I purchased this knife from another vendor and have the D2 version. I live in Colorado and hike 2-3 times a week. I also backpack quite a bit and really USE my knives. First of all, in light of another "review", let's get some facts straight:
- D2 steel is very corrosion resistant. I've used my RAT-3 D2 on a number of occasions, including battoning through wet wood, and have never had to oil the blade once nor have I had to remove any corrosion. I also use a RAT-7 in D2 steel as my primary hiking knife. Its seen a heck of a lot of use and like my RAT-3, no corrosion whatsoever.
- Although this is somewhat outside of the scope of this review but in reply to an earlier "review", 1095 steel is what RAT Cutlery (now ESEE) and most other top quality survival knife manufacturers use for most of their knives. Sure the quality somewhat varies between manufacturers, but in general 1095 is a fantastic steel that both my RTAK II and my tank-like Becker BK-2 are both made of. It does require a bit of oil every once in a while but is easy to sharpen and holds a good edge.
Back to the RAT-3 D2 review.
PROS: - Solid build - Corrosion resistant - Good edge retention - Nice sheath; included Tec-Loc. Holds well even inverted. - Nice Micarta handle
CONS: - Small handle. I'm 6'2" and have larger hands and my pinkie hangs off the end a bit. I alleviated this a bit by using a lanyard. - Takes longer to sharpen than 1095 - RAT knives are now produced by ESEE so any warranty issues would be handled by Ontario and not by Jeff Randall and crew. May be a none issue for a number of reasons but its kind of a messy situation. - The fit and finish is somewhat hit or miss with Ontario RAT knives.Read more ›
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A good knife, however do note that this item is misrepresented.
Here, the RAT-3 is listed as the D2 steel version. I ordered from this seller (4 star Military Surplus) and received the 1095 steel version. Apart from the blade steel difference, the D2 version has black linen micarta handle slabs as pictured - the 1095 has green canvas micarta instead.
I'm not going to go through the hassle of returning it, but do note that the 1095 version costs around 10-20$ less than what's listed here compared to other sellers' listings.
I don't have anything against 1095 - it sharpens more easily and the 1095 version has the grippier canvas micarta handle slabs. However I was specifically looking to get a knife in D2 for the stronger edge retention and improved corrosion resistance.
Otherwise the Randall's Adventure and Training design is ergonomic and tough - unlike other tacticool blades out there. You're getting a good knife, whether it's made by RAT or Ontario, though there have been some legal hassles between the two lately.
The knife is great. The reviewer who gave it one star must was involved in a botched circumcision with one and was left a little short. Do a search on google and you will be hard pressed to find anyone with something bad to say about this knife.
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This is a pitiful blade the only thing it has going for it is the handle and not even to a great degree. D2 is horrible for corrosion resistance oil daily and pray hard and it might not corrode. The model from this vendor isn't D2 but 1095 cheaper metal also piss poor for corrosion resistance. the sheath is way to bulky and hard to place on the body for survival carry where you may need to have it on you 24/7. The place this knife really fails at is blade geometry. They didn't even think about the geometry of the blade. It's a low belly knife this is semi-reliable for skinning. That's where it's use ends. This is a hard concealed draw for combative knives. The wound it leaves tends to free-bleed leaving you in the fight longer. So you military men and women RAT is marketing to stay away. The blade is not reinforced anywhere D2 and 1095 tend to be brittle metals meaning they must be reinforced to withstand tactical conditions. If you try to pry with this knife it will break. My advice for the price get a SOG Seal pup elite (don't bother with the standard seal pup it's worse than this knife) or get an SRK by Cold Steel. Stay away from rat anything that installs carbide cutters in the sheath. This is a yuppies knife for those fake adventurers that hike pre-ground trails that you could drive an RV through. Save yourself some trouble stay away from this knife.