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Old 08-07-2005, 10:48 AM
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Talking "Model of the Week" (Week 2 Model 2)

OK here we are in week 2. Looks like week one went OK so hopefully we can keep this thing rolling. This is a 1943 Stiletto so dated by it's brass wrist thong link and logo on the blade itself. The period sheath is by an unknown maker, but it's one of the coolest sheaths I've ever seen a Randall in. The quality rivals Moore and it has some of the characteristics of a Heiser ("ridge" at the edges). It's a full half an inch thick. The neatest thing about it is that the leg tie down had to be inserted during the actual construction of the sheath! Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics.

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Old 08-07-2005, 11:35 AM
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Boblade,
Cool "Toadsticker"! A little history, regarding "toadstickers", which Bo called "Stiletto's". 1943 was the beginning for them. The term "toadsticker" came from the troops that were looking for this "style" of knife and 1943 was the date, as best recollection serves.
Bo was not real wild about the design of the British "Commando" knife. I recall he tried throwing one and broke the point. He was determined to send the soldiers requesting this style of knife a better all-around knife. He rounded the point a bit more, made the blade wider and shaped the handles larger, making them very similar to the shape we know today.
Early catalogs, at least not the first catalog, did not show this design. The #2 was actually pictured as a totally different design. The Model #2 "Fighting Stiletto", as we know it, came about later.
As I side note: It was not uncommon for Bo to "modify" a Randall hunting knife and send it into combat. He would sharpen the top bevel, solder on a double hilt and install a handle. He often referred to these Randalls as a "commando" knife.
Now I hope that some folks show us their Randall #2!!! Best, Captain Chris Stanaback


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Old 08-07-2005, 12:18 PM
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Boblade,

That's a very nice model 2 and sheath.
The one below is the only model 2 that I currently have.

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Old 08-07-2005, 01:03 PM
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This is a #2 that was delivered with the #1 from last week. I really commend the shop on doing their best to match them up.
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:34 PM
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Here's my favorite #2 that I have. GREAT gnarly piece of stag, 7" SS blade, NS hilt and buttcap. The heavier cap balances the knife very well. I'll have to dig out the others for a group pic.
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:38 PM
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Cap'n:

Thanks to include the great history. Bang up job you and the guys are doing on the "Build It Yourself" thread!

Wayne (thanks), Wideglide and Byrdguy:

Nice 2's!

Ron
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:27 PM
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Great looking bunch od Stilettos.

The three in this picture are a 2-4" in old yellow, a verified mini in old maroon, and a #2-8, black micarta with seven spacers.
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:00 PM
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Back To The Top!!!!

Where are all the deuces?
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:07 PM
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Here's mine
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:23 PM
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#2

Here's one with a handle of the elephant persuasion.

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Old 08-09-2005, 09:23 PM
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Seuss..... crack that dusty safe open...... you're bound to have one in there somewhere....

Bard.... I know you're out there.... do you have a #2?
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:25 PM
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I started to edit my post since Seuss and I were posting at the same time..... but I was right!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:49 PM
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Here's one with a handle of the black micarta persuasion. Sorry tune. Wrong number of spacers for you.

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Old 08-09-2005, 09:59 PM
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And the last but not least, this handle being of the cowhide persuasion.

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Old 08-11-2005, 06:13 PM
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Great looking selection of #2s, gents!

The closest thing I have to one is a mint WWII Fairbairn-Sykes Dagger, upon which the Randall "Stiletto" was improved upon by Bo.

I'll take a couple of photos and post them here on the weekend.

Cheers!

David

P.S. Calling the rest of your #2s...Come on out!


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