Bored and taking some knife shots today. Not too happy with a couple of these pictures but decided to share anyway. These are the two daggers I believe to be the finest
produced in any quantity today.
The Tai Pan from Cold Steel (AUS-8 version) and the Randall Model #2 Stilletto 7" blade.
Side by side of grips:
Lets talk for a minute about these images.
On first glance the similarities are clear both double edged, double guard, solid end cap, synthetic handled knives. But each knife has its strengths.
Notice the extra belly of blade near the tip on the Tai Pan and the longer, tapered grip. The grinds of this knife are also deeply hollow ground. Taking these three subtleties into consideration and you might see, while clearly a strong thrusting tool, this knife truly excels at handling and manueverability in slashing techniques.
Now look at the Randall knife. What I was unable to capture in an image is the 3rd dimension of the blade, or the cross section. The blade is hand forged and only slightly hollow ground. A crude drawing of what I mean.
On the grip, it is shorter and has a swell in the middle. This makes it not reach as nimbly and grips most securely with that swell filling the palm. Also, the point terminates more acutely. Taking these design details into consideration, while I'm sure it does make a nasty slash, the Randall knife is more specialized in the close quarters thrusting type motions. Overall:
Very tough decision. Both knives are very impressive. On the one hand, the finishing of the Randall knife is unmatched. Hand forged, soldered guard, nickel/silver spacers. As far as function is concerned, the Tai Pan is no slouch, and as far as fighting dags go, it is the most versatile.
I would trust either knife fully, and love the Randall for the collection, but taking into consideration the versatility of the Tai Pan, and a price of under $200. Gotta give this one to CS!
For fun here is a picture of Tai Pan with some other back-up blades.
United Cutlery Boot knife, Frost Commando Dagger, CRKT Hissatsu. That CRKT is a fierce sight, but functionally, the Tai Pan is superior.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to post any questions or comments.
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