Thanks Henry. I used to have 6 Randalls. The first one came in 91 and it was a #14 with Border Patrol handle. The second was the #14 CDT that I show in the photos. (Really this Randall was the one I want from the begining, but Gary told me that I would have to wait 1 year and a half for that one and that a #14 with Border Patrol was ready for deliver, so I accept the Border Patrol).
Then came a #2 8" blade and a #18.
I bought a standard #1 8" blade in my country and I realize that the blade was very nice and a little bite lighter than the #14.
So my last Randall (show in the above post) would be a #1 8" S blade with the Border Patrol handle (I choose this handle because I found that my first #14 was more comfortable that the finger groves handle one). This knife have 3,5 years delay.
I sold my first Randall in order to pay part of my first AR-15.
Then I sold #2, # 18 and #1 standard to buy other things.
I think that the finger groves are very sharp. Once I get a direct hit to my knife hand and the sharp end grove cut my skin, so I rounded them.
I just bought an Al Mar Mini Sere 2000 knife from EBay. It's a black version too, with ceramic black coating.
Price: $157 plus mailing.
I can't justify this kind of self-gratification in any way. Well, at least I am doing my part in keeping the US economy afloat.
I'll be friggin' ready when that big war comes. SERE comes from "Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape". The black coating means it will stay uncorroded even after a swim in the salt water of the Arctic Ocean.
Well, the SERE is certainly an interesting knife. Google it up and you shall see. The Mini SERE is a smaller version, however it's not much smaller in price. From this particular shop, the normal-sized black SERE would have been the same price. I just decided that a big black folder would be too socially unacceptable, a smallish black folder is a bit less scary - especially when people don't notice it. The SERE is made to ride lower in the pocket than most other similar folders, the explanation being that it is more of a "survival knife" than a "tactical knife" - it better stay safe than be ready for a quick grab.
Like I said, I can't pretend that I would actually need this blade. I just know that Al Mar knives have great fit and finish, it's a functional blade too, I couldn't resist. I'll buy some apples to peel with the Mini SERE, maybe the black coating will protect against any acid from fruit.
I shall certainly do a review on this forum once I get the folder. It should be here in a week or so.