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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
    Worth showing a dope picture I took through my NODs (I'm a loader):

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    And of course my new tanker boots! Now in coyote:

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  2. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    That top pic is way cool bud.
     
  3. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Thanks Knocks. My company commander was very excited to rub it in the other company's face that they were busted skylining hahaha.
     
  4. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    LMAO. That didn't immediately dawn on me, but ya, I can see where there'd be ribbing going on :D
     
  5. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Well this little bugger got some working out! Plenty of cutting, chopping, etc. held edge very well and did an excellent job!
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  6. Hindsight

    Hindsight Moderator Moderator

    Dec 8, 2011
    Awesome, glad to see she is holding up well to the use. Now go ahead and abuse her! haha
     
  7. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Hindsight,

    Yeah I decided to get out in the woods with my son and just do anything I could imagine. Dug up a few roots, just because. Stabbed old logs. Battoned to split some hard wood for fire that had gotten a bit wet on the outside. Chopped into old dead trees and de-limbed dead stuff. Just had fun for some hours. I love being outdoors and have been busy lately so this ratmandu felt the full force of my pent-up-ness. The paint/coating definitely took a whooping but trust me the edge was great. Couldn't see any deficiencies by eye and it was still able to shave with effort, however paper showed minor deficiencies. Some stropping on black, white, and green compound and it's as good as new. Took maybe 5 - 10 minutes to bring it back to perfect. Great blade.
     
  8. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Cool photos Cryptyc, mine arrived today.
     
  9. Troutzill

    Troutzill

    20
    Dec 2, 2009
    Same here, my Ratmandu and Rat-3 arrived today also. As an amazing coincidence, my sheaths arrived a few hours after the blades.
     
  10. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Skyhorse,
    That's great news! What do you think of it so far? What's your first impressions?

    Trout,
    Congrats on your new blades. That timing is definitely lucky. The blade gods have shined upon you.
     
  11. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Unfortunately the bevels on my knife were not ground to an apex. It won't even cut paper or cardboard. A butter knife edge from the factory. :eek:
     
  12. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Skyhorse,
    Well that stinks. Like I said, mine was very chunky to the apex. I knocked some shoulder down and convexed to a razor sharp apex. Have you resharpened it yet?
     
  13. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Haven't messed with it yet Cryrtyc , lol mine has no apex. :eek::)
     
  14. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    That's why the cardboard blade cover has a sticker indicating who sharpened it - give the shop a call, if you don't think you should have to sharpen a factory fresh knife.
     
  15. Troutzill

    Troutzill

    20
    Dec 2, 2009
    Mine were both dull, wouldn't cut copier paper or cardboard. I just spent an hour on the Apex Pro & strop and the Swamp Rat 3 is now cutting paper. Not sure I want to start working on the RMD, that one is going to take more time.

    I bet ours were sharpened and checked by the same person.
     
  16. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I have DMT bench stones to take the bevels down to an apex. I'm pretty sure this isn't something common so in my case it's not a big problem. I was rather surprised when it wouldn't cut anything.
     
  17. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I bet your right, mine won't cut copier paper even in a sawing motion.
     
  18. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Yours sounds worse than what I normally experience...but I wouldn't say they come sharp, lol. Let's just say they come with a durable edge ;)
     
  19. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Well that stinks that you'll have to put that time into it. If it's any reassurance, the steel is amazing in that it takes a razor edge and it holds up well in use. Perhaps it's just expected that when you get a ratmandu, you have to put some work into it.
     
  20. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Over all it seems like a very good knife , just going to have to put some time into it.
     

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