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Ontario RAT-7 Survival Knife 7" Plain Blade, Micarta Handles, MOLLE Sheath (8604)

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Part Number: ONRAT7
Manufacturer: Ontario Knife Company
Retail Price: $174.95
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ONRAT7: RAT-7 Survival Knife
Ontario Knife Company
Randall's Adventure & Training's knife collaborations with Ontario Knife Co. The Ontario RAT-7 is a survival/utility knife designed by the professional survival training team Randall's Adventure & Training (RAT) and manufactured exclusively by Ontario Knife Co. Designed for: Wilderness Survival - Military Operations - Law Enforcement - Utility Use - Hunting, and any other task requiring a sheath knife comfortable enough to be carried full time.
  • Blade Length: 7"
  • Overall Length: 12-1/4"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14"
  • Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel
  • HRC: 55-57
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Color: Powder Coat
  • Blade Stamp: RAT-7 / OKC-USA
  • Handle Color: Tan
  • Handle Material: Micarta
  • Handle Thickness: 0.76"
  • Sheath Color: Black
  • Sheath: MOLLE Compatible
  • Weight: 12.5 oz.
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 071721086048

1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel (it will rust) and most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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3 out of 5
Jacksonville, AR
Oct 15, 2016
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Finish, Blade Sharpness
Worth the $90.00 but that's about it
If you are looking for a mid-priced field knife for chopping and utility use nand are on a budget this may be for you. The good is the sheath, quality of build, handle material and blade material. This is a tough knife that will take abuse and due to the finish of the blade not subject to rust with basic care. The bad; the blade..... 1095 is a great steel for this kind of knife, unfortunately these knifes are not heat treated very well. They do not pass the file test and thus don't hold an edge well. You can get it fairly sharp but with a little cutting or chopping the lose the edge quickly and require reshapining or reforming the edge. I've tried a convex edge and many angles of edges with varying results, but none met my satisfaction. The 1095 carbon steel is just too soft without a good heat treatment. The softer the tougher blade, but this is just too soft!
5 out of 5
Pauly B
Melbourne, Australia
Oct 01, 2016
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Finish
Cons: None
Great knife for the Aussie bush
A veteran hiker and backpacker I've recently upgraded several pieces of my field kit as the wife and I have been venturing further outback and doing more multi-day hikes/camps. The RAT-7 will accompany a Wolf Tools 9" folding saw, 20-yo Leatherman and a Spyderco small folder as my "tools". My RAT-7 arrived shaving sharp out of the box (tested on forearm) and fit/finish were great with scales and tang lined up perfectly and no obvious tool marks anywhere on the item. The sheath, whilst an object of some "discussion" amongst the edge cognoscenti, is fit for purpose and ideal for my needs. I prefer a lower position side carry strapped to my leg and the twin fasteners give me confidence in the Aussie bush where tough, spindly branches can knock unsecured pieces of kit off your body when moving and rock scrambling. The pocket on the sheath is big enough for me to stash the Leatherman and a fire-steel with some paracord. Overall, whilst some see it as a liability I find the sheath suitable for my needs. YMMV. First night camping after a day of carry (it's not heavy but you DO notice it) saw me put the 7 through its paces; it easily batoned 3-4" wide red gum (seriously hard wood) ground timber I had sawed to foot long lengths with ease with no shock transfer through the micarta - comfy for my medium/large hands. It then pulled double duty in food prep easily slicing some salami and vegies (first night is fresh food before switching to freeze-dried) and the jimping allowed me to get a good grip on the wire handle of my billy over the fire as it "caught" in the grooves. Over the course of a 3-day trek I didn't need to touch up the blade at all and it was still cleaning hair off my arm...but not as easily as when "box-new". I know that RATs get compared to ESEEs...a LOT. Being down under and with an unfavourable exchange rate I had to make a judgement call on price and shipping as the ESSE 6 would have been an additional $100AUS by the time it got here and the BK-7, whilst also an option, lacked a choil (I do like to choke up on the blade at times if I cant be shagged grabbing my folder) and I dont like the handles. There is no "one knife" solution for my kind of camping/hiking but with the 7 I'm happy with the role it plays in my kit. It's a winner for this bloke. Thumbs up!
4 out of 5
The swampy hell of Florida
Apr 03, 2016
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: None
Great multi purpose field knife!
Some folks down grade Ontario knives because of fit, finish, etc Allegedly the heat treatment is poor. But I am here to tell you this is a very nice knife. It is big enough to use for heavy camp chores (wood processing, shelter construction, etc.) yet small enough for food processing, fuzz sticks, some fine carving and cutting. In short it has the excellent blade profile of all the RAT knives: a decent point, great belly for slicing, and a good straight edge for general cutting and chopping. I like the full flat grind this blade as well. Mine showed up with a very sharp, evenly ground edge. The tan micarta scales are a bit blocky, but are well fitted to the tang. I can sand them down a bit later if I like, but I had no trouble chopping all the branches off of an 8"diameter saw palmetto, and then chopping it down to get it out of my yard. The finish was a bit uneven on this knife, but I didn't buy it to be pretty. It showed very little wear after chopping up that palmetto. However, like all finishes, it will wear. I will probably strip it, and force a patina on the blade anyway. I am not in the military anymore, so I am not too worried about light discipline. The edge sliced easily through paper right out of the box and still did after chopping up a palmetto and processing some meat and vegetables for lunch. I don't think there is any problem with the heat treatment on this blade. It is made with 1095 steel, so it will rust if neglected. However, I love how easy it is to sharpen, and it's edge retention is good enough for me. The sheath is sturdy and has a small pocket for a whetstone, fire starter, etc. It has two adjustable straps for retention instead of the single non-adjustable strap earlier RATs had. It isn't a kydex sheath, but this helps keep the cost down. There are numerous aftermarket sheaths available. I paid just under $80 for mine and for the money, this is an excellent value. If you want a good heavy duty field knife, that is made in the U.S.A., then I think this will serve you well.
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