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Randall Knives

Postby Virginian » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:08 pm

I was chatting with another member of a different forum about knives and we got into a discussion about Randall Knives and I promised that I would post up what I had for this fellow. I thought I would throw it up here if anyone had any interest on the topic.

This by far is my crown gem in my collection. This is a 'boot' knife that my father ordered when he was Lt. in flight school in the AF. Below is the correspondence between pop and W.D. Randall, Jr. Back in '57, $24.50 was a lot of money for a Lt. and he was proud to carry this knife his entire career as a pilot.

What he shared with me was that back in those days to pass flight school, one of the elements of it was they sent you on a survival mission, if you will. You had to jump out of a plane, parachute down into the ocean nearby an island of some sort. Swim ashore with your parachute in full flight gear with only a knife.

You had to survive for (I want to say it was a couple of weeks) with only what you had. He was an Eagle Scout, so many aspects of this type of training came natural to him. Paracord and parachute to make a tent, snares for game, what insects to eat for specific nutrition, etc. This was that knife that he ordered to start this journey on what would be a long productive career. I have no idea if the AF still does this type of training?

Randall Knives are still made today and sell for $600 to $1,000 dollars. Last I checked, there was a waiting list with the caveat that members of the military go to the front of the line.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Re: Randall Knives

Postby larry » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:51 pm

Looks like that one is worth way more than a thou! Priceless, is a word that comes to my mind.

I read the posts on another forum, about your dad, and what he did in the air force...it is fascinating history. Thanks for sharing that with us. It is a beautiful knife as well.

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Re: Randall Knives

Postby K22 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:05 pm

Oh man Eric. That was fantastic.

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Re: Randall Knives

Postby sdbirddogs » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:35 pm

What a great post and what an incredible heirloom!!!

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Re: Randall Knives

Postby Hogpatrol » Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:23 pm

Man, That is HISTORY in the true sense of the word. Thanks for sharing. Hog

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Re: Randall Knives

Postby Virginian » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:08 pm

Thank you for the very kind remarks.
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Re: Randall Knives

Postby JINGWEED » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:33 am

Thanks for sharing Eric. Very good story along with that great knife.

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Re: Randall Knives

Postby Virginian » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:58 am

Thank you sir.
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