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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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Great quality knives for the money!

Started by Ron Foster. Last reply by J.J. Smith III Jul 13, 2018. 11 Replies

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…Continue

Blade thickness

Started by J.J. Smith III. Last reply by J.J. Smith III Jul 5, 2018. 4 Replies

As I posted in my last discussion on Rough Rider vs CASE, I'm having issues with the thinness of some of the Rough Rider blades.I questioned this on the Rough Rider Facebook page and was confronted…Continue

Rough Rider vs CASE

Started by J.J. Smith III. Last reply by J.J. Smith III May 19, 2018. 9 Replies

A wise individual once told me that you could take a blade from a Rough Rider knife and interchange it with a like patterned CASE knife.  I have seen this aspect in whitttler patterns from both…Continue

Quality

Started by Todd Helmkamp. Last reply by Charles Sample Nov 23, 2017. 17 Replies

I own about 6 RR knives now, varying patterns, and I"m just amazed by the quality for the price.  Have any of you had any quality issues?Continue

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Comment by Dewey treat on June 24, 2019 at 20:46

The mailman dropped off a very nice 3 1/2" RR #737 jigged brown Gunstock Jack Knife today.  I really like the scales.  A nice, tight knife.... NIB.

Comment by J.J. Smith III on June 20, 2019 at 11:24

Dewey,  I used the method that I found over on BF.

https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/dyeing-bone-a-tutorial.868446/

Figured it couldn't hurt.  It was a matter of preference...I don't like red scales, so anything had to be an improvement.  I'm pleased with the results.  The combination of the brown dye on the red scales gave them some depth and warmness. 

Comment by Tobias Gibson on June 20, 2019 at 11:18

As for a list of All RR knives. I have a list of the first four years of production somewhere.   But RR just celebrated 25 years of knife production.  It would be hard to come up with a list of series let alone knives in each series and the year introduced. This becomes even more problematic at RR is now producing series that once were under the Colt Brand.   

Not to mention, RR also made several “one off” knives that never made it in a series, as well as numerous fixed blades and modern folders.  And then there is the Red Ryder conundrum.  Sometimes SMKW lumps them in the RoughRyder line and other times they don’t!

Comment by Tobias Gibson on June 20, 2019 at 8:42

As the series lacked a large toothpick or scout knife it was ignored by me.  LOL.

That said:

The series was primarily 3 different styles of trappers:

Standard trapper

Slimline trapperlock with a disc style thumb stud for left/right opening 

Mini Trapper w/ locking clip blade

Then four other knives

Small lockback

Congress, 

Muskrat

Sowbelly

So seven in the series. They didn’t even bother with a canoe.  I almost bought the Sowbelly but the lack of my favorites left me cold.  

Comment by Billy Oneale on June 20, 2019 at 8:01

SMKW may be the best place to look for the battle axe series. RR is their house brand. You might ask Tobias Gibson about a list. He would be the one that comes to mind that might have some type of RR listing. 

I only bought a trapper in that series.

Comment by Dewey treat on June 19, 2019 at 16:13

I'm looking for a list of all RR knives, from day ONE to the present including patterns in a particular series, RR# and other such info.   Is there such a list, and if so, where can I obtain a copy? 

Thanks,

Dewey

Comment by Dewey treat on June 19, 2019 at 15:55

Mr. Smith, how does one go about dying bone scales?  I assume it's done without removing them from the frame, correct?  Very nice job, by the way.    It appears to be a deep plum color.  Have you ever tried to "pattern-dye" the scales.  That's a term I just conjured up.... but I think you know what I mean.  Kinda' like the old hippy "tie-dying" technique only maybe something along similar train's of thought with bone.

Comment by Dewey treat on June 19, 2019 at 15:46

 I'm looking for RR knives in the Battle Axe series.  Of the seven in the series, I have two, the mini-trapper with locking clip-blade and the muskrat.  If anyone can steer me toward the remaining five.... the standard Trapper, the single-blade Trapper, small Lockback, Congress and Sowbelly..... I would be eternally grateful.  

Comment by J.J. Smith III on June 18, 2019 at 22:34

Even dyed mine, Dewey.

Comment by Dewey treat on June 13, 2019 at 17:13

Like J.J. Smith III, I too recently found a nice RR 323.  I was glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to "contour" the edges of the scales.  I do the same with bolsters and springs.... to some extent.... just enough to give it a "pocket-worn" feel.  The 323 is a nice knife, but I prefer the smaller stockman at 3 1/8" - 3 1/4" for EDC.  It's just a personal preference, the 323 is a beautiful knife.  

 
 
 

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