Rough Rider patterns

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Re: Rough Rider patterns

Post by jerryd6818 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:25 pm

eveled wrote:They seem to have the gift of picking nice desirable patterns and executing them well. The Half Hawk has caught my eye. Why Case stopped making the Loom Fixer is beyond me. Ed
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Re: Rough Rider patterns

Post by deltaboy » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:42 am

Love their large Stockmans!
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Re: Rough Rider patterns

Post by TPK » Fri May 31, 2019 7:17 pm

My first RR is a Rough Rider Tiny Copperhead. Nice F&F. For around 15 Bucks it's a nice addition to my small knife collection.
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Re: Rough Rider patterns

Post by tnorton » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:30 am

Nice Knives girls and guys !!!- I don't Keep many RR but I have not been able to let this one go - RR905 - I would call it a Muskrat
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Re: Rough Rider patterns

Post by dlr110 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:11 pm

carolinagurl2011 wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:07 pm
One I have had for some time now. I tend to just pick up what I like and worry about research and value later - never got around to this one ,lol. ::shrug::
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Re: Rough Rider patterns

Post by Norwood » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:19 am

A couple of weeks ago I bought my first stockman. I remembered a post somewhere in the Chinese Knife forum that said, the best way to try out a new style of knife is to buy a Rough Rider. If it doesn't work for you, you've lost only ten bucks. If it works for you, you have a very decent knife.

That was good advice, and I'm very fond of my 3 1/2" RR003 Medium Stockman. ($7.49 and free shipping--turns out SMKW was having a sale.)

As you can see in the photos, the back is nice and smooth, and the interface of the pins and scales looks very good. The shape is pleasing and a fine fit for my small hands. The surfaces are smooth to the touch. The bolster/scale fit ranges from fair to good. I like the minimal embellishment to the bolsters: a single line. The 3 blades were very sharp, out of the box. The 1 7/8" sheepsfoot blade is very useful to me. Maybe some day i'll find a good use for the 1 7/8" spey blade. (Slicing licorice ropes? Castrating squirrels?)

A couple flaws caught my eye:

(1) Havarsian canals aplenty--enough to discolor parts of the white bone scales. (Looks like newsprint smudges.)

More importantly,

(2) The 2 opposing small secondary blades do not have their spines offset. To make the blades all fit together when closed, the factory put quite a substantial krink (bend) in the sheepsfoot. (See last 2 photos.)

Is this normal practice with stockmans, or is this just a bit of corner-cutting (so to speak) by the factory?

All in all, not a bad knife for $7.50.
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