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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. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    I bought three of them. One is just about perfect, another decent f&f and w&t but a crooked blade, and the other decent f&f but horrible w&t and also a crooked blade. No concerning gaps in any position on all three though :thumbsup:
    As has been noted, this is nearly a duplicate of the Northfield Viper in looks and size. I'm pleased with my one good version and will practice modding on the others :)
     
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  2. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Sounds like consistency isn't their strong point.
    I was thinking about returning mine, even sent them an email, but now I'm afraid of getting one that's worse.
     
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  3. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    1:3 odds based on my sample size :)
     
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  4. Bartleby

    Bartleby

    Oct 28, 2005
    Of course the Northfield Viper itself is nearly a duplicate of the old Sheffield Tackler pattern once made by many Sheffield firms:

    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/sheffield-made-tackler-knives.1468885/

    Still made now only by Wrights of Sheffield and only in rosewood at the moment. Older ones from various Sheffield makers turn up once in a while. A great pattern for whittling. I ordered two of the RR 2038s, one was spot on the other needed a little time with the whetstone.
     
  5. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    Absolutely. I guess what is being pointed out (and what stands out) is the trim....swedge, lined bolsters look just like the Northfield...same exact size too.
    Aesthetics aside, the good version I have is a much nicer knife than the price would indicate. I guess since I had to buy three to get one good verson the price works out about right :)
     
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  6. Laurelbb

    Laurelbb Gold Member Gold Member

    350
    May 6, 2017
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  7. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Tremendous trio; their color is fantastic IMHO! :thumbsup::cool::cool::thumbsup:
    I have a sowbelly and a canoe very similar to yours, and I'm very happy about it! ;):D

    - GT
     
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  8. Laurelbb

    Laurelbb Gold Member Gold Member

    350
    May 6, 2017
    they're all good examples, lucky, the canoe is especially nice look and action.
     
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  9. lowes48

    lowes48

    40
    Jan 25, 2010
    Thanks for the pic! That should answer all of our questions quickly! IMO, the wait between releases of the 47 was going to be a long one and RR responded with a great knife on the cheap! It worked for me - mine will be here tomorrow!
     
  10. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I sent the company an email about my issues with the knife, but got no response.
    This will probably be my last Rough Ryder knife. I've bought about eight of them and only two were respectable knives. I could have spent that money on a GEC or a couple of Case knives. They can (and do) put out some good knives but I'm tired of wading through the poor ones to find them.
     
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  11. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    I believe you said the issue was a slightly proud tang when closed. I wouldn't say that counts as an issue with the Work knife which retails new at $12.99.
     
  12. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    The proud tang was just the most annoying problem with that knife.
    But I agree, at $20 shipped, I don't have too much room to complain... You win some and you lose some.
     
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  13. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    I haven't visited this thread in quite a while but RR just put out a swayback wharncliffe pattern that I absolutely couldn't resist. I couldn't post the photo as I don't believe the place selling them are a sponsor but man I just had to have one.

    Here are the specs featuring micarta handles!

    Features: 440A Stainless Steel. Satin Finish. Micarta Handles. Brass Liners. Brushed Stainless Bolsters. Half Stops . Lanyard Hole.

    Measurements: 3.125" Wharncliffe Blade. 1/16" Blade Thickness. 3.87" Closed. 6.87" Overall. 2.88 oz.

    EDIT: NVM just saw that you guys beat me to it, lol. Carry on!
     
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  14. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    cchu518 -
    I just got that wharncliffe in the mail today. Only average or below for RR and I usually like RRs. Gaps between micarta and bolsters. The pull weight is very strong. Can get it to half stop with difficultly, but then have to grasp blade like an easy opener to get it totally open. It did come pretty sharp. It won't be in my rotation.:(
    Rich
     
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  15. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    Mine was filthy. Try flushing the joint, there may be some gunk caught in there.
     
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  16. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    I cleaned it out well. Took a small square diamond file and rounded the joints a bit - didn't help.
    Worked it back and forth until my hands hurt. Noticed the blade is quite a bit off center; doesn't rub,
    but can't put a piece of paper between blade and liner. Oiled it up - more oil in the knife joints than
    is in my car. Still way to stiff to open easily and past half stop still need a easy opener grasp.
    RR quality is really slipping on this model at least.
    Rich
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2019
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  17. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    I feel very fortunate to have received a good one, sounds like I got the exception.
     
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  18. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Are we talking Case Sodbuster sketchiness? They usually have a great return policy, that's always the crux of it though, the return cost on a $13-$20 knife.
     
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  19. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    Not worth the trouble of returning it. Just throw it in the don't use box or give it to someone you don't like;)
    Rich
     
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  20. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    Or leave it open and treat it like a fixed blade.
     
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