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Old 04-19-2011, 10:48 AM
Devildog08 Devildog08 is offline
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Knife help, Possible Randall




I have my father's Vietnam 5th Special Forces Group Knife. I was told it may be a Randall knife, however there are no markings on the knife except for the engraved "5th Special Forces Group (ABN) Vietnam". Also there is a small insignia with "de oppresso liber". The knife has seen some solid use as it is a tool. The butt of the handle is a little loose and I want to have it fixed. I would really like to have it fixed by the company that made it. There is my dilema...who made it.
Any help you can offer would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:03 AM
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I would contact Randall Knives. It looks to me that it is Randall...........

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:06 AM
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Like this poster said.

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I would contact Randall Knives. It looks to me that it is Randall...........

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It looks like a Randall to me also.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:23 AM
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Sog knife

You have a Vietnam era SOG,They were designed by Ben Baker (SOG). All were made In SEKI JAPAN,very rare and very expensive today. Yours is a presentation SOG, Guard and pommel are aluminum ,most of them were brass. I have collected Vietnam militaria for a long time and seen many orginal knives. Take care of it ;they are better than money in the bank! If you want to have it repaired by anyone be careful.you could ruin the collector value very quickly, If it were mine I would leave it alone. Never use it put it up, a very rare Vietnam war piece of history. SEMPER FI !

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Old 04-19-2011, 02:23 PM
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Thanks for the help. What would be an approximate value of such a knife? Not that I intend to sell, just curious.
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:56 PM
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Thanks for the help. What would be an approximate value of such a knife? Not that I intend to sell, just curious.
A couple of thousand dollars,at least.
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:57 PM
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This is up there with finding a Knucklehead in an old barn or a Thompson in the floorboards of an old house.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:32 PM
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Here's some info on your knife:

http://sogknives.com/documents/SOG-FightingKnives.pdf
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:13 PM
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Thanks for the info. JWise, are you on every forum on the net? Thanks for the article. I had no clue this knife was that cool. When I was a kid i took this knife on every fishing trip, it has been on SWAT call outs with me. I guess it will have to be retired and put on a shelf now.
I wish I could hear the story of how he obtained it but Alzheimer's has kicked in and no more stories. I know he was a Green Beret and that's about all. He never really talked about it.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:56 PM
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Mr. Baker may scoff at the idea that his is a Randall-inspired design;but,it looks more like a Randall than the little Marbles knife to which he attributes inspiration of the design.

No disrespect intended. I have nothing but love and admiration for all our troops.(My big brother was a SeaBee in Viet Nam. He was poisoned by agent orange.)

The SCUBA/DEMO blade shape is reminiscent of a Model 18 Randall.
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