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SharpSquirrelKM
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Just got the Ontario RAT 7 today. It's about time someone put out a Micarta handle carbon steel blade that has a GREAT sheath with it. The Sheath is made by Spec Ops ( made in the USA!). Sounds
funny from someone whom makes aftermarket sheaths, but this knife doesn't need one. The sheath has a lot of neat features. Every section of it is adjustable , even the pouch flap can be adjusted to size. The Blade is just about the right size for most chores. The thumb serations are awesomely effective. Not so rough that they rip off skin , but not so benign as to have the thumb slide over them. The Leg thong has an adjustable grabber on it. The cord itself is real 550 cord. I am really impressed with the combo. For the same money you can't find a better knife. Onlything I'm not thrilled about is the Parkerized finish. It imparts a taste on food that isn't so great. Even the finish they use on the Spec Plus line would be better IMO. But otherwise it's about as close to a perfect out of the box under $100 knife that you are ever going to find! I can't speak for anyone else but the handle fits my hand perfectly. Another rarity. I think this knife is what the Camillus Becker line SHOULD have been. One reserve is the heat treatment ment. Seems a bit hard for a feild knife. but I can't truly judge that until I hit it with a stone and do some chopping/prying with it. As far as slicing the Flatgrind is about as perfect geometry as one could wish for in slicing knife. lots of thin edge to start the slice and a well tapered thick spine to carry through. This also usually lends well to chopping which a deep bite, yet easy withdraw. Without much chance of a glancing blow. If Ontario offered the same exact knife and sheath, yet with 1/4" spine and 9" blade, I think I would have finally found a perefct affordable do-all knife that I could tuck away more than a few. Even so this version is ALMOST the perfect feild/kitchen/fighting knife It's been a LONG time since I felt the need to do a write up about a knife. If the heat treatment proves worthy this may actually retire my back pack knife. In short, Ontario has one heck of a winner with this one. I might do some detailed pics of the sheath and knife later on after I get done work.

fleataxi
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SSKM: I know the designer of that knife - Jeff Randall (no relation to Bo Randall, except they both make excellent knives!)

Anyway, here's his website - it has a whole bunch of stuff you'd be interested in:

Jungle Training/Jeff Randall Webpage

Fleataxi

   

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