KNIFE! Ontario RAT-1 folder with 3.5" blade.
(Best kept secrets in knives: the first of three)
I like these! Bought two, one in coyote brown and one in olive drab green. It also comes in black to those interested. Blade coating options are from black powder coat or plain brushed satin. Finally, edge choices are partially serrated or straight edge. Personally, I'd go simple, no blade paint to scrape off if you get satin and a straight edge. I opted for satin blades because I can't stand the way the black coating scrapes off the black ones giving you that crappy beat up look. Quality control is great between the two as there was virtually no difference aside from one having a slightly tighter deployment and the other slightly crisper "shlock!" on lockup once whipped open. The liner lock seats securely once deployed and the pivot point consists of bronze washers/bearings. The blades of both RAT-1's rode smoothly and are dead centered when open or closed. Nylon-6 slab handles are great with just the perfect amount of subtle texturing. Perfect for me that is. If you know you'll be using these in wet environments, it may be a bit slick. For the rest of us, aggressive textures can chew up a pocket fast. They arrived with their pocket clips oriented tip down/ RH carry. For me they got it half right. I need tip up! BTW, maybe I'm missing something, but what's the point of carrying tip down? Tip up seems the ONLY way a folder can be removed from the pocket oriented in a way to then be opened and used. Anyway, whatever you like, you got: tip up, down, LH or RH. In correcting the clip I discovered the three small screws holding the clip on are threaded into the steel liners but most notable are NOT ALLEN, they are TORX! If you don't have the T-6 torx bit, go to a hardware store and get one for 50¢. And get a T-10 too while you're at it because that one adjusts the main blade pivot and determines the most important thing, deployment. The T-6 bit also gets used to tighten all ten fasteners that hold the liners together. Top it off with medium strength blue Locktite and you're set. BTW, all fasteners could use a bit of tightening down. All of mine did.
As far as EDC (every day carry) goes, I clipped it on my jeans for a day. I was totally unaware of it and didn't feel its weight even though it's 5 oz. The pocket clip has a gentle half round slope pinch point allowing it to slip out easily, maybe too easily. But its weight and relatively long length should ensure it doesn't "sneak out" on me. We'll see. I'll edit this and tell you if and when it escapes. My current EDC is a Kabar Dozier. Weighs LESS than half of this, 3" blade, holds very securely and has a thinner profile. It will continue to be the best EDC I know of, especially because it's just under $20 and is, like the RAT-1, high quality. However, if you want a bigger, stronger (steel liners, bolted together like a tank) then this RAT-1 is it. As a matter of routine I'll keep the Dozier in my pocket, again, the ultimate default EDC I know of. If I might get dirty, going camping, anything beyond the usual... then the RAT-1 will take its place.
I've only had it a few days (EDIT:a year now, still great) and despite it being easy to open and close, I now have a callous on my right thumb. I just sit here watching TV, opening and closing it. It glides open like it was on liquid ball bearings until I hear the satisfying "shlock" sound of it locking open. It's neither tight nor loose, perfect. It's sort of like a relaxation squeeze ball for deranged persons. Oh, sharpness is scary good. Between the ergonomic fit in the hand and blade edge, you could do surgery with it. Buy it, you'll love it! $24-30 on amazon/ free shipping.