“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” ― H.L. Mencken
I am in no way a knife expert, but I love knives. I have quite a few. I’m not sure what exactly it is, I mean, sure, they are useful tools; I use this Ontario RAT 1 every day to cut cardboard, open packages, slice food or a million other things. Hell, I used it butcher a chicken once. But there is something more to knives. They are just a lot of fun. Especially this one. I’ve had it for a little over two years. Along with my SAK Alox Cadet, it is what I carry nearly every single day. It just does everything you would need an EDC blade to do. It has two drawbacks: it is heavy and it has a 3.5 inch blade. Some people get a little scared when it is whipped out. [I call those people pussies, but I’m sure everyone knows somebody like that.]
OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 in (21.6 cm)
LOCK TYPE: Liner Lock
HARDNESS: 55-56 HRC
EDGE TYPE: Plain
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Taiwan
HANDLE COLOR: Black
BLADE GRIND: Full Flat Taper
BLADE FINISH: Satin
BLADE COLOR: Silver
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.115 in (0.292 cm)
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 in (8.9 cm)
HANDLE MATERIAL: Nylon 6
CLOSED LENGTH: 5.0 in (12.7 cm)
POCKET CLIP CONFIGURATIONS: Tip Down & Up, Left & Right Handed DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM: Thumb-stud
It’s an inexpensive knife. You can get it on Amazon today for $24! Sure, knife snobs turn their noses up at the AUS-8 steel, but I use it all the time. I know that this AUS-8 with this heat treatment is a great steel. It stays sharp for a respectable amount of time, and it is so easy to re-sharpen. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. Plus, it has a full flat ground blade, so it’s a fantastic slicer.
In summary – I love the Ontario Rat-1 and God bless Jeff Randall. Buy one today if you don’t have one.The lock up on this knife is solid. Never had any issues. No blade play even today, and I do not baby this thing. I make it work. The action on it is smooth. The blade deploys with a little flick of the thumb. No wrist action is needed to get it to lock up. I spend a lot of time at work with it sitting on my desk. When I’m stuck on something, I like to just flick the blade out over and over again. It helps me think.
However, it is time to put her up. She’s been a faithful companion, but when I get home tonight, there is something shiny and new waiting for me. I’m not sure yet what to do with her. Either she’s going in a pack, or my oldest son is getting a new knife.