Reviews and Ratings for Steel Will Roamer R300-1OR Fixed 6.3" Black D2 Blade, Orange TPE Handles, Nylon Sheath

Steel Will Roamer R300-1OR Fixed 6.3" Black D2 Blade, Orange TPE Handles, Nylon Sheathrated 4.500 stars out of 5 (4 reviews)
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Steel Will Roamer R300-1OR Fixed 6.3 inch Black D2 Blade, Orange TPE Handles, Nylon Sheath

 

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Steel Will Roamer R300-1OR Fixed 6.3" Black D2 Blade, Orange TPE Handles, Nylon Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
John
Arnold, Mo
Oct 07, 2017
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
Great buy!!
I pre ordered this knife not really knowing what I was getting. I needed a basic all around outdoors knife. When the knife arrived I was blown away by the quality and craftsmenship. There is not a flaw on the knife. The handle is the best part. It is roomy without being too big. The rubbery texture will be great for wet weather or gloved hands. If you need a bigger blade I would recommend the Roamer! I have paid 5X for a lesser quality knife!!
Steel Will Roamer R300-1OR Fixed 6.3" Black D2 Blade, Orange TPE Handles, Nylon Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Matt K
Texas
Jan 12, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Great knife for hard use
Right, so first let me begin with the Ontario Knife Company SP-1 Combat Knife. My brother gifted the SP-1 for Christmas. It is a very solid knife, with brilliant tip (Man that tip can take some stuff!), and great grip. It is also a very handsome knife! BUT! The steel will Roamer is full tang where the SP is not. The Roamer can also take more strenuous tip tests and it keeps its edge. It is harder to sharpen than the SP-1, but, like I said, the Roamer keeps its edge. The key factor is the price. The SP-1 combat knife is about $50.00 where the Steel Will Roamer is $75.19 (with tax). In conclusion, I love these knives and would recommend it to anyone! If you have an extra seventy five bucks lying around, go for the Roamer (I forgot to mention the handle is more grippy and the kydex sheath in my opinion is way better than the fabric ((forget the name)) sheath of the SP-1)My largest con about the Roamer is carrying. If you are a fan of the scout carry (I love the scout carry), it is a little bit awkward.
Steel Will Roamer R300-1OR Fixed 6.3" Black D2 Blade, Orange TPE Handles, Nylon Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
F.Mm Arana
East central Fl.
Dec 07, 2018
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Steel Will Roamer 300 OR
Excellent knife and sheath! Currently recuperating from painful knee surgery but can't wait to use it....Again for the over 10 years, KNIFECENTER is nothing but the BEST! Thank You again KC!
Steel Will Roamer R300-1OR Fixed 6.3" Black D2 Blade, Orange TPE Handles, Nylon Sheath
rated 3 stars out of 5
Zev
Hi
Feb 02, 2020
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Blade Material, None
Nicely made but has (IMO) two inherent flaws
>> I bought this knife over a year ago and back then the Roamer 300 had a high, flat saber grind. The KC web page for the Roamer 300 now says it has a hollow grind, I don’t know if SW changed the grind or if it’s still a flat grind but I’m basing my review on it having a flat grind. << This knife was obviously made for bushcraft/survival with an eye towards chopping/battoning wood. I’m not one of those who believes knives should not be used for chopping wood. If you want a knife for chopping wood just design it properly and use the right materials. The Roamer 300 is a beefy knife with a wide, thick blade. The blade is made of D2 steel, it’s 1 1/2” wide; blade thickness is 0.2” (a little over 3/16”); blade length is 6 1/8”; overall knife length is 12 1/8” and has a full, tapered tang hidden in the handle; knife weight is 10.75 oz., sheath weight is 4.6 oz. so together almost a pound. Despite having a flat grind, because the blade is so wide and the grind so high, the lower half of the blade is thin enough that it can get a pretty good, sharp edge on it and the factory edge IS sharp. The sheath is nicely done Kydex, it comes in two pieces, you have to bolt the belt loop onto the sheath with the (included) screws. A good bushcraft knife has to be strong and tough and resistant to breaking and that brings me to what I consider are the two flaws in this knife: flaw #1- the steel. D2 is a very high (1.5%) Carbon, high (12%) Chromium steel. It has a large amount of (Chromium) carbides which makes the steel very hard and very wear resistant but that also reduces the toughness of the steel. D2 is low on the toughness scale for knife steels. D2 is good for doing a lot of cutting/slicing before you have to sharpen the knife. Because of it’s low toughness I think it’s not very good for chopping wood. Why did they use D2?…probably because this knife was made in China (for Steel Will) and D2 is cheap and plentiful in China right now. flaw #2- the grind. A flat grind is good for chopping but not so good for cutting/slicing because the blade just above the edge is thicker than a hollow ground blade is. So they used a steel that’s better suited for cutting/slicing but not tough enough for chopping and they used a grind that’s better suited for chopping but not so good for cutting. I’ve already seen one review (on shmamazon) where someone got a broken blade (picture included) from chopping with this knife. I like Steel Will knives and I admire their commitment to quality but knife makers/companies need to think these things out before they commit to and make a knife. They should have used CPM-154(CM) for a stainless steel or, for maximum toughness, they should have used…what?…that’s right…CPM-3V. I blame myself for not knowing enough about knife steel and knife design when I bought this knife, I bought it because I liked the way it looked. I’ll still give this knife 3 stars because it seems well made, fells good in the hand and handles nicely. I’ll have to find some use for it but I will not chop or batton with it.