Sword Type: Individual Swords (full handles, not half-handles). Sword Construction: Conventional (separate blade, D Guard and handle) Blade Style: Hybrid Blade Length: Approx 12" inches (36.5 cm) from tip to D Guard Total Length: Approx 17" (43.2 cm) Weight: Approx 1 pound and 15.6 ounces (898 grams) per sword Blade Material: Hammered and ground 9260 Carbon "Spring Steel" (weapons grade) Hardness: Approximately HRC 56-58 D Guard Material: Cast AISI 304 Stainless Steel, extra-wide Blade Grind: Very wide Hollow Grind culminating in wide sharp "V" edge, swage Blade Sharpness: Edge sharp. Sharps are for display only, too dangerous for training. Swage is unsharpened. Blade Thickness: Roughly 7.5 mm at widest point Blade Finish: Satin Tang: Full tang Ricasso: Yes Choil: Yes Quillion Design: Hybrid (can flip and trap) Knuckle Bow: Design: Rounded, minimal extra interior space Handle Type: Full Handles Handle Material: Brown paper micarta with wood tone striations Grip Style: Full handles with an ergonomic belly to fit the hollow of the palm Balance Point: Approx 2 1/16" down the blade from front of Guard Designed by: Modell Design LLC Sheath: See AZCK Listing
Product is a pair of custom designed Butterfly Swords, made by hand. All measurements and weights approximate.
Product is a pair of custom designed Butterfly Swords, one of the first run featuring a special "Vulcan" logo as well as the name of the Forge Master who crafted them. The last pair of the first edition (incidentally the one in Blade Magazine) is for sale at Arizona Custom Knives. We are all out (sorry). All measurements and weights approximate.
These swords are serious weapons and consequently offered for sale as display swords only AND WE REALLY MEAN IT!
Perhaps the most difficult to make Randall knife is the big Sasquatch re-curve designed by Randall Dealer Doug Kenefick. Doug, after noting his design was inspired by the work of Rod Chappel and Gil Hibben, gave Jeff Modell his blessing to adapt the Sasquatch blade for Wing Chun Butterfly Swords. Fourteen pair were hand-made to Jeff’s design by Forge Master K. Ali (that's our forge, not Randall!). They are traditionally balanced.
Each blade started out as a 15 mm thick piece of new 9260 spring steel. This was pounded down to about about 5/16" using a power hammer to improve the crystalline structure and maximize resilience of the steel. The knives were then cut and ground.
These knives have the most complicated set of grinds ever done on modern Chinese Butterfly Swords (and any surviving antiques that have come to our attention). It is extraordinarily difficult to achieve the lengthy intersection line of the primary grind and long swage. Six blades were lost to cracking during heat treatment.
Randall originally decided to make their Sasquatch knife using a satin finish because there were a lot of lesser quality big glossy knives floating around and they wanted to do something special. These knives have satin finish blades out of respect for that decision. While you can use very fine steel wool type material to remove rust (being careful that your scratches match the existing satin finish), which you cannot do with a mirror finish, a mirror finish is more resistant to corrosion in the first place.
The D Guard is cast AISI 304 stainless, extra wide to accommodate the extraordinarily thick blade.
The knife scales are an unusual glossy paper phenolic with a subtle wood grain pattern, eight-pinned to the full tang.
Each product consists of two knives. There is a pair of left and right premium leather sheaths by David Nay's Custom Leather
Carbon steel spends pretty much all of its time looking for ways to tarnish and rust. All of these knives were tarnish and rust free when packed by the forge for shipping in a waxy oil, but it looks like the plastic bag containing the oiled knives left some kind of wrinkle camo pattern on the blades in the form of shiny areas and darker shadows. It comes off with polish (Jeff used a clean shoe polisher head and Maas Metal Polish to get rid of this from his personal pair of factory seconds) but you need to do so in a manner aligned with the grain of the Satin finish and that does not put your hand or fingers anywhere near a blade edge during the process. If these knives sit out naked overnight they will tarnish so be sure to clean and re-oil them whenever you handle them. And be especially careful to remove all the oil prior to handling -- you don't want one of these to slip. Put another way, if you have never owned an expensive Japanese Katana that required maintenance after each use, or carried a high carbon steel knife on a daily basis and learned how to maintain it, we do not recommend you purchase these knives. They really belong in the hands of folks who already understand why we used the 9260.
See the Limited Warranty/Legal section of this web-site prior to purchase! While these knives come with our standard warranty, we do not have a lot of them so if there is a warranty issue (hopefully not) you should expect a refund or accommodation rather than replacement.
PHOTOGRAPHS: The blue background photos, taken by us, show a pair of factory seconds, Jeff's pair. The bad side is down on each of them. The white background photos (much better than ours) were taken by Arizona Custom Knives of a pair of firsts and are courtesy of Arizona Custom Knives.
To purchase please go to our consignment reseller Arizona Custom Knives. We don't have any in our local inventory.