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The Wait Is Over. From this thread, orders for the 2023 BladeForums Traditional Knife are open & here's your handy order button. OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS WITH GOLD OR HIGHER PAID SUBSCRIPTIONS OR have 25+ posts in the Traditional Forum Preorder price is $160 shipped CONUS, price increase on 9/25 11:59PM when ordering opens to anyone on the forums
It would be interesting to hear a comparison on the overall performance between the RTAK and the Battlemistress (ergonomics etc) so if you take both out into the woods let us all know your thoughts. The RTAK seems to have been more designed for the Jungle use with its thinner blade than the Battlemistress, although Ron Hood seemed to like the Battlemistress when he went to the Amazon. I wonder how the RTAK would perform out of the jungle setting...
The advertised cutting length of the RTAK on our site is 10"
We have just shipped an RTAK to Scott Stoddard (ASG and Knives Illustrated magazine) for an upcoming review.
Also Steven Dick of Tactical Knives has used the blade and will probably have something on it in an upcoming issue.Drop him an email and get his thoughts.
We're receiving good reviews and comments on the piece from folks who work in wilderness environments. Aubrey Moore, collector and reviewer of wilderness blades in South Africa had many favorable comments. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
I like the Battle Mistress, it's definitley an excellent piece and Ron seems to use his a lot in both the jungle environment and Stateside work.... but he doesn't own an RTAK yet
Shipping times on the RTAK are currently running less than 4 weeks, but Newt told me a couple of days ago that orders were increasing so I don't know how that's going to change the turnaround times. - Jeff
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