Summary: if you’ve found your way here and know of RCC’s Vanguard series then you probably know the rarity and desirability of this Limited Edition survival knife.
This knife has been in a couple of collections since new, only 10 #’d plus any protos were made. This is the serial #02 “RAVEN” in excellent+++ condition, you’ll find a few very light handling marks on the stainless guard and a couple of whisper light marks on the blade only visible in direct light. The Robert Parrish-style sawteeth are second to none, probably the best ever made. The cord wrap, tube, butt cap and compass directly from Marilyn out of the old Lile shop... all in “as new” condition. Overall length of this knife is 14-3/4”.
The sheath is a masterpiece on it’s own, well thought out and made by Frank Sigman. Mint condition.
7 photos for review, if you need more to make up your mind just ask. As shown, a black canvas carry case is included. Limited Edition Vanguard survival knives are as rare as hens teeth, I also have the RJ Vanguard Black Bird prototype #00 and Blackbird #02 knives up for sale. More information below... thanks and good luck.
"RAVEN" Survival Knife, serial #02 of #10 made. They are totally sold out and have been for years. The description from robertsonscustomcutlery:
RJ MARTIN VANGUARD RAVEN
Blade Length: 9”
Overall Length: 14.75?
Blade Steel: CPM S30V
Blade Finish: Satin
Guard Material: Stainless Steel
Handle: Material: Cord-wrapped stainless steel hollow handle with knurled aluminum butt cap with compass inserted inside.
Sheath: Kydex lined Cordura nylon sheath from Frank Sigman
Comments from Les Robertson:
“There were only 10 of these knives made. This one is serial number 02. Marilyn Lile sold me the handle cord (for the wrap around the handle), the butt cap and compass directly from Jimmy Lile’s shop! These items were all sent to RJ and he used them to finish up the handles. These unique knives feature the top edge serrations similar to those found on the Robert Parrish Hollow Handle Survival knife. Arguably, the finest hollow handle knife ever made!”