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A. G. Russell 2012 Texas Ranger

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The Texas Rangers were organized in 1823, twenty-two years before Texas became a state, as a defense against Indian attacks. The organization and those who are a part of it today represent "the best" in law enforcement. It is, however, those men who served in the early years that most of us envision when we think about the Texas Ranger: a man on a horse, in a cowboy hat and carrying a Colt pistol. A family legend holds that one of my great, great, great uncles was, in his youth, a Texas Ranger. I use thoughts of this uncle each year to aid me in the design of a unique knife to celebrate this long-lived and legendary law enforcement agency.

The Texas Hunter, the 2012 Texas Ranger Knife, may be my favorite knife in this series. I say that with caution, because I have really liked the four knives that came before it. All four of those knives have been big knives, which I think would be fitting for the Ranger of those early years, when a knife was a life saving tool used for slicing his morning bacon, for digging a rock from his horse's hoof and then in hand-to-hand combat when attacked by Indians or outlaws. The Texas Hunter continues that tradition. This large lockback is based on a much smaller Empire Cutlery slipjoint made in the 1920s. The great width of the blade is only possible because of the striker™ pin that prevents the blade from contacting the locking bar when closing. While all the design elements of this knife are mine, the world class engineering, the smoothness of the opening and closing and the striker™ pin are all contributions from our engineer Phil Gibbs. The wonderful hand work, execution of the EDM and other high-tech equipment, and overall fit and finish must be credited to our outstanding overseas plant, and to our in-house staff who assure the quality of our products.

The remarkable hollow ground, very bold clip point blade, with beautiful cut swedges and machined thumb notches (front and back), makes for easy one hand opening. The stainless bolsters and liners contrast with the Ebony Rucarta™ to give this knife a bold and rugged air.

The 4-1/8" blade is 8Cr13MoV at 57-59 Rc. and measures 1-1/4" wide and 3/16" thick. The knife measures 5" closed and weighs 6.4 oz. Made in China.


  • Type
  • Blade
    Clip Point
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Lock
  • Bolsters
  • Liners
  • Handle
    Ebony Rucarta™
  • Closed Length
  • Weight
    6.4 oz.
  • Origin

A.G. Russell Knives

From the age of nine I made homemade knives until I was about twenty-four when I began to make handmade knives, crude but no longer made at home. A few years later, I had met and learned from makers like R.W. Loveless and R. L. Dozier. I made knives until the mid 1970s. I don’t make handmade knives anymore, as my hands aren’t what they used to be. However, I do have very talented makers in the United States and Japan who make knives that I am proud to put my name on. I design pocketknives, one hand knives, lockbacks, and fixed blade knives and have them made to our standards. ~A.G. Russell III

A.G. Russell has been in the knives and whetstones business for over 50 years. A.G. Russell knives are well known for their quality. A.G. Russell knives tend to be more traditional in style and look, with modern advances in material and design to create excellent knives.

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