Super rare Hunter from the early 1940's with double step choil
The is an interesting knife. It is in overall excellent condition considering the age with a full blade that has a nice vintage patina that can only come with time.
The blade has a pronounced double choil seen in the late 1930's. It is thick and reflects the shape of field knives evolving into a more consistent grind.
The hilt is the early oval style, a Scagelesque holdover from Bo's earliest knives.
The spacers are a "fancy stack" Bo again modeled off of Bill Scagel dating back to the 1920's, and and almost never seen outside examples in the Randall Museum.
Now to the handle. It is vintage white tail, but a replacement. The original handle was severely cracked and non servicable. The original came off with literally no effort. The search for a "correct" piece of stag ensued and after a bit a time passed, and many samples examined, one that suited this great knife was found. Two brass pins affix the stag to the tang.
This is about as early a Randall knife with very early traits that most will ever see much less have the opportunity to own.
If this knife had the original handle, it would be three times the price. If it was not revealed, no one, I repeat no one would ever know.
The sheath is a Clarence Moore, appearing a year or two later than the blade, but it is probably more likely a pre-war blade that was put together in the early 40's. The sheath having the stone pouch removed, a somewhat common practice of some in the military, would lend itself to the possibility this knife was carried in theater or at least belonged to a serviceman.
The knife was originally found on the east coast of Florida, so it is possible it was made for a friend of Bo's, but we know he was still making a few of his traditional fancy hunting style blades into 1942 to early '43.
Check out the photos, this thing is a beauty.
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