Randall Knife - How to
Order Your First Randall Knife
Ordering a Randall Knife from the Randall
A number of our
site visitors have asked for information on how best to order a custom
knife from the Randall Knife shop and we hope this short guide will
help shed some light on the process. Your best source of
information will come directly from the folks at the Randall Knives Shop.
Selecting the right knife to order from the Randall Knife shop can be a
challenge in itself. The best bet is to get your hands on a
number of different models but the opportunity to handle a variety of
Randall Knives at one time is a rare event for many would be
buyers. The model you choose is the most important first step and
depends on the way you intend to use your knife or in the case of a
collector knife, which style appeals the most to your interest. A
current visitor poll ranking of Randall Knives outdoorsman
knives and military knives (see visitor poll
below on this page) will
help you see which models are popular with other Randall Knife
owners. (Be sure to cast your vote when you know which models are
your favorite for each application.) Be sure to check for knives
currently available at bp-Outdoors.com and if you don't see what you
want - we may be able to help you find one you are looking for - just
email us with your request.
Order a Randall Knife catalog
from the Randall Made Knives
Company. The catalog provides excellent detail on which
features and options can be selected for specific models. Be sure
to read the
Faqs page for common questions before placing your order.
Decide if you want a knife suited for the
outdoorsman or for military use.
Select a blade style, blade length and material
that meets your needs or suits your taste. Decide if you want the
blade material to be the standard carbon tool steel (Grade O-1) or
upgraded to high carbon stainless steel (Grade 440). Tool steel
is slightly better to hold an edge and re-sharpen but requires more
care to prevent rust and oxidation. The high carbon stainless
used by the shop is less maintenance from a corrosion standpoint
and holds a good edge as well.
Select your handle style, material and
features. The standard for many sporting knives is stacked
leather and many upgrade options are available. Most military
knives are standard with Micarta. Handles can be made of stacked
leather, stag horn, Micarta, wood, etc...
Select between standard brass hilt on most
models or an upgrade to nickel silver. If you select a butt cap
you will want the material to match. Duraluminum is also an
option for the butt cap.
Other options to consider include a compass,
finger grips, wrist thong and there are many others. (Refer to
the catalog.) Note that there is a limit to how many options you
can include on your knife and you will need to have those choices made
when you place your order.
Make a detailed list of your choices.
Organize your choices in order from the front of the blade to the back
of the handle. The examples below define the model number and
blade length (Model 3 with 6" blade would be a 3-6), blade material
tool Steel (CS) or Stainless Steel (SS), hilt material Nickel Silver (NS) or Brass, handle shape and material,
end cap style and material, and other options.
Examples: RMK 3-6, CS, Brass Hilt, Stag Handle, Brass Butt Cap.
RMK 5-7, SS, NS Hilt, Black Micarta Border Patrol, wrist thong, compass.
RMK 8-4, SS, NS Hilt, Stag Handle, NS Butt Plate.
Ordering directly from the shop is the best way
to get the exact features and options you want but there is an extended
waiting period that can be as long as 4-5 years due to the popularity
of these fine knives and a backlog of orders from customers. Go to the
Randall Knives web site for contact and ordering information.
bp-Outdoors.com does not
take custom orders for Randall Knives but we may be able to help you
find one already made, that meets your needs. Be sure to review
our partial listing of our Currently
Available Randall Knives.
Largest west coast Randall Made Knives dealer, and
can now deliver your
finished knife in a shorter time period than a direct Randall order. We
also offer a wide range of both folding and fixed blade custom made
Cutlery - (Closed)
Plaza Cutlery carries a large selection of custom knives in addition to
factory made folding knives, fixed blade & specialty knives. Also
full lines of kitchen cutlery, swords, scissors, manicure sets, clocks,
beer steins, Swiss watches and SureFire flashlights with accessories
are a few of the other categories we stock.
A recognized specialty of Jim's are
Scagel-styled knives and camp axes, a reflection of the appeal the
outdoors holds for him. However, his work encompasses a wide variety of
knives, including his own designs and replicas of time-honored classics.
Knives - (No Longer Active)
Established in 1995, and located in
Northwest Montana. Best known in the knife community for
our work as writer's of Randall Knives - A Reference Book. Also,
the Randall Made Knives Timeline - The Quick Reference Guide' series
for RMK collectors, now in its 3rd edition.
Collector - (No Longer Active)
Specializing in early Randall knives from
the 1940s through the 1960s with emphasis on Fighting Knives.
- (No Longer Active)
Rick Ward, Authorized Dealer of Randall
- (No Longer Active)
(Previously Run by Perry Miler)
Good selection of current and vintage
Knives - (No Longer Active)
Vintage Knives-Yesterday in the Palm of
Randall Knife - History
A summary of the history behind the
Randall Made Knife. The story of the Scagel knife that started it
all, the military servicemen who used the Randall Knife in combat, and
the events that led to the current day operation.
Line Chart: A. G. Russell
Timeline for collectors of Randall Made
Knives. This time line begins in 1937 and runs into 2003 with notes on
sheaths, pouch stones, snaps, spacers, blade steels, and just about any
thing else that might serve to help assign a time to a Randall knife.
The Randall Story -
Knife World - (Now Knife
"The Randall Story" by Jim Williamson.
from the April 1999 issue of Knife World.
Read this blog by By Sergeant First Class Chuck Grist - A veteran of
Vietnam (1970-71) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004). Look for the "Journey Of A
Knife" entry to learn about his Randall
Knife story in Vietnam and Iraq. We are proud of him and his
service to our country! Keep up the good work and the great