Pros: Handle Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, None
The large folding knife is the ideal style for eviscerating (gutting) deer. Here in New Jersey we kill a lot of deer and the RAT has proven itself on the hunt. When we gut deer we like to remove the sternum. This requires cutting through the rib joints on each side. The knife must be sharp, strong and large enough for the task, but easy to carry. The RAT meets these requirements. It locks up solid (no blade play) and was sharp out of the box. After use the blade only required a touch-up on the diamond sharpener The reason for the 4 rating is the blade steel. AUS-8A is a good knife steel, but not great like ATS 34 or S35V so it requires touch-up more often.