Ontario RAT 1

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Today I’d like to review for you one of the legends of the EDC equipment. What I consider crucial element of my every-day-carry is a knife, and one of my favorite knives is definitely the Ontario RAT 1.

WARNING! This article is available in the same form as it was originally published on our old website, wanderer.net.pl. We havent, yet, updated it to our current standards shown by other content on GI. As a result, the quality of text and photos might be different than the level of our other reviews, and at the end there is currently no mark.

Size

It is a tool of quite large size as for the EDC folding knife. Fortunately, the manufacturer, Ontario Knives, thought about it and has developed a RAT 2 model, much smaller than its predecessor.

Handle

The handle is made of a material called FRN (the same as in Spyderco Delica/Endura). It is a combination of glass fiber with nylon (poliamide), which gives a quite durable result. I dropped my RAT 1 a few times, hit it on something, but despite this the handle doesn’t show any signs of damage.

WARNING! This article is available in the same form as it was originally published on our old website, wanderer.net.pl. We havent, yet, updated it to our current standards shown by other content on GI. As a result, the quality of text and photos might be different than the level of our other reviews, and at the end there is currently no mark.

The scales themselves aren’t heavily textured what gave me an impression that there’ll be a problem with having a firm grip. Luckily, the ergonomy of handles does the trick and there’s no risk of accidental sliding hand onto the blade (even when it’s wet or in gloves). The lack of heavy texture has also this advantage that there is no danger of damaging pants’ pockets by carrying the knife using pocket clip. What’s worth mentioning, at the end of the handle there is a hole for securing the RAT 1 with an additional cord.

Clip

The clip can be mounted in four positions depending on user’s preference. It is covered in black paint whichh peels off as the knife is used. The hardness of the clip is appropriate, what makes inserting and removing RAT 1 from the pocket hassle-free. It’s important to notice that the knife will be visivle in one’s pocket – when carried tip-up about 2 cm of handle stick up, and in tip-down configuration ~0.7 cm.

Blade

The blade can be opened using reversible thumb stud; it has a drop point shape and is equipped with a liner lock. A full flat grind provides perfect cutting capabilities, but is n’t the most durable one. The RAT 1’s blade is made from the Japanese steel AUS 8 (the Chinese equivalent of this steel is 8Cr13Mov). The cutting edge has a logo of Randall’s Adventure Training and information about the knife being made in Taiwan.

Summary

WARNING! This article is available in the same form as it was originally published on our old website, wanderer.net.pl. We havent, yet, updated it to our current standards shown by other content on GI. As a result, the quality of text and photos might be different than the level of our other reviews, and at the end there is currently no mark.

RAT 1 is often considered a legendary model, and I must agree that this is a well deserved opinion. This isn’t a top shelf products, but for the people who don’t need a folder worth a few hundreds of dollars it will be a decent option. Thanks to its size, Ontario’s knife will have no problem with neither every day nor outdoor challenges – it can deal both with a light woodwork or cutting some more urban rope.

~ Wojtek

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Jawor

Hikes since he learnt to walk. Happy to spend hours discussing jackets, backpacks and other gear. Caver, diver and a leader of the Gear Insider project.

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