The RAO is ok for batonning. Maybe the original requirement was they needed to baton hoses. or plastic or wood in certain situations with gloved hands that's my take. I had mine reground into a semi-ffg leaf style blade ala Strider [i'm nuts]. I don't use it much but it's way cool to mess around with and maybe scare a neighbor or 2
And the comment on price, regarding the exchange rate i think that is on target, i will always wonder if the USA price reflects a plan to prevent us buying them and then making a profit selling them to Europeans.
Last edited by klute; 05-26-2012 at 05:07 PM.
I was AGREEING with you.
Again, agreeing with you.Nor do I not know about Extrema ratio or the RAO, I've voiced my opinion in favor of this brand many times.
was directed at those who call them crap without getting more info....obviously not you.Sometimes bashing or humor is reasonable (and fun?), but its best to do a little research first to make sure one understands the the object of one's ridicule and doesn't wind up making himself the joke.
this has to be one of the most ridiculous folders ever made! I almost bought one, but went with the MF2 instead. i should have went with the RAO
Entrek actually does make a few double edged tantos and the grinds are impressive.
Well, I had one that is now on permanent loan to a guy on a Marine Air Assault Team. He literally begged to borrow it, and since I am retired military and really have no need to carry something like this anymore, I gave it to him. He has told me that it has saved his bacon more than a few times. He goes no where without it. It is an amazing survival tool!
My biggest concern for this knife is the handle material: aluminum. It would make sense to reinforce the lock and pin hole with thick metal but guess not. Blackforestghost at youtube managed to get that thing rattle in no time.
I kinda dig the concept, but can't see why military person would not carry fixed blade instead (unless exposed fixed blade is no go). And since it takes so long to actually dig that thing out of the sheath, it feels kind of awkward for me. And since the sheath supports open carry - again - why not fixed blade?
A young friend of mine got this Extreme Ratio FB. Seems well-made (though over-priced), but I didn't like the design, and the handle is too short. He liked it until he took his boy camping and realised that he'd need to buy another knife as this one wasn't actually a lot of use for anything practical.
While I doubt anyone could afford it, that looks like a knife (I speak the painfully obvious here for continuity) specifically for soldiers. It has been pointed out that we civilians or we who have not served in combat arms (I am the former) don't really know what soldiers do. Fair enough. But we know quite a bit I think. This knife seems to try to address that. Very stout. Pry, hack, dig -proof. Not good for bushcrafting. Not going to want to skin game with that thing. Not going to want to EDC the thing on a nice hike I kind of doubt. It seems to have been designed to take the sort of do whatever is needed abuse that a soldier cannot help but dish out to his (or her knife).
Here is the knife carried by a friend in Iraq. I can't quite tell what it is other than a Benchmade. From the looks of it, it has seen very rough service. I think this rather ugly (and expensive Extrema Ratio) was meant for this sort of use.
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