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Many of the Rough Rider patterns I own are similar to some of the Case patterns I own. When comparing the quality, fit and finish these knives are a great value. What really makes them great is I like to use my knives and carry a different knife every few weeks. These knives are affordable enough I can do that without breaking the bank. Currently, I own about 40 RR slip joints and four of the RR linerlock assisted open folders. I know many knife snobs that refuse to own these and won't even consider them, but I really could care less what they think, these are a great value.
Ron, I am with you. I probably have around 150 RR. They are great value for the money. That being said, they do not compare to brands such as Great Eastern and a lot of Queens. I do find some comparable to some of the lower end Case knives in some instances. The thing I love most, at $12.00 to $15.00 a knife, I won't be crying if I break or lose one. I have never had any real issues with the RR brand that I have not had with others.
You are absolutely correct and RR had the right idea at the beginning. The RR challenge, if you can get someone to do it, will change the minds 8 times out of 10. These knives, because of F&F and price point are fantastic give away knives, a youngsters first knife, the alternative knife you carry because people are always borrowing your knife and as you say, they give you the ability to carry more patterns than other knives would. I recommend to someone looking for a pattern that "fits them" to start with RR. Continue to rotate them out until you find that pattern you just love the look of and the use of.
Collecting knives is a marathon, not a sprint. Buy what you like, can afford, carry what you love and enjoy them all. Then hang out here at iKC because for us all knives and their owners are welcome :)
I am someone who would have totally written off Rough Rider if not for winning a Rough Rider in last Halloween's iKC photo contest. The fit & finish were great, & the knife was incredibly sharp. Sharpness out of the box is not a deal breaker by any means, but it shows the manufacturer is giving attention to that detail -- & often means other details are tended to as well.
I recently purchased my second Rough Rider -- an assisted-opening karambit -- & it was also quite sharp out of the box. It was also designed so as to make it relatively safe to open, something not necessarily true of all assisted opening karambits. At $10, it's one of the best karambits I have in my new but growing karambit sub-collection.
Needless to say, I am planning to purchase more Rough Riders, likely in the near future. The SMKW catalog just came in the mail today, & I've already dog-eared a couple Rough Rider pages...
WOW! Now that is a great way to have begun the RR challenge!
I am so pleased that a small gift has turn the tide and you were willing to try another. I have not seen that Karambit but will be getting hands on with one either at Blade or the next trip to SMKW. With small hands some of them are easy for me and have the potential to be a little scary in the open, I would love to find one that would work as I see it as a knife I could caryy in the yard and work with
I have 55 Rough Rider knives with one more on the way. It should be here Monday or Tuesday. I have never had any problems with any of them. I have tested many of them for sharpness out of the box. Every one that I have tested was hair shaving sharp out of the box. They all have good snap opening and closing. The blades have no wobble or looseness when open.
I have a RR in my pocket right now. It is the RR718 Work Knife. I did a daily use test of this knife. You can read it here.
Another RR that I use a lot is my RR1349 Sidewinder fixed blade. I like to take it to the woods with me. It has a good study sheath. It also works good for cutting up large heavy cardboard boxes. Here are the results of a test I put the Sidewinder through.
All in all, I feel that RR's give as much bang for your buck as just about any knife.. They are a good solid knife that will hold up to daily use. They do a decent job of holding an edge and are easy to sharpen.