The Ontario RAT Model 1 is a superb design from Randall's Adventure & Training that is manufactured by Ontario Knife Company (OKC). This knife is designed for comfort and performance with an index finger groove on the handle to keep your hand where it should be and jimping on the spine of the blade for controlled cutting. The handle features textured scales with an open-built frame. The Ontario RAT Model 1 is a strong, high-quality knife at an unbelievable price!
Ontario Knife Company makes a variety of tough-as-nails folders and fixed blades at an unbelievable price!
Super smooth action, nice fit and finish, quality AUS-8 blade. For the price it's hard to beat. I would have expected G10 scales, but the nylon scales are nice, good grip, they actually feel similar to the worn-in G10 on on my PM2. It is just as nice as any of the Kershaw folders in the sub $50 price range.
One of the first “good” knives I ever bought, and the first real user knife. I carried a benchmade and a SOG for years, but never really used them because I thought they were “too nice”. Enter the rat 1. Inexpensive, so I didn’t worry about really using it and pretty soon, it was the only knife I would carry. Practically perfect, for the price. One of these days, I’ll try the D2 version, but until then, I am very happy with my AUS8 for whatever life throws at me.
This is a high value inexpensive user. It’s big blade flips open easily and smoothly, better than a lot of my more expensive knives. The handle is comfortable, although a little slick, the index finger choil locks the hand in, I never felt like I’d lose grip on the knife. The jimping on the blade is a bit aggressive, almost sharp, but not too bad to make it uncomfortable. It holds a decent edge and is easily sharpened. The only problem is the size, it can be a scary knife to whip out around non knife people.
I'm a knifeaholic (according to my wife), who has spent and continues to spend way too much on these toys. I have a few thousand invested in Spyderco, Zero Tolerance, Microtech, etc. etc. But if you're on a budget and are looking for the absolute best bang for your buck, this is it. It is very ergonomic, locks up good, and takes a great edge. Spends a lot of time in my pocket so the fancy ones don't get dirty.
If you are looking for a large beater knife, this is it. It does everything the para military 2 does for 1/4th the money. The action is super smooth for the price point and the ergos and blade shape make cutting tasks a breeze.
Pros: -ergonomics -blade shape -the action is outstanding Cons -scales are a little slick -steel choice (I would consider the D2 model) Overall this is a great knife but now that the D2 model is offered, I would highly consider that one.
Very large and pretty heavy duty knife. Definitely made to be used hard. Razor sharp out of the box and holds a edge very well. For the money it may be the best all around user knife
This is the best knife in this price range by far. Has good action and is one of the most comfortable knives you will ever use. I have all kinds of folders and this one still gets used multiple times a week. My Rat 1 does all of my nasty work and just keeps going. Excellent value for the money. Everyone should have one.
I've had my Ontario RAT-1 for 2 years. And it's a solid knife for $25, I carry it EVERYWHERE! The AUS-8 steel holds better than I thought it would, takes a good edge and holds it very well with proper knife care. I've had to replace the Teflon washers once but thats because I dropped it in dirt and forgot to clean it. Other than that there's not really any bad to said about this knife. Maybe if it had a deep carry clip? I don't know. Still a great blade. I've had a lot of people ask if it was a switch blade haha. Best thing to do is go buy it from BladeHq!!
Hands down best $30 knife you'll ever buy! Blade style gets any cutting job done, lock up is solid as a rock, no blade play, mine came perfectly centered; honestly getting the most bang for your buck with this knife! It should be in everyones collection!
I have had this knife for over a year now and it continues to impress me. I tear down a lot cardboard boxes and this blade has handled such tasks very admirably, especially considering the incredible price. For a budget steel the AUS-8 steel is fantastic and takes a wicked edge and holds it fairly long, but If you don't like sharpening your knives very often a higher grade steel is needed, and in this price point the only option you would have is ceramic. This knife is also built with some quality hardware, with no visible wear after uncountable teardowns. Build quality: 5/5 Blade steel (not adjusted for price): 3/5 Smoothness: 5/5 Grip: 4/5 Ergonomics: 4/5 I 100% recomend this as a heavier use EDC.
Really good blade steel for the price. My only complaint is the pocket clip can move a little bit when I am using it for a good deal of time.
Good knife for the price. Razor sharp out of the box. Ergonomics are excellent. Using it for camping and backpacking. Good, solid all around knife. A bit large for EDC, but still useful as a general purpose knife.
I've had this knife for about a year. Here are my thoughts. Pros: -Super good value. -Super easy to sharpen. -Large enough to get stuff done -Cheap enough that you're not afraid to beat the thing up. -Easy one handed open and close Cons: -If you bear down hard on it, the handle and the jimping can cause hot spots. -If you take the thing apart, it can be hard to get back to perfect centering and can introduce more side to side play.