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Ordered a Ratmandu!

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by Cryptyc, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Yes, that's my fault. I was messing with a pistol at the same time and had a bunch of CLP on my hands. That was from the oil. The handle is now a brown color.
     
  2. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I cannot believe I got it in 2 weeks to be honest. I was psyched. Plus they gave me a nice mil discount which I didn't even know was an option. I already love the blade. I don't think I am going to modify the edge profile too much because I really want to keep my focus on this blade being a monster that can handle whatever is needed. I will make sure to polish the edge up nicely though.
     
  3. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Couple of more natural light photos:

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    Already worked the edge and finish a little. Still have to finish on higher grit and then strop later:
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  4. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I think that looks like a nice setup man. Congrats! Did the molleback just happen to bolt straight on?

    On the sheath, here is what I have found: If you want the very best possible fit for your knife, send your actual blade to the maker. I know it's hard to send your much-anticipated knife off shortly after arriving to get this done, and that it costs more in shipping, but it also guarantees that the sheath is built to fit YOUR knife with its slight differences from what the maker might have on hand. I think you're right, and that it will wear in. Plus, it doesn't sound like you're fretting over getting it marked up :) so I bet with the slight sanding you're talking about that you'll get it just right. Anyway, congrats again, and keep us posted on the progress!
     
  5. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Knocks,
    Thank you. The Molle Back did not bolt straight on without a little manipulation. I had to put all the screws in loosely one by one, squeezing and manipulating the molle back in the process. Once all 4 were started I alternated tightening them down until snug.

    You're right marks do not bother me at all. I use the crap out of my knives. Not always because they are needed, but just because I like knives and like to stay busy. If I'm sitting for more than a hot minute around a piece of wood, I'm cutting it with my knife hahaha.
     
  6. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks Cryptyc for all the news on your knife.I'm still waiting on my shipping notice , should be soon.
     
  7. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Ha! Love it :)
     
  8. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    skyhorse,
    I bet you'll hear any day now. If they charged your account, their website says it'll be 7-14 days from then.

    Knocks,
    True story. I even put sticks (ones i think will be fun to widdle with) in the bussle rack on the tank when at drill. When we are done PMCS-ing the tanks and are sitting around the motor pool, I grab a stick and widdle hahahaha. Usually they end up turning into small spears and the sh*t show starts, but it's good times. Gotta keep busy and knives are fun.
     
  9. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Great pic, congrats!

    Fwiw I reprofiled both my RMD LE and JMD to 15° per side and they've held up just fine, but I do always roll with the stock geometry for a while on new knives before I tweak them.
     
  10. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Inky,
    Thank you for the kind words. Yeah I cleaned up the edge and polished it up. Smoothed out the high points on the finish and cut some vegetables tonight lol. I'll mess with some wood cutting tomorrow. I'm like you, I keep it stock geometry (minus convexing the edge) for a while until I know how the blade likes to cut and behave. This one has a super thick bevel but I want it to remain uber tough so I may not mess with it any further if it performs well for me on actual tasks.
     
  11. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Love the set up with the ESEE molle back...I think it's very versatile. :thumbup:
     
  12. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Thank you rpn. My other sheath is supposed to be here tomorrow. I also did work on the edge tonigh and really polished it up with a nice convex. Arm hair shaving sharp! Woot!
     
  13. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    [​IMG] Still waiting on mine. I'm thinking about trying a little pimping on the scales .
     
  14. Troutzill

    Troutzill

    20
    Dec 2, 2009
    Does anybody have a recent wait time for a non-military/LEO order? I'm going on 3 weeks and per the website will probably have to wait a lot longer.
     
  15. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Knives are made per order and shipped in 6-32 weeks. From web site. Could be wrong but I think this is for all orders. I believe my order was 2/24 , so not even a month yet. Lol,I remember ordering a Randall back in the day and waiting almost a year. Nowadays their wait time is 5 to 6 years.:eek: Can't order another Randell, may be residing in the spirit world upon delivery.;) Where you log in to your account they have info on your order progress.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2017
  16. Troutzill

    Troutzill

    20
    Dec 2, 2009
    I asked because Cryptyc got his in 2 weeks and he was Military. So I assumed they must do something different for Military/LEO.
     
  17. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    It's more about what's cooking in the shop, than who ordered it (aside from big orders like a military unit or a corporate client) from my understanding. That and the blanks waiting to be ground & heat treated. Another factor might be cancelled orders too.
     
  18. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Hey guys, this section gunnery is hell!!! Hahaha. My god it's been freezing out here. Nice warm tent right now though. I'm not sure why I got mine so damn fast, I don't think they fill military orders first but 2 weeks was amazingly quick. I'll post updated pics of my knife and other sheath when I'm home next week.
     
  19. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks , I've been thinking about getting one for years.
     
  20. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I went ahead and ordered a Mashed Cat yesterday. Lol, I can remember back in the day setting the half tents up and us all waking up in the mud .
     

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