Old 01-07-2018, 19:20   #1
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SFG/UDT Randall Knife

Model 16 Diver Knife, A member of a Randall knife collectors club posted this knife. He is an admin and looking for further information. What follows is his text of information,

Below is a picture from a Model #16 Diver. It has an unlined thong hole and a seperate S stamp. That places it pretty tight between 1964 and 1968. The picture is of the shop etch on the back side of the blade.
"Ith. SFG / UDT"
The SFG is Special Forces Group
The UDT is Underwater Demolition Team. The UDT was the precursor to the Navy Seals.
My question surrounds the "Ith"
Do any of our Vets have any intel????
Thanks in advance.

Photograph follows in link,


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...1&type=3&ifg=1

I do not know how to paste his photograph, the link is from the Facebook collectors closed group.

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Old 01-07-2018, 19:50   #2
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Wild-assed guess...

1. The imprint is a mistake and was supposed to say "7th SFG / UDT"

2. "UDT" stood for Underwater Dive Team back in the olden days of Army SF...

My 1978 ordered Model 16 has my initials factory engraved. They managed to get those letters right. But accidents happen. Especially back in a non-digital day/age of handwritten customer order forms.

I'd be surprised if Randall doesn't have the original order for the blade (and requested engraving) on file somewhere.

(I didn't see the linked picture.)
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Old 01-07-2018, 20:27   #3
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Thank you Astronomy!

Our small group has a historian from Randall. Records of the "mark" are not available.
Did the photograph not load? If this is the case I will try an alternative. I also have a Randall from the mid '60s and will compare the marking.

It seemed from the mark that some is missing for an unknown reason but, what was clear was the year of manufacture and an individual who claimed both SFG and UDT heritage enough to apply it to a Dive Model Randall.

The folks in this group do come up with some very obscure Randalls.

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Old 01-07-2018, 21:12   #4
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Old 01-07-2018, 21:14   #5
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I hope the above photograph helps.

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Old 01-08-2018, 08:23   #6
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Ith

Could be 7th or 1st??

Is the FB group Randall only or SF or UDT or pointy things ???
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