In 2002 Randall’s Adventure & Training (RAT) entered into an exclusive collaboration with Ontario Knife Co to supply a proven set of outdoor knife designs. Read our full review and field test of the Ontario RAT 1.
The Ontario RAT 1 features a 4-way clip position, heavy- duty open post construction, razor-sharp AUS-8 blade, full flat grind, reversible thumb stud, precision pivot screw, lanyard hole and ergonomic handles. It is available with a OD green, coyote brown, desert tan or black G10 handle and with a black or satin, plain or part-serrated blade. I picked the fine edge.
The Ontario Rat 1 comes in a variety of styles with different handle colours and blade coatings. The blade uses AUS-8 which I can sum up as a ‘bang for your buck’ steel. Above all I have no complaints but it cannot take a beating without showing signs of wear. I did notice slight edge rolling too.
The scales are made from a nylon resin and are tough with a nice texture in the hand. There are numerous knives on the market that come in this form factor. High end brands like SpyderCo attaching high end prices too! The Ontario RAT 1 is great if you are on a budget.