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!
Where do I start? Everything about this knife if perfect. I especially like the ergonomics. The lock up is superior, absolutely ZERO blade play. Razor sharp out of the box. Edge retention so far so great! My first (AUS-8) steel knife. Perfect weight, you know you're holding it without it being to heavy. I've been collecting knives for 20 years and this is the first one to earn a nick name. "Big Sexy".
I have had an Ontario 3 fixed blade for years and like it for hiking / camping so thought I might try the model 1 folder. I haven’t used it in the field yet but so far it seams like a nice folder for camping or other rugged use a good compromise between too small pocket and too big fixed blade for camping hiking use.
Pretty good thumb stud flipper. The blade coating will show wear easily. Everything is pretty solid, you could buy the model 2 if you want it smaller and you can get the D2 for an even better starter knife.
The Rat 1 is a pretty good all-around folder for the price. The coating will chip and wear off pretty easily, though. The jimping is also somewhat slick with the coating.