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Rough Rider & Related Slipjoints

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

  1. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 17, 2017
    I ordered my 1st two RR knives yesterday to take advantage of SMKW's free shipping on $25+ orders. I've read a lot of good things about these cheap chinese knives. We shall see :D Had my eye on the carbon knives for a while and would have thrown a viper in the cart too, if I would have known about them. Now I'm kinda curious about their 440a...

    I ordered the
    and the
    I guess I'll clean em up, sharpen em up, then beat em up and report back here.
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  2. solphilos

    solphilos Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    @wardcleaver their stainless is a decent steel, depending on your preferences. I find it quite a bit better than Cases Tru Sharp, and as mentioned doesn't seem to get that annoying wire edge when sharpening. If you like Victorinox steel you'll probably like RR's 440A.
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  3. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    There are ladies and young family members who read this forum. Please mind your choice of colorful expressions.
    "Shucks", "Gosh", and the ever popular "By Golly" are recommended replacements.
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  4. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    I sure like the crisper looking lines on the blades of those vipers than on the mirror polished knives.Hopefully they will do more patterns with grinds like that.
  5. Jody744

    Jody744 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Got my 2 “Viper” knives, for the $ they are good knives. One is spot on, the other blade centering is off a bit, but doesn’t rub. Now to get some leather through that tube and put it through its paces
  6. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Rough Riders are available at my grocery, at gun shows, hardware stores and lots of places. People buy them to use but they don't want to spend more than $15-20 for any pocket knife.
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  7. TonySal


    Jan 10, 2015
    I have a few, nice, fair and square for the price....
  8. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    Yes, indeed this is probably the majority of their market.
  9. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Or like me, they can't afford more for a pocket knife.
    Truth to tell, my RR knives do everything I need a pocket knife to do, and I enjoy using them.
    Even if I could afford to, why spend more?
    At my age, I don't need to impress anyone with a high end brand knife. (or car, bicycle, firearm, etc.)
    Besides, most folk out in the world don't know the difference a RR and say a GEC (or Case) just by looking, anyway.
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  10. mbkr

    mbkr Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    You have different grocery stores in your location. Around here (Missouri) the only place I've seen them has been at a gun show on occasion. I inherited a place in Tennessee so I occasionally visit SMKW and they have a plethora of them of course, but otherwise its all online.
  11. edbeau


    Jan 20, 2006
    After seeing the RR2038 so many times, I just had to get one. The fit on mine is great. The blade is a little off center but not an issue with me. I found it will fit perfectly in a Schrade LB5 sheath as a carry option. I saw that someone said the scales were micarta but I don't see the fabric, it also doesn't look or feel like Delrin. Any guesses on what scale material it is. Not great pictures as it is very cloudy today.


  12. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Your knife does seem to have good fit to everything. :thumbsup:
    Since the dealer calls it a Micarta Work Knife, I'm going to guess it's Micarta. :D
  13. edbeau


    Jan 20, 2006
    Thank You
  14. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    The new RR Viper pattern has been getting some pocket time from me and making its way around NYC. Today it's accompanying me at the Nasdaq stock exchange hanging around a taping of Fast Money!
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  15. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    5D9E1CDC-8116-4930-A1E2-3E2AC3C55129.jpeg Lately I have been on a RR lockback kick.
    All three of these knives are solid when locked, no play whatsoever.

    Why can’t GEC do this?
    I have maybe a dozen GEC lockbacks and 2 or 3 of them are rock solid.
  16. jrawk


    Jul 14, 2014
    It's "paper micarta" of the color black, which looks like black delrin, because, well, Both are plastic. Other lighter colors of paper micarta tend to have a gradient to the color as its sanded.
  17. jrawk


    Jul 14, 2014
    i purchased a RR2038 and it is not of the quality some are reporting. Frankly, it's very underwhelming. A step in the right direction for sure. Best thing is it's flat ground instead of hollow. But when compared to the GEC47 pattern there are glaring quality differences. "But it's a $15 knife, dude!" Yeah i know. Did you ever knowingly buy a bootleg pair of sunglasses? or a counterfeit toy? Or a maybe a purse for your wife? Those items will function just fine, and most people who make the purchase knowing they're analogs will be happy with it. Except you will notice the shortcuts taken to reproduce the cheaper analog the more time spent with it. The RR2038 is undeniably an attempt at cloning a GEC 47 as cheaply as possible, and it's priced appropriately.
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  18. mbkr

    mbkr Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Do all the blades lock on the yellow one? Or just the main blade?
  19. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Because GEC makes lockbacks anywhere from "solid" to "a little bit of lock rock". They are pretty consistent though.
    RR makes theirs from "solid" to "won't lock at all" :eek:. They are all over the place and I've had some really, really bad ones.
    Even my new Buck, which is pretty much the standard for lockbacks, has a little bit of lock rock.
    I'm glad there are some good RR lockbacks out there, but to compare a RR to a GEC... I know people like to do it though.
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  20. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    Just the big clip locks.
    It is listed as a stockman but the clip is in middle channel and the 2 small blades are on opposite side on left and right channel.
    I thought this was whittler configuration?

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