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BattleRat or Basic 9

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by Bobby B, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. Bobby B

    Bobby B No more Mr. Knife-guy

    May 18, 2001
    I am trying to decide between the 2...

    I had a Basic 9 and recently traded it (+) for a Steelheart.
    I currently have the Steelheart, a Ratchet, an Apprentice Badger, and the Assault Shaker.

    I guess I DO want a big blade as well... I am just debating as to which one...

    Does anybody have both (or handled both) who can sort of compare/ contrast them? I have heard that one is more balanced, the other chops better... both have comfy handles (I hear that the BR is the same as the PR handle) - and I had a Basic 9...

    In theory: camp chores, bush clearing, food prep (BIG FOOD) (minor SD - Ha Ha Ha)
    Officially: light branch chopping, saplings, camping...
    Realistically, mostly sitting there looking VERY utilitarian.:rolleyes:

  2. Eric Isaacson

    Eric Isaacson Pirate

    Dec 19, 1999
    Hopefully someone will jump in that currently has both. I've owned both but don't currently have the B9. As a chopper I'd say the BR has greater performance, mainly because it has a bit more forward balance. I also prefer the handles on the Rat's to the ones on the Basics, but since you've owned both you can make that decision yourself.

    It's a tough choice, especially since you already own a SH

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