Ruger by CRKT Go-N-Heavy Folding Knife 5" Stonewashed Plain Blade, Aluminum Handles - R1801

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Part #: RUG1801 | Ruger by CRKT
RUG1801: Go-N-Heavy Folding Knife, Stonewashed
Ruger by CRKT
The Go-N-Heavy is what a capable folding knife is supposed to feel like. This tactical folder was designed for tough times. That’s because Oregon designer Bill Harsey gave it one rugged backbone to stand up to any challenge it meets. The knife features a rugged 5" stonewashed blade with a liner lock, hard anodized sure grip handles and nylon fabric sheath.

About Ruger

This exclusive Ruger knife line includes designs for everyday carry, hunting, tactical uses and self-preparedness. The knives are crafted in varying sizes and finishes, with an assortment of blade edges. Developed by five master knife-smiths who combined their knowledge of the art with aesthetic details from Ruger firearms, the line offers unique knives with the important features that every good knife should have. These knives are purpose built to be durable and highly functional in the environments where Ruger customers will expect them to perform. All knives are manufactured by CRKT.
  • Blade Length: 5"
  • Closed Length: 6.18"
  • Overall Length: 11.18"
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.185"
  • Blade Hardness: 58-59HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Black Hard Anodized Aluminum
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Weight: 5.8 oz.
  • Designer: Bill Harsey
  • Made in China
8CR13 Stainless Steel
8CR13 Stainless Steel Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
Ruger by CRKT Go-N-Heavy Folding Knife 5" Stonewashed Plain Blade, Aluminum Handlesrated 4.833 stars out of 5 (6 reviews)
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Ruger by CRKT Go-N-Heavy Folding Knife 5" Stonewashed Plain Blade, Aluminum Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Tom H
Apr 11, 2020
Pros: Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Sheath, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Review Post Script: Go In Heavy
I’d be neglect not to mention that the heavy aluminum handle of Go In Heavy, with knife closed, makes the finest Kuboton of any folder I have come across for non-lethal/less lethal self defense, and pre-blade deployment (as in techniques described by Michael Janich, and many others). Even with the blade deployed, the pommel is a formidable weapon. That makes Go In Heavy essentially two defensive tools in one.
Ruger by CRKT Go-N-Heavy Folding Knife 5" Stonewashed Plain Blade, Aluminum Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Tom H
Apr 09, 2020
Pros: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening, Weight, Sheath, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Harsey Beast at a Pen Knife Price
Ruger, Go In Heavy gets the Tom Horn, 2015 “Knife Name of the Year” Award. No need to wonder what this knife is about. The name says it all. Picking this up at KnifeCenter’s Spring Clearance Sale was an absolute steal on this heavy duty folder. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arrived fairly sharp, but could use a dressing. You may want to re-profile the edge, take-down the shoulders if you want to use this as a slicer (pretty thick behind edge). But, this blade seems meant for heavier duty, and the edge is probably appropriate for the cheap 8Cr steel in that capacity. Go In Heavy (GIH) has a 25 degree edge (see last statement). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> GIH opens fast and easy, especially when compared to large Cold Steel heavy duty lock-back/Triad lock folders. What you gain in speed and ease of opening with GIH you give up in confidence of lock security compare to the big Cold Steels (Espada, Voyager, Recon 1, Spartan, etc…). The only time I’ve had a liner lock fail has been due to poor maintenance (dirt/lint/coins in liner mechanism). So, if you keep GIH fairly clean you should have no problems. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What I really like about this folder is the grippy/secure handle scales. I’d give them a 4 in comfort, and a 5 in security. You could grab for this while wrestling a greased pig, and you’re not going to lose your grip on it. Large hands? No problem. All of Paul Bunyan’s digits would fit on this handle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Go In Heavy comes with a nice nylon pouch sheath. It will fit in your pocket, but no pocket clip. It’s not like you’re going to lose it down in your pocket, anyway. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Go In Heavy is a Ruger 10/22 of a knife: inexpensive, reliable, dependable. But, I agree with Xle below. How about making a upgraded version with premium steel? You could call them “Ruger Red Label” knives, after their famed shotguns, or “Ruger No. 1’s.” GIH would be wicked in CPM 3V, with re-profiled blade grind w/17 degree edge (and probably be $200+). That said, I would definitely grab a Go In Heavy at this price. You can go in light on the pocketbook, and come out heavy on tactical steel.
Ruger by CRKT Go-N-Heavy Folding Knife 5" Stonewashed Plain Blade, Aluminum Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
May 18, 2019
Pros: Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, None
RUGER Go-N-Heavy Folding Knife 5" Plain Blade
Needs a pocket clip in addition to the pouch that comes with it.I don't know why, but, this knife (R1801), which supposedly has he SAME blade steel as my R2003K All-Cylinders +P 5", does not take as sharp an edge as my R2003K, even using the same diamond sharpening tools. Balance point is further to the rear than my new R2003K.I am trained in edged weapon use, and will probably end using this folder for general outdoor/camp work most of the time, and normally carry my R2003K for backup to any CCW handgun.All in all, one thing I think might be useful would be a version of this model with a premium steel bladeOtherwise, this is a real winner!
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