The Ontario RAT 5 is a solid survival knife with a blade made from 1095 carbon steel. This is strong type of steel that is easy to sharpen. The extremely sustainable powder coating on the blade protects it from the increased corrosion sensitivity of the carbon steel. That is why we recommend keeping this knife dry and possibly slightly greasy. The wonderful usage qualities of the steel guarantee a lifetime of pleasure. The knife is enhanced with a micarta handle The handle feels slightly coarse which is great because it is comfortable to hold and offers enough grip.
The RAT-5 is a medium-sized and solid knife that can withstand heavy-duty use. If its size and weight might be a little too much the RAT-3 is a great smaller alternative. It is great to always have a knife close when you go out in nature. A knife that is large enough to work with and is also compact enough to comfortably carry with you.
The ergonomics of the handle are excellent. The handle is enhanced with a curve for your index finger. The heel of the blade also has one of these curves. If you put your index finger in that curve you can place your thumb on the blade. The ridges on top of the blade are in just the right place for your thumb and provide you with additional grip. As such you have more control over the knife.
The back of the knife has a large hole for a lanyard. The back of the blade runs throughout the handle. As such you can also use the knife as a hammer. It might not be a real glass breaker but because it is so heavy this knife can break through a thick layer of glass.
The Ontario RAT-5 comes with a nylon sheath. With the sheath you can always safely take the knife with you.