I have a 7.5" Mod 18 that I bought in '80 at a gun & knife shop in Fayetteville NC. It rode on my web gear until I retired in '95. It accompanied me in the Q Course, SERE and the Desert Tour 1990 and has more jumps than a lot of troopers I know. It ain't real pretty, but it was well used and hangs above my gun bench today. A few years back I picked up a Larry Vickers collaboration park'ed Mod 15 that has not seen any use.
Two years ago we took the grandkids to Disney in Orlando and knew I had to get to Randall. Son-in-law, grandson and I took off in search of Orange Blossom Tr. Didn't know what to expect but we showed up one morning to see. A very nondescript facility well off the road with a simple single sign at the driveway. Entering the office a gentleman in a black shop apron come out of the shop and asked how he could help. Told him we were visiting and had to stop by. He asked if we would be interested is seeing the museum. Hell yes! He said he would call his brother to open it up and let us in. His brother was Michael Randall, Gary's son, Founder Bo's grandson. The museum had only been open a week or so and is housed in Bo's home on the property. What a facility, glass cabinets filled with every model imaginable, one offs, an original Astro, fighters and collectables from other makers. A room of pictures, letters (including those from Ronald Regan) and other print material. Mr Randall let us roam around, checking back periodically to share info and stories.
What a great experience! My 7 yr old grandson Luke talked about Randall Knives for the rest of the week. Like I told his dad, 'you have to start 'em out early'! The owners were welcoming gentlemen to us out-of-towners.