ď70s but it could be original. I wish some model 1 blade grind/spacer folks would opine. If not, Iíll live with the uncertainty.

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Old 11-01-2022, 11:42 AM
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Hey Jack
Most definitely the wood is figured walnut. The 1960's Randall catalogs offered walnut as an option.

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