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Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife (Black)

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  • 3.5 inch plain edge blade
  • Knife Closed Length: 4.5-Inch
  • Knife Open Length: 8.5-Inch
  • Weighs 5 ounces
  • Made of AUS-8 Steel
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Product Description

The Ontario RAT Model 1 folding knives feature an open post construction for easy cleaning. The ergonomic nylon handles and spine jimping create a great design with great control. This knife is complete with a 4-way position pocket clip and lanyard hole for a choice of carry options. Situated in New York State's scenic Southern Tier, Ontario Knife Company produces one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging product lines in the cutlery industry today. While being a worldwide supplier, the Ontario Knife Company is also a major supplier to the U.S. Government and its military. Ontario has built its reputation on a heritage of uncompromising craftsmanship, quality materials and components, and a steadfast commitment to its workforce. Liner Lock locking mechanism. Thumbstud for easy one-handed opening. Satin finished, flat ground blade. Blade has a hardness of 55-56 HCR. Includes four-position pocket clip.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 1 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0013ASG3E
  • Item model number: 8848
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)
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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful By JAL on June 1, 2010
I own many, many knives. However, of all the knives I own, there are maybe 2 or 3 that I would call "a steal" for the price. Sure, you can pay $100 for a knife, and you will (hopefully) get something with a great quality build, lasting construction, and a fancy blade steel. But it is truly rare to find a knife that should be $80 (by my estimation) selling for $24.

Compared side by side with much more expensive knives (Spyderco Delica FFG, e.g.) this knife tows its own. First, it's built like a tank. It has a stout blade with a working tip that you do not have to worry about breaking. The blade itself is heavy and stout, and does a great job slicing. Furthermore, it has thick steel liners throughout, which really makes this knife the most heavy duty folding knife I own. There is absolutley no blade play at all since there is thick metal post around which the blade rotates. There is just no tolerance for blade play. The liner lock is rock solid, and I trust it as I would any lockback (or even more so since there is little chance of you squeezing down on the liner to release it by mistake).

The blade steel is perfectly adequate, and it is meant to be USED. It holds an adequately sharp edge for the nature of work this knife is meant to accomplish. Incidentally, this work could very easily include self defense while walking through a bad neighborhood (and yes, this is NYC legal for all my fellow law abiding NY knife nuts).

Out of the box, the pivot is a bit stiff. However, once you get your hand positioned properly, and once the enzymes begin to flow after repeated opening, this thing flies out like it hates being kept shut! At the same time, it retains in handle well; I have had no unwanted opening incidents.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2010
That shouldn't be too hard to find, but full-size knives often have one or all of the following:

- A blunt blade bevel.
- A stupid "kewl dood" handle shape which isn't so good for its only purpose.
- Flimsy handle liners.

This knife is the opposite of all 3 of those common flaws. The thick blade steel is beveled down to a very sharp edge, and the continuous flat-ground bevel is great for slicing through things. The curves of the handle make a comfortable grip, and the edges of the handle are even rounded well. The liners are nice and thick.

The pocket clip can be moved to any of 4 different positions (up/down and left/right).

The design is a legitimate original from Ontario, not some lame knockoff of another brand.

In addition to the screw at the blade pivot, the handle has 5 more screws holding the handle together for a more reassuring construction. A lot of pocket knives try to make do with as few screws as possible (some as little as ONE little screw on the handle, in addition to the pivot). The hefty liners and large number of screws result in a very solid knife with very little flex, which is unusual for a plastic handle.

The choice of low-cost handle slabs with thick liners and quality AUS-8 steel make this a good working knife for the price.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Philly116 on November 18, 2014
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I read many reviews and watched a few videos on this knife prior to the purchase. I must say I am very glad I made this purchase. I fail to see how you could get a better value for $25. The knife flips right open and is very very smooth. It has good weight and balance to it as well. I do wish they had gone ahead and put a G10 handle on it instead of Nylon but the handle does feel very nice and the grip is good. The pocket clip is strong, no worries there. The best thing about the pocket clip is the fact it can be placed in 4 different locations to suit your carry style. With AUS8 steel, I have no doubt this knife will hold an edge fine. I added some comparison photos for size. Its not a small knife but it is not to big either. The top knife in the pic is the Spyderco Tenacious, the middle knife is the Kershaw Speedbump and the Ontario RAT 1 on the bottom. Forgot to mention this knife is scary sharp!!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Wilson on June 6, 2012
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I love this knife, easily the best knife out of my Benchmade and Spyderco folders for everyday carry. Why? The weight, basically. Ironically a heavier knife riding deeper in the pocket tends to lever itself out of the pocket LESS (because the weight is deeper in the pocket and is substantial) than lighter knives like Spyderco. I cannot tell you how many times Spyderco's excellent lightweight folders (Endura and Delica to be precise) have levered themselves out of the jeans or Docker's pocket while I'm doing something, like say cleaning a toilet. Losing your folder in the toilet bowl is no fun at all!

Lighter weight knives carry easily, but DO tend to work themselves out of the pocket. The Rat-1 folder has full steel liners, a heavy plastic handle, and heavy post construction. That weight is good weight, also the full sized handle can be used as impact weapon/tool, unlike a light-weight knife. Like say, busting open a car window if heaven forbid you come upon a person trapped in a burning car. Or freeing yourself in that case.

Also, the open post construction is a godsend because its easier to keep lint and stuff out that attracts moisture and rusts steel blades, even stainless steel ones. Believe me that's a huge selling point.

The lockup is smooth, liner locks tend to open faster and easier, and again, the full steel liners on both sides make the liner lock strong. As strong as a lockback or other systems? Maybe not but for real world use that a folder will see: daily light cutting tasks, any emergency use (in disasters like earthquakes or tornadoes) cutting through things, pressed into emergency defensive use, the lock is more than strong enough to keep the knife locked into position.

The knife itself is beautiful -- attention to detail and VERY sharp.
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