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Ontario Rat1 Folder - Review

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by FortySix&2, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. FortySix&2

    FortySix&2 Banned

    May 23, 2012
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    Just wanted to share my personal review of my Ontario Rat1 Folder.

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    Ontario RAT Model 1 Specifications:
    Overall Length: 8.625"​
    Blade Length: 3.625"​
    Cutting Edge: 3.375"​
    Blade Steel: AUS-8​
    Blade Color: Satin​
    Handle Material: Nylon 6​
    Closed Length: 5.00"​
    Weight: 5oz. ​
    Today I am reviewing a Ontario Rat Model 1. I feel the Rat1 is a good knife for the person who is on a very limited budget, or in my case, someone who wants a second knife to use on stuff that I normally wouldn't use my nicer knives on. Some other knives in this price range would be the Kershaw Skyline, Kershaw Cryo and the Spyderco Tenacious. I haven't used or handled any of the Kershaw's or Spyderco's yet so I cannot comment on them unfortunately. But the Rat1 is a good bang for the buck knife. ​
    Things I Like:
    Size: The overall size of Rat1 is great. The thickness of the handle in my opinion is just right at 0.52". I can get all four fingers securely around the handle and my thumb on the blade jimping for a solid grip. I would have liked to see G10 used but would have raised the price a substantial amount.​
    Blade: The cutting edge is 3.375" AUS8 flat grind blade which I think is good for EDC duties. The AUS8 holds a good edge and fairly easy to sharpen. Out of the box this knife was SHARP. It cut through cardboard and plastic like a hot knife through butter. ​
    Action: The Rat1 comes with phosphor bronze washers which means out of the box this knife opens and closes smooth and FAST! You can also adjust the pivot screw to adjust how fast it opens and closes. If you do this I would suggest using loctite on the pivot screws.​
    Lock up: Out of the box this knife locked up TIGHT. There was absolutely no side-side or front-back movement. ​
    Jimping: The jimping on this knife is really nice for being a budget knife. It's not overkill or discomforting on the thumb. ​
    Construction: I really like the open post construction because it allows you to thoroughly clean this knife without pulling it apart. ​
    Things I Dislike:
    Weight: It's about 1oz more than I like to see a EDC knife at. What I actually did was drilled out the liners on my drill press and brought it down around 4.5oz. I think if Ontario would revise their design and go a little thinner on the thick stainless liners and drill them out, they could achieve 4oz and still be a durable quality knife.​
    Black Finish: Becareful when ordering the black finish blade model. It is a very glossy paint. It's nothing like the black coating you see on the Benchmade, Spyderco or Kershaw knives.​
    Pocket Clip: The pocket clip itself is made nice. I just feel that on TIP UP the pocket clip could have been positioned a little higher on the knife to give a better "deep carry" fitment.​
    Origin: Made in Taiwan. I would have liked to see Made in U.S.A. ​
    kkay, catfishdan and TARFU like this.
  2. kye4some

    kye4some Loaded Pockets

    Jan 14, 2011
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    Great review on a nice budget blade:
    Rats by kyeandtabbs, on Flickr
    For the money its hard to beat IMHO.
  3. TARFU
    • In Omnia Paratus

    TARFU EDC!!!!! Junkie

    Nov 13, 2010
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    I got the exact knife pictured from another member on the BST today. I pretty much agree with everything you said in the review.

    I will add that the scales, while they look textured, are actually pretty slick. But, you're right - the size of the handle and the jimping help lock the knife in. It would not be a cheapish knife if Ontario went with G-10 so I'm fine with the trade-off. The other thing is I don't generally like liner locks in this type of knife. The lock up is really strong and as you mention there isn't any blade play whatsoever. But, I'd prefer a lock back design, like in the Spyderco Native.

    One last thing. I was really surprised how large the blade looked. I don't know why but it looks quite a bit larger than it's stated 3.375" length. Anyway, great pics and good review!
  4. Shad

    Shad Empty Pockets

    Sep 26, 2012
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    Yup, love my Rat1 as well! This is one tough knife that I am not afraid to use as I know if will take it with no problem. I don't want to lose it, but if I do it won't hurt so bad as one of the the more expensive ones.
    The weight factor isn't an issue for me, but if a person is used to carrying a Spyderco Dragonfly then it would be pretty hefty in comparison.
    I too would love to see that FRN replaced with G10! I would pay the difference!
  5. Cobra 6 Actual

    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

    Jan 1, 2010
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    Definitely agree with your assessment/review. Unfortunately, I bought the blackened blade model: you are right on the mark in that the black paint makes the knife look cheap. Otherwise it is an excellent knife for the cost.
  6. TweezersAndAToothpick

    TweezersAndAToothpick Loaded Pockets

    Sep 27, 2012
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    Great review, I'm carrying my Rat today actually:

  7. catfishdan
    • In Omnia Paratus

    catfishdan Loaded Pockets

    Feb 1, 2012
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    Spot on Review. I've had one for about two weeks now and I agree with your assessment whole heartedly. I still can't believe they cost less than 30 bucks.
  8. Bama Joe

    Bama Joe Empty Pockets

    Jun 23, 2012
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    Nice review. I have 2 and agree it's a great value for such a well built knife. I plan on giving a couple as Christmas presents this year.
  9. NaOH

    NaOH Loaded Pockets

    Mar 4, 2010
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    It's a nice knife and I carried one for a year at work. I did recently go to a Spyderco Tenacious about two months ago. While both are great knives for the price, the Spyderco fixes my only complaint with the RAT 1: I couldn't open it easily with gloves on.