What is the difference between these knives and the Ontario RAT knives?
I have a Ontario RAT 3 and it seems to be identical to the RC-3 down to the blade material and micarta handles.I've been really happy with mine and was just wondering what the difference was. Thanks
They are both good knives, but only one is great.
RAT knives have an unconditional lifetime warranty. Does not matter if your the original owner, you bought the knife used, or if you found the knife in a dumpster somewhere.
If it breaks, they replace it PERIOD. Saw it in half with a hack saw, doesn't matter, they will replace it.
The same can't be said about ontario knives.
The "rumors" about the beef between the two companies are true. What happened was that Ontario sued RAT cutlery over the RAT trademark. Ontario claimed the RAT trademark was theirs. However, Jeff Randall had been using the logo and name since 1997 and it wasn't until 2002 that a contract was made by the two companies to make the then Ontario/RAT knives. When there was a disagreement, the two owners went there separate ways and it was RAT CUTLERY and ONTARIO RAT. As far as I know although the RAT name legally belonged (and still belongs) to Jeff Randall. Jeff Randall never had a beef with Ontario about the name. It was only until Ontario tried to sue the smaller company, which was the legal owner of the name that things got bad.
I personally know owners of Ontario knives who have thrown out the stuff over this story. It was a very low blow to Jeff Randall.
If the knives were equally good, I would still get the real RATS over the Ontarios just because of that cowardly move by Ontario. But the fact of the matter is RAT Cutlery knives are superior knives with a superior warranty.