It’s a good time to be a traditional slipjoint pocket knife fan. Rough Ryder has released a first production run of a new pocket knife and it’s available now. The Rough Ryder Micarta Work Knife is a traditional pattern similar to some models produced in New England knife companies during the 1800s. It’s definitely a little something new for Rough Ryder fans and a great option for any slipjoint-newcomer. At only only $13, it’s an amazing knife for the price. Let’s take a look at it.
The Micarta Work Knife features a 3.125″ satin-finished, 440A stainless steel Wharncliffe blade. It has a long swedge that extends over half the length of the spine and opens with a traditional nail nick. The walk and talk is outstanding with a nice strong backspring and well-defined half stops. The models that we got a chance to play with came razor sharp out of the box. The Wharncliffe blade is excellent for piercing and daily cutting work.
For a first production run of a new pattern and with new handle materials, the Micarta Work Knife has a pretty good fit and finish for the price. The black paper micarta handles are mounted on brass liners and accented with brushed stainless steel ringed bolsters. It also has a generous lanyard tube, so feel free to throw a paracord fob on there. With no shield and some seriously curvy lines, this pocket knife is also easy on the eyes. The simple and clean design elevate it beyond a work knife to a knife that easily doubles as a gentleman’s knife.
Rough Ryder Micarta Work Knife Details
- 440A Stainless Steel, Satin Finish
- 3.125” Wharncliffe Blade
- Nail Nick Opener
- Half Stops
- Paper Micarta Handles
- Brass Liners
- Nickel Silver Pins
- Brushed Stainless, Ringed Bolsters
- Lanyard Tube
- 2.88 oz.
- 3.87” Closed
The new Rough Ryder Micarta Work Knife is a good knife with a clean, classic design you can get for about $13. If you’re interested in this knife, click any link in the article or the button down below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.