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Not everyone can afford $200 or more for a top quality folding knife. Even $150 is pushing it for many. However, everyone deserves a knife they can trust their life to in extreme conditions, a knife you can bet your life on™. The Doug Ritter RSK® Mk1 meets that goal at an affordable price. This is a collaborative evolution of Benchmade's Griptilian™ folder produced exclusively to Doug's specifications. "RSK®" stands for Ritter Survival Knife, an indication of its strength and reliability, but it's really a perfectly practical everyday carry knife. Thousands have been sold and are in daily use throughout the world, from urban city to Alaskan wilderness to Middle-Eastern war zones.
The sturdy black ergonomic glass-filled Noryl GTX handles, stainless inset liners and patented super strong ambidextrous AXIS™ Lock are pure Griptilian™. This is a handle that just plain works with a secure non-slip grip and a pronounced finger guard for safety, as well as a full-size lanyard hole. The pocket clip is reversible.
What helps sets the RSK® Mk1 apart is Doug's wide-chord and robust drop point blade design. This is a traditional blade style, very strong all the way to the point and very versatile, if not particularly "sexy" or "tactical." In today's politically correct world, that may not be such a bad thing for an everyday carry blade.
The blade's spine incorporates a prominent ramped thumb rest for enhanced control and security. This thumb rest portion of the spine also does an excellent job creating sparks using an artificial flint and can be used with the knife closed for added safety.
The 3.44 in. (8.74 cm) blade has a high, flat grind for cutting ease and strength. This grind makes for excellent slicing geometry; field reports confirm that it is an extraordinarily efficient slicer.
Dual thumb lugs provide ambidextrous opening, easy even with gloves on, completing the fully ambidextrous nature of the RSK® Mk1.
Topping this all off, the 0.115-inch (2.92 mm) thick blade is made of Crucible's superb, premium performance CPM S30V high-carbon stainless steel. It's proven tough and holds an edge.
The blade finish is a strikingly beautiful, but very practical "stone washed" tumbled finish that also serves to seal the metal's pores for added protection and strength. The result is a subdued finish, but one that is smooth and just barely lustrous. The finishing media and process was designed expressly for this knife to get the exclusive finish quality Doug desired.
Blade Material CPM S30V hardened to 58-60 HRC
Blade Length 3.44 in. (8.74 cm)
Blade Thickness 0.115 in. (2.92 mm)
Blade Shape Wide-Chord Drop Point
Blade Grind High Flat grind
Blade Finish Stonewashed
Closed Length 4.62 in. (11.73 cm)
Open Length 8.06 in. (20.47 cm)
Weight 3.82 oz. (108.29 g)
Handle Material Glass-filled Noryl GTX
Liners 410 Stainless Steel
Pivot Washers Phosphor Bronze
Pocket Clip Ambidextrous Reversible, Removeable, Parkerized Stainless Steel
Lock Mechanism Ambidextrous AXIS Lock
Opener Ambidextrous Dual Thumb Studs
Doug's RSK® Mk1 is made in the USA and is covered by Benchmade's Limited Lifetime Warranty and their exclusive Lifesharp® Service.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Doug Ritter RSK® Knife goes to support the non-profit Equipped To Survive Foundation. Equipped To Survive
More details can be found at Doug's web site. Doug Ritter