Randall Sheath #4-6" Fighter

Discussion in 'The Randall Made Knives Collector's Forum' started by elmbow, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. elmbow

    elmbow

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    Feb 17, 2003
    I just got another Randall. I decided I needed to get my hands on a non-catalog #4-6 fighter. Of course I am loving the knife but I am curious if anyone knows why the keeper strap for the sheath is opposite of the other 5 Randall sheaths that I own. The sheath for this one is a model A sheath but it snaps on the left side of the sheath(edge side of the blade) and it is attached to the sheath on the right side(the back of the blade). Instead of using my thumb when I draw the knife from the sheath I use my trigger finger and I have not seen any photos of other sheaths that have a strap oriented this way except for model C sheaths. I don't mind the strap orientation I am just curious if there is a reason for this design with this particular model.
    Thanks
     
  2. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Interesting. I doubt if I can help but photos would be good. I believe the #4 is a hunting knife rather than a fighter. It has been advertised by Randall as both a larger and a smaller version.
     
  3. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    At first I thought you had a left hand sheath? But all the pictures I could find of the non catalog 4-6 fighters that have sheaths are like yours. Curiously it’s the opposite of what a standard 4-6 hunter would need with its single guard.

    Strange indeed.

    I always thought it was strange the model A and C sheaths were opposite but this is even stranger.
     
  4. elmbow

    elmbow

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    Feb 17, 2003
    I figured the model C sheaths were designed that way because a lot of military folks would carry them vertical with the handle down on the front of their packs. The strap positioning would on the model C sheath for that type of carry would seem quite logical. But that train of thought doesn't make sense when applied tot he model 4-6" fighter because it is a model A sheath.

    The knife in question is not a standard model 4, it is a non-catalog model #4-6 fighter that is modeled after some of the original knives that Boe forged for the WW2 war effort. I will get some pictures posted up shortly.
     
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  5. elmbow

    elmbow

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    Feb 17, 2003
    Here are some pictures....

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  6. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    I think it's a 'Historical Significance' kinda deal. The #4-6 fighter was based on the fourth RKS club knife, a similar #4-8 fighter, which was based on a WWII RMK Commando knife. That would be my guess, if I was a guessing man. o_O
     
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  7. cut_n_run

    cut_n_run

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    Apr 29, 2005
    All of my earliest Models 14, 15, and 12-9 sheaths have their keeper straps on the "sharp" side. On more recent ones the strap is reversed. Someone once told me that the location was reversed for knives with double hilts so that the keeper strap is on the least sharp side. This is to lessen the possibility of slicing through it when drawing the knife. Has anyone else heard this?
    -Steve
     
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  8. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    Steve, yes, that’s what Greg Gutcher told me.
     
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  9. cut_n_run

    cut_n_run

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    Apr 29, 2005
    Thanks, Sheldon.
     

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