Astounded and Amazed of South West London (Rough Rider surprise)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Chui, Aug 28, 2020.

  1. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Is it the fact that RR r a tenth of the price of their U.S . made versions that they fall into knockoff territory?.
  2. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I too am somewhat intrigued by the south west london connection....also 23 quid is around 50bux aud which sounds expensive.
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  3. Travman

    Travman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2016
    Is that real stag on these RR’s?
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  4. PocketKnifeJimmy


    Aug 4, 2013
    For my own political reasons, I had decided some years ago to not buy items that were made in China. Then, against my own self placed restrictions, I did wind up adding some Chinese made folding & fixed blade knives into my collection. While I am back to no longer buying China made products, wherever possible, I do have some specimens of Rough Riders, Marbles, and Colt traditional folders in my collection now. They can be hit or miss, as with so many brands from anywhere in this world, but I have to admit that they can sure assemble a decent knife, especially considering their low prices.
    I have two RR pocket knives in their brown colored sawcut bone, (one a Trapper, the other a Canoe), which are both really nicely put together, and look pretty fantastic. I actually like the matchstrikes on them. I have the matchstrikes on a MOP & Abalone scaled USA made Queen brand knife, and find it classy. But, that's just me. I know that such things are just personal to each individual.
    Again, while I have not purchased a RR in a couple/few years, the ones I do have, fit nicely as representatives of their brand within my collection.

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  5. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    The examples posted here look to me like RR's stag bone (that I think they do very well lately).

    - GT
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  6. Bull71


    Jul 18, 2018
    I bought several of these about a year and a half ago. I used 3 of them what I would consider fairly hard for a pocketknife, including in the garden, in the woods logging, and fishing. The patterns were a whittler, a yellow stockman, and the wharncliffe work knife.
    The good- they are as stainless as any knife I’ve ever used.
    They take and hold an edge pretty good.
    They are very inexpensive.

    Now for the bad. 2 of the 3 developed problems. The stockman developed blade play in 2 blades. The short clip blade of the whittler snapped right above the tang while cutting tomato twine. The Wharncliffe work knife remains solid.

    Based on my experience, these will not last like a Case knife. From now on, I will buy Case or other vintage American knives. They were made to last.
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  7. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    I hope this discussion isn’t heading to shutdown due to political concerns. Pics to keep us knife knuts happy. F1125E5F-8837-4834-8D83-CBCF8A7609A6.jpeg
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  8. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    My favorite Rough Rider. This thing is a BEAST and very well made. Some blade rub but that's probably user applied.

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  9. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
  10. babykujo

    babykujo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2020
  11. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    It's the Classic Carbon 1741.
  12. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    The global history of knives tells us that English cutlery manufacturing set up in the US, German cutlery went US and Argentina, US cutlery went to Japan,Mexico, and Ireland, Japanese cutlery went to Taiwan and on and on. As The World Turns :). All good, except when the knives are ugly and to me those RR nail nicks are a turn off.
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  13. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Here are my most recent two. The nick on the trapper is yuck but the swayback is fine.
  14. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    The trapper nail nick looks like a file but the swayback is ok. IMG_4505_copy_1024x700.jpg

    Edit: please excuse my incoherent posts. This didn't need the pic and the previous post could be deleted
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  15. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    That Swayback is an interesting example and clearly not a knock-off or copy of any 'famous name' cutler, just a knife in its own right.

    As Bernard Levine used to advise (bark actually :D:eek:) Read the knife.
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  16. Squid61


    Aug 12, 2020
    Hmm, if my first and only RR looked nearly as good as those pictured here I might be tempted to buy a second. Judging by all the glowing RR reviews I must have received the only crappy one ever produced! I'm back to buying American and Swiss.
  17. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Trust me, you aren't the lone Ranger...
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  18. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    If you think I’m just lucky, I’d agree with you. In the late 60’s and early 70’s I drove British sports cars and never experienced an electrical problem.
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  19. Chui

    Chui Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    :thumbsup: :D
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  20. Squid61


    Aug 12, 2020
    I can't top that!
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