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Username Post: Ranger RD9 vs. Ontario/ Ranger RD9?        (Topic#861694)
Saam
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10-02-09 16:52.45 - Post#1949580    



Just wanted to mention..first post on the forums!

To the point:

I'm in the market for a camping/hunting/survival knife and I was pretty set on the RTAK II but I stumbled upon the RD9. I've heard so many great things about this knife and now...I want it. The only problem is, I've heard that the RD9s marketed under Ontario's name have a taper starting from the handle. I'm going to be batoning/ chopping with this blade a lot so I think a full thickness throughout would suit me better. I'm just wondering if there are any RD9s still on the market made by Ranger Knives/ Justin and if they're going to be hugely expensive or not. If not, I'm going to have to decide between an RTAK II (full thickness throughout, I think...) and the Ontario/ Ranger RD9, so I need help with that if the first answer is no. I'm limited to about $140 with shipping, and need this thing soon, WA hunting season is coming so close! Thanks a lot guys - Sam. P.S. Sorry for the not-so-tidy organization. lol


EDIT: Open to other knife suggestions as well.
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Edited by Saam on 10-02-09 17:02.15. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 


wstwood
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10-02-09 18:55.45 - Post#1949608    


    In response to Saam

IIRC Ontario was corrected on that and they no longer taper the blade.

If they do, have Justin make you a straight spine knife.
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cody1
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10-03-09 00:36.38 - Post#1949637    


    In response to Saam

Saam, welcome to the forum. The Ontario RD9 will still be tougher than the Rtak2. The Rtak is 3/16" 1095. The Rd is .25" 5160. Tacsar here on the forum has been beating the living lights out of Ontario RD9 and has had no issue. They got the heat treat right, the taper is not that dramatic, and I like the 5160 better for a chopper than 1095. Both good knves. Rangers lead the way.
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marcinek
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10-03-09 02:03.11 - Post#1949674    


    In response to cody1

welcome to Knfoeforums and the Ranger Forum Saam!

Heres is what Justin told me when I asked him if all the OKC Ranger RDs were tapered...

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They weren't all made that way.....about 50 of each made it through without the taper. THe next run will indeed be nontapered. Hope that helps!

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cutter17
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10-03-09 06:28.56 - Post#1949810    


    In response to marcinek

I have an RD-7 with the tapering, but I sorta like it, as it seems to make the knife more lively in hand. I bought this one last winter. I just received my RD-9 yesterday and it is a full .25" thick from back to front. I would just call whoever you order from and ask them to check it before shipping. I ordered mine from Roger at www.knifeworks.com
 
Leatherface
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10-03-09 07:57.21 - Post#1949838    


    In response to cutter17

PERSONALLY


and I do mean personally

I like the idea of a tapered RD9

YOu get much of the strength of a prybar while having a blade that is much livelier in the hand

Just have Justin make you one that has a nice distal taper with a sweet differential HT and all is well



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Cybrok
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10-03-09 09:55.48 - Post#1949883    


    In response to cody1

  • cody1 Said:
Saam, welcome to the forum. The Ontario RD9 will still be tougher than the Rtak2. The Rtak is 3/16" 1095. The Rd is .25" 5160. Tacsar here on the forum has been beating the living lights out of Ontario RD9 and has had no issue. They got the heat treat right, the taper is not that dramatic, and I like the 5160 better for a chopper than 1095. Both good knves. Rangers lead the way.



Is there really a difference from a user point of view between 1095 and 5160? I would tent to say 5160 is just less a PITA to Heat treat.

The thicker spine makes it a better chopper IMO.

(final word, whatever the reason the RD is better )

I'll have to get a RD9 one of these days.
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Saam
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10-03-09 14:53.41 - Post#1949999    


    In response to Cybrok

  • Cybrok Said:
  • cody1 Said:
Saam, welcome to the forum. The Ontario RD9 will still be tougher than the Rtak2. The Rtak is 3/16" 1095. The Rd is .25" 5160. Tacsar here on the forum has been beating the living lights out of Ontario RD9 and has had no issue. They got the heat treat right, the taper is not that dramatic, and I like the 5160 better for a chopper than 1095. Both good knves. Rangers lead the way.



Is there really a difference from a user point of view between 1095 and 5160? I would tent to say 5160 is just less a PITA to Heat treat.

The thicker spine makes it a better chopper IMO.

(final word, whatever the reason the RD is better )

I'll have to get a RD9 one of these days.


LOL, I'm only 15 and I'm getting one. I appreciate a good blade no matter what my age is..:P
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cody1
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10-03-09 23:27.16 - Post#1950107    


    In response to Cybrok

  • Cybrok Said:
  • cody1 Said:
Saam, welcome to the forum. The Ontario RD9 will still be tougher than the Rtak2. The Rtak is 3/16" 1095. The Rd is .25" 5160. Tacsar here on the forum has been beating the living lights out of Ontario RD9 and has had no issue. They got the heat treat right, the taper is not that dramatic, and I like the 5160 better for a chopper than 1095. Both good knves. Rangers lead the way.



Is there really a difference from a user point of view between 1095 and 5160? I would tent to say 5160 is just less a PITA to Heat treat.

The thicker spine makes it a better chopper IMO.

(final word, whatever the reason the RD is better )

I'll have to get a RD9 one of these days.



1095 and 5160 seem to sharpen about the same. 5160 at .25" will be tougher than 3/16" 1095. .25" 5160 is tougher than .25" 1095. toughness refers to it's ability to bend and pop back to true. As you should know, and do!
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Cybrok
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10-04-09 04:29.05 - Post#1950252    


    In response to cody1

Just to add: As I prefer 5160 for bigger blades, I would stay with 1095 for a blade under 4". For instance: 1095 is perfect for something like a RAT-3.
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