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.