All-Time Favorite Swamp Rat?

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by scdub, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 29, 2004
    For me it’s the second generation Taliwhacker.

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    I currently own about 8 Bussekin and have had a few others that I’ve sold off.

    I love my two recent purchases: a Mega Swamp Warden and a SawManDu, but even my new babies can’t replace my Taliwhacker as my absolute favorite. It’s still the knife I take out on the trail the most.

    It has a great, slightly blade-heavy balance. It’s light enough to carry around easily, long enough to chop wood quite well, thin enough behind the edge to zip through soft vegetation, and it’s designed to do all these things comfortably while still being a very capable fighter.

    What’s your favorite rat and how come?
     
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  2. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    Tough to say for sure, and I have many, but my first Rat was the BattleRat when the Swamp first got started and holds a special place for me.
     
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  3. Big Ol’ Hauger

    Big Ol’ Hauger Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 8, 2019
    I’m still new to the Swamp Rat line. This year was my first purchase directly from Wauseon, a Christmas in July grab bag. I figured if anything, I’d keep my favorite, and sell off whatever else I got to recover some of the funds. First blade was a BG BM. Nice! Next was an Infiweiler. Cool! Then I unwrapped the third, and it was a Crabmandu. The two bigguns went on the block soon after. I love this “little” knife! It’s perfection to me in every way. If I had to sell off everything one day, this one still wouldn’t leave the house. Aside from those two, I had a Mega Warden, which ended up moving along (yes regrets) and recently got the SMD. There will definitely be more Swampy goodness in my future.
     
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  4. RATequila

    RATequila

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    Dec 30, 2019
    welcome to the club my friend... there is gong to be a lot of exciting things coming out of the swamp in the future!!!
     
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  5. Big Ol’ Hauger

    Big Ol’ Hauger Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 8, 2019
    Thank you, RATequila! Keep ‘em coming!
     
  6. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Still have a real soft spot for my Chopweiler(s).
     
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  7. inkynate

    inkynate

    Sep 4, 2010
    +1 on the Chopweilers. Next up would be my Jackmandu.
     
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  8. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 29, 2004
    I had a Jackmandu and the size/weight/balance were all about perfect - only reason I let it go was it didn’t have quite enough guard for me.

    Jackmandu with a Rodent 7 style guard would probably be my grail if they made one...
     
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  9. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Ratmandu.
     
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  10. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I guess one could say that I like the Ratmandu - I've got a few around here someplace.
    But I carry my R3s a lot more frequently.
    And it's my Waki on display on my desk.
    Those RMDs, though...
     
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  11. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Desert Jack gets honorable mention from me.

    My most used Rat model are my Swamp Wardens though. I have a bunch, stashed all over the place. Cars, packs, kitchen, nightstand, etc. Great little knife!
     
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  12. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    You still have that green R3?
     
  13. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Mine is my rodent solution. A close second is the ratmandu.
     
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  14. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I do not - I've pared down to just 3 - all CS satins.
     
  15. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Tough......by numbers ;) it's the RMD. That knife hits many many sweet spots. By use for me it is my old and abused HRLM, that wonderful RMD handle wit a great slightly smaller blade for my needs. My CS Drop Point Rodent Trail rates well as does my Rodent Solution. I don't have a Choppy but WANT one badly..!!
     
  16. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Rodent Trail or the Rodent Solution. Either one.
     
  17. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 29, 2004
    Might have to put a Rodent Solution on the list. Looks like it would make a nice hunting knife...
     
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  18. Rat Finkenstein

    Rat Finkenstein Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2005
    Rat Daddy
     
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  19. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    They do. Rodent Trail has the same handle as the RS, but doesn't have the rounded off spine/butt. This is an old pic that might help showing them (the two custom shop knives had a choil added in place of the guard.

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  20. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    In my opinion the Rodent Trail is a perfect hunting knife, but I would rather have the Rodent Solution as an EDC. I missed the boat on the Solution and never have managed to score one for myself. My buddy has one that I covet bit he wont turn it loose. Lol!
     

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