I'm passionate about knives and have a bunch - too many should truth be told. I've got a gaggle (way too many, honestly) Emersons and have owned a bunch of Sebenzas in various iterations though I like my current 25 a bunch. I like me my Cold Steel Voyagers and could not live without the Spyderco Salt Series knives. All that being said, I have a few RAT-1s in tried and true AUS-8 or D2 and after breaking down a bunch of cardboard today with a garage cleaning I cannot help but to appreciate the ergos and value of the RAT-1. I was using one of my AUS-8 beaters and have to tell you, I was very pleased! The RAT-1 has comfortable and efficient ergos as well as performance that punches well above its price point weight. When you consider the cost, a RAT-1 is almost as good as folders costing ten times as a much and, IMHO, as good as those costing four or five times as much.