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SOLD- Randall Model # 2 – 8″, Lt. Joseph M. Parvis, WWII 515th Parachute Infantry, named in the Gaddis book page 71 !!
Randall Model # 2 – 8″, Moore Sheath, made in mid 40’s, named
If Your looking to add a very collectable Randall to Your collection from WWII with documented history this is it. This knife belonged to a member of the Army 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment Company D and documented in the Gaddis book on page 71. It has been said that roughly 10 % of the approximate 5000 knives that were made in the 40’s were model 2’s and very few had 8″ blades (Robert Hunt, Randall Military Models page 54). This knife has a full 8″ carbon steel blade and is etched with the original owner’s name – JOSEPH M. PARVIS. JR. . The blade has been slightly polished, is free of any defects and has a strong Randall blade stamp. The knife is fitted with a double brass/bronze hilt which is tight to the knife. There are five thick spacers at the hilt and three thick spacers at the butt cap. The stacked leather handle is tight to the tang and without flaws. To finish off the handle there’s a duralumin butt cap that is drilled for a wrist thong and secured in place with a brass washer and nut. The knife comes with a Moore sheath. The sheath is missing the keeper strap, the stitching is tight and the male and female snap on the stone pocket is functioning perfectly. The stone is a solid gray and fits the stone pocket perfectly. I have performed a brief Google search on the previous owner and found that he retired as a Col. in the US Army and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. It is extremely rare to find a documented WWII Randall these days let alone one that has great provenance. Thanks for viewing, Steve Zimmerman.