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#185800 - 10/18/09 09:08 PM Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation
Matthew_L Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 33
Loc: Rabat, Morocco
After reading about Ragnar's Ragweed Forge here and elsewhere I decided to order a couple of inexpensive Swedish knives for my oldest son and myself. Here are the descriptions and pics from Ragnar's site:



#640; The carbon steel Tradesman has a 3 7/8" (100 mm) of blade (.079" thick) and a hollow plastic handle with a large guard to keep your fingers off the edge. The blade has a scale and square inscribed. The knife and sheath weight about 3 1/4 ounces. $7.


#761; and yet again with a florescent orange handle, and a partially serrated stainless blade. I'm not usually a great fan of serrated blades, but I've added this one at the request of firemen and Emergency Medical Technicians. $13.50


#73-164PS; This one is listed as a "Woodcarving knife for Children". It comes with a carbon steel blade just under 3" long, 5/8" wide, and .080" thick. There is a stamped metal guard to keep the child's fingers off the blade, and the 3 1/2" wood handle is sized for smaller hands. The knife comes with a plasitc sheath for $14.

The first one is for my toolbox, the second is for my boating bag and the third one is for my 10-year-old son (along with a book on whittling and woodcarving) for Christmas.

With shipping that works out to $40.50 or exactly $13.50 per knife. I am a sucker for good, simple knifes (my EDC is an Opinel) so I imagine that if I like these I'll go back for more. I'll post some pics and reviews once I get them and use them for a while.

Cheers,

Matthew

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#185801 - 10/18/09 09:29 PM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: Matthew_L]
Art_in_FL Offline
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I am a sucker for good, simple knifes (my EDC is an Opinel) so I imagine that if I like these I'll go back for more. I'll post some pics and reviews once I get them and use them for a while.


I have a fondness for capable but inexpensive knives. All a knife has to do is cut. You can spend literal thousands of dollars on knives that are no more reliable and cut no better than a $13 model. Most people will need the reassurance of having a knife just a bit more expensive than $13, the myth about getting what you pay for will live on for a time, but I have several knives that are about as inexpensive and they have served me well.

Please, let us know how they work out for you.

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#185812 - 10/18/09 10:38 PM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: Art_in_FL]
MDinana Offline
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Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2183
Loc: Deep south... Carolina
I bought a Brusletto Kniven from him, based on probably an email conversation of 4 back-and-forths. Really, amazing customer service to tolerate my questions, requests, and thoughts. Excellent turn around time too and answering.

I've not beat the Kniven to bits yet. However, I did sand a touch of the finger rest down on the handle. The Kniven is doing well in my uses so far, though admittedly I haven't really gotten physical with it.

I also bought a 5" clip point blank to do my own knife from him. Fun project, a PITA with only hand tools. Again though, great CS when figuring out what I wanted to do.

I think you'll be happy. They're suprisingly solid knives for their dinky price! Keep us informed.

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#185818 - 10/18/09 11:29 PM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: MDinana]
Jeff_M Offline
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Registered: 07/18/07
Posts: 665
Loc: Northwest Florida
I like my Frosts from Ragnar. These knives cut, which is about 98% of what I want to do with a knife. But if, for some reason, I need to stab a car door to death, I'll use my Falkniven pilot knife.

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#185822 - 10/18/09 11:51 PM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: Jeff_M]
scafool Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
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Loc: Muskoka
The only thing I have ever disliked with Mora is the sheaths they use.
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#185823 - 10/19/09 12:12 AM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: scafool]
Jeff_M Offline
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Registered: 07/18/07
Posts: 665
Loc: Northwest Florida
Being a left-hander, they are among the only factory sheaths I can use. Being a cheapskate, I find the price agreeable.

I also appreciate the workmanlike, un-tactical appearance of both the knives and the sheaths.

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#185826 - 10/19/09 01:02 AM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: Jeff_M]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1473
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Originally Posted By: Jeff_M
I like my Frosts from Ragnar. These knives cut, which is about 98% of what I want to do with a knife. But if, for some reason, I need to stab a car door to death, I'll use my Falkniven pilot knife.


Great CS from Ragnar. I agree, a Mora and an F1 covers just about every forseeable need.

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#185847 - 10/19/09 04:09 AM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: LED]
aloha Offline
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 1047
Loc: Hawaii, USA
I agree that Ragnar offers great deals along with even better service.
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#185848 - 10/19/09 04:30 AM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: aloha]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 1841
Loc: Colorado
I use my Moras for tons of stuff I'd never use a more expensive knife for. And they cut just as well as the expensive knives, but you don't worry about damaging them because they're inexpensive. So you USE them, instead of just admiring them. Some knives are just too expensive to use much, so you end up protecting them instead. Which is silly when you analyse your behavior for what it is. I got a few Moras and use them harshly without worrying about it. That was somewhat of a new (and refreshing!) concept for me. They are easy to resharpen and work just as good as new after you do that.

p.s. - You might want to watch those direct links to pictures on other peoples websites. It's considered very poor internet manners, and some webmasters will get downright hostile about it when they find out.

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#185852 - 10/19/09 06:57 AM Re: Let's see if Ragnar lives up to his reputation [Re: haertig]
Matthew_L Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 33
Loc: Rabat, Morocco
Thanks all for the comments, I'll follow up when I receive the knives, which may take longer for me than for most as my mail follows a complicated route.

Originally Posted By: haertig
p.s. - You might want to watch those direct links to pictures on other peoples websites. It's considered very poor internet manners, and some webmasters will get downright hostile about it when they find out.


Thanks for the tip, though I don't imagine Ragnar or others would have a problem with using the pics with a link to the site, in effect promoting the site, not just "borrowing" the images.

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