Impressive, thank you very much!
Impressive, thank you very much!
Considering it cost me about 14 USD including postage to Europe, how can you complain...?? No blade wobble, good lock up and grinds, blade not centre&near the liner. Goat horn handles are well finished for sure.
But, I'll stick to RR.
Does any one have any idea when and why SMKW started making some RR's in Pakistan. Are they any good, which I doubt. I wonder why SMKW is trying to ruin a good thing by moving RR's to Pakistan? The other lines like Fox and Hounds, some American Hunter and Colts are made in Pakistan and all the Damascus blades are Pakistan. You can always spot the Pakistan fixed bladed by the curved handles and curved usually birds head end caps.
prolly because labor is cheaper in Pakistan than China. Outsourceing works for them, too, I guess.
I just got 50 RRs, NONE of them were made in Pakistan. So far the only one I have seen from Pakistan is a picture of a fixed blade that Roland sent me.
I think the owners of the Rough Rider branding have done and are doing a superb job of getting a vast array of interesting Traditional patterns into the market. And they are obviously concerned about quality. Likely they tried a different manufacturer in another country and then dropped them when they saw that the quality was not good enough.
Howver, when i was a kid in the 1950's, anything "Made in Japan" truly was junk.
When i was closer to middle age, much of what was "Made in China" was of terrible quality
In another 10 years, knives made in Pakistan could well be of high quality. I think they will become China's main competitor for good working knives.
I'd love to see RR step it up a notch and do some good carbon steel blades.
I sprung for a handful of Rough Riders recently, all with stag handles, so here is a picture review. These came out a few years ago I believe
Three knives in the first set. A split spring whittler, a two bladed copperhead pattern, and a slim stockman. All are well build, no gaps, sharp, and quite decent snap for the most part. The stag is average, with the dye coloring in the middle of the handles not quite matching with the torched edges near the bolster pins. Still, not bad. The split spring whittler is a little tight to open on the master, but not bad. The copperhead is really a nice feeling knife, similar to a smaller version of a folding hunter. A slim stockman, looks like a Schrade pattern.
Whittler - 3 1/2" closed
Copperhead - 3 3/4" closed
Slim Stockman - 3 9/16" closed
The second set is a little more impressive to look at. So I'm showing both sides of the knives on these two.
The congress exhibits a nice popcorn look, and the peanut is simply a beauty.
Congress - 3 1/2" closed
Nice looking pile side too.
Peanut at 2 3/4" closed
Back side a bit lighter dyed compared to the front
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Those are Nice Hal and the Slim Stockman is a very nice size for the pocket.
I like this Stag that RR is using. I have possibly an example of every pattern that RR has made using Stag. On a few (3 ?), the Stag was dry and had cracked, but the everything else was just fine, so i kept them. For the very low price i don't think it is fair to return them.
Notice that RR can manage to put out knives with sunk/ semi-sunk joints. An impressive feat in my book.
i have that Copperhead, only with a yellow handle. Impressive knife, and beautiful in stag.
Even tho they are made overseas rough riders are quality work knives. They have beautiful stag and bone.
Robin, i have the same RR FB with stag, plus 1 or 2 others with different handles. Bought them maybe 2 years ago and i agree, they are 'real' knives, you could dress out a deer with one quite easily. The RR FB from Pakistan i mentioned was a more recent acquisition.
I was curious if anybody has had less than perfect results with RR's yellow Delrin (most likely not Delrin but similar in appearance). I'm a huge RR fan and own/use a ton of them, however The color of the yellow handles on most if not all of the RR I've seen have been kinda faded in appearance. Again I'm sorta nitpicking here, but I just kind of wanted to know if this was an isolated experience. It's not just a huge deal seeing as synthetic handled knives are regarded as using knives and not show pieces.
I have the Copperhead mentioned above. The yellow Delrin(?) scales seem to have faded a bit, but since I bought this knife to use in the woods and paid less than $10.00 for it, I can live with it.
My RR yellow (Derlin?) scales look a little less faded than my Case yellow Derlin. They also seem a little more opaque than Case Derlin, which looks very slightly translucent. Neither is a very rich yellow. If the RR has faded, I can't say I've definitely noticed.
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