Rough Rider junk

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jill jackson, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. jill jackson

    jill jackson

    Sep 5, 2006
    My dad kept hearing RR had good fit and finish for the price. So he ordered a large folding hunter with bone handles and liner lock just to check it out. It not only has poor fit and finish but the liner is way too long, won't come close to locking. Did not cost much but back it goes. What a POS!

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  2. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    That's a shame. RR's are usually pretty well finished. Sent it back. Not all RRs are like that. I've about 25 or so of them (only two linerlocks) and they are all quite nice.
  3. G. Scott H.

    G. Scott H.

    Jan 9, 2006
    They do a fair job on slip joints, but I've never tried anything from them with a lock on it.
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  4. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    I guess RR started reading their own press and getting over confident.
  5. Frontiersteve


    Jun 8, 2017
    I'm surprised to hear that .
    I have a few rough rider knives .
    3 trappers and a couple of barlows and the fit and finish on all of them is real good .
    A couple of them are superb at the price .
    I would send back for exchange .
    Hopefully it was only a bad one that slipped through qc.
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  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    It can happen.

    In my experience RR knives are great for the price, my experiences haven't been 100% perfect but maybe they should be given another chance. No more than that but at least a second chance.

    If the second one is flawed just have him return it and buy a Buck 110, no other folding hunter compares anyways.
  7. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    They do have a great warranty through the parent company as well. If the shop you bought from won't take care of you, they will.
  8. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Indeed looks like junk to me, based on that picture.
  9. jimmyd1982


    Mar 23, 2011
    I've bought 6 RR's and 3 of them were garbage. Scales that were cracked, had massive gaps, etc.
    The only reason I even consider buying them is if I want to get a feel for a particular pattern before dropping the money on a knife from a better company.
  10. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    This. All of the locking RRs I've had were flawed. The slippies have all been fine.
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  11. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    They have been a mixed bag for me as well but generally good. I've had a couple that would put Case's F&F to shame. I've had a couple not worth the $8 I spent on them. I have a 6 bladed Trapper that is as nice on the F&F as any other slippie in my collection. There are gems to be found, but you may have to dig through the rough to get to them.
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  12. rje58

    rje58 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    True! Not sure about "gems", but I've got a few nice ones. I don't have a lot of experience with them, but they seem to have gone through some different phases: pretty decent when they first came out - then improved to where they were pretty surprisingly good for their price point - recent examples seem to be slipping... Mine is a VERY SMALL sample, so I could have it all wrong!

  13. jill jackson

    jill jackson

    Sep 5, 2006
    My dad has and had Buck 110s before both of us were born. He just wanted to check out a RR.
  14. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    A timely thread! I was just admiring this RR knife and thought, "I'm too much of a stuck up knife snob to buy a $9.00 Chinese made knife." :D

    I like it though. :thumbsup:
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  15. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    I've got one of their small slipjoints. Yup, fair quality there. Mine opens and snaps close good..but most little slips do.
    I actually use mine :)
  16. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
    Most of the ones I've bought had gaps, cracked bone, and off center blades rubbing the liners. I've bought a dozen ranging over the last 4 or so years.
  17. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I guess there will always be some second quality or rejects that make it to the retail counter. Sorry to hear that the hunter wasn't up to your standards for the price.

    All of the ones that I have purchased have been in-person at either the "Rough Rider store" or at a knife show. I am pretty choosy in terms of slippie pattern and size, but all of these have been very well put together. I don't expect perfect with them, but mine are pretty darn close. I have only looked at slip joints so far. I'm not collecting them, so it's unlikely I will ever wander into their store and pick up 10 (ie large number) of them on the same day. I'll buy a couple that catch my eye and they generally have natural materials for scales.

    Added: Somebody might say that I'm cherry picking them, but that really has not been the case.... I look at one that appeals to me, say I'll take it and they pull another one out of the case and I inspect it prior to purchase. There has been no looking at 4 or 5 trying to find a perfect one. With Case, I have often looked at two or three of the same model before buying one. Frost, I have bought for giggles and I have honestly looked at 7 to 10 before choosing one (and they're still junk).
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
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  18. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Not that there's anything wrong with that...:)
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  19. Dan of Bazz Clazz

    Dan of Bazz Clazz

    May 10, 2017
    I will add to the choir that has had good experience with R&R, although, I as well have not purchased a locking blade. My R&R Barlow is quite good given the price point. I will second what others have already stated. Return it for a replacement. Under most situations that is where you are going to find out what the company and often the knife itself are really worth.
    Even great companies, can have a disgruntled employee muck up the works, or a good employee just not paying attention when they should.
    It is how they fix the situation that matters. I've sent knives back and the companies have won my continued support by their great customer service. Others were so atrocious that they proved themselves incompetent or worse, long before the refund hit my bank account.
  20. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    those liner locks Jills referring are absolute junk. i have a handful of slip joint rr, and for what they are they arent that bad. i bought 2 of those liner locks.....both are absolute garbage. made me realize some rr arent bad and some are real bad.
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