Early 40's Hunter


Super rare Hunter from the early 1940's with double step choil

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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. This could be a pre-war piece, but no way of knowing for certain. What we do know is it is early.

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 handle is white tall antler generally only seen on the earliest Randall's, and exhibits a nice mellowing with age. This material was used prior to the use of India stag beginning in 1940, and would lend itself to the case the knife is pre-war, but there is no way of knowing for certain.

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. There are a total of 15 fiber and metal spacers and seems to include copper and aluminum.

This is about as early a Randall knife with very early traits that most will ever see much less have the opportunity to own.

The sheath is a Clarence Moore with a removed stone pocket. While we would expect to see this in a "pancake" style sheath if pre-war, Gaddis mentions on page 56 that in May of 1940, Bo figured out (certainly with Moore's input) how to get a stone pocket on a sheath. This sheath has 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.