Doug Ritter Mini-RSK® MK1-G2 Knifeworks Exclusive - G-Mascus® Red G-10/ Stonewashed Crucible CPM-20CV
NOTE: G-Mascus® handle pattern varies, each is unique and one-of-a-kind, and will not exactly match that shown.
MSRP: $169.95 FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY - KnifeWorks EVERYDAY LOW PRICE: $149.95 with FREE Continental U.S. Ground Shipping
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"The hype was 100% legit. What an amazing knife...Just fantastic. Great work and congratulations."
-- m_c_harris87 on Instagram
"It's so much bang for the buck...This gets the number one spot."
-- "Epic Snuggle Bunny" Auston H. (knife reviewer) - Auston's 2019 Top 5 Picks Video
The next generation of survival authority and Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter's popular Mini-RSK® Mk1 ambidextrous folder, manufactured by Hogue, is now available EXCLUSIVELY from KnifeWorks. The Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 (Generation 2) is an upgraded version of the original Mini-RSK® Mk1 that Ritter introduced in 2004. It features a G10 handle, Ritter's highly regarded wide-chord, high flat-ground drop point blade in CPM 20CV, 2.9 inches long, the ambidextrous ABLE™ Lock and other refinements. Ritter said, "I don't believe that you will find a better overall value in a USA-made folder for everyday utility or survival. And, like the original, it's a knife you can bet your life on™."
The Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 is a compact, more conveniently sized, or more politically correct, version of the highly praised 3.44-inch original. It is a superb utility folder and it will meet blade length restrictions that in some jurisdictions or locations still limit carry knives to a maximum three-inch blade length (albeit fewer than before Ritter started Knife Rights)
"This is a fantastic knife...It's just a great, great utility knife, field knife, tactical knife. Doug Ritter, Knife Rights, Hogue; dynamite combination, dynamite knife...I love the knife."
-- Joe Paranee (knife & sword reviewer, collector, hunter)
Ritter continued, "a number of knife companies approached me after I announced that Benchmade discontinued production, eager to take on this successful line of knives." In the end, Ritter has teamed with Hogue, Inc. to produce the next generation RSK® Mk1-G2 and Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2. Ritter said, "in Hogue I believe I have found a partner who understands my goals, is dedicated to producing world-class knives in the U.S. with customer service second to none. They are also committed to helping Knife Rights continue to forge a Sharper Future for all Americans."
"WOW, this knife!...Awesome!...Probably the one I carried, maybe, arguably, the most...Really an excellent knife, I highly recommend it"
-- "The Knife Junkie" Bob DeMarco (knife reviewer) - Top 10 Most Carried Knives of 2019" Video
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."
"Needs must when the devil drives," said Ritter. The question facing Ritter was what would the next generation knife look like; how could he make it better? Over the years Ritter had considered "next gen" versions in various configurations, some even got sketched or spec'd out with Benchmade. However, none ever came to fruition for him.
-- Nick Shabazz (knife reviewer)
-- Nick Shabazz - Nick's 2019 Gear of the Year Video Review
Since Ritter first saw the original Benchmade prototype knife with the ambidextrous AXIS* lock, designed by knifemakers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams, he has been a huge fan. Ritter took note that the patent on that outstanding lock expired in 2016.
Ritter has dubbed the improved version of this lock used in this next generation Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 the ABLE™ Lock—standing for "Ambidextrous Bar Lock Enhanced." The ABLE™ Lock incorporates superior finish and geometry for smoother operation, a tougher lock bar and Wolff omega springs.
W.C. Wolff Co. is famed worldwide for their superior springs engineered and manufactured in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Wolff springs are respected for outstanding durability, thus providing enhanced reliability for the ABLE™ Lock. Wolff also provides the torsion springs used in Hogue's automatic knives.
The ABLE™ Lock liners are secured by two offset screws. The additional screw and offset design provides added strength and rigidity to the knife and lock assembly.
Jimping on the liners, handle and the blade thumb ramp have been redesigned to be more thumb-friendly, while still providing plenty of purchase.
The Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 blade retains the same widely acclaimed 2.9-inch drop point profile with a high flat grind as Ritter designed for the original Mini-RSK™ Mk1. It is produced from premium Crucible Industries CPM 20CV 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. The blade is cryogenically processed to achieve a hardness of HRC 61-62 for an optimum blend of edge-holding and toughness.
The blade rides between phosphor bronze washers for the utmost in simplicity and reliability. The pivot screw is adjustable using a standard Torx driver. Dual thumbstuds, which carry through the tri-wing theme of the ABLE™ Lock lockbar, allow for ambidextrous opening.
-- H. Clay Alders in Jan. 2020 KNIFE Magazine
The blade is laser engraved with Doug Ritter's logo and the steel type on the front and the Hogue logo and "USA" on the reverse.
The handle scales are CNC-machined from black G10 high-pressure laminate aerospace composite. Compared to the original Mini-RSK® Mk1, it provides improved ergonomics. 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. The handle is 0.16 inches (4 mm) longer to allow for the lanyard hole to be located at the tail end of the handle.
The handle incorporates open construction with two standoffs. Compared to the solid back of the original Mini-RSK Mk1, this allows for easier cleaning. The Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 is neutrally balanced, Ritter's ideal for this size knife. The RSK® Mk1-G2 weighs in at a svelte 2.6 oz (75g) with the clip.
The Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 carries with a custom stonewashed 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.
The Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 comes in a zippered pouch embroidered with the Doug Ritter/Hogue logo.
Like every Hogue-built knife, the Mini-RSK® Mk1-G2 is manufactured in the USA and is backed by three generations of manufacturing expertise and is covered by Hogue's recently updated limited lifetime warranty that accommodates owner maintenance and disassembly.
|Knife Type||Folding||Blade Finish||Tumbled|
|Product Name||Handle Material||G-Mascus® G10 Composite|
|Model #||DR54191||Handle Color||Red/Black|
|Overall Length||6.875 inches (17.46 CM)||Lock Type||Ambidextrous ABLE™ Lock|
|Closed Length||4 inches (10.2 cm)||Liner||301 Stainless Steel|
|Blade Length||2.9 inches (7.37 cm)||PivotWasher||Stainless Steel|
|Blade Material||Crucible CPM-20CV||Opener||Ambidextrous Dual Thumb Studs|
|Blade Hardness||HRC 61-62||Pocket Clip||Stainless Steel, Deep Carry, Reversible|
|Blade Thickness||0.094 in. (2.39 mm)||Fasteners||Torx|
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 effective knife owner advocacy organization responsible for the enactment of 32 bills repealing knife bans in 22 states and over 100 cities and towns since 2010.
Hogue, Inc. (www.Hogueinc.com) is home to a proud family tradition of American quality and innovation since 1968. Every Hogue product – from handgun grips to long gun stocks to AR components to specialty knives to gear and accessories – is built in the spirit of fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and complete dedication to the legacy of founder Guy Hogue, carried into the next generation by his sons Aaron and Patrick, by Managing Partner Jim Bruhns, by his grandson Neil, and by each and every employee at Hogue, Inc.
RSK® is a registered trademark of Douglas S. Ritter
G-Mascus® is a registred trademark of Hougue, Inc.
* "AXIS" is a registered trademark of Benchmade Knife Company.
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Received this yesterday-First odd,I have bought knives from all the mainline retailers,and knifeworks has the fastest delivery consistently of any of them-kudos for that.This is my second doug ritter,I bought the full size,a little over a year ago.If I could only keep one knife,out of my thirty or so mid to high ends,it would be the one,that's how great it is.However I seldom edc it-I prefer something not over 4oz for edc.I thought the mini would be a bit small for me,but I've found that in reality it handles all my edc chores with ease,so I am very pleased with it.I noticed a comment faulting the qc on these,I personally have found that excellent.The full size did develop just a tiny bit of blade play,after some hard use,but that was easily remedied by adjusting the pivot-it was locktited,so I heated it with a hair dryer,and that took care of that.As has been said,hogues come with the best factory edge in the bussiness,and you combine that,with the thin blade stock on the mini,and you just won't beleive it,till you try it.This red masqus is one very good looking option,and I'm very happy to have gotten one,before they go out of stock,since knifeworks is the only dealer who carries them,and usually,once a certain model is gone,it's gone,so you might take that in consideration,if you're on the fence.
Anyway,have a KNIFE day,ha ha
I received my new knife yesterday and I am absolutely delighted with the product and with the whole buying experience from Knifeworks. This knife is flawless in every respect. I can find no problems with it whatsoever and I have actually examined it with a magnifying glass. The fit and finish is perfect. It looks more like fine jewelry than it does a tool. This is my first knife made by Hogue but I will assure you it will not be my last. I just cannot say enough for the quality of workmanship on this knife. I have a pretty large knife collection so I have a good basis of comparison and I can honestly say this knife is as good as any and much better than most even those costing 2 to 3 times as much as this one did. I have played with this knife for hours now and have flicked it open using the thumb studs maybe 100 times now with no soreness or abrasion to my thumb in spite of the somewhat "crisp" machining on the studs. I find the studs to be just right although I guess you could buff them a little if you like them smoother but I like them just like they are because I can get a good positive contact on them. The blade runs on washers which I like better than those that run on bearings since I live on the coast and subject to a high salt environment which I suspect would cause problems with bearings more so than washers. The knife opens lightening fast even on washers and really don't think you would notice any difference from bearings. I mean just how fast do you really need to open your knife? The handles are beautiful with the color and texture tastefully done. It's not gawdy or weird looking but has a certain character to it that I really like. I have compared this knife to some of my Benchmade knives with omega springs and the springs on the Mini RSK do seem to be a little stouter and I think that will translate into better long term durability. The texture on the scales is just right to provide a good grip even when wet. The pocket clip is a beautiful stainless steel and although just a dab tight it is not going to drop out of your pocket when you sit down like some looser ones will. Let me say again just how good the workmanship is on this knife. It's superb. The folks at Hogue are really doing it right. It makes made in the USA mean what it should. I am proud to own this knife. Sure I could have spent much more on other knives but why would I? This knife is going to be hard to beat at any price. I will say it like this: I like it so much that I plan to buy 2 more soon. The buying experience from Knifeworks was very smooth, fair price, good communication, rapid delivery. Good job and thank you very much. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
I like this series of knives. I now own four of them, two of which are mini's. I find they are just the right size for me and also like 20CV steel. The scales on this iteration is the most attractive in the series. The colors are not as vivid as the photo. My only issue on this is the thumb and lock studs are quite sharp.
I highly recommend both this knife and knifeworks. The knife looks great, was very sharp, blade was centered, and the action was perfect. Really an excellent value. I love the looks of the red g-mascus. My only wish was that it was available to order with black hardware and clip. Not a complaint, I just had to purchase the black hardware and clip separately. Looks awesome with the black hardware and clips.
I had very high hopes for this knife based on everything I'd watched and read, and the design of this knife does not disappoint. The ergonomics are great, the action is breaking in nicely, and the marbled look of the red G10 is beautiful. However, the quality control on the knife I received wasn't up to par in my opinion. There's a small but noticeable chip along the blade edge, and while it should sharpen out in time a new knife should arrive with an undamaged edge. Also, one of the thumb studs arrived with loctite or some similar crud on the outside of the stud, in the grooves and indents. I will remove it, but there shouldn't be gunk crusted on the thumb stud of a new knife.
just got this in the mail mates with my deka great!!! benchmade who? lol