Just got a call that my Randall Model 1 is ready to be picked up. I'm local, so I'm heading down there Friday morning early . 5 years waiting, but I'm still excited.

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Via the NYT:

April 6, 1997
THE BILLBOARDS OF MADISON AVENUE
My Favorite Store: Randall Made Knives

By Padgett Powell

In a vestigial orange grove in Orlando, Fla., is a converted cinder-block ranch-style house, now the factory and shop for Randall Made Knives, arguably the best -- handmade knives in the world.

Let us hazard that you do not need or want a best-known, maybe best handmade knife in the world. You merely want to see what all the flibber is about, maybe talk to Gary Randall, the proprietor, who bought this 60-year-old business from his father, Bo.

And something happens. You are in the presence of the unavoidably authentic. In a glass counter are gleaming things with elegant lines, which rather than suggesting weapons or tools of carnage fairly resonate with a solid, humming, jeweled integrity. This must be what it's like to be a bride in Tiffany's, you think, faintly out of breath and cotton-mouthy. A man appears who lets you handle the knives. He identifies them as to model number (there are 50 models) but otherwise says nothing salesmanlike. He does not have to. He does not, you eerily gather, even want to. You may not, in his view, you more eerily gather, qualify to own one of these things, somewhat as you might not qualify to own a Thoroughbred horse.

You leave with not one but three knives you do not need but must have -- the second a purer excess than the first, the third for your father-in-law and insisted upon by your 9-year-old daughter, also breathless in the face of this hard beauty. Your Visa receipt for $614.8O is in your happy pocket; the knives and their sheaths, wrapped up in white butcher's paper like sausages, lie on the car seat like diminutive but full citizens, emanating strong vapors of leather and tool steel and the promise of that which will not fail. Invincibility is in the air. You stop the car on your way off the property, get out and pick some oranges. No one will contest you. ''When Grampa dies,'' your daughter says, ''can I have his knife?''

http://www.nytimesDOTcom/1997/...all-made-knives.html

I'm planning on it. It's probably 25 minutes from my house in decent traffic, smack dab in an old neighborhood that is famous for street hookers and crime.  I'm excited.

I take my sons (4 and 6) there every so often and teach them about history and heritage and good tools, and try and explain why their knives won't be done for several more years. It's kind of a sanctuary to the values of my grandpas generation and I hope it can rub off on them a bit.

Wondering if I am missing something.   I always wanted one but then moved on to something else since what the fuck would I do with it but stare at it.  I have heard of their wait times yet I also know where I can get a No 1 or No. 14, my favorites, right now for no more than Randall would charge.  Are you guys getting special features?  I know you can get different blade lengths, carbon or stainless , etc. but they don't seem to have a ton of options beyond that.

Consigliere posted:

Wondering if I am missing something.   I always wanted one but then moved on to something else since what the fuck would I do with it but stare at it.  I have heard of their wait times yet I also know where I can get a No 1 or No. 14, my favorites, right now for no more than Randall would charge.  Are you guys getting special features?  I know you can get different blade lengths, carbon or stainless , etc. but they don't seem to have a ton of options beyond that.

Pick & choose options and steel choice - pretty much it. Once upon a time I owned a Combat Companion I received as a 30th birthday gift. Carried it once on a backpacking trip, then it turned into a safe queen. Several years later I got offered a bit more than was paid for it so I sold it and paid for a Hamilton watch. At least the watch saw more use. Occasionally I am tempted to order another (Mod 27 Trailblazer or Mod 26 Pathfinder).

I really wish I had been able to keep my past Randalls. I still have a #1 given to me by a friend 20 years ago.

My favorite is a model 8 stag ( trout and bird) 

I plan to buy another at some point as well as a 14.

Even if I never use them they are beautiful works of art.

I've had some and thought they were awesome, but I ended up selling them all. My Halloran knives are more than enough for my needs. That said I have one on order for each of my kids. For some reason it seems like it is worth doing the old fashioned way for them.

Consigliere posted:

Wondering if I am missing something.   I always wanted one but then moved on to something else since what the fuck would I do with it but stare at it.  I have heard of their wait times yet I also know where I can get a No 1 or No. 14, my favorites, right now for no more than Randall would charge.  Are you guys getting special features?  I know you can get different blade lengths, carbon or stainless , etc. but they don't seem to have a ton of options beyond that.

No. I just look at it as one of the premier examples of knives available and as a manufacturer with a rich history in Central Florida. I'm not really a knife guy, but I figured if I was going to have one knife that wasn't a heirloom, it should be the one.

I understand that the quality is Old Skool, and that these are heirloom type pieces. However, this is Lightfighter:

So, are any of you actually using or carrying your Randall knives? Would you consider it? Or are these BBQ knives kinda like exquisite 1911's and highly tooled holsters, reserved for state occasions and contemplative times with close friends and excellent scotch?

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