Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin have been designing knives for over a decade. About the same as they conduct their survival courses in the jungle. The designs of their knives differ in practicality and the concept of preference for functionality over the form. The Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 (Randall’s Adventure and Training) folding knife produced by Ontario Knives is no exception..
Ontario RAT Folder Model 1, Satin Blade, Plain Edge Ontario Knives Folding Knife Overview.
Testing the prototypes of this folding knife lasted almost two years. As a result, after eliminating the identified design flaws, making modifications and changes, the Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 folding knife went into mass production in two versions with a simple cutting edge and with an incomplete seriator. In both cases, the blade of the knife can be satin or black coated..
General Features of the Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 Camping Folding Knife:
Total length 218 mm.
Folded Length 127 mm.
Blade length 92 mm.
Cutting edge 89 mm.
Blade thickness Z mm.
Blade Width 26 mm.
Steel AUS-8 57-59 HRC.
Grip pad material nylon.
Stick thickness 13 mm.
Weight 142 g.
The blade of the knife Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 is a classic, practical form, without false blade and now fashionable angularities. Between the blade and the steel dice of the handle there are bronze washers. On the butt of the blade, on a small rise near the handle, there is a platform under the thumb with a notch, which gives a good fulcrum and allows you to control the knife when performing delicate work. The assembly and adjustment of the knife is more than excellent. The double-sided peg easily opens the knife blade with one hand, both right and left. In earlier versions of the RAT Folder Model 1 folding knife, it was one-sided on the left side and was attached to the blade with a screw, which made it easy to rearrange it for the left-handed people.
The Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 has a sturdy and robust design that inspires confidence and respect. Instead of the usual two or three clamping screws for folding knives, at the RAT Folder Model 1 knife the handle dies are pulled together in five pairs, not counting the axial screws. As a result, the handle is almost monolithic. A hole for the lanyard is provided at the end of the handle.
The deep cutout on the handle and on the Liner Lock create a single guard, and together with the aforementioned thumb pad, you can securely hold the Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 in your hand during various operations with it. Slips with a notch made of glass-filled nylon create an additional sense of security, and the light curvature of the back of the handle complements the ergonomics of the knife and the handle fits comfortably in a medium-sized hand. The design of the knife is completely collapsible, which is convenient for its maintenance and cleaning..
The Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 blade is locked open with a Liner Lock. To insure against accidental opening of the blade, a small ball is pressed into the Liner Lock, holding the blade in the closed position. This allows you not to worry about accidentally opening when pulling out a knife. In the process of opening the blade, the ball does not exert resistance, but opening requires little effort, which can be compensated by adjusting the axial screws, of which there are two of this knife, one on each side.
The Ontario RAT Folder Model 1, a sufficiently strong and springy rearranged clip, can be mounted on the handle dies in any of four positions. This allows you to carry the knife in your pocket or equipment with the tip pointed up or down, right or left. The black coating of the clip can be considered conditionally resistant. When carrying a knife in a pants pocket, approximately 16-17 mm of the handle protrudes from above. This is not provided by the secrecy of wearing, but allows you to conveniently remove and open the knife.
AUS-8 steel with a hardness of 57-59 HRC used on the blade Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 is very well balanced in its qualities. Almost ideal for field applications. Acceptably long keeps the sharp cutting edge, easy to straighten and sharpen. It has good corrosion resistance. In combination with a good geometry and a well-calculated thickness of the inlet of the cutting edge of the blade, the use of this steel on a folding knife Ontario RAT Folder Model 1 is quite justified.
General conclusion about the camping folding knife Ontario RAT Folder Model 1.
If you need an inexpensive, reliable and high-quality knife with a solid and functional design, which can perform almost all types of camping and household work, including cooking, then for the money (its price is in the range of 30-35 y. e.) it will be difficult to find something better than Ontario RAT Folder Model 1.