The RAT-3 was designed by Randall's Adventure and Training (hence the acronym RAT). These knives were a precursor to what is now ESEE Knives.Ontario and ESEE has since parted ways. I remember the RAT line of knives being the "cats meow" among RAT/ESEE fanboys prior to their separation. If you search both sites you will see little difference in the knife designs. However, the price is another story. Ontario offers these designs at a much more reasonable price.
- Overall length of 7.8"
- Blade length of 3.5"
- 1095 steel
- Blade Thickness of .131"
- Full Tang
- Full Flat Grind w/ Drop Point Blade
- Black Powder Coat
- Tan Micarta Scales (removable)
- Exposed Pommel w/ lanyard hole
Being a smaller knife its limited in its function. Your not going to chop trees down with it. A knife this size is more designed for camp chores or cleaning game. Although it can be used for more, like batoning smaller sized wood. It would also serve well as a EDC fixed blade.
The black powder coat looks great and held up very well even after rough use. Since 1095 is a carbon steel it is susceptible to rust. The powder coat will prevent that.
The knife came with a semi-sharp blade but with a few strops on a ceramic sharpening rod it was hair shaving sharp. 1095 will take a wicked edge fairly easily. With the RAT-3 having such a thin blade, I was a little concerned about its ruggedness. But after using the knife I was very surprised at how tough it really is. Along with a thin blade and a full flat grind, the RAT-3 carves through wood quite well. There is some aggressive jimping on the spine of the blade and gives a secure grip.
The handle doesn't fill up my hand entirely. I have about a half inch gap from the pommel. The knife has a finger choil and when choked up on the knife- it fits very well. The micarta slabs are much "softer" than other knives I own and has a comfortable feel. The micarta is a tan/gray type color and is held on by blackened hardware.
Overall I like the RAT-3 and for the price it's an exceptional value. Like I said above, this would make an excellent chore knife, skinning knife, or EDC fixed blade. You will see this knife again in the future in the "Building a Bargain Bug Out Bag"
Here is a link for purchase on Amazon: