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Ontario Rat II Folding Knife
February 6, 2018
7:24 am
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JohnDF
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I’m a bit of a knife buff. I enjoy carrying knives every day and I find they are very useful tools. I have a small collection of knives ranging from $10 to above $200. All my knives are for every day use, so I don’t have giant scary knives or autos or anything like that. Just good usable tools.

I’d recommend the Ontario Rat II folding knife. This is a great little knife that is very useful when hiking, camping, or for off road trips. It is small and light weight with plastic handles, steel liners, a very solid liner lock, and a very usable 3 inch blade. The build quality is fantastic and it only costs around $30, so you won’t be totally upset if you lose it or break the tip off doing something dumb. Older models come with AUS 8 steel which is adequate. Newer models come with D2 tool steel which holds an edge much longer before needing a touch up. The size is perfect because it is fully usable but it doesn’t scare the general public when you take it out to cut something. It is comfortable to carry clipped to your front pocket because it is so slim and light. At work, where I’m technically not supposed to carry a knife, it rides nicely in my back pocket next to my wallet. I have much more expensive and well built knives, but the Rat II finds its way into my pocket more than most.

”If you’re a Man, and you have a pocket, you should be carrying a knife.”

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I used to wheel a lot. . .

February 6, 2018
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Do I hear someone starting a side business as a knife salesman...

February 7, 2018
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Mike G said

Do I hear someone starting a side business as a knife salesman...  

Nope. I've just always liked to carry a knife. Started in Boy Scouts where everybody had to carry a pocket knife. Then growing up I worked on a bunch of ranches and we were always using our knives for one thing or another. When I was competing in rodeos we always carried a knife for emergencies like cutting a saddle off or a rope that was causing some sort of tragedy. Now as an adult I can enjoy a knife as an every day tool and also as a sort-of collector. But I admit my collection is small because I have a more expensive Jeep hobby to support 🙂

I used to wheel a lot. . .

February 7, 2018
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Oh I hear you I always have one on me too for opening mail or kids packages or anything else in my daily needs. 

I just read your posting and wanted to go buy a knife...

February 8, 2018
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Mike G said  

I just read your posting and wanted to go buy a knife...  

I bought a new knife yesterday... What are you waiting for? 🙂

I used to wheel a lot. . .

February 8, 2018
10:13 am
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not a super macho knife, but this is a handy little knife, good price, solid quality:

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