When it comes to the world of custom made knives there is a very short list of THE BEST US custom knifemakers. Randall Made Knives is on that short list. While these blades are usable if absolutely necessary, the craftsmanship, metalwork, and detail is so fine they’re best viewed behind a glass case where they become an item of conversation, legend and eventually a cherished family heirloom.
Randall Made knifes weren’t always preferred as collector pieces. The story goes that Bo Randall began challenging himself to make knives for himself around the quality of one he had bought off a man in the summer of 1937. He then built one for a sailor during WW2 and upon seeing the quality of it, other soldiers began placing orders and he was inundated with knife requests. For over 50 years Bo Randall built knives of the highest quality. And he did it all the hard way… by hand! Though he passed away on Christmas Day of 1989, Bo’s son Gary continues in the tradition his father taught him, building some of the finest quality crafted knives made by hand our country has ever seen. See Randall Made Knife History for a more detailed look at how these fine pieces came about.
Not only is every bit of the knife (this particular model is the #27 Trailblazer) tremendous quality, but the total package including the sheath/scabbard that comes with it is equally impressive. I’ll place emphasis on the fact that nowadays Randall Made knives are more for collecting than they are putting into use, much as the price tag would suggest. Ranging from $300 to $500+ dollars, skinning a deer or gutting an elk with a blade so fine would be enough to make even the grittiest sportsmen sick to their stomachs. Oh, and if at some point you need to add a Randall to your collection, be sure to get your name on their list as soon as possible. There’s a bit of a wait. Not weeks, more like YEARS to wait for your knife! But, that’s one area W.D. “Bo” Randall never skimped on. He refused to turn his blades over to be produced in mass quantities, I imagine always wanting to run his thumb over the razor sharp edge of each before it met its new owner. While pictures do this work of art no justice, take my word for it, these knives are truly an epic event to behold.
This particular model (the 27 Trailblazer) weighs in at around 11 ounces bare, and 20 ounces with the sheath setup. The balance is as perfect as any hand drawn samurai sword and the blade is so quality one could confidently shave with it without worry. The stag handle is exquisite to say the least and the detail put into marrying the micarta to the gold rings and brass hilt and butt plate are unparalleled.