The Ontario Rat Model 2 is a shrunken-down version of the Rat Model 1. It's smaller, but retains the same great shape and performance of the original. This knife is designed for comfort and performance, with an index finger groove on the handle and jimping on the spine of the blade for controlled cutting. RAT stands for Randall's Adventure & Training, a world-class outdoor training institution that designed this epic knife!
Ontario Knife Company makes a variety of tough-as-nails folders and fixed blades at an unbelievable price!
I've spent the past few weeks watching countless hours of videos between Blade HQ, Metal Complex, Nick Shabazz, and others. I think I'm hooked! I couldn't decide on a first decent edc so I went with the Rat 2 and Civivi Elementum. The Rat 2 is exactly what I was hoping for and I expect it'll serve me well! Thanks for the lightning fast shipping! My wish list is looking daunting but I already have my next 2 picked out!
There are many D2 knives on the market, decided to pick the RAT given its strong reputation for quality. This knife feels rock solid, I'm astounded at how light it is considering the liners aren't milled out (the benefit being it feels indestructible). The thumb studs may be one of my favorite features of this knife, first theres multiple ways to deploy: the standard jam your thumbnail in the cutout and flick, or my more favored method of running my thumb along the top as a kind of glide action, the thumbstuds have enough bite without being overly aggressive against your fingers. To add to the thumbstuds, I cant even begin to talk about the perfect placement of them, they dont get in the way of sharpening (HUGE plus, other knives with studs have problems with this) Runs on bronze washers which is another huge plus for me. I rolled around at the beach with it and just rinsed all of the grit out with water and soap, very easy to clean and lubricate without having to disassemble the entire knife Blade is great, came razor sharp and functionally works great with its shape, haven't had to sharpen it yet just touched it up on the strop I'd compare this knife with the elementum, I have both and they each have a slight edge in certain regards. For me the Elementum wins with its deeper pocket clip and hollowgrind, however it really loses out in terms of the grip. The RAT has a longer handle length, and I find it gives a more comfortable grip, it also seems nearly impossible to break this knife (full steel liners, and full flat grind). I love both, but find the RAT in my pocket a bit more often due to the grip and robustness. Bottom line: you can't go wrong with this knife for the price, there is a reason people were begging for a D2 version of this knife for quite a long time and now its here
I am quite possibly one of the biggest fans of the Ontario RAT series. This RAT 2 is quite a bit smaller than the RAT 1 and while I tend to wear Large to XL size gloves, the RAT 2 actually still fits quite comfortably in my hands. The D2 steel maintains an amazing edge through constant use and I'm a sucker for the black on black styling. While heftier than some other knives, I personally enjoy the weight. I get 100% lock-up from the liner lock every time and action and centering are dead on from the factory. I will likely buy more RATs in the future as they are EXCELLENT and RELIABLE users.
After much research I decided to get the Rat 2 in D2 steel. It has held up perfectly and is still sharp after a month. The black finish on the pocket clip is starting to come off and I don't use my knife much but it is to be expected. Great knife and a great company!
i need to get an extra one just in case i lose my current one. I own a ton of knives, some going up to $600 in price... but i always end up coming back to this cheap a$$ knife to carry. it just flicks open real nice once u adjust teh pivot, and once u adjust the clip, slides real nice into the pocket. It deploys with such an amazing "click" sound, and closes back up smoothly. it's very light as well! I absolutely adore this thing... even tho its beat to sh*t. i use it for a lto of things, one in particular is opening up beer bottles. my knife buddies cringe as i'm using it to pry things open "KNIVES ARENT FOR PRYING." but i'm just abusing it like mad cuz its cheap... and yet it still holds up. It's darn comfortable to hold, lightweight, holds an edge well, easy to sharpen. i wont get sad if i lose it, i'm not hesitant to use it, and i'm not hesitant to freehand sharpen it cuz of cost. No wonder it has more pocket time than my other knives.