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Ontario 8630 RAT-3 Knife

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  • 3.75 inch partially serrated blade
  • Knife Closed Length: 4.03-Inch
  • Knife Open Length: 7.8-Inch
  • Weighs 5.3 ounces
  • Made of 1095 Carbon Steel
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Product Description

The Ontario Knife RAT Series of knives will stand the test of durability. Constructed from 1095 carbon steel, and canvas textured micarta handles, this is one tough knife. 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. Black coated non-reflective blade. Full tang blades are hardened to 55-57 HRC. Canvas Micarta scales rounded for comfort. Lanyard hole in handle. Includes nylon sheath.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 2.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DZV3C0
  • Item model number: 8630
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,745 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Overall, a great made in the USA product.
Burt Gummer
Ontario Rat 3, Canvas Linen Micarta Handle, 1095 Plain Blade, Sheath OK8630I love this friggin knife .
mayasmock
This is a great knife for use in the woods. whether that be camping, hunting, or in bush craft.
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By guitarchon on September 21, 2012
First off, let me say that the product descriptions and images for the RAT-3 family of knives on Amazon are somewhat ambiguous and misleading. To clarify, as far as I am aware, all RAT-3 knives have identical "green" micarta handles and black coated blades. I call it "green", because to my eye the pre-weathered and slightly shaggy micarta is lighter and closer to beige or tan than olive drab. Of course that's the nature of micarta, so your mileage may vary...

With that out of the way, note the differences between the four available RAT-3 models:

8630 - Plain blade, black sheath
8631 - Serrated blade, black sheath
8632 - Plain blade, green sheath
8633 - Serrated blade, green sheath

The Amazon descriptions seem unreliable or confused (I think some interpret the jimping on the back of the blade as serrations...I believe all models have the jimping), so I recommend taking the images with a grain of salt and focusing on the model number to predict what you are likely to get.

Some additional thoughts. For my size-large meatpaws, the knife is a bit small in-hand, but the grip is still fairly secure and comfortable, particularly with a thumb on the aggressively jimped spine. The finger choil just behind the blade allows an even better full-hand grip, but is a bit undersized, small, and shallow. The result is that with an aggressive grip, the tapered back portion of the blade digs into your index finger more than I would like. If you have bigger hands than mine, you could actually cut your finger using the choil if you are not very careful. So, given the small handle size, I recommend making yourself a decently beefy paracord lanyard to give a little more real-estate for hanging onto the knife.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mythrol on August 29, 2012
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I've waited 8 months before writing this review because I wanted to really test this knife out first. The good news: This is a great knife. The design is well though out and it does tasks amazingly well for a knife of this size. The RAT line from Ontario was originally designed by Randall's Adventure and Training (the same people that make ESEE knives now), and the craft of this blade really shows its roots. A really well balanced and solid blade, a great handle, and a great sheath. A truly great knife needs those 3 things.

You might have noticed that both Ontario and ESEE both make Rat3 and Esee3 which look remarkably similar. In the split between the two companies Ontario retained the rights to keep using the RAT name and make the same knife. So what's the difference between the two? Esee redesigned the RAT 3 slightly after the split. They use a thinner piece of metal, added a glass breaker pommel, have a different coating, have much higher Quality Control tolerances, and give you a no questions asked lifetime warranty.

I chose the Ontario RAT 3 over the ESEE because I wanted the slightly thicker blade and the price was quite a bit cheaper, The glass breaker pommel and the coating wasn't a big draw for me, and the lifetime warranty while awesome didn't compensate for the price difference. I have ZERO concerns about this knife not lasting. It is a solid piece of 1095 steel with great handles and a sheath that is really really good. You can't go wrong with either knife but this one being almost 50% cheaper is just an amazing deal.

So why only 4 stars? The blade edge on mine was not only dull, it was sharpened uneven and didn't even come to a good point. It wasn't simply a matter of sharpening the blade. I had to entirely reprofile the knife edge.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shadow on February 29, 2012
I purchased the Rat 3 for use as a fixed blade chore knife around my small farm, and to use on day hikes in the North Georgia Mountains. For these purposes, I am not dissapointed. It is a tough knife! There are some minor issues and/or considerations.Ontario Rat 3, Canvas Linen Micarta Handle, 1095 Plain Blade, Sheath OK8630Ontario Knife Company Rat 3 Knife with Canvas Micarta Handle, 1095 Plain Blade, and OD SheathOntario Rat 3, Canvas Linen Micarta Handle, 1095 Plain Blade, Sheath OK8630Ontario Knife Company Rat 3 Knife with Canvas Micarta Handle, 1095 Plain Blade, and OD Sheath (Note: I linked my review to multiple vendor locations on Amazon. My knife is not serrated.) Firstly, the sheath rides high on the belt when using either the belt/boot clip or the tek-lok. This is good when on the tractor, in the truck, etc. But drawing the knife is a little awkward for me. When wearing a back pack, the knife can get in the way if worn on the belt. Of course, the tek-lok affords multiple attachment options; it can be secured anywhere about your person or on your equipment. I used the tek-lok in the horizontal position on my belt, carried on my off side (reaction side), and this worked out to be a good carry option. Secondly, the two screws to the tek-lok backed out while I was wearing the knife, and it began to slip from my belt.Read more ›
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