Swamp Rat Knives

by Admin on July 7, 2014

by Ontario

 

Ontario swamp rat knives

 

The Ontario Swamp RAT Knives Series can stand the test of durability. Made from 1095 steel, and canvas textured Micarta handles, this really is one robust knife. The Ontario Knife Company has one of the foremost comprehensive product lines within the cutlery trade of survival knives these days. As a worldwide provider, Ontario Knives is a provider to the U.S. Government and its military. Ontario delivers real craftsmanship, high quality materials and components. Black coated non-reflective blade, the Full Tang blades are hardened to 55-57 HRC and canvas Micarta scales rounded for comfort. Lanyard hole in the handle. Includes nylon sheath.

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Swamp Rat KnivesOverall Length (inches)Blade Length (inches)Weight (ounces)Blade MaterialPrice Rating (0-5)
Ontario 8604 RAT-7 Knife (Green)

12712.51095 Carbon Steel$$4.3
Ontario 8630 RAT-3 Knife (Green)

7.83.755.31095 Carbon Steel$$4.5
Ontario 8628 RTAK II Knife (Green)

17101 lb 6.5 oz5160 Steel$$4.6
Ontario 8627 RAT-5 Knife (Brown)

10.56.411.51095 Carbon Steel$$4.5

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Ontario 8604 RAT-7 Knife

Ontario 8604 RAT-7 KnifeI’ve had the enjoyment of utilizing my RAT 7 on three trips and am really amazed with it’s handling and general efficiency. Much better than typical balance and excellent proportions, the RAT 7 feels, sophisticated in hand. This is a bare contrast to the really ‘practical” feel of my RTAK II and RAT 3.

On paper, the RAT 7 draws a direct contrast to the Recon Scout, though no 2 blades might be additional apart in feel. Both have 7 inch blades with comparable cutting edge sweep. The Recon Scout, with its chunky blade and extremely top-heavy feel, make it feel like a larger knife than it really is. The RAT 7, with its much better percentage and balance, feels smaller sized and even more active than its abilities pay for.

It is comprehended that no 1 blade can do-it-all. From my experience, I’ve discovered the RAT 7 to do all things very well. I have actually not made use of a blade that might be much better labelled, an “all around” knife. There are knives that do specific things much better, however I have not utilized one that does as lots of things. It is an extremely comfy carver and excellent wood splitter. At 3/16 inch thick, the blade slices really well and has less tendency to crescent like the RTAK II. Without the mass, it needs more down pressure with the holding hand when battoning.

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Ontario 8630 RAT-3 Knife

Ontario 8630 RAT-3 KnifeThe Ontario RAT 3 fixed blade knife includes a 3.5″ 1095 Carbon Steel blade that is .125″ thick. The canvas Micarta Handle on the RAT 3 knife looks rugged, however is smooth and provides a stable grip. The RAT 3 knife is provided with a molded sheath that consists of a boot clip and TekLock accessory. A lanyard hole at the end of the RAT 3 knife provides an additional carrying alternative.

From the Ontario Swamp Rat Knives series, the Rat 3 knife is a little to average sized fixed blade knife that would be optimal for any individual with smaller sized hands (4.3″ handle). The blade is appropriate for many cutting jobs and has a good shape to it. An epoxy powder coat on the blade provides it some structure and provides included blade protection and no twinkle. I really like that the RAT 3 knife is a full tang. It feels really strong in the hand and it has the skull- crusher pommel.

The RAT 3 Kydex sheath holds this knife extremely securely, so you can carry it in an inverted position without the knife falling out. You really need to press in the other direction on the sheath with your thumb while pulling the knife out. An additional cool facet of the RAT 3 Knife is the TekLok Belt Mounting system that’s included with the RAT 3. For those of you who have no idea exactly what the TekLok is, it is an accessory that you secure to your belt (fits a range of sizes) and the RAT 3 sheath. This enables you to have it on your belt. Obviously the sheath for the RAT 3 knife likewise has holes so you can carry it around your neck.

It has actually become my favored every day carry knife, replacing my folding knives when possible. Attached to my belt, it is barely visible. The strength of the knife is far superior to a folding knife, offering you higher confidence in your cutting jobs.
The Ontario RAT 3 carves well, splits well and is fantastic for cutting open packages. Do not let its small size put you off. You will get even more use from this knife than any fixed blade you have, due to the fact that you will have it with you more frequently.

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