Built to be versatile and durable, the RAT® series features either 1075 carbon steel, tough micarta handles and MOLLE compatible sheathes. The RAT's make ideal fixed blade "every day carry" (EDC) or for on the work site, campground or down range.
Tough, good grip, Not sure about black finish being tough enough for hard use.
Came razor sharp. Full tang so you know its strong. And it was so much lighter than I expected.
Against my better judgement i bought a rat 7 from midway after reciept of knife i noticed the usual uneven grinds . So time to reprofile then sharpen. After many attempts no luck so i took to a sharpening service who sharpens scaples for the local hospital. They laughed as they tried to sharpen knife said steel was butter soft when the got it semi sharp you could roll the edge with thumbnail. So back to midway it goes and this time i promise no matter how good the pics look never again will i buy any ontario knives.
I bought a brand new rat-7. Within a day the handle was discolored and the edge was dull from the sheath. I used it a couple times, by that I mean 2, Along side my much older, dependable knife while fishing in freshwater. The knife never once got wet. Just cut some line. Put it in my truck and a few weeks later it is rusting under the black coating and the porous handle looks like a petri dish! I tried cleaning it up... then turned my attention to the blade... this knife will take an edge but won't hold one to save your life! If I could give ZERO stars, I would. If I can save anyone from wasting their money on the most expensive piece of scrap "steel", I'll be happy. I've had $2 knives hold an edge longer. Worst knife I've ever owned.
Before my knife arrived I had ordered and received an orange Kydex sheath. So when the knife arrived I was so excited to see what it looked like in the sheath that I immediately opened the box and put the knife in the sheath. Well when I pulled the knife out of the sheath I noticed it was cover in RUST, "WHAT"...LOL What I thought was "RUST" was the "ORANGE DUST RESIDUE" from the making of the ORANGE KYDEX SHEATH. SCARY MOMENT...LOL. This knife is awesome, Lighter than I expected, so it's an easy carrying. I highly recommend this tool.