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I was looking for a fixed blade type knife of good quality and wondered if any had any comments on Randal knives. They are expensive but are they worth the price is the big question?
I love the Great Eastern I have and was in the market but didn't see many I like from that maker in the fixed blade type. I am sure I can find cheaper but was still interested in hearing comments from first hand users of this make.
Well here is the thing. Randall knives are new to me. I have no objection to spending the money on something that will last a life time, presume I do my part and take care of it. I sent e mail to this company asking questions on blade material and I am still waiting for an answer. For this price I do expect great customer service and a reasonable product guarantee, but I have found nothing in writing on their web site that explains any guarantee. Perhaps I didn't look close enough. I want something can can be passed down from me to my grandkids and I don't mind paying for it, but I do expect them to answer customers e mail.
There are several knives I see that I like and I am toying with the idea of buying. It's looking good.
I was actually looking at Treeman, have to look at ML too
Whil Randall knives certainly are extremely well-made and lend themselves as superb knives for both display and using I would say that the price tag and difficulties to obtain one/waiting time isn't quite worth it. That's my own personal opinion though and I know that there are money out there that believe the exact opposite.
I also agree with Robert that a knife of that caliber should be used and often so that it can be properly appreciated, I have never quite understood the method of paying premium money for a knife and then only have it for display instead of putting it to it's right use. As I mentioned in another topic, another person out there are aching to get their hands on that knife and dying to put it to use, rather your "fear" of harming the knife is a sign that you aren't quite ready yet to handle a knife of such caliber.
Hesitation leads to mistakes and mistakes leads to disaster. It's exactly the same with fear of harming such an expensive craft, your fear will create mistakes in your technique. I have seen numerous students ruin their practice swords (I've also been one of them in the past but *cough* let's not mention that) through fear of deploying it full-force and with a calm and focused mind.
You simply have to plunge into the deep waters and get aclimatized so that you can start enjoying the fine craft you got :)
My intention is to use what I buy. I saw one on Great Eastern maybe I will go back. I dont want it so bad that I will wait five years. I will do something else. I agree. If you buy it why not use it. That is how I feel when I recently bought a sunfish from Great Eastern. I am impressed with the quality of that knife but I didn't see a big selection of fixed blades, and what I did see I did not care for the handle style. I will keep looking
I e mailed Treeman with questions and told him what I was looking for and he e mailed me back fast with several suggestions in less than what? two hours? This is what I expect from a good company. This is what I call great response and good customer service.
Thank you guys...
I am looking for a good trout knife. Like I said in another thread I have an old schrade that would problably work but since its in great condition I rather get something else. I don't know how old this Schrade is but it has the Napa logo stamped on the leather sheath along with what looks like a bear. I say Napa as in Napa auto parts. I could use that I guess.
But yes I am looking and thanks for your help. What ever I decide on I will post pictures