Rough Rider & Related Slipjoints

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

  1. HEMI 49

    HEMI 49 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 9, 2018
    I own around 25-30 R/R knives...…… IMO they are no worse than any knife that I bought for $150.00 or less...……. In many cases they beat the ~ $150.00 knives ……. If I had to list a bitch it would be occasional off center blades...….. But I also see that with others costing 2x to 10x as much...…. I think they are a bargain and a great knife to lug around when you don't want to get your Sunday knife all barfed up...…….
  2. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    43865984-E313-487C-A3EF-70DF68F273A6.jpeg Just got my RR viper in today and I must of got a good one.
    This baby is sweet.

    There are some rough spots like the lanyard tube and it was pretty dirty but nothing a little cleaning and sanding won’t fix.

    I do believe this is my first RR with the Y in the logo too.
    The stamping is crisp and looks more professional than older ones imo.
  3. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    There must have been a stampede. My blade is off center, but doesn’t rub. Otherwise, no discernible flaws. Pull about a 6, would probably be pinchable if not for the swedge.
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  4. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I'm glad some of you are getting some good ones. :cool::thumbsup:
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  5. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    I do not keep up with RR as much as the regulars in this thread. With regard to the "Viper", does RR tend to improve the quality of subsequent runs when the initial one reports lots of problems? That model looks like a good deal, if you can get one with usual RR f&f.
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  6. jacksterp

    jacksterp Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Received one yesterday as well and from what I can tell it is fine. Centered blade, no gaps and well sharpened.

    I will admit the blade pull is quite robust however.
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  7. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    The pull in very close to my GEC Vipers, for what it's worth.
  8. 3-1-1

    3-1-1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 2, 2012
    I don't own many RRs these days, but I have always appreciated their willingness to do some outside-the-box jigging.
    I find those are the ones I hold on to. The armidillo bone and bark bone jigging on the below-pictured two are my favorites. I also enjoy the buckshot bone that used to be reserved for the Colts, but are now on the equivalent RRs since the Colt-licensed knives are no more.
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  9. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Nice Canoe you have there. :)
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  10. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    I like the bark bone stockman. I have one and several others in that scale jigging. Love the barlow.
  11. tstaut


    Jan 6, 2012
    The new buckshot barlow looks pretty nice, although shields don't belong on barlows! [​IMG]
  12. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    I think in the spirit of the name of the knife itself, it's not a collectible. Like all of my wobbly sodbusters from German Bull, Case, etc... It's meant for cutting. Not saying that it should get a pass on quality control but perhaps lowering the bar may change your happiness factor.

    I for one am gonna be tickled pink at ripping it out of the box and tossing it in my pocket after cleaning it a bit. It's a work knife! I get mine Sat can't wait!

    PS much of my happiness stems from the fact that as much as Iike carbon steel. I end up never owning patterns like the Viper bc RR's 440a in real life fits my lifestyle so perfectly. The stuff gets hair shaving sharp fast, is super rust resistant and sharpens back up after use super quick! And as much as I like Case I have never gotten any of those pesky wire edges on an RR as I have in my Case knives.

    And I love GEC but the whole hoarding of GECs and flipping them at above market prices just puts me off. Ymmv.
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  13. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    I would wager a lot of folks that buy these will likely use them as stand ins and loaners for dirty jobs when they carry similar high end knives like the GEC patterns. Kind of like carrying a plain stainless Boker Magnum scout knife as a user instead of risking grand dad's old and venerated Ulster Official Boy Scout knife.
  14. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Being the "Grandpa" (if not "Great Grandpa") age, I carry both my plain Boker Magnum Scout or my (white scale) Ulster "Official BSA" Scout knife from c. 1965 ~1973, depending on my mood. I have no one to pass them on to other than my nephew/godson, and I already gave him an Ulster "Official BSA" Scout (in bester shape than mine) and a Buck Canoe for knock-about use ... among others.
    None of my grand kids are "into" knives.
    If I have any great grandkids, they are too young (as in they are infants) to be interested in knives or anything else 'cept maybe a bottle and a clean diaper.
    As for my grandfather's Scout knives (presuming they ever had one) they were long lost/gone before I arrived.
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  15. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Opinions vary of course, when I was carrying around GECs my favorite being the wharnie 72 I was using them. I guess collecting is fun for folks too I just don't do it myself which is why I find this brand fun.
  16. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013

    Except for the blade not sitting centered I'd be hard pressed to find any additional faults for a $20 shipped knife. No gaps etc..
  17. Jody744

    Jody744 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    I just ordered 2, since today there is free shipping for over $25 order!
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  18. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    As we gain age we often have the wisdom to do what suits us at the moment. Always good to live as the spirit moves you! I find that the plain Boker Magnum Scout captures the spirit of the Ulsters from the '60's and '70's quite well. It reminds me of my grand dad's knife, an unofficial scout type with a compass in the handle (I can't recall the maker as the knife is now just a memory).
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  19. jacksterp

    jacksterp Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    And, a lens cleaning cloth...?
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  20. Jody744

    Jody744 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Yes, they work very well with my 6 year olds glasses. And larger than normal, great for my big hands. I typically get one each year at Blade show, but missed the show this year

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