1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Still haven't decided on a RAT knife... help!

Discussion in 'Knives' started by greymethod, May 11, 2009.

  1. greymethod

    greymethod Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    812
    Likes Received:
    83
    So I'm leaving school in a week and have some money to throw around. I have had my eye on the RAT cutlery RC-4 for a while, but haven't been able to pull the trigger because I couldn't decide whether I wanted that one, the RC-5 or the new RC-6.

    My problem is I already have a couple of 4 inch knives. I like this size, but I feel like I might not "need" another one. The RC-5 is a little bigger and the 6 looks like a machete.

    This being said, I really haven't seen too many pictures of any of the knives actually in hand. I don't have small hands or anything (I'm 6'3), I just think this would help me gauge my decision a little bit better.

    I have also had my eye on the Gerber LMF II and the Bark River Bravo-1.

    Anyone have any input?

    Thanks,
    Grey
     
  2. StandardBattery

    StandardBattery Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Maybe you want to try a Bark River Bravo-1 if you don't have one. Or try a RAT RC-3 and see what the 'little' knife can do. You've got a few color choices now with RAT.
     
  3. greymethod

    greymethod Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    812
    Likes Received:
    83
    I think the RC-3 is too small. I have several folding pocket knives that big.

    The Bravo-1 seems very nice, although it is a little pricey.

    As for color, I like the RAT's standard black and grey.
     
  4. monkeysfistmaker

    monkeysfistmaker Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    169
    Likes Received:
    1
    Hey man, don't get the Gerber LMF 2, it is an extremely tough knife, suitable for Egress, but for the survival part, I don't think it is a good knife. I own the black infantry, and to be honest, I regret ever buying it. What do you plan on using your knives for?
     
  5. greymethod

    greymethod Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    812
    Likes Received:
    83
    camping and backpacking mostly... ;D
     
  6. knifeguy

    knifeguy Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    447
    Likes Received:
    11
    I agree on the LMF. I would have bought one a loooong time ago except for the darn serrations, which in my opinion make using the blade a pain the butt.
     
  7. greymethod

    greymethod Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    812
    Likes Received:
    83
    Well why do you regret buying it? And what would you suggest in its place?
     
  8. fallow

    fallow Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2009
    Messages:
    445
    Likes Received:
    8
    Hi, I've seen and handled the Rc3 and Rc4, I'd go with the Rc3, unless you need a real camp survival knife, then the added inch(es) aren't going to make much difference.

    If you've already got a few 4" sharps, why not go with something more stout and shorter? Unless the added inches are making up for something? :-X

    Only kidding :p
     
  9. MandM

    MandM Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    Messages:
    438
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a RC-4 and I love it. I'm a medium built guy and have size 9-10 hands... and the RC-4 is a good hunk of steel.

    But... if you have a bunch of 4" sharps... there's nothing wrong with going up a size to the RC-5 or RC-6. There's a bunch of pics with knives in hand on the RAT website... except few if any are of the RC-4. And unfortunately I don't have any pics in-hand of my RC-4. (Though I'll try to get some tonight and put 'em up for you.)
     
  10. greymethod

    greymethod Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    812
    Likes Received:
    83
    I just like the looks of the 4 better.

    And in hand pics would be awesome!

    I haven't seen ANY in hand pics of the 5. The blade is a different shape than all of the other models, yes?
     
  11. MandM

    MandM Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    Messages:
    438
    Likes Received:
    0
  12. greymethod

    greymethod Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    812
    Likes Received:
    83
    I'm still thinking the RAT-4...
     
  13. EDC EVERYTHING

    EDC EVERYTHING Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2009
    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dude Bravo 1 all the way!It's such a sweet knife!
     
  14. JonSidneyB
    • Administrator

    JonSidneyB Uber Prepared
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    21,161
    Likes Received:
    12,086
    If you let me know what Rat Knife to get I will get it for you. It is what pays for the forum. The Truth is I would pick a Bravo over a Rat but I can get Rats. ;D
     
  15. greymethod

    greymethod Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    812
    Likes Received:
    83
    I'd like to get a Bravo-1 but it's out of my price range :(
     
  16. JonSidneyB
    • Administrator

    JonSidneyB Uber Prepared
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    21,161
    Likes Received:
    12,086
    Even a plain black micarta one? I have had Rats and can get more but in my opinion they don't compare at all.
     
  17. moonshinematt

    moonshinematt Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a RC-3 and and ISULA... I would recommend the RC-3, but the izula seems softer steel and too small.. RC_3 is an awesome edc.
     
  18. yankee

    yankee Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2008
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Rat 3 is very good
    yankee
     
  19. parawolfe

    parawolfe Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Messages:
    616
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you are going to use it for survival, hiking and camping then I think the smallest you can go is with the RC-4. You got to have at least a 4" blade for batoning, maybe some light chopping, maybe. But for batoning and splitting I'm finding out I don't like a blade smaller than 4". I have a Ka-Bar Becker Campanion BK-2 and like it but it is built like a tank and bulky for it's size. I want to downsize my BOB and wanted a fixed blade that was large enough to baton and split branches but small enough to fit "inside" a Maxpedition Lunada. I thought I'd give a Becker Necker BK-11 a try. It's a nice small neck knife. I'm not one for wearing a knife around my neck I won't using it in that capacity. It seems too small to be a survival knife or only fixed blade. It made me appreciate my BK-2. I'm considering a RAT RC-4. It seems to be a good sturdy fixed blade and as small as I want to go in a survival, hiking, camping knife.

    Parawofle
     
  20. Captain. Glock

    Captain. Glock Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dude, no matter how many knives you have you always need another one. Anywho go for the RC-6. The larger blade is better suited for lots of stuff, and the RC-5 is way over priced for what it is.