Doug Ritter RSK® Mk1-G2, Black G10 & Stonewashed Crucible CPM-20CV
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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 RSK® Mk1 ambidextrous folder, manufactured by Hogue, is now available EXCLUSIVELY from KnifeWorks. The RSK® Mk1-G2 (Generation 2) is an upgraded version of the original 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, 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™."
"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. 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 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 RSK® Mk1-G2 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 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 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 three standoffs. Compared to the solid back of the original RSK Mk1, this allows for easier cleaning. The RSK® Mk1-G2 is neutrally balanced, Ritter's ideal for this size knife. The RSK® Mk1-G2 with the G-10 handle weighs in at 4.5 oz (127 g) with the clip.
The 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 RSK® Mk1-G2 comes in a zippered pouch embroidered with the Doug Ritter logo.
Like every Hogue-built knife, the RSK® Mk1-G2 is manufactured in the USA and is backed by three generations of manufacturing expertise and a limited lifetime warranty.
Blade Material: Crucible CPM-20CV.
Blade Length: 3.44 inches (87 mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.125 in. (3.18 mm)
Blade Hardness: HRC 61-62
Blade Edge: Plain
Blade Finish: Stonewashed / Tumbled
Handle Material: G10 Composite
Closed Length: 4.72 inches (120 mm)
Open Length: 8.15 inches (207 mm)
Weight (with clip): 4.5 ounces (127 g)
Lock: Ambidextrous ABLE™ Lock
Liners: 301 Stainless Steel
Pivot Washers: Phosphor Bronze
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
* "AXIS" is a registered trademark of Benchmade Knife Company.
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After owning this knife for little over a week, I can honestly state this is one of the best blades I currently own or have owned. I have numerous knives, both production and mid-tech, from many, many companies. And although most fill the needs in day to day tasks, they always ended up missing something. Like some had a good blade profile but the blade steel wasn't the best. Or some had good steel, profile, grind, but the ergonomics feel short. Etc, etc. But this MK1... just wow. Excellent fit and finish, outstanding ergonomics, awesome blade locking system, fantastic blade profile, and my personal favorite, in my favorite blade steel of 20CV. This knife has it all. The material I cut with it just doesn't get cut, it's like it slides through it. Literally like a hot knife through butter. I just can't praise this knife enough. I haven't carried another knife since I received it, which is a first for me. Fantastic job Mr. Ritter and Houge. Many, many thanks.
The perfect medium size all-around folder. The materials are premium quality and the build is bulletproof. ABLE is the best crossbar lock on the market. 20CV blade for this money is a bargain, and Hogue ships their knives sharper than any production blade I've bought. Easy to open & close, carries well, looks great and has the added benefit of being a larger knife that doesn't appear overtly threatening as some current designs do. The RSK is a great, well-balanced tool.
Its hard for me to imagine a better EDC than the Ritter, and I own alot of high end Spyderco, Benchmade, Cold Steels, etc, etc. The 20cv on the Hogue falls in between CTS-XHP and Cruwear for me in edge retention, so the steel is solid. The blade grind and bevels are beautifully done, and are symmetrical. I use a fixed blade sharpening system and the sabre ground blade is ideal for it. 20cv sharpens quickly and easily, and deburrs no problems and gets really sharp. Love the blade shap, so useful !! Action is similar to folks used to Benchmade axis lock, but the Hogue Omega springs by Wolff should offer years of trouble free sevice. About the only knock I have on the Ritter/Hogue is the deep carry clip. For hard extended use, the deep carry becomes a pain, but a standard old fashined Benchmade spoon clip makes ergonomics a dream, its a very comfortable hard use EDC after that. In closing, I think this is one of the best buys available today at this price point.
This is one of, if not THE finest knives I have ever owned or used! Came out of the box, hair popping sharp, and after several days of steady use, is still razor sharp!
This is the 2nd Knifeworks exclusive I've purchased and I'm extremely happy with, not only the knives, but also the quality of service from Knifeworks. Excellent customer service.
Well made and razor sharp out the box.
Knifeworks customer service is outstanding. Ordered the Thursday before Christmas and received the Monday before Christmas.
Both Knifeworks and Ritter RSK are both highly recommended.
Perfect knife, superb and speedy service. Even during holiday season. And a little thank you something with the order. I will be purchasing another Hogue and it will be from Knifeworks.
Absolutely awesome knife! I liked it so much I bought a second one, and getting ready to buy the orange one. This thing was crazy sharp and the action was very smooth and has only gotten better. I'm not a fan of deep carry clips but that's why Mr. Ritter made it in an easily replaceable pattern so you can choose your own. The g10 is super grippy but rough. The jimping is great also. Not to rough, not to smooth. Now I just need one with the ghost green jade g10 scales!
Great Knife Overall, Excellent Quality!
I'm blown away this knife is amazing and fit and finish are top shelf. Hogue really does make quality knives and now with this collaboration with Doug Ritter I will have to really check out more from Hogue. I would also like to thank KW for the gift and fast shipping on a preorder really shows that there are companies out there like KW to appreciate there customers. I've spent thousands with other knife companies and not even a sticker so great job KW.