Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

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Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby BBley » Thu May 04, 2017 4:18 pm

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Rough Rider Cotton Sampler review:
I received my first (and probably only) Rough Rider yesterday. I've really wanted a Cotton Sampler for some time ( I grew up in the Memphis area so anything cotton has some nostalgia to it for me), but I wanted it for EDC. As much as I'd love to have an American made version, there's no way I was going to invest $125-200 and turn it into a daily beater.

The model I purchased was the ram's horn version. All in all, I will say that it is a good looking knife with good fit and finish. If I had bought American, I would've been disappointed as there is a small divot to the back of the blade and some finishing issues at the flat base of the blade. Handle material looks pretty good. It was a touch blocky on the edges but nothing a little steel wool didn't solve. Blade arrived well sharpened.

Definitely not American quality but far superior to anything I've seen from China so far. Actually pretty impressive for a total $16.95 investment, including shipping. Again, I hated to buy Chinese but this knife was bought to be a daily beater.

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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby ken98k » Thu May 04, 2017 4:26 pm

I have several Rough Riders and with only one exception the fit and finish has been very good. The problem I've found with them is they are lacking in the heat treatment of the steel and they get dull pretty quickly.
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Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Thu May 04, 2017 4:29 pm

Rough riders are good knives for the money. They're not perfect, but are impressive considering the cost and being made in china. The best thing about them is they make rare patterns that are easily available to everybody. I've bought a few just to try out patterns before dropping money on a more expensive one.
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Postby SteelMyHeart85420 » Thu May 04, 2017 6:55 pm

We like pics!

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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby royal0014 » Thu May 04, 2017 9:31 pm

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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby deltaboy » Thu May 04, 2017 11:59 pm

I need to get one. ::tu::
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby kootenay joe » Fri May 05, 2017 11:25 am

Quote: "they get dull pretty quickly."
Interesting because my experience is the opposite: "they hold their edge surprisingly well" is how i sum them up.
"Surprisingly well" = equal to Case Tru-Sharp or CV, and maybe even a bit better.
RR always arrive with sharp edges ready to cut right out of the box.
Case often arrive with blade edges that need attention before being ready to cut. Often there is a burr along one edge and they might need further sharpening.
Perhaps my standards are lower than those who find the RR lacking in edge holding ?
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby deltaboy » Sat May 06, 2017 2:08 am

I had no issues with my RR KNIFES being sharp or holding an edge. ::tu::
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat May 06, 2017 2:45 am

I've got a lightly-used RR smooth tobacco dogbone jack with one of the sharpest out-of-the-box master blades I've ever bought. I've also got a green (possibly Appaloosa-style?) bone canoe with two scary-sharp blades that I haven't ever had to touch up -- also lightly-carried. I've been intending to carry the DBJ more often so I might make a project of really using the master blade to see how that steel holds up over time and use. Among my remaining RRs initial sharpness seems to be hit and miss, but I've read some opinions that their 440A is "reasonably" heat-treated and stays workable (good utility edge, at least). Of course, it is entirely possible that their processes have changed over time or that the consistency of their HT isn't as remarkable as, say, Buck's (whose 440C from the 1970s is pretty much pre-eminent for the material IMO -- that Buck HT is something special on the old 110s/112s). But, as the prevailing theme seems to go, for Pacific Rim knives the RRs (and the Colts and other marques that are made in the same factories) are pretty solid in the bang-for-the-buck category.
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby deltaboy » Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:09 am

Got one and it solid knife! ::tu::
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:43 am

I grew-up in the middle of California's cotton country (my Dad had ~100 acres in cotton nearly every year). I have to admit I had never seen a "cotton sampler" knife until I started getting into knife collecting. But, I also don't think I had ever met a "cotton buyer" or seen anyone at the cotton gin cutting into the cotton bales. My Dad just used whatever knife he had in his pocket to open up the immature cotton bolls and check for boll weevils. Maybe those knives were a Southern thing?
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby deltaboy » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:05 pm

The only ones I ever seen was Old Hickory made ones that were fixed blades.
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby deltaboy » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:06 am

The fellow on YouTube thinks it would be a good skinner blade!I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bThSngSM6w
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby deltaboy » Thu May 03, 2018 2:35 am

It cuts real good!
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Re: Rough Rider Cotton Sampler

Postby treefarmer » Thu May 03, 2018 12:01 pm

That was an interesting video. I would like to see his theory of using that knife style in actual use. ::hmm:: Getting started skinning a critter usually calls for puncturing of the hide, a place to get the blade under the skin to begin the process. That knife blade, the cotton sampler, won't do that first step very effectively, easily or quickly in my humble opinion. I noticed he had a 'skeeter suckin' blood on his right hand while he was doin' his talk. :)
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