Summary: very late 1950's to early 1960's Alaskan Skinner with a 5" tool steel blade, squared brass guard and stag handle. The original owner's name and location (LESTER BEARD GLADSTONE OREGON ) shop done on the back side of the blade, large block letters and rather unique. The knife has been lightly sharpened and used, blade is still full but does have some scratches / use marks. I cleaned the tarnish off the guard, still some handling marks, etc. after removing the patina. The stag is great, no checks / cracks and has aged nicely.
The brown button Heiser sheath is in great shape, a few scuffs / scrapes here and there but nothing major. Condition matches the knife: looks great, all stitching is tight, brown buttons work as they should. Randall trademark on the back belt loop, there is an unused yellow print Combination Crystolon sharpening stone in the front pouch.
11 photos for review – as shown, an old style black RMK carry case is included. This model was first introduced by RMK in 1952, this one was probably made a year either side of 1960. The knife was supposedly purchased from the family of Lester Beard, not sure of the exact details but could look in to it if you're interested. This would be a great knife to take out and use, Mr. Beard already got the break in process started. Or, tuck it away for collection for investment purposes... you'll never lose money. These old 11's are really neat, I've got a few for sale and they won't last forever. Thanks and good luck.