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Rough Rider Stag Whittler

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Rough Rider Stag Whittler

Rough Rider Stag Whittler

€18.00

Description

Rough Rider Whittler with Stag bone handle scales, nickel silver bolsters and inlay shield. 440 Stainless Steel clip, short clip and pen blades. Due to scales being a natural material, colour variances will occur, and may not look exactly like image.

Specification

Code RR155
Limited Edition: No
Brand: Rough Rider
Blade Material: 440 Stainless Steel
Blade Length (cm): 5.5
Blade Thickness (cm): 0.25
Closed Length (cm): 8.80
Overall Length (cm): 14.5
Blade Type: Plain
Blade Shape: Clip Point
Handle Material: Stag
Lock Type: Non-locking
UK Friendly Carry: Yes
Sheath: No
Pocket Clip: No
Product Weight (g): 66

Reviews

  1. Great budget pen knifeReview by
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    Firstly let me clarify that I like to review things based on their price range. I'm not saying a 5 star knife for £10 is the same as a 5 star knife for £200.

    That said, this is a 5 star knife.

    It really defied expectations. I picked it up on a whim to put my purchase over the level of free shipping and because I don't have any old-fashioned pocket knives in my collection. Initially I wasn't too impressed. The more I play with it and use it, the more I am considering it a diamond in the rough.

    First impressions, as mentioned, were ugly. RR have super Americana imagery all over their product, from the name to the cowboys plastered across their website. Lovely then that the blade has a nice "CHINA" stamp. I mean you knew it was coming from the price range alone, but hope springs eternal and all that. It's 440 steel, a solid, straightforward beater metal, no mention of if it's A, B, C or anywhere else on the alphabet but another reviewer said 440A so let's go with that. He also knows his stropping, so do check that review. He's not wrong though, it doesn't hold an edge long but sharpens up to razor level very quickly.

    The other thing that threw me off was the scales. Stag horn? Nah, bone. With some kind of dark green gunk rubbed into it to make the various indents look like they have more depth. It was ugly and I ended up using the tip of another knife to clear it out, looks much nicer clean in my opinion. Speaking of out of the box, it came razor sharp enough to shave arm hair or any other body hair I imagine, just in case you're the type rich enough to buy knives and use them as they come but not rich enough to buy a sharpener. You have strange finances, my friend.

    It's very well constructed, and the thick spine is comfortable to use with your thumb while carving, whittling, peeling, or whatever other things you get up to with a small pocket knife that needs fine control. I'm not here to judge. But anyway, I'm saying that for such a cheap knife it's remarkably put together, feeling on par in construction with a Victorinox worth twice the price.

    It took me time to come around, initially feeling the need to mock this All American Y'all company using Chinese production and materials, but damn if it didn't end up becoming a small favourite of mine. Two clip points and a drop point, incredibly inoffensive (my co-worker's response on borrowing it was "I think my granddad had one of these!"), good lookin' once the grime and gunk was cleared off (much like me), and extremely practical and effective (unlike me), I'll no longer mock Rough Ryder. Much. Maybe. They're on par with Case if you know them guys, but Case cost 2-3x as much, so to heck with that. Ride rough! I mean ryde.
    (Posted on )
  2. Stag-geringly good Whittler!Review by
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    Most cutlery manufacturers agree that a split-back whittler is a challenging pattern. Sort of a statement as to the maker's skill. The blending of the two springs and the dividing spacer is the tricky bit. It's not as easy as one might think to gradually taper the spacer so that it is not a protruding sharp point and keep it flush and smooth with the springs, whether any of the blades are open or closed. The spacer should also not be cut too short, so a big gap is left where the spacer stops and the two springs smoothly come together.

    Over the years the collection now includes this Whittler pattern from Case, Canal Street Cutlery, GEC, Queen and others. Rough Rider have actually done a very good job here. The main blade is robust, and the thick profile does well for rough carving, where you want to remove material quickly. The comparatively short length of the main blade is typical of the split-back whittler pattern. The philosophy is all to do with control whilst carving or whittling, where a shorter manageable blade is more useful for most situations.

    Generally, a bigger handle and a smaller blade is the way to go. Fixed blade carving knives can be quite expensive. They offer many blade shapes, almost always a very small blade set into a fairly large ergonomic wooden handle. These are for use at home or in a studio, of course. Not for EDC.

    But a pocket knife lets your hobby be portable. The smaller blades are for fine detailed work, and Rough Rider have kept to tradition by making the small blades with good flexibility, an advantage when it comes to precision cuts. The 3-1/2" closed length is the perfect size, ensuring minimal fatigue and maximum comfort for extended carving sessions.

    Expect to strop frequently, maybe every 15 minutes or so, depending on the type of wood. Smooth flat single ply cardboard works fine. Use the inside of a cracker box panel or cereal box, etc, smeared with jeweller's rouge or fine buffing compound. Avoid bends or seams. This makes a cheap effective strop. Use a flat countertop, tabletop, even a book or catalog to support your strop. Go slow at first.

    Your strop will darken quickly due to the carbon content of the steel, even the 440A stainless that RR uses. Don't throw your strop away just because it turns black! Use it until it starts to fuzz up and fall to bits. And then keep it for when your blade has been sharpened on a fine stone or steel (the function of a steel is to straighten or realign a rolled edge, or with a very fine touch, to reduce or almost eliminate a wire edge). After sharpening, a fine burr, or "wire edge" develops. If it is only a fine burr, it is time to leave off sharpening and use your old worn out strop to get rid of the wire edge. This is where cardboard is better than leather.

    When it comes to getting rid of a wire edge, which you need to do - if not, your knife won't carve well and you will become discouraged - the wire edge will chew up a leather strop in no time. But cardboard loaded with fine abrasive, as mentioned above, will quickly get rid of the wire edge. Cardboard is cheap, and easily replaced. Once the blade is sharp, you should usually only have to re-sharpen it on a stone or ceramic stick etc if the edge becomes damaged. Otherwise, just strop.

    Never force the blade or strain to make a cut. Otherwise you can easily cut something you don't want to! Let the keen edge do the work. Don't pull sideways to pry that last little bit of wood out of a tight corner. Good way to chip the blade, especially when they are thin, as they need to be to be effective.

    When sharpening or stropping keep your wrist locked. Don't rotate your wrist. You are preserving the angle of that keen edge, not buttering toast.

    Practice is the key, for carving; and maybe even more so for the beginner, sharpening and stropping. A blade that is not sharp enough is just frustrating, and really, more likely to slip.

    Get some nice basswood for starters. Not balsa wood. Balsa is coarse-grained, splits easily and takes a comparatively poor finish. Basswood while lightweight is actually a hardwood that is used in cabinetry and sometimes even for high quality solid-body electric guitars. It can be carved beautifully from almost all angles, even across the grain, and takes a good finish.

    Check online for carving and whittling tutorials or just get stuck in on a ball in a cage, a chain, love spoons, kitchen utensils, ornaments, and on and on. It's a fun hobby with a lot to offer, building skills and patience along the way.

    If you want this pocket knife for general EDC use, it will do just fine, but for carving it is better to have your knife exclusively for that. Being UK friendly, the RR Whittler means you can enjoy your hobby outdoors or indoors, with sensible discretion.

    Either way, this is a great little pocket knife built to a very good standard and at an excellent price. Enjoy!

    HH, if this review is too long , if you want to cut and paste it to a blog, that's fine with me. Cheers!
    (Posted on )
  3. ExcellentReview by
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    Usual RR quality.
    Very attractive knife indeed. I prefer this over the amber bone version as it's bigger and sits better in the hand - feels nice and chunky.

    I've bought quite a few RR's, but this one is without doubt my favourite to date.
    I may order a couple more - superb.
    (Posted on )
  4. good little knifeReview by
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    for the money, very good, split spring and all, main blade a bit clumsy with a shrort grind but what do you expect for the money? don't really think it would stand up to any real whittling but then i'm not doing any. Hennies service as usual was bar none. (Posted on )
  5. A very good quality EDC Review by
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    Very nicely made and finished knife, razor sharp out of the box. Looking forward to many years of use with this little beauty...:-) (Posted on )
  6. Another nice RRReview by
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    Nicely-made and good-looking little knife. Note that the scales are jigged bone NOT stag. (Posted on )

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