RSK-G2

Posted by: Ors

RSK-G2 - 11/08/18 09:30 PM

I just want to say how THRILLED I was when I signed in to the forum last night after being away for months and seeing the announcement about the RSK-G2!

I have a mini RSK, and had a mini and regular sized limited edition RSKís.

HAD bring the operative term...the limited editions were stolen from me.

Now I am looking forward to once again carrying a full size RSK, and with some upgrades!
Posted by: KenK

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/08/18 10:28 PM

There is a very long knife forum thread filled with people upset that this new knife's design elements were, well, pirated from <<Fill In The Blank>> without some level of appropriate credit. Sigh.

I too was thrilled to see the new knives rolled out to take the void created by Benchmade's decision to stop production of the RSK Mk1's and have no doubt that Doug Ritter did whatever was appropriate and legal to produce the knives.
Posted by: Russ

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/09/18 12:22 AM

Considering the very obvious similarities to the Benchmade Griptilian and RSK Mk 1, additional credit is hardly necessary. The blade design was/is DRís, the patent is up on the Axis lock and the upgraded lock parts and handle scales make this a great follow-on to the original.

My only question is who will do the heat-treatment on the blade?
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/09/18 01:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Russ
My only question is who will do the heat-treatment on the blade?


The Knifeworks page tells us the knife is manufactured by Hogue in the USA. Also ďThe blade is cryogenically processed to achieve a hardness of HRC 61-62 for an optimum blend of edge-holding and toughness.Ē

I also found this at bladereviews.com: ďIn 2009, Hogue began their collaboration with custom maker Allen Elishewitz. Allen provides the designs and apparently also oversees at least some part of the manufacture of the knives. Whatever they are doing, itís being done right because in the short time span Hogue has been making knives they have already earned recognition for their extreme attention to detail and high level fit and finish. No other knife company ships a knife with a polished edge like the kind found on every Hogue blade Ė many sold for well under $200!Ē
Posted by: Russ

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/09/18 01:19 PM

Thanks. I knew Hogue was the manufacturer but didnít know about their relationship with Allen Elishewitz ó thatís good to know.
Posted by: Doug_Ritter

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/12/18 01:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Russ
Considering the very obvious similarities to the Benchmade Griptilian and RSK Mk 1, additional credit is hardly necessary. The blade design was/is DRís, the patent is up on the Axis lock and the upgraded lock parts and handle scales make this a great follow-on to the original.

My only question is who will do the heat-treatment on the blade?


Thanks! The heat treat is outsourced, as it is with virtually all the major U.S. knife manufacturers. It's about the only part of the manufacturing process that Hogue does not do in-house. As to who exactly, that is proprietary information, thanks for your understanding WRT that.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/13/18 01:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Doug_Ritter
Thanks! The heat treat is outsourced, as it is with virtually all the major U.S. knife manufacturers. It's about the only part of the manufacturing process that Hogue does not do in-house. As to who exactly, that is proprietary information, thanks for your understanding WRT that.


Having owned and carried a bunch, now, of your knives, I am very confident that you and Hogue will get this right.
Posted by: Ors

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/15/18 06:24 PM

Is there an ETA on delivery?
Posted by: Doug_Ritter

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/22/18 02:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Ors
Is there an ETA on delivery?
Good news/bad news. We are seriously backordered. Hogue is making and shipping them in batches as quickly as they can, given they also need to continue to produce their own knives and all that. Hard to put a timetable on when the backlog will be cleared up at this point. Not the best of situations, but we could have worse problems. <~>
Posted by: Ors

Re: RSK-G2 - 11/22/18 07:09 PM

Iím just glad to have this available as an option again!

And with the back order, it seems a lot of other people are as well!
Posted by: Russ

Re: RSK-G2 - 12/13/18 02:58 AM

Email arrived ó the RSK-G2 knives are shipping. Merry Christmas.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: RSK-G2 - 12/13/18 03:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Russ
Email arrived ó the RSK-G2 knives are shipping. Merry Christmas.


Christmas is the best time for this, as I can easily find a way to not be asked if I have enough knives already.
Posted by: Russ

Re: RSK-G2 - 12/18/18 12:36 AM

The Hogue RSK-G2 is in hand and very nice. Action is very smooth, overall outstanding. Thanks Doug.