Doug Ritter Auto-RSK®, 3.44" Stonewashed CPM-MagnaCut Drop Point Plain Blade, Black G-10 Handle
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Introducing the Auto-RSK®! Survival authority and Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter has added an automatic version of his popular RSK® Mk1-G2 folder to his RSK® line, manufactured by Hogue, EXCLUSIVELY from KnifeWorks. The Auto-RSK® features a G10 handle, Ritter's highly regarded wide-chord, high flat-ground drop point blade in CPM MagnaCut and Hogue's robust torsion spring push-button auto mechanism. Ritter said, "I don't believe that you will find a better overall value in a USA-made automatic for everyday utility or survival. And, like every Doug Ritter RSK®, it's a knife you can bet your life on™. Click to review ALL available models of Doug Ritter RSK® Knives and Doug Ritter Gear.
Sales of Doug Ritter's RSK® knives allow him to continue his Knife Rights efforts to forge a Sharper Future for all Americans. Jim Bruhns, Hogue Managing Partner, said, "We couldn't be prouder to partner with Doug to manufacture his highly regarded knives. That this will allow Doug to continue to fight for our rights is just icing on the cake for all of us at Hogue who one hundred percent support Knife Rights."
The Auto-RSK's® blade is powered by a torsion spring from W.C. Wolff Co., famed worldwide for their superior springs engineered and manufactured in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Tens of thousands of Hogue automatic knives with Wolff springs have been in service worldwide, with civilians and military, earning a reputation for durability and reliability.
The operating button provides a non-slip surface that makes it easy locate while in the pocket and easy to operate no matter how slippery or with gloves. The Auto-RSK® incorporates a manual slider safety that can be used if desired.
Jimping on the liners, handle and the blade thumb ramp are designed to be thumb-friendly, while still providing plenty of purchase.
The Auto-RSK® blade retains the exact same widely acclaimed 3.4-inch drop point profile with a high flat grind as Ritter designed for the original RSK™ Mk1. It is produced from premium Crucible Industries CPM MagnaCut powder metallurgy high carbon stainless steel produced in the USA. It has a stonewashed finish to provide added corrosion resistance and which also helps hide scratches.
Dr. Larrin Thomas' groundbreaking CPM MagnaCut steel is cryogenically processed to achieve a hardness of HRC 61-63 for an optimum blend of edge-holding and toughness. MagnaCut provides equal or better toughness, improved edge holding and improved corrosion resistance compared to the already exceptional CPM 20CV steel.
The blade rides between phosphor bronze washers for the utmost in simplicity and reliability. The pivot screw is adjustable using a standard Torx driver.
The ergonmic handle scales are CNC-machined from black G10 high-pressure laminate aerospace composite. An "index bump" on the underside offers added security and comfort. The radial and checkered pattern machined into the surface combines effective grip with stunning esthetics. Ritter credits a fixed blade handle design by Les George on a Hydra Fighter he donated to Knife Rights' Ultimate Steel 2015 fundraiser as inspiration for that motif. A lanyard hole is located at the tail end of the handle.
The handle incorporates open construction with three standoffs. The Auto-RSK® is neutrally balanced, Ritter's ideal for this size knife. The Auto-RSK® with the G-10 handle weighs in at 4.5 oz (127 g) with the clip.
The Auto RSK® carries with a custom black-Cerakoted stainless steel deep-carry pocket clip. The clip is reversible for ambidextrous tip-up carry. While retained by two screws, a standard 3-screw pattern (Benchmade, Spyderco, Emerson, etc.) is provided so that owners can exchange the clip for any of the wide variety of aftermarket and custom clips available. Brass inserts provide secure retention of the clip screws. All the hardware is black coated.
The Auto-RSK® comes in a zippered pouch embroidered with the Doug Ritter logo.
Like every Hogue-built knife, the Auto-RSK® is manufactured in the USA and is backed by three generations of manufacturing expertise and Hogue's limited lifetime warranty.
Specifications subject to change without notice
Doug Ritter is an award-winning journalist and founder of Equipped To Survive with over 30 years of experience reviewing outdoor and survival gear. He is the sole consumer advocate serving on SAE and RTCM committees that develop U.S. and international minimum performance standards and guidance for distress beacons, other emergency signaling devices and all the passenger safety, survival and evacuation equipment used on commercial aircraft. Ritter designs and consults on survival gear, survival kits and outdoor equipment including knives.
Ritter is also the founder and Chairman of Knife Rights (www.KnifeRights.org), America's premier knife owner advocacy organization responsible for 44 bills repealing knife bans in 27 states and over 175 cities and towns since 2010.
Hogue, Inc. (www.Hogueinc.com), parent company of Hogue Knives, began its journey in 1968 manufacturing handgun grips in the United States. The brand’s reputation and success set the stage for expansion into knives, and both facets of the business have become synonymous with American quality and tradition. Today, Hogue Knives has surpassed a decade of precision engineering and stringent manufacturing practices that have given rise to knives of exceptional performance. Hogue Knives are also issued to all branches of the U.S. military.
Led by Master Tool Maker, Jim Bruhns, Hogue Knives strives to deliver industry-leading fit, form and function. Every knife that leaves the floor leverages the expertise of three generations of skilled craftsmen and ambitious end users, ensuring dependability and a lifetime of use.
RSK® is a registered trademark of Douglas S. Ritter
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