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Tobias suggested that someone should start a discussion on 5 inch lockback hunters.  Since no one else has, I will.  But since I have two folding hunters and only one of them is a lockback, I will open it up to all 5 inch folding hunters.

Here is my first.  It is a Rough Rider Once In A Blue Moon 5 inch lockback with one blade.

My other one is a Rough Rider Rifleman Series folding hunter.  It is two blades and is not a lockback.

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Here is the Frost Cutlery 5" Folding Hunter I mentioned above but didn't have a photo of. It's definitely not a Buck, (Pakistani-made), but it's not a bad knife by any means. Kind of gauche, and VERY heavy. Those solid brass scrolled bolsters add a lot of weight, so you could use this as a mace as well as a knife if you needed to. I carry it occasionally just to say that I did, but it spends most of it's time stuck into my knife display log. The red bone handle looks good under the lamp over my display, so it serves that purpose well. If I need a 5" knife I can depend on I carry a Buck, this one is just around to look pretty, and so I can say I have a Folding Hunter with bone handles.

You are right Syd.  It is not a bad looking knife.

Thanks Charles. Yeah, for what I paid for it especially, (under $10 before shipping if I remember). It works like it should, the blade is tight and sharp, but it suffers some of the perpetual maladies that Pakistani knives often have, such as ill fitting handle-to-bolster transitions, and a gap or two here and there, etc. That being said though, it is arguably one of the best $10 knives that I own. Mainly it looks impressive on my stump, so for a couple of Lincolns it was worth buying. My daughter likes the looks of it, (she thinks it's pretty). I may just gift it to her one of these days, but of course she will eventually get it, and all my other "stuff" one day anyway.

Charles Sample said:

You are right Syd.  It is not a bad looking knife.

Ok, here is a US-made Kutmaster, (a Utica brand), that I picked up at an army/navy store in Atlanta, came NIB but without a sheath. The blade is marked "USA" & "FS", I didn't know what "FS" meant, so I sent an email to Utica & asked, they responded & told me it stood for "factory second". Hmmm, I thought, where is the flaw? I took a good luck at the knife and noticed some grinding inconsistencies when compared side to side,  a couple of scratches on the blade, and a couple of dings on the brass bolsters. Other than that it seems fine; opens & locks good, holds an edge, no gaps, centered blade and cool dark wood handles, (of unknown type but which I like very much...different). All the more better to carry than my collectible 110's, so I found an appropriate sheath and carry it often....works for me at less than $20.

I now have another five inch folding hunter.  It is a Rough Rider RR318 lockback.  It is a good looking knife and is well made.  And at a total cost of $14.95 it was a bargain.  I use and carry it a lot.  I like to stick it in my pocket when I go to the woods.

I think I would rather use that to dress a deer than that Case "Whitetail" Trapper I saw of yours, and I know you will probably need to do that in a month or two considering you've got that "secret spot" & all. Love the looks of that handle, dang Charles, now you made me want one too!

Charles Sample said:

I now have another five inch folding hunter.  It is a Rough Rider RR318 lockback.  It is a good looking knife and is well made.  And at a total cost of $14.95 it was a bargain.  I use and carry it a lot.  I like to stick it in my pocket when I go to the woods.

Charles,

I am sure looking forward to you getting back into those woods soon and hearing how the knives you use perform.  It is always good to hear and see how the stack up against one another :)

All I have are a regular nuthin' fancy Buck 110, a couple Old Timer 7OT's (both USA and Taylor, again, nuthin' fancy) and a Old Timer (USA) 6OT. The 6OT had the bosters used for a hammer, and the tip snapped when the ****** ******* *** **** used it for a philips screwdriver (don't want to cuss) the first (and last) time I loaned it to someone at work.
It may look bad, but it is still tight. I did re-profile the tip. I might re-blade it. I found a place that has NOS unfinished never sharpened blades that were left over on the production line when Schrade locked their doors after the final work shift.
At least they were heat treated and the 6OT/Schrade + tang stamp was put on.

I've a # of the ubiquitous BUCK 110 & a few of the 112 too. They're just soo reliable, tough, durable, ........, ..&.. the ultimate epitome of the large lockback folder.

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I picked this one up because it was a deal. It looks nice & it feels good in hand. Its closed OAL measures 4.6" ..but.. certainly qualifies as a large lockback folding hunter .. imo.

The blade blade steel is 9Cr13MoV tempered to a 58 Rc & measures 3.6" in length, 0.805" in width (@ widest point), & 0.115" thick @ the tang. There's a slight drop point yet a generous curve that's useful during skinning. The blade takes & holds a good edge.

It sports Rosewood scales. The fit-n-finish is superb. The lock-up is firm, tight, & secure. It's action is smooth .. incorporating oilite washers between the blade & liners @ the pivot. The liners, pins, lanyard tube, & bolsters are all nickel silver.

A good looking knife, Dale.

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