Are Rough Rider knives durable?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by CVamberbonehead, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    How is the overall edge-holding of Rough Rider? consistent over different patterns? Do they mostly use 440A? Just curious. I have seen where RR is a good useable blade for general use, so fit and finish is decent without being cheap / junk. In other words, it will not come apart after some use.

    Edited. It gets into the much-debated issue of inexpensive vs cheap knives. Decent quality and value, vs cheap, gas station, flea maket stuff that has no edge holding and fall apart soon after. To be fair every once and awhile you can find some decent bargains at flea markets but they are the exception to the rule.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2020
  2. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Rough Ryder knives are WAY better than cheap gas station knives. They should hold up fine to regular use.
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  3. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    In my experience with RR knives, the stainless ones hold an edge about like Case Tru Sharp knives, I cant tell the difference in use. The steel is fine. I have used a Marbles (RR made) Trapper quite a bit for skinning animals on a trapline and it held up very well.
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  4. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Rough Rider knives are more than a match, metallurgically, for Case knives of forty plus years ago, and no one questions their use-ability. They are harder, more corrosion resistant, hold an edge longer, come just as sharp and are just as easy to touch up. There may be many various reasons to not like them, but the quality of the steel should NOT be one of them. I've never found traditional knives to be very durable in hard use; any side pressure on the blade often results in loose pivots. Rough Riders aren't a bit more prone to this than any others I've tried.
  5. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    I have several Rough Rider knives, most have been very good. A couple are excellent and a couple with some minor issues. I have a mid lock whittler that leaves a little to be desired in the blade nesting,kinda like the pics @JohnDF posted. Quality wise its fine though. ALL of mine are used,sometimes a bit hard, I refurbish mobile homes and call on any knife I carry to work. I've had no problems with edge holding, although admittedly I touch up any knives I carry regularly. As an example THIS is a well built knife by anyones standards. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Thanks:) It turned out very tidy and decent thick slabs too, important on the smaller knife.
  7. At1Rest


    Apr 11, 2019
    I have the same RR as MisplacedHillbilly ... the wharnecliffe ... almost brand new (late 2019), never carried, never left my desk and one side broke off (see images) for no apparent reason,
    never even dropped it, the other side snapped off when I was trying to straighten the lanyard hole. I'm going to re scale it with some bloodwood but first cut the brass pins and lanyard tube down all the way. The blade on it is great.

    I had the same thing happen to one side of a RR medium stockman that had wood scales.

    The other thing I'm noticing is that the brass pins on the last 3 newer (2019 and 2020) are sticking up too far ... easily felt as a rough edge, and poorly polished edges on all the brass
    on the backs and top side of the well. I think RR finish quality has gone down quite a bit recently.
    I just bought a Rough Rider Large Blackwood Folding Pocket Work Knife RR1708 Sod Buster. Same issue with the brass pins and brass edges all around.

    The oldest RR I have is a small canoe I bought used and it's very clean and the finish is very smooth in all areas. I'd guess it's more than 5 yrs. old.
    The difference in finish quality between the older and the newer is night and day.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
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  8. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    That does look poor. I haven't had any recent RR knives so can't share experiences there, earlier stuff seems more than OK though.
  9. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Oh wow! That is pretty bad, I've used mine at work and while not overly rough,not to gently either. Mine has held up great. Maybe something went wrong when they pressed the lanyard tube. A sporting goods store near me carries them but I haven't been in there for awhile so haven't looked at any of the newer stock.
  10. At1Rest


    Apr 11, 2019
    It would be nice to see one in person before purchase. I can't find a brick'n'mortar near me that carries RR.
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