At first glance, you might be turned off by the aesthetics of our latest Badass Knife of the Week. But looks can be deceiving.

The Ontario RAT Model 1 is a beater knife that’s universally acclaimed for its performance by pretty much everyone who uses it. Those who need a reliable budget folder to get the job done are always pointed to the RAT 1.

How did this simple folder garner such a powerful reputation?

It all starts with the 3.6-inch satin finished blade. The classic drop point blade profile won’t blow long-time knife users away, but it provides a versatility and functionality that’s essential in a good EDC.

Ontario Knife Company gets the most out of the AUS-8 stainless steel used for the blade. AUS-8 is tough, holds an edge like nobody’s business, and resists corrosion.

This model is a basic manual opening knife with ambidextrous thumb studs for easy one-handed opening. There’s also a newer assisted-opening RAT Model 1A if you prefer that. Both stay open with a liner lock.

The handle of the RAT 1 doesn’t look like much, but it’s thoughtfully designed. The black nylon scales are durable with enough texture to offer a solid grip in different weather conditions. Contours along the grip allow you to hold it comfortably in various positions.


Finally, a four-position pocket clip bearing the Ontario “O” lets you carry the knife exactly the way you want.

The popularity of this model means it’s available in different styles, such as a satin serrated version, a black version, a pink version, and more. You can see a selection here.

For more information on this Badass Knife of the Week, check out the product page for the Ontario RAT Model 1.



Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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