Finally got my first rat knife

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by robertj298, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. robertj298

    robertj298

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    Mar 7, 2014
    Been wanting one for a while.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. bladeblabber

    bladeblabber

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    Oct 15, 2011
    Nice. I have been a fan of the muskrat pattern for years. Is that the chestnut bone CV?
     
  3. glocktenman

    glocktenman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Rat tail blades? Pocket worn looks good!
     
  4. robertj298

    robertj298

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    Mar 7, 2014
    Yes sir
     
  5. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Congrats on the Case muskrat! :thumbsup::thumbsup::cool:
    I bought one that could be its twin almost exactly a year ago. I wish mine had a more uniform dye job, though:
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    - GT
     
  6. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    image.jpg My fathers favorite pattern, these were his
     
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  7. Tx308

    Tx308 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2014
    Not a big muskrat fan but had to have this one when I saw it.
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  8. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Nice slim easy carry knife! I like the color of the bone on yours:thumbsup:
     
  9. jc57

    jc57

    Nov 28, 2012
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    Had this beautiful Case Chestnut Bone CV Muskrat for a while. Super pocketable, great knife if you happen to like that slim clip and want two of 'em! Same frame as the 6347 Stockman.

    I sent this one on to a fellow forumite in Europe. It gave me much more pleasure to know it was in someone's hands who really wanted one than to just be in my desk drawer along with many others.

    Great knife, though.
     
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  10. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Great title, thought it was about RAT-3 knives ;) I have one of them in Ram's Horn.

    Always good to hear and see about somebody getting a new knife pattern they like :thumbsup:

    The Muskrat is an interesting pattern that takes some skill to make, especially if it is on a single-spring. Having two identical blades for skinning, so you can keep at it without breaking for sharpening, makes some sense in that context, but I've not found the need myself...However, it is an aesthetically pleasing pattern and every 'serious' enthusiast ought to have one in the collection.

    Don't have a CASE version myself, but Chestnut Bone cv is always a satisfying option. For those who may have a version whose dye is weak, a good tea bath with strong tea overnight will soon bring it on :cool: don't get appalled by the blades blackening though-you can always tape them beforehand or polish it off afterwards. Here's my Rat from Queen Cutlery, possibly one of the best made production knives I own: no gaps, play or rub, strong W&T and D2 blades on a single spring. GEC made a 66 called a Mink Skinner which is a shorter type of Muskrat and a weird Trapper called Furtaker- Clip/Wharncliffe from the same end, on I believe a 54 frame. I like the fact that GEC does experiment with blade assortments, a slap for those fogeys who mutter on about "It's never been done before, m'grandaddy wouldn't recognize it!" :rolleyes::D The Possum Skinner 82 is another Rat offshoot type, California Clip/Wharncliffe opposite ends for those who fancy 2 different blades. My own SuperRat would be California Clip/Sheepfoot opposite ends, yet to happen in round bolster form.

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