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    3.5" or less fixed blade

    I am looking for a fixed blade knife, 3.5" blade or less for carry.

    Does anyone have any information, good or bad, about this knife.

    It is the Ontario RAT-3, it seems to go for about $65-85 looking at ebay and various internet sites.

    http://www.ontariorat.com/rat-3.htm



    Any other suggestions for fixed blades under 3.5"?
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    I don't have any suggestions, but I like that knife. I've been looking for a fixed blade about that size myself. I like that one as well as any I've seen.

    Now if it just had an IWB sheath.

    Follow up:
    The best prices I can find on the RAT-3 is $85 ????

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    Here are another two knives I have been looking at.

    Benchmade resistor

    http://www.benchmade.com/products/pr...aspx?model=220



    Boker subcom fixed (they make a folder in this style also)

    https://www.bokerusa.com/artikel.asp?ProductType=subcom

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    I've seen the Resistor before, it's nice too, but I think I still like the RAT-3 better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle View Post
    I don't have any suggestions, but I like that knife. I've been looking for a fixed blade about that size myself. I like that one as well as any I've seen.

    Now if it just had an IWB sheath.

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    The best prices I can find on the RAT-3 is $85 ????
    The sheath actually comes with an IWB clip as well as a TekLok. I have used this little knife very hard and it is holding up like a champ. The D2 takes a very sharp edge and holds it as well as anything I have owned.
    I think the prices have gone up on these since I got mine. IIRC, I paid $70 for mine a little over a year ago.
    Here's a link to a little known dealer with great prices. $67.07 for the RAT-3 http://www.dlttradingcompany.com/ind...Path=48_208_81

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    I almost wish you hadn't showed me that!

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    I have, but don't carry, a CRKT First Strike. Their smallest blade is smaller than 3.5" and has a nice sheath that has multiple carry options. I currently have the sheath set to be carried horizontally in front with no obtrusions wearing normal clothes.

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    I'll also put in my recommendation for the Resistor. I've carried it for a few years and its a wonderful knife.

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    I have been looking at the Rat-3 for a while. haven't bought it but plan to.

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    I just don't know how I feel about reseathing an IWB knife... OUCH!!!

    I use my carry knofe so often I would have to constantly resheath it and KNOW I would stick muself eventually. Hope you find one you like.

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    I honestly dont understand the desire for a fixed blade carry knife , this isnt ment to be a smart*** trolling post or anything , but with the number of quality folders out there nowdays , why on earth would you want to nearly double the length of your knife and deal with the carry issues this creates . To me this is like having a 1911 chambered to .380 LOL . Anyway I am shure folks will chime in and clear up my confusion .
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Altitude View Post
    Any other suggestions for fixed blades under 3.5"?

    You can get a Timberline Mini Pit Bull for pretty cheap. It's a stout little knife, and while it's not made of the all-fired best ever steel that can shave the heads off nails and not need sharpening, it'll do what is needed of it, I think. I have two. I would avoid the combo edged model, though, because I think they "did the serrations wrong." (They seem to be the reverse of how serrations should be ground.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Repairs View Post
    I honestly dont understand the desire for a fixed blade carry knife , this isnt ment to be a smart*** trolling post or anything , but with the number of quality folders out there nowdays , why on earth would you want to nearly double the length of your knife and deal with the carry issues this creates.

    - Because any fixed-blade knife is generally significantly stronger than a folder version.
    - Because there is less to break, less to maintain, less to malfunction. No hinge, no springs, no places for gunk or grit or lint to accumulate and affect functioning.
    - Because a fixed-blade knife is faster into action than a folder, generally.

    If all you are concerned with is the issues that may arise due to concealing a longer knife, why don't you ask why anyone would CCW a full-sized 1911 or Hi Power, etc. when they could opt for a GLOCK 27? I think that what it comes down to is, IF you prefer it, and you can do it and manage it, why not?

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    Can I Really Get A 1911 In .380?...

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Repairs View Post
    I honestly dont understand the desire for a fixed blade carry knife , this isnt ment to be a smart*** trolling post or anything , but with the number of quality folders out there nowdays , why on earth would you want to nearly double the length of your knife and deal with the carry issues this creates . To me this is like having a 1911 chambered to .380 LOL . Anyway I am shure folks will chime in and clear up my confusion .
    NOT...

    ...actually I also agree...there are too many good folders to pick from...other than deer hunting, why would I need one?

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