Rough Rider & Related Slipjoints

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

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  1. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    A gift from Parke1, (thanks Dan) a Rough Rider 118 Sunfish reminds me of the Schrade 51OT a favorite knife I carried for 20 years.

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  2. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Edited to delete my nonsense. Where you replying to my question or just coincidence?
     
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  3. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Robert, excellent bone on that Congress, RR do the bone chequering really well in my experience.

    I too got hold of one of the recent Colt Buckshots. This one an interesting single-blade Gunstock. The bone is good and has fine ageing potential as it's a cream colour, mine has no bald spot....Fit & finish, good no gaps play or non flush spring. Interesting having this red colour liner between the bone and brass liners, good touch. What's much less to my liking is a massively thick blade, didn't realize it was Sabre ground...be better off with one nail nick and lose the longpull.

    Colt knives are well made, feel decent enough but I find them a bit King of Bling in appearance, very well worth the money but I still prefer the more sober RR approach.

    Thanks, Will

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  4. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    willgoy, I kinda got the king of bling impression from them too, but that buckshot bone is pretty spiffy. I also really like the red liner. I considered the gunstock - thinking now that might have been the way to go.
     
  5. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    city Yes I think the bone on these knives is good quality and appealing, same for the red liners. Overall, the knife is about the right size too for pocket carry (3.5") If you don't mind a thick blade on a Trad with Sabre grind these could be a satisfying companion.

    You asked about liner-locks. I have RR knives with them and find them very good, remember, that they have a strong backspring in addition to the lock, so they're secure unless you start foolish behaviour....:D:eek:

    Thanks, Will
     
  6. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Hey thank you for that reply! I wondered if they also had the back spring or what. I really like the slim nature of a single blade so those just went to the top of my list!!

    No pics yet but my Bear and Son 3" Trapper came today with the carbon blades. I'm a little but torn about it. it's not rounded the way I think a slipjoint should be. It's simple and functional right out of the box with good spring tension on both blades opening and closing. If you just wanted an American made knife that was ready to go and didn't care about the rest, this is a fine knife. On the other hand, a Case Mini Trapper (about the equivalent to this one) runs about the same money and I expect would have a better overall presentation. So I can't say it offers a great value. I kind of expected this based on what I had read but I was hopeful things had changed. I think this means I will be taking it to the sandpaper and making it my own. In fact I'm kinda looking forward to it.
     
  7. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Got my big honkin half hawk from RR today! Really nice, I love the tobacco bone a lot. That is my Bear & Son next to it after some significant time refinishing and grinding the handles. I gotta finish polishing it tonight, but it now feels good and I am happy with it.

    [​IMG]roughrider_hawk by city_ofthe_south, on Flickr
     
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  8. midnight flyer

    midnight flyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Those are two really nice looking knives! I really like what you did with the Bear and Sons. Gorgeous bone. And to me, I am fearless about modifying these knives to get them where I want for comfort and fit. I wouldn't take sandpaper or a Dremel to a GEC or the like, but have no problem sitting down with a piece of sandpaper and some polish like I did on my congress I posted up a bit earlier. I have taken the tools to a couple of my less expensive knives and find it to be a pretty rewarding experience.

    Good work!

    Robert
     
  9. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Thank you! And I agree - I find it very satisfying to work on my knives and in this case I went from somewhat disappointed to sitting around fondling it.

    One more of the RR. An odd thing is happening in this picture. My camera thinks the reflection in the blade is far away (or really close???) and would make it out of focus every single time. It doesn't happen on the bolsters so this is one of those brain frying moments.

    [​IMG]roughrider_halfhawk1 by city_ofthe_south, on Flickr
     
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  10. bigbadboom

    bigbadboom

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    Jan 4, 2007
    Hey all ,

    whats this pattern called ?
     
  11. bigbadboom

    bigbadboom

    417
    Jan 4, 2007
    Wharncliffe Jack ?
     
  12. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    That's a sheepsfoot, not a Wharncliffe. But, I don't know what to call that pattern. (Swayback Sheep Jack?)
     
  13. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Rough Rider is calling it a "half hawk". Model is RR1286.
     
  14. bigbadboom

    bigbadboom

    417
    Jan 4, 2007
    Argh get em mixed up sometimes

    thanks guys : )
     
  15. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Every year around this time, I start looking out for the Buck gift tins at the big box stores. It's my little holiday tradition. Usually it's a couple of their Chinese made folders with some unusual covers. I just came home with this little trapper in 'burlwood'. (and a matching lockback) I don't usually care too much for trappers, but I really like the blade shapes on this little guy. It is just about the size of a Case Peanut.

    Sorry for the photo quality.
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  16. mr_badexample

    mr_badexample

    Mar 1, 2012
    My hawk. Great work knife.
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    Red bone barlow
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  17. midnight flyer

    midnight flyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    I have been holding out on buying one of those because the shipping on one knife is about the price of the knife! But two RRs... well... if one more pattern shows up that I have to have I am certainly getting one of those! What a great looking and unusual (in a really good way) looking knife.

    Robert
     
  18. jwolf90

    jwolf90

    Oct 17, 2011
    I agree about the half hawk. I bought one for me and my old man and there both great. [​IMG]
     
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  19. Amos Iron Wolf

    Amos Iron Wolf

    Mar 7, 2006
    Aw man. I've had one of those half hawks on my watch list for awhile and been holding off. Keep showing those and saying good things about them and I'm going to have to move it from watch to buy.

    Nice ones guys.
     
  20. jwolf90

    jwolf90

    Oct 17, 2011
    Do it you won't regret it but get more than one in case you get a dud. I got 2 and one came with a twisted frame so it does happen. Great work knife highly recommend this one.
     

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