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    Randall 25-5 Trapper

    If I was to only keep one knife for a collector and user this would be the one, the Randall 25-5 Trapper, it was the first Randall Made Knife, that I purchased and the one that got me hooked.

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    The idea of a scaled-down commemorative was replaced by that of adding a new style of drop-point hunter to the Randall line. The only drop point Randall offered was the Model 11 Alaskan Skinner from the early 1950s, and Gary had a new design in mind. It was one based upon a non-catalogue knife made in small quantity in the early 1970s and was also similar to one his dad had made back about 1940 or 1941.

    Once again, it was a case of forging a couple of rough blades, taking them to a grinder, and designing by removing metal and making sparks. While Gary did most of the grinding, Bo Randall, Pete Hamilton, and six or eight other shopmen gave their opinions at various times.

    "We messed around with that for a couple of months, until we found something everybody liked," Gary recalled. After they obtained a satisfactory blade, they needed to come up with an appropriate handle to go with it. While crown stag was out, they still were after a pre-World War II look. They decided to try polished stag with leather and fibre spacers at each end, something like the earliest handles of Bo's back in 1938 and 1939. The first knife must have been assembled with brass hilt and butt cap because Gary said, "We had a weight problem with the handle, so we decided to use nickel silver on the hilt and aluminium for the butt cap." In fact the butt cap was made somewhat thinner than had previously been the rule on Randall knives.

    The design of this newly completed knife appealed to everyone, so it was given the name "Trapper" and added to the regular line as the Model 25. It was the only new addition to the Randall catalogue during the 1980s and was first offered in the twenty-eighth printing of the catalogue in the anniversary year 1988....

    Within the first six months of production, Gary got requests for knives with the rough outer portion of the stag, usually referred to as the bark, left in place. Handles made in this manner looked quite nice, so this became a regular option, although it wasn't listed in the catalogue. Each end of the stag section on these handles was ground and polished so as to taper smoothly into the section of fibre and leather spacers. All in all, this gave then handle both a handsome appearance and a good nonslip grip.

    About a year and half later, during 1989, another non-catalogue style of this knife became available, which Gary termed "one with brass furniture." Here the knife had a brass hilt and thin brass butt cap, and the normal coloured fibre spacers were replaced by ones of very thin sheet brass and black spacers. A Model 25 Trapper with brass furniture on the stag section yields an exceedingly good-looking knife. We should also mention that from the very first, this model has been offered with either a 5- or 6-inch blade made from stainless steel or the regular 01 tool.

    From the current catalogue:
    Model 25 "The Trapper" -- 5" and 6" blade of 1/4" stock. 4 3/8 - 1/2" handle of leather and stag. Thumb notch and top of hilt moulded for thumb placement. Nickel silver hilt. Duralumin butt cap; Brass available upon request. Standard with stag. (Name etching, stainless blade and wrist thong only options available.) Drop point hunter blade. Handle construction is reminiscent of 1930's design. Model 25-5" supplied with pouch sheath. Excellent skinning, outdoors knife. #25 handle available on #26, #27, #12-9", #12-9" #14 grind. Nickel silver butt cap available for extra charge.


    Mine has the 5 Stainless blade and Nickel Silver butt cap and hilt. The sheath was a special order, the normal ones being plain brown or black with a stone pocket on the front.

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    Interesting! Thanks that is a great looking knife. I'd like to get my hands on one
    I enjoy reading about how individual models come about and how they evolve.

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    Nice looking knife that one.
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    Lots of style .NICE
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    Thats a keeper. Excellent knife.

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    A basic O1 carbon steel one with brass trim and standard sheath.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausblade View Post
    A basic O1 carbon steel one with brass trim and standard sheath.

    Any suggestions on where i can get one just like this?

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    There's many on eBay...even currently one in Oz!

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    Stunning mate! One of my most favoured models also....

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