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Rough Rider & Related Slipjoints

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by dalee100, Sep 10, 2008.

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  1. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    One of the things that has led to a bit of an obsession with canoes for me is their smooth profile, the "sunken joints" or double copperhead effect with no tang corners sticking up when the blades are closed. Jeff, your RR medium stockman is just a fraction of an inch away from that! :cool:

    Thanks for the compliment on my canoe's covers. :) The "primitive bone" look might just be a lighting trick, though. Here's another pic of the canoe showing what I think are more natural colors.

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    - GT
     
  2. Vinifera

    Vinifera

    Aug 13, 2015
    Nice looking knife GT.
     
  3. The Burgh

    The Burgh Basic Member Basic Member

    484
    Jan 22, 2015
    Absolutely gorgeous Canoe!

    I'd gladly have those scales on any knife I own or will buy!
     
  4. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Thanks for the compliments, Vinifera and The Burgh. :) I was very pleased with how that canoe looked once it actually arrived. The online pictures that I saw seemed pretty inconclusive to me in terms of what the stag would actually look like.

    FWIW, here's a shot of the pile side:
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    - GT
     
  5. Carboniferous

    Carboniferous

    400
    Jul 15, 2015
    I got a full sized RR canoe with yellow synthetic covers today, and overall I can't really complain for the price. No significant gaps in the liners, blades snap open (they don't close with the same authority as a Case), both blades came sharper than any Case or Queen or GEC I've seen, and overall I'm really liking the pattern. My first canoe!

    Only significant gripe I have for the price is that the color of the covers is very inconsistent. especially on the mark side. I understand you can't expect perfection from a sub-$10 knife, but I feel like covers that don't fade to white are still a reasonable expectation. Might have to order another one and have a giveaway for this one.

    Overall very pleased with the knife for the price, it's a great way to try out a pattern. I'm sure there will be more in my future.
     
  6. shadeone

    shadeone

    69
    Jul 21, 2004
    Can someone who owns both of these barlows, post a picture comparing the thicknesses of the scales for me?
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  7. vonrichthofen54

    vonrichthofen54

    279
    Sep 23, 2013
    I recently bought a RR778 Rough Rider Mini Trapper and a RR879 Copperhead to give as stocking stuffer gifts for my nephews. I was so impressed with them that I ordered a RR740 Little Barlow in jigged bone for myself. Well I was so impressed with that, I went and ordered a RR481 saw cut bone Barlow and an RR048 jigged bone Canoe. The Barlow came today and its one nice knife for less than ten dollars! Nice snap, no blade wobble, scalpel sharp, and beautiful scales. I like the match striker nail nicks too.

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    Last edited: Dec 1, 2015
  8. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    First impression: WOW!!!
    This thing is beautiful! It is also big, about 1/2 inch longer than my Buck 301.
    The stones and "genuine MOP" covers are perfect, the stone and MOP are fitted with precision, no gaps or flaws. The stoneworx covers are on both sides of the knife, and each inlay on both sides are exactly the same size and shape.
    The bolsters are ringed and ... what is it called ... Anyway, the bolsters are fancy.

    The blades are the "standard" Clip main, sheepsfoot, and spey. All have matchstrike nail nicks. This is a two back spring design, the main blade is on its own spring, the spey and sheepsfoot share a spring. The sheepsfoot is crinked a little, for clearance. There is absolutely no blade rub or wobble.
    I must say, all three blades are probably the sharpest I've ever gotten out of the box. I dropped a beard hair on the spey, and it cut the hair!
    There are no gaps to speak of between the liners and springs. The springs are flush with the blades open and closed, there is no half stop on any of the blades. The pull on the blades is not too stiff nor too soft. There is a satisfying click opening and closing the blades.

    For my line of work, I think this is a bit too fancy for EDC, but it will be quite fitting for special occasions and as a "Sunday go to meetin'" knife.

    In short, if you are looking for an exceptional large Stockman, this knife deserves your consideration.
     
  9. The Burgh

    The Burgh Basic Member Basic Member

    484
    Jan 22, 2015
    Another WOW for Rough Rider! In this case, a #473 Copperhead.

    (BTW, I for one would appreciate if RR posters would include the model # with their descriptions and pictures. Easy to do for fans of Benchmade, ZT, Buck, Case, etc.. Why not here?)

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    Been said here many, many times: Value!
     
  10. jdracing

    jdracing

    Sep 25, 2006
    Here is a Trapper I just picked up few days ago....
    jd

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    these are some great values,but i gotta quit buying so many knives....Im gonna have to sell em to pay bills.....I have a case of
    knife addiction in general....JD
     
  11. Squashfan

    Squashfan

    Jun 6, 2012

    Good carvin/whitllin. Most traditional can carve but they really shine when flat ground from the spine to the enge. Of course not all knives have enough metal to be flat ground. That toenail might could be a candidate. But you can thin the primary grind then put on a low angle bevel. I take it step further by convexing the Shoulder. Kind of cheating but works pretty good. Really reduces the force needed to push the knife through wood. I have gotten blister from it!
     
  12. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    The model number of the Stoneworx Stockman is RR915 :)
     
  13. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    sure! you're absolutely right but needless to say three times, was clear enough the first time! :D
     
  14. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I just ordered one of these Boker Plus Barlows in 440C, thought I'd see what it was like.

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  15. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Seems a good barlow. I appreciate the small pen.
     
  16. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    We'll see, I've found Boker Plus non-traditionals to be OK, priced about twice what RR go for. I'll report back :thumbup:
     
  17. vonrichthofen54

    vonrichthofen54

    279
    Sep 23, 2013
    These Rough Riders are addicting!
    #879 Copperhead, #778 Mini Trapper, #740 Small Barlow
    #481 Barlow, #1000 Canoe
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  18. kootenay joe

    kootenay joe Banned BANNED

    Jan 30, 2015
    I have bought and tried out nearly all of the inexpensive offshore Traditional style folders. Boker Plus, Steel Warrior, Ocoee River, Marbles, Kissing Crane and a few others are all very good knives and excellent value for the money, but so far nothing is quite as consistently up to RR level of fit, finish and cutting ability.
    This only applies to Traditional style folding knives. The more Tactical style RR folders are not as good, likely made in a different factory.
    I have tried out a few RR fixed blades and most are a disappointment. I do have a couple of China made ones that are 'best in class' for the price, but other China made ones are not as good. So far none of the Pakistan made RR fixed blades has been worth buying.
    I would like to see RR drop the lower quality knives and only market knives from the factory (or factories) that consistently make their best knives, meaning the Traditional style folding knives.
    kj
     
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  19. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    I have three Rough riders, and so far, I am really impressed. My first two were a marlinspike and a camp knife. My son liked the marlinspike so much I ordered another for him. The camp knife is riding in the bottom of my wife's purse. She favors traditionals, especially Case, but I have to say she is lukewarm on this one, even though I think it is very well-made.

    The one that really knocks me out is the large toothpick that arrived yesterday. I regret that my crappy cell phone pic does not do it justice, because this knife is really gorgeous: sawn bone with slanted, fluted (or scalloped) brass bolsters. It is actually a bit garish, bigger and better-looking than I ever imagined from the pics that accompanied the listing. At 9" overall, with four inches of blade, it is almost as long as a Kudu, a real pimp's knife.
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    That's my first impression. It's hard to say how this knife will wear on me. I might continue to like it a lot, but it's also possible that, after a few weeks i'll be real sick of it.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
  20. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Unimpressed with this :thumbdn: The RR Barlows are nicer knives at half the price :thumbup:
     

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