AG Russell 2010 Texas Ranger

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AG Russell 2010 Texas Ranger

Post by Absintheur » Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:44 pm

He may not win the laurels, nor trumpet tongue of fame,
But beauty smiles upon him, and ranchmen bless his name.
Then here’s to the Texas Ranger, past, present, and to come,
Our safety from the savage, the guardian of our home.

A frontier housewife - 1892


The past has finally caught up to the present and the 2010 Texas Ranger Commemorative knife from AG Russell has arrived. I received my 2010 from Phil Gibbs earlier this week and have been putting it through some trials. First impressions were much like the ones I had when I opened up the 2009 knife...this thing is BIG. Like the men it commemorates it is larger than life, a knife for a man who knows he is a man. (metrosexuals need not apply) In the hand it is a solid 10 ounce chunk of steel and ebony Rucarta. The handle is 4 5/8th long and 1 1/2 inches wide at the swell. The blade, made from 8Cr15MoV, is 3 5/16ths, an astounding 1 1/2 inches wide, and just a couple hundredths shy of being 1/4 inch thick. This is not a knife that apologizes for being a knife in today's politically correct world. It fills the hand and inspires confidence much as the Paterson Colt inspire confidence in those who used it to tame the Texas outlaws.

The large nail nick is the same as the one on the 2008 knife. It is large and deep enough to allow the blade to be thumbed open as you can see in the short video below. I have average sized hands and you can see just how well this knife fills them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drKRD9F0pk8

The large grip of this knife allows for a very secure grip, I used it to make a fuzz stick and never got the cramping in my hand that I can get from trying to hold onto more slender knives during a extending cutting session. It also allowed for a full grip when I cut a hanging 3/4 inch manila rope. It does not try to turn in the hand and feels as comfortable to me as the grip on my Ruger Blackhawk.

The Belt pouch is a work of art on it's own. Designed for this knife by Bob Dozier, it is both great looking as well as a very secure way to carry the knife. And on days you don't carry the knife it easily will carry a spare magazine for your 1911. The pouch will handle a 1 3/4 inch belt and rides centered on the belt, very comfortable to wear.

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Fit and finish...what can I say, this knife lived up to my expectations. After seeing the excellent fit and finish on the 2008 and 2009 knives I was sure the 2010 wouldn't disappoint and it didn't. Everything fits square and true, the fit between blade and lock is near perfection. It also arrived shaving sharp with an extremely smooth edge. To the thumb it didn't feel as sharp as it is but the bare patch on my arm proved otherwise.

Of course this thread would be useless without some pics so I am going to shut up and let the knife talk for a bit.

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And here are all three...2008, 2009, and 2010. I am already looking forward to the next in the series. I am sure it will be as exciting as these three have been.

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There are only 1000 of each year being made, the 2008 sold out quickly, I think a few 2009 knives are still available, tho Dad hasn't gotten his yet, and the 2010 just hit our shores and the AG Russell website. I wouldn't wait too long to order one if you want one...I don't think they will last long.

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Re: AG Russell 2010 Texas Ranger

Post by gino » Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:48 am

Price wise what are we talkin?
The middle knife has my interest.
-( life is too short to carry a cheap knife )-

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Re: AG Russell 2010 Texas Ranger

Post by Absintheur » Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:45 pm

I think AG still has a few of the 2009s left, price is 75 bucks, all three are limited to 1000 pieces. You can order from here...
http://www.agrussell.com/ag-russell-200 ... S-CTRU2BR/

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Re: AG Russell 2010 Texas Ranger

Post by Luckypaul777 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:33 pm

Nice review super photos; didn't see it before JR pointed it out; in his post in another thread. I have heard nothing; but positive comments on the Sunfish. ::nod:: Looks like a nice knife at a good price. I would think if it was made here; by GEC it would be in the $300 to $400 range. One's coming my way soon. :)

Paul

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Re: AG Russell 2010 Texas Ranger

Post by Froggyedge » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:22 pm

Great review! ::tu:: :D
They seem to be well made knives!
Knivlaus mann er livlaus mann.

A knifeless man is a lifeless man - Old Nordic proverb.

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Re: AG Russell 2010 Texas Ranger

Post by Absintheur » Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:24 pm

Luckypaul777 wrote:Nice review super photos; didn't see it before JR pointed it out; in his post in another thread. I have heard nothing; but positive comments on the Sunfish. ::nod:: Looks like a nice knife at a good price. I would think if it was made here; by GEC it would be in the $300 to $400 range. One's coming my way soon. :)

Paul
Sadly many people are what I call China-phobes, yet happily pay $100+ for knives made in Taiwan...don't quite understand that at all. Yes, I find the government of China to be morally corrupt and generally a bad thing however I don't blame the worker for that. The higher end knives coming out of China equal or surpass much of what is available at any price. I wish my Blade Forum Queen/GEC Barlow had the fit and finish of these AG Russells.

These are extremely well made, partly I am sure due to the fact they are using some of the most modern production machinery available. Grind lines are as even as any I have seen and the fit of blade to lock is near perfection when opened.

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