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  • Blade: Fixed drop point 
  • Steel: 1095 High Carbon
  • Grind: Full Flat
  • Handle scales: Canvas Micarta
  • Blade length: 7 inches (including choil)
  • Blade Thickness: 3/16 inch
  • Knife length: 12.25 inches
  • Blade width: 1.5 inches
  • Full Tang
  • Designer: Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin of Randall's Adventure Training (RAT)
  • Sheath: Black Nylon with plastic insert and pocket
  • Color: Light Tan scales, black powder coat finish
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Stamp: OKC-USA RAT-7
  • Model 08604
  • Knife Made in USA

Ontario Knife Company
P.O. Box 145, Franklinville, NY 14737
Toll Free: 800-222-5233 | Phone: 716-676-5527

The RAT-7 is one of a series of knives from OKC. The RAT-3 and the RAT-5 are also in the series. The RAT-7 comes in a plain blade or a partial serrated blade. The blade is 1095 carbon steel with a powder coat finish. The blade has a good design with a nice up sweeping front. The knife should come sharp out of the box but a wilderness/survival knife like this does not need to be shaving sharp. Blade thickness is adequate but not as thick as some of the quarter inch thick survival knives available. The full tang has a rather flat pommel with a lanyard hole for para-cord wrist strap. Keep the blade well oiled to prevent rust.

The handles are canvas micarta which are very comfortable. Great grip and feel even for larger hands. Useful jimping on the blade spine and a finger choil for detail work. The handle scales are secured using allen screws which are flush with the micarta.

The RAT-7 cost is under $100 with some prices around $80 online. The sheath is black nylon, molle compatible with a belt loop at the top, lashing at the bottom. There is a pocket for small items like flint, sharpening stone, fishing line and other small survival items. The sheath has a plastic liner which does not friction retain the knife. Only the straps hold the knife in the sheath and this is enough for good retention. There is a rattle of the blade inside the plastic liner but not too bad. Custom sheaths in kydex or leather can be bought from many dealers since this knife is very popular.

Great feel, good balance, very functional with a very nice design, the RAT-7 has been a solid buy for years. Now made only by Ontario in the USA, having parted with Jeff Randall in April 2007, the RAT-7 is made for years of reliable service. The Ontario Knife Company is rated as one of the best for customer service and stands behind their products.

Randall's Adventure Training ® has been in business since 1997, training military, law enforcement, and civilians in the art of jungle survival. In 2002 Randall's Adventure & Training (RAT) licensed Ontario Knife Co to build the RTAK on a 5-year contract term. During that time frame, Randall's Adventure & Training designed additional knives that were also built by Ontario Knife Co. After the Ontario contract ended in April, 2007, Randall's Adventure & Training decided to make a new line of knives, the ESEE series. The new ESEE ® Line (Formerly RAT Cutlery) is considered "mid-tech" in the sense of quality and manufacturing. This means you will notice upgrades to sheathing, fit, finish and detail on ESEE ® knives. The ES in ESEE stands for Escuela de Supervivencia (school of survival) and the EE stands for Escape and Evasion,
ESEE branded knives are manufactured in Idaho Falls, Idaho by Rowen Manufacturing (mass produced). ESEE knives typically cost more than the Ontario RAT knives, often much more.

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