Rough Rider Collector's


Rough Rider Collector's

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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Latest Activity: May 19

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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.

Discussion Forum

Rough Riders and other SMKW House Brands

Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by Charles Sample Apr 29. 37 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

Tags: Indian, Head, Marbles, –N-Hound, Fox

Question about the Heavy Hunter Series

Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by Jan Carter Apr 29. 1 Reply

I know the series is based on design by a famous knife maker or company. Does anyone know who first came up with the knife design. I believe they discussed this on Knives Live when it first came…Continue

A Daily Use Test Of A Rough Rider

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Charles Sample Apr 28. 20 Replies

Another forum member asked me a question in the chat room that intrigued me.  He asked how well a Rough Rider knife would hold up to every day use.  I really couldn't answer that question.  I have 34…Continue

Do A Double Take...Rough Rider Did!

Started by Syd Carr. Last reply by Charles Sample Aug 31, 2016. 25 Replies

The Double Take.Here is a series of Rough Rider knives I at first found of interest due to their novelty, but then discovered them to be high-quality, well-made, and usable pocket knives living up to…Continue

Tags: Trapper, Muskrat, Take, Double, Rider

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Comment by Tobias Gibson on May 19, 2017 at 15:04
I'm seeing quite a few of the old Colt pocket knives showing up in the Rough Rider line! I'm also seeing quite a few new handle materials being used in the RR line. no doubt the demise of Colt at SMKW has led to a resurgence in the SMKW house brands. I wonder if some of the Colt Tactical stuff will find it way to Rough Rider or Combat Ready?
Comment by Billy Oneale on December 11, 2015 at 21:45
Nice, Tobias
Comment by Charles Sample on December 11, 2015 at 0:04

I like that RR1469.  I need to get one for my RR collection.  I already have the RR1400.

Comment by Tobias Gibson on December 10, 2015 at 14:53

My Rough Rider Deluxe "L'Hammy De Chasse" Mushroom Knife  (RR 1469) 

Form SMKW's website:

Slightly larger than the original if you prefer a heftier knife for your mushrooms, we call this one "the hunting hammy."

·440A Stainless steel blade with ridged spine
·Foldout boar's hair bristle brush
·Foldout ruler with 2-1/2" standard and 6.5cm metric marks
·Stainless steel liners
·Brass pins
·Lanyard hole
·5-5/8" Closed

The blade is not quite as sharp as other Rough Riders I've owned but it is sharper than most other Mushroom Knives I've bought with this style of blade.   I wonder if the blade geometry makes it more difficult to get a razor sharp factory edge.

I've only seen this style of scythe like blade of blade on mushroom knives.  The jimping on the spine is used to knock dirt off the mushroom.  This deluxe model also has the swivel mounted brush (to protect the bristles) and a  stainless steel graduated rule.

The knife knife has a small lanyard hole. I added my own snap hook after purchasing the knife.  Old (RR 1400) and new  (RR1469)  Mushroom Knives compared below.

I recommend either knife for the Mushroom Hunter who has/wants everything.  Both are excellent and will perform as good, if not better than other higher priced mushroom knives. They are solid and well made  with better steel  at a much lower price!

Comment by Billy Oneale on September 20, 2015 at 17:23
Nope, I do like the slow burn series. I may have to get the Trapper for me and the leg for my wife. I noticed the last SMKW catalog had some Colt stag for around $30.00
Comment by Tobias Gibson on September 19, 2015 at 16:34

Charles, yes the hight model numbers do indeed mean newer knives.  For instance the slow burn series is in the 1430s or so.  I think the 14 stands for 2014 but I'm not sure.

Comment by Charles Sample on September 19, 2015 at 1:49

Tobias, does a higher model number indicate a newer RR knife?

Also am I the only one who can't search on SMKW's web site?

Comment by Jan Carter on September 18, 2015 at 21:38


not a great deal of anything in the "new" category for RR.  I like the Cotton sampler and intend to get one, I am waiting to see if other handle options are going to happen

Comment by Tobias Gibson on September 18, 2015 at 10:35

Has anyone seen anything new coming from Rough Rider.   The last I saw was the cotton sampler below.  Any new handle material or new patterns?  Any new fixed blade offerings?

Comment by Tobias Gibson on June 28, 2015 at 7:14

My latest Rough Rider is their new Cotton Sampler in the Appaloosa Brown Bone  It's  a hefty knife.  I'm pretty happy with it.  I hope they make it in a White Smooth Bone, and a few other handle materials.   I also wish they'd offer that fish-knife in a few more options.   It seems like SMKW doesn't pay much attention to Rough Rider Collectors anymore.  They're concentrating more on Colts.  (Sigh!)

The new shield. Tey are reissuing older knives with this one but offering very few new patterns or handle material.

Enough complaining!  Here's the knife.  It's pretty durn cool!


Rough Rider 1422  Cotton Sampler

·440A stainless steel blade

·Brown appaloosa smooth bone handles

·Brass pins and liners

·Nickel silver shield and ringed bolsters

·Lanyard hole

·3" Blade

·Blade width: 7/8

·Blade thickness: 1/16"

·4-1/8" Closed

·Made in China


and a last shot comparing the folding Rough rider Cotton Sampler to the Old Hickory fixed blade Cotton Sampler


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