Doug Ritter Mini-RSK® MK1-G2 Knifeworks Exclusive - G-Mascus® Puple 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.
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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.
Blade Material: Crucible CPM-20CV.
Blade Length: 2.9 inches (7.37 cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.094 in. (2.39 mm)
Blade Hardness: HRC 61-62
Blade Edge: Plain
Blade Finish: Tumbled
Handle Material: G-Mascus® G10 Composite
Closed Length: 4 inches (10.2 cm)
Open Length: 6.875 inches (17.46 CM)
Weight (with clip): 2.6 ounces (75 g)
Lock: Ambidextrous ABLE™ Lock
Liners: 301 Stainless Steel
Pivot Washers: Stainless
Opener: Ambidextrous Dual Thumb Studs
Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel, Deep Carry, Reversible
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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I felt very compelled to review this knife. Mr. Ritter, this is a wonderful design! The ergos are great. My wife (small hands) and myself (XL hands)both love the feel. The fit and finish is on a custom level. Hogue really knocked this out of the park and IMO, are leaving BM in the dust as far as quality per dollar go. Whoever is sharpening these knives at Hogue deserves a raise. This things is hair whittling out of the box. Few production companies are on the same level as Hogue in regards to an edge. This knife also came out of the box with ZERO blade play and the thing just falls shut!
There isn't much to say other than that it's a great knife. The handles look great, it is very comfortable to use, the action was smooth right out of the packaging, and the blade arrived sharp and very well centered. The texturing of the G10 is pretty aggressive, so it will tear up your pockets, but I expect that a bit of sandpaper can help if that's a concern.
This knife is an amazing value. Out of the box feels more finished and smooth than many of my more expensive knives. Love the colors, the grip is amazing, the thumb studs just stick to your skin so you always get a smooth open, action is like butter. This is my first Hogue and I am extremely impressed.
If I could only own one knife there's a good chance this would be it. It's small but not too small, it's built well, it's tough, great steel, great blade, comfortable handle with good grip, looks cool, and the fidget factor is high. What more could you want? I also heard Mr. Ritter uses funds from selling this knife to continue his amazingly successful efforts in overturning ridiculous knife laws everywhere. I am proud to support Mr. Ritter and to own this fantastic knife! Every knife lover should support Mr. Ritter by picking up this great EDC tool.
I recently lost my beloved BM 940-1 but decided to try a different direction for a replacement. And, am very glad I did. This knife has perfect centering and zero blade play - unlike my lost BM. Moreover, it opens and drops shut one handed very easily - which was my favorite thing about the BM. The blade is shaving sharp - unlike the state my BM arrived in. No need to take it directly to the sharpener. Overall, this is in upgrade to my previous BM - for $125 less than the current going rate for 940-1s. I’m very pleased with this purchase.
Fast shipping. The knife is awesome; fit and finish are perfect. Super smooth action, love the Able lock. This knife is, hands down, the best bang for buck knife I've seen. Doug Ritter and Hogue knocked it out of the park with this knife. I will definitely buying more in the mini and full size.
This is a beautiful knife. It is my second Mini RSK (I bought it because of the handle material, since I live in an urban area, and anything that makes a knife look less threatening is something I look for. In this case, it's beautiful as well. The action was perfect, out of the box (often, but not always the case with Hogue/Ritter), and it was acceptably sharp. I have a previous mini RSK, so I knew if was going to fit my hand well, and it certainly does. If you get them to make a full-sized RSK in this handle material, I'll buy one of those as well.
When I received the knife, the blade was slightly off center, but I was able to fix this with a little bit of tweaking. There was initially lock stick whenever I flicked the knife open with the thumb studs, but it is starting to get better and will probably go away after more breaking in. Some reviews of the Mini RSK say that the pocket clip creates a hot spot, but the knife fits perfectly into my hands. Other than that, if you want a unique knife with a top of the line steel and drop shut action out of the box for $150, you can't go wrong with this knife.
Ordered this on a tuesday and received it on friday. Quick shipping and great customer service. Knife looks as described. Seems to be great quality. Love it so far.