Ranger Knives RD series

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Just wondering what you guys thought of the Ranger Knives RD series knives? Specifically, I'm interested in the RD9 knife. I'm pretty sure that they are the Busse blanks that were for sale here on the forums, one of which I got in the 7 inch size. We'll just say mine came out less than perfect ;) I saw an article about Justin's other knives including the RD9 in the recent TK mag. and it interested me in them some more. Anyone own one of these knives or have any experience at all? Maybe Justin will chime in here and shed some info on them. Thanks guys :) Check them out here
 
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I have a 7" version and it's a monster of a knife! You gotta be able to pry the blastdoors at Cheyenne Mountain up with this thing! :D
This is a tool and the finish is fine for a hard use knife. The crinkle coat takes a lot of abuse before showing any wear at all. I chopped through a couple of trees, some 2x4's and other stuff with mine and I can't detect any wear at all!
The edge is (IMO) too thick for normal camp chores and could easily be brought down to a 25 degree angle (combined) without getting anywhere near weak! I would have prefered a deeper sabregrind too, but as it is, it'll take any abuse and come back for more!
I gave the micarta grips on mine a rough sandpaper treatment to get a more grippy surface.
Apart from my grind gripes, it's a damn fine knife and very resonably priced too!

Bo
 
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These are definitely not the Busse Blanks. Justin (Ranger Knives) is a very talented up-and-coming knife maker (check out the new issue of Tactical Knives). He has plenty of experience for a younger guy, and is a pleasure to deal with. Expect HUGE things from him as time goes on.
 
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J.Davey said:
These are definitely not the Busse Blanks. Justin (Ranger Knives) is a very talented up-and-coming knife maker (check out the new issue of Tactical Knives). He has plenty of experience for a younger guy, and is a pleasure to deal with. Expect HUGE things from him as time goes on.
Are you positive, because they are the same shape and steel as the Busse blades? :) I know from personal experience that he's a great guy to deal with, I purchased one of the 7 inch Busse blanks from him.
 
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Hey, I could be wrong. What the Hell do I know? Justin can answer this one. I just think it would be odd to sell Busse blanks on a regular basis.
 
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Thanks all for the kind words on the RD series. Sorry I haven't gotten to post earlier but I just found this thread.

Ok down to business. The RD series is indeed made from the "Busse" blanks that I recently purchased from Jerry aka Johny Wlaker Blue. There was just too much potential in them to let them go and Jerry is happy to see them in the market place.

After doing the first short run I have made some slight changes to the knife. To include a thinner edge for better chopping ability as well as roughing up the handles a little more for better grip. Both of which were things that people had asked to see in the blade. So as the saying goes "the customer is always right".

Hope that helps a little and feel free to email me with any other questions that you may have. I will also try and dig up some reviews that have been done by other individuals. Thanks again.
 
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RangerJD said:
Thanks all for the kind words on the RD series. Sorry I haven't gotten to post earlier but I just found this thread.

Ok down to business. The RD series is indeed made from the "Busse" blanks that I recently purchased from Jerry aka Johny Wlaker Blue. There was just too much potential in them to let them go and Jerry is happy to see them in the market place.

After doing the first short run I have made some slight changes to the knife. To include a thinner edge for better chopping ability as well as roughing up the handles a little more for better grip. Both of which were things that people had asked to see in the blade. So as the saying goes "the customer is always right".

Hope that helps a little and feel free to email me with any other questions that you may have. I will also try and dig up some reviews that have been done by other individuals. Thanks again.
Thanks Justin :)

Now another question :D... hows the availability and delivery time on those sweet pieces?
 
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It is ready and waiting for you :D It's calling you...you've got mail and all those other catchy marketing phrases. :D

Seriously they go out same day or latest next day.
 
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THAT'S service!

I've done business with Justin and can say that he's a stand up guy who puts out a QUALITY product.

May be the subject for another thread, but I prefer to buy my gear from people whom I like and trust, somehow the "odor" of bad reputations/business practices taints the end product. No worries with Justin on any count.

He did hit on me, but I am a very good looking guy, so I understand. :barf:
 
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I have one of the RD7's, and love it. My only gripe is the sheeth, as the retention strap is not positioned so that it will adequately secure the kife. I too agree that Justin is tops to deal with, and will undoubtedly purchase another knife from him in the future.
 
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Thank you all for the kind words.

Pay no attention to MikeD60 he is still feeling rejected since he was recently dumped by his love slave Woody. :D
 
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I think I'm sold ;) It should do fine chopping and yet be able to do other work for smaller things if I take it camping or get myself lost in the woods. Anyone disagree?
 
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Those knives look like awesome pieces for the price! I also like the cord wraped ones... I just might have to get one in the new year.
 
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Justin, check your e-mail. I just sent out the revised hawk design. I think you'll like it!
 
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Sounds great with the slight mods Justin! I love mine and it's getting some serious use!
Hey.....it's picture time! :D
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That other stuff in the pic rocks too, BTW! :cool:
 
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Porcupine, how do you feel the RD7 handles chopping and whittling. The 7 inch blank that I worked on didn't turn out that great and was just wondering how well it performed different tasks outdoors. Thanks :)
(Trying to decide between the RD7 and RD9 now)
 
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