DTG pays attention, close attention, to tools and equipment available to the public for use in SHTF scenarios, and you’ve seen us endorse various field related products including knives like the Bravo 1.5 (another fine knife) on the blog. To that end, we’ve ordered a couple of Wall Hand Made ‘Randall Style Model 18’ survival knives with a Model 14 grind and a 7.5 inch blade length with rivited Sullivan sheaths. It takes about a month and a half for Mr. Wall to make the knives, so in the meantime, please go and review his site here. Looking at the photo below, you can see the obvious quality in his work.
The AI (also tasked with ‘R&D’) has been in discussions with Mr. Wall for a couple weeks on specifications and such, and is convinced (as I hope to be once the knives arrive and I can take my copy to the field to ‘play’) that they are every bit as high in quality as the knives they are modeled after, ‘Randall Made Knives’ and at a much more reasonable cost without the wait. Currently, Randall Made Knives are scheduling knives ordered now for the second quarter of 2018. Don’t anyone misunderstand; DTG staff holds Randall Made Knives in high regard, just as anyone who knows knives would do. In fact, we collectively own a couple each. However, unless one wishes to pay a significant premium to sellers at various auction sites, or doesn’t mind waiting the 4 pluse years, and wants a knife every bit as good as a Randall, one should consider the Wall knives.
We will be putting our Wall knives through some serious use to see what they can take, and when we do, we’ll post our reviews and pictures.
As they say, ‘you get what you pay for’ and we believe we are getting some very high quality knives that should equal Randall quality. In addition, (and this really pleases us) Randall Made Knives doesn’t offer their Model 18 with a 14 grind anymore. At one time, early in the Vietnam conflict, they did, to our understanding, but not anymore. Wall knives offers the 14 grind as an option. DTG believes the 14 grind, whether on a Model 14, 18, or 12-9 provides the best blade for the most uses possible. Tastes and opinions vary, but that’s where we are.
For those that may not be familiar with the Randall 14 grind, the picture below is the Chief Instructor’s Randall 12-9 with a 14 Grind. The false edge is just as sharp as the cutting edge. As you can see, we use our knives.
So, check out Wall’s site and offerings. You might find that spending the money on one of his blades might be a very prudent investment if your life might ever depend on your knife. You might find you have a few bucks left over to buy more preps or ammo or something….