My New RAT Cutlery RC-3

My New RAT Cutlery RC-3

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    My New RAT Cutlery RC-3

    Here's the RC-3 I received from my SWAT Publisher.



    It's a limited edition SWAT 25th Anniversary blade (buy yours here).

    It's heat-treated 1095 carbon steel with tough powder coating, and has micarta grips. The blade is 3 7/8", so it's carry-legal here in TN, where the blade length limit is 4". It comes with a nylon/MOLLE sheath, and the removable nylon sheath can screw onto a belt-clip backing that is included.

    I believe everyone on staff got one, and mine is laser-engraved with my name on the other side of the blade.

    It appears very well made and is not as expensive as similar blades. It is made by Jeff Randall, who is one of SWAT's regular authors (notably in the "Against All Odds" column).

    I'll probably attach this knife to my day hiking gear; I've got a large Ka-Bar camp knife that I use on extended treks.

    Here it is beside by trusty, well-worn MOD Mark II.

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    Very nice...you appear to be right on the 'cutting edge'...

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    Beautiful looking knife, I really need to try something one.....
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    Check it out for quality reasonably priced leather and kydex Pocket, IWB and OWB Holsters......

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    That's a good all around functional design, very similar to the old Bowen design which is among my all time favorites.

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    Betty, that's one nice RAT!
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    Very nice indeed!

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    Nice knife. Good price also.

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    nice, is this the same company that makes the swamp rat? Just curious. Sorry to thread jack.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dan5505 View Post
    nice, is this the same company that makes the swamp rat? Just curious. Sorry to thread jack.

    No, it isn't. RAT (Randall's Adventure Training) is made by Ontario. Randall also started his own company RC (Randall Cutlery), but the RAT line by Ontario is still made. Swamp Rat is with the "Busse" family & more expensive, I believe.

    Personally, I think the RAT3 (In either 1095 or D2), is one of the best personal sized fixed blades around (Especially for the money). Unfortunately, my hand is too big for the handle. Their new RC3 fixes that, BTW.

    Nice knife & it'll make a great hiking knife.
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    Thanks for the link Betty, I have just ordered my S.W.A.T. RAT 3. I have been meaning to buy one but I like this personalized one better.

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    I am almost positive that the SWAT special addition knife is actually an RC-3 not the RAT-3. They are very similar at first glance but the handle is slightly larger on the RC-3 and it has the glass breaking pummel on the handle. The RAT-3 does not have this.

    Both the RAT-3 and RC-3 are products of RAT Cutlery Company. The RAT-3 is manufactured by Ontario for RAT Cutlery Company while the RC-3 is actually manufactured by Randall's new manufacturing partner Rowen Manufacturing. There is a RC-4 and RC-6 and more in the works according to Jeff Randall and his partner Mike Perrin.

    If you check out the link in this thread you will actually see that the web site refers to the SWA knife as a RC-3.

    I have the RC-3 and REALLY like it. I purchased on for my son as a Christmas gift. He is carries it daily and wears it on his body armorer. He is a Fed LEO. I am looking forward to being able to place my orer for an RC-6 in Feb/Mar.

    The official RAT Cutlry Comany site is: RAT Cutlery Company - Outdoor Forums - Randall's Adventure & Training

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    So true. we must be carfull to refer to the knives correctly to not confuse.
    The S.W.A.T. is indeed the RC-3. thanks for pointing that out.

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    I just recieved my RC-3P SWAT knife I ordered. Gotta say I love it, also great sheath they have designed to go with it as well.

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    that is one sweeeet looking rat,,,congrats,,

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    Very nice!

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