Hi all, I was surfing net and cane across this site and found that some people has an interest in the knives that Richard Batson had made over the years. I knew Dick Batson very well . His handle was Batman. His wife Marian would call him Jerry. He thought me alot about knife making. And for a number of years I would help him in his basement shop at his home in Arlington Virginia. Richard was about 22 years older than I and was a friend and kind of father figure to me . I had a lot of problems adjusting back to civillian life after Vietnam war. And he helped me quite a bit. He would have me cut the blades to the Ranger knives out on his band saw in the Garafe. And that stuff was hard to cut. I did that for years till he found a guy that could laser cut the blades blanks . I did the rough grinding and he did all the fine grinding. He also did miniature knives of the Ranger knives and the only way you could buy one of his knives was if you were navy seal, froce recon, or Delta force, or recondo. I repaired a couple sheaths over the years. And Batman was a big story teller, a real straight shooter.
In his basement workshop he had an army foot locker just full of all kinds of knives. He also made presentation knives with real cool wooden presentation boxes that he personally engraved. Some of his knives are at 75 ranger regiment museum and also ft. Bragg .IAM sorry to here my oke buddy has passed away. I moved out of the DC area in .'86.
He buight a place in rixeyville VA I guess around 1990.