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Ontario RAT Model 1-A Assisted Folding 3.5" Black Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles (8871)

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Part Number: ON8871
Manufacturer: Ontario Knife Company
Retail Price: $81.95
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Description
ON8871: RAT-1A Assisted Opener, Black
Ontario Knife Company
 
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"
  • Overall Length: 8.5"
  • Closed Length: 5"
  • Blade Steel: AUS-8 Stainless Steel, 57-59HRC
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Weight: 5.1 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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Bill
Kentucky, USA
Jan 11, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Feels like a fixed blade.
I have three assisted opening blades. Kershaw Blur, SOG trident, and now the Ontario model 1-a. Without question, the Ontario feels better in the hand than the other two. Unusually long handle gives the knife a feel of a fixed blade. The handle shape with finger choil gives a very secure grip without fear of your hand sliding up on the blade. Allows different grip techniques. G-10 handles are very grippy and, solid. Could be a bit abrasive on pockets, but that could likely be remedied with lightly sanding scales. Bigger than what I like for an EDC, but I am sure others will appreciate the slim design and relatively light weight if one desires an EDC of this size. This will be my outdoor companion along with the Ontario Night Stalker 4 fixed blade. I feel I could filet with it, do more detailed wood working, and IMHO it would be a nice tactical blade as well. Unique blade positioning in relation to the center axis of handle creates a nice thumb ramp as well as a unique feel when working with the blade.. Initial impressions are all positive with the exception of the ease of opening, which is apparently a bit counter intuitive. Between my three assisted openers, this is by far the most difficult to open. Something about the geometry of the opening arc and the thumbstud require a little practice. Once you figure it out it's no problem, but at least initially it's different. Looking forward to getting to know it much better. Very happy with this purchase from KnifeCenter. Great deal, even better value.
3 out of 5
Schnelly
Midwest
Dec 17, 2014
Pros: None
Cons: None
Update
Well I was right and I was right. The assisted opening has loosened up and is much easier to use now. Enough to warrant this system over the unassisted Rat 1? That's debatable. The sliding safety crapped out and would move on and off safe by just tilting the knife up or down. A dab of superglue on the safety in the "off" position has fixed that problem. Still, a good knife with some notable problems.
4 out of 5
Spidero
Kamuela, Hi
Jul 03, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Good but not great
I feel too much resistance in thumb stud when deploying. I like the safety but ease of sliding it on/off is inconsistent and sometimes sticks. I oiled switch inside and out. No improvement. I don't use the safety now because of this flaw. Knife needs refinements.
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