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Home of the Rough Rider. RR offers all of the great knife patterns from the past. Quality and affordable, a rare product these days.

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Although an Import Rough Rider Brand by Smoky Mountain Knife Works continues to get high marks as a favorite for collectors.

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My take on the RR850 Mountain Man Bowie

Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by Andrew Cutler Dec 8. 3 Replies

The knife is about what I expected for the $20 asking price.  What you get is a Bowie knife with an overall length of 13 inches and an 8 inch clip point blade.  The style is very much like that of a…Continue

Rough Riders and other SMKW House Brands

Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by Billy Oneale Dec 3. 21 Replies

When the Combat Ready Knives came out by SMKW I thought "Those would be the Tactical Rough Rider's if Rough Rider made tacticals. This got me thinking.  Perhaps we should have a discussions  where we…Continue

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And Then There Was One!

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Charles Sample Nov 9. 3 Replies

Rough Rider produced a series of twelve knives called the Rifleman Series.  Each knife has brown gunstock bone scales.  The shield is a Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle, often referred to as…Continue

All of the Rough Rider Series and Rough rider patterns

Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by Tobias Gibson Oct 30. 29 Replies

The purpose of this discussion is to try to identify all of the Rough Riders Knives past, present and Future.   I've only got around a 100 of the 1000 or more Riders out there.  Most of those are…Continue

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Comment by J.J. Smith III on November 4, 2014 at 15:00
Now that's right nice, Toby.

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Comment by Tobias Gibson on November 4, 2014 at 11:41

My latest Rough Rider is the RR1278 Outdoorsman Fixed Blade.

I have a full review of it on Amazon.

Here is the meat of the review:

It is about the same length as a Schrade Sharpfinger and features a nice drop point blade with a three inch cutting edge. It came very pointy and quite sharp. The 440A Stainless steel blade is mirror polished with a hollow grind. Mine has a nice evenly colored tobacco smooth bone handle with an acorn shield and lanyard hole. The bone is flush with the full tang and integrated bolster. It is nicely pinned the tang and, if keeping with Rough Rider's normal method, it is also epoxied to the tang.

The sheath is nylon with either leather or pleather accents. It has a plastic insert. The knife fits the sheath quite well... the belt loop is around 2 inches wide so it should suffice for any belt that is used to hold up your jeans.

I think the knife would make a good skinner or capping knife. It would also make a nice neck or boot knife as it is a small knife that could easily be concealed. However the sheath may need to be modified for that purpose.

If you're looking for a nice, lightweight, slim-line fixed blade with an extremely sharp drop point blade you may want to consider this knife. Be forewarned, however, that the handle is only about 3.25 inches so there isn't a lot to hold on to if you have a bear paw for a hand. Also the smooth bone and lack of a guard could be problematic if the handle got slippery. (consider using a lanyard to help keep your hand in position.

Knife in the sheath.  The snap helps keep the sheath and I was unable to shake it lose.  However I was able to pull the knife out with the strap still snapped!

Compared ot the Schrade 65th Anniversary Sharpfinger.  About  the same length but much slimmer and less bulk.

Note the good size belt loop.  Only a vertical carry option.


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Comment by Tobias Gibson on October 23, 2014 at 12:37

There is a discussion within Rough Riders called:  Rough Riders and other SMKW House Brands

I think it would be interesting to have groups devoted to SMKW house Brands and a group for the Frost House Brands, especially if people were unbiased in their comments.   Not every thing Frost sucks!

Comment by Steve Hanner on October 23, 2014 at 12:12

Giving some thought to a Group in Box of Blades for Colt. It is a House brand of SMKW but I and some others like to collect them and show off our collection.

Comment by Steve Hanner on August 13, 2014 at 12:59

Rough Rider 980 Tortoise Shell Tiny Toothpick

Comment by Steve Hanner on August 4, 2014 at 21:06

I do like the look of the tortoise shell, might have to look at one or two. I think I have one the tiny peanut.


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Comment by Ken Spielvogel on July 25, 2014 at 10:14

Nice looking Canoe Tobias


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Comment by Tobias Gibson on July 25, 2014 at 9:41

Good one Charles.  I love the RR 5 inch Toothpicks.  I just wished they made more than 5 of them.

My latest Rough Rider is an oldie but goodie.  The RR492 Canoe with tortoise shell handles.

It is part of my growing collection of Tortoise Shell.

RR 495 peanut

RR 505 Baby Toothpick

RR 492 Canoe

RR 514 Work Knife (Locking Soddy)

Marbles MR 207  5 inch Toothpick

Not sure ho many more RR Tortoise Shells I will get but I'll at least get the Reverse Gunstock and the Straight Razor.  There is also a nice Bever Creek (Frost) Trapper with a Sharps Carbine Shield) and Marbles Sleeveboard Whittler in tortoise shell that look enticing.

(And yes I know it is imitation tortoise. Many Knife Companies in America led the way in banning the use of tortoise shell for knife handles.  I think  many American Companies stopped using it before WWI.  Several other companies followed suit soon after WWI.   Other industries were much slower with many continuing to use the actual tortoise shell until the world wide ban in 1973.)

Comment by Steve Hanner on July 25, 2014 at 8:49

I really do like the combination of the rifle shield and that long blade!


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Comment by Ken Spielvogel on July 25, 2014 at 1:40

Nice one Charles

 
 
 

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