From Smoky Mountain Knife Works – “All of the knives in the Rough Ryder Black & Blue Series feature mirror polished 440A stainless steel blades with half stops and match strike pulls. The handles are blue sawcut jigged bone with black under liners, brass liners, and nickel silver pins, shield and Slant R bolsters. This Rough Ryder Black & Blue Series Elephant Toe features a large cleaver and a small Wharncliffe blade. It’s 4.125″ closed and weighs 5.96oz. Rough Ryder is always built by hand and backed for life.”
The Rough Ryder Black and Blue Series is really a nice group of knives – I grabbed two of them ( to start – LOL! ) just to get a look at them – everything I could find – pics and videos – they looked good to me, so I’m like sure – you bet -I couldn’t decide which one to start with – so I bought them both – this and a Hawkbill all y’all will get a look at in a later review . . .
They come in a really upscale box that is cool by itself – it has a magnetic closure so you’re not trying to open flaps or pry a lid off without damaging the box . . .
Rough Ryder’s marketing department should get a thumbs up for the packaging . . .
At just over 7 inches with the main blade opened – the knife looks good and balances good in the hand – not back or front heavy – Rough Ryder is calling this a cleaver style blade – I’m thinking more of a modified Wharncliffe – but hey – they made it – so they can call it anything they want!
Several reviews I watched / read out here on the web noted some fit / finish issues with this pattern – this one is impressive – especially when you think about the fact it’s a 22 dollar knife – a real good value for the money . . .
This next one I tried to get a tight focus on the fit and finish between the scale and the front bolster – it’s real tight and the fit is that good all over the knife . . .
A lot of people don’t like the large logo on the front bolster – you have to wonder if they buy stuff just so they have “something” to bitch about – it’s not like the logo is not visible in the pictures – just saying . . .
Below is a pic with both blades open – the smaller blade IS a Wharnclffe pattern blade and to me the main blade is more Wharncliffe ( modified ) than a cleaver . . .
The little bit of belly on the main blade makes for a lot easier cutting on a flat surface . . .
If you are thinking about a Sunfish / Elephant Toe pattern knife for something different the Rough Ryder Black and Blue pattern is something you should consider – and with the fast shipping and great service from Smoky Mountain you haven’t ordered one yet because . . .?
I wonder which one – alright – which two I should pick up next?
What’s in YOUR pocket?
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!