RAT (ESEE) Cutlery

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    I have decided I want a RAT product. I am leaning toward a RC-4, or a HEST. What are the advantages/disadvantages, differences of each? I am getting money for a birthday upcoming. That will maybe up my budget considerably. Should I upgrade to a RC-5 or 6? Or are they simply too big and cumbersome, and I should stay with the HEST or RC-4? I am kind of a knife novice. I have had several folders from SOG, Cold Steel and last but not least Benchmade. I intend to use the RAT product attached or ina BOB/survival bag.
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    I just went through this dilemma last week....and went with a RAT-6 (6-inch)...wanted something similar. As a fan of serrated blades, I decided on a plain straight blade. It's easier to sharpen if you don't have the tools to sharpen serrated blades.

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    I have a H.E.S.T. and an Izula. Both are great knives. If you lean towards the H.E.S.T. let me know I might be selling mine. I've used it just a few times to open some boxes.
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    I have an Izula and i love it. i stripped all the black coating of it tonight. Its getting polished :)

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    ESEE (RAT) has a pretty good forum ( ESEE KNIVES (Formerly RAT Cutlery Company) - BladeForums.com ) with plenty of posts to help you decide.

    When I went through a similar decision a few months ago, most recommended the RC-4 as a great 'all-around' first buy. Then I added an Izula a few days later. I've been pleased with both purchases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    I intend to use the RAT product attached or ina BOB/survival bag.
    Attached to what? Your belt, or a bag? If you plan to carry it on your person, especially if you plan to carry it concealed, I'd say don't go any bigger than an RC-4. If it's going to be carried strictly in/on a bag, then one of the bigger models would be fine.

    As far as the RC-4 vs. H.E.S.T., I think whether or not you plan to carry it concealed is important again. If not, then you'd be fine with either one. If so, the H.E.S.T. has too many notches and projections that could hang up on clothing, IMO

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    It wont be a concealed knife...strictly a BOB/survival knife. Attached to a MOLLE strap most likely.
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    I have a RC-3 RC-4 HEST and Izula. As for which one you should get I sat get both but if you cant afford both, I will say this. The HEST is nice but it does have a longer handle for the size of blade it has. Also the prybar does catch on things sometimes. I carry my RC-3 on my belt for EDC and the izula on my neck EDC. Nothing against the HEST but I would lean towards the RC-4.
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    On those occasions when I had to travel in hostile environments, and all I could manage to carry was a knife, I always defaulted to my RAT-7. I also especially like the exposed metal at the grip butt that would allow for some skull cracking if puño was the available mode of the moment.

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    Just bought an RC4 from knifeworks.com. It came new in box but the sheath was scratched and the knife had wear on the screws. I attempted to return it, but knifeworks gave me the runaround and finally told me, literally, to "f*** off !", so, I went straight to Jeff Randall and he got me the discount.

    Anyways, the RC line has a strange feel in the hand, but Im sure they are fine. Just dont order from knifeworks.com

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    So where's the best place to buy one? I'm looking at the RC-3/ESEE-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holdcard View Post
    So where's the best place to buy one? I'm looking at the RC-3/ESEE-3.

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