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Ontario RAT Model 1-A Assisted Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Orange G10 Handles - 8870OR

$49.95

MSRP* : $83.95 | You Save* : $34.00 (41%)
Part #: ON8870OR | Ontario Knives
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Description
ON8870OR: RAT-1A Assisted Opener, Satin, Orange
Ontario Knife Company

Randall's Adventure Training has been designing, marketing, and selling survival and military-style knives since their first survival courses in the Amazon Jungle of Peru. One of their first designs was the RTAK which was built by Newt Livesay's Wicked Knife Company before Ontario Knife Company produced the design. ESEE also produced and sold the RAT skinning/survival knife made by John Greco and the RAT Laser Strike knife made by TOPS (ESEE has since re-introduced the Laser Strike as an ESEE knife). Randall's Adventure Training also designed the following knives for Ontario Knife Company: RTAK II, TAK, RAT-7, RAT-5, RAT-3, Model 1 folder and the Model 2 folder. 

The Ontario RAT Model 1 from Randall's Adventure Training is a folding EDC knife that can withstand hard use and abuse associated with tactical or survival tasks. For the money, there might not be a better knife on that market that can match the performance of the RAT Model 1. It features an ergonomic handle with smooth action and rock-solid lockup. The four-position pocket clip allows the user to customize their carry method to their liking. We absolutely love the off-set blade from the handle, which creates a unique look we rarely see in a knife and distinguishes it from all the rest. Whether you need to add a new knife to your EDC rotation (or you think it would make a great fit for a survivalist, serviceman or woman, or a true friend), rest assured you're making the right choice when you go with an Ontario RAT Model 1.
 
Ontario Knife Company is proud to introduce one of their all-time best selling folding knives, now reissued as assisted openers with their proprietary Tactical Assisted Opening (T.A.O.) technology and G10 handles. This knife has been a long time in the making since the original model was introduced in 2007. The RAT-1 is one of those knives every knife collector should have in their collection, at least at one point. The production quality for the money is absolutely second to none and these knives are built extremely solidly so you can use them for even the toughest tasks. Now, after almost seven years, Ontario has engineered this folding knife for those who prefer an assisted opening blade. They've also improved upon the design by using real G10 for the handles instead of FRN for a better grip under extreme conditions and added a locking mechanism for safety.
Features
  • Hardened stainless steel liners
  • Lanyard hole
  • 4-position pocket clip
  • Dual thumb studs
  • Locking safety mechanism
  • Tactical Assisted Opening technology
  • G10 handles
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Closed Length: 5.0"
  • Overall Length: 8.5"
  • Steel: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 57-59HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Orange G10
  • Weight: 5.1 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 071721887034

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
Ontario RAT Model 1-A Assisted Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Orange G10 Handles4.000 (1 review)
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Ontario RAT Model 1-A Assisted Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Orange G10 Handles
4 out of 5
Ghostgarden
Missouri
Sep 23, 2019
Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Solid Knife
I've owned several of Ontarios blades and always liked their no nonsense approach and the quality of their blades for the money spent.But I did almost left this knife a negative review because of the stiffness of the assisted opening feature. When I first got it there was no way a normal user could open it one handed. I could but with great difficulty and only once cause after just one time my thumb was feeling it. None of my friends could at all.So I went online and saw that I wasn't alone but theirs had loosened up over time. So I started using my bic lighter to pop it open repeatedly many times a day over about a weeks time. Eventually I got it where I could deploy it multiple times without my thumb hurting.Its still pretty stiff and way harder to open than any assisted knife I've owned, and I've had more than a few. But its usable now and opens fast with authority so I'm going to keep it.The scales are very rough but they'll soften up over time and they do give you a really secure grip. It wasn't shaving sharp but acceptable for a factory edge.And the blade isn't exactly centered but its not bad either, just slightly off.It's not going to be an EDC knife for me but its worthy of going into one of my bug out bags and should be a very capable knife for that.I can't in good faith recommend it to people looking for an EDC since the standard model is available and imo a much better deal. But if your a collector like I am its definitely worth a place in your collection. I imagine over time it will become easier to deploy and will probably remain a very fast assisted opening knife. Unlike other assisted knives I've owned that were easy to open at first but slowly became weak to the point of not functioning correctly.I wouldn't have given it four stars if I thought it was a loser. I just wanted to let others know what to expect and that it can be a good knife if you don't mind breaking it in.

 

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