A.G. Russell is a classy knifemaker, and this 2013 Texas Ranger limited edition looks like a nifty knife. It’s got all-stainless bolsters and liners, ebony Rucarta scales, and a 3.75″ 8Cr13MoV blade. So far, so good. Right?
Not quite. It’s Chinese, and it will set you back a cool C-note.
To put this simply, Texas Rangers + ‘Limited Edition’ + China + $100 = Does Not Compute.
Don’t get me wrong: I own several Chinese-made knives, and most of them have given me nothing to complain about when it comes to ruggedness or blade quality. My Big 5-exclusive Kershaw Beacon is still sharp and serviceable after several years, although the pivot screw does need a bit of tightening every few months. For a $20 knife it’s been exceptionally good.
But a $20 Kershaw from Big 5 doesn’t have any pretensions; it doesn’t style itself a Tier One-spec combat knife, and it doesn’t call itself a collectible. This knife tries, at least, to be a collectible. Is it? Should it be?
Scarcity, by itself, doesn’t make something more valuable. And A.G. Russell didn’t limit the run because they needed their experienced American craftsmen working on something else; they just told their Chinese factory to number each knife and stop the moment they hit four digits.
Nice knife; wrong idea.