Rough Rider Canittlers

Open Canittlers

 


The Canittlers

What's a canittler? A canittler is a knife built on a Canoe frame but has three blades set up in whittler fashion. That is, a Canoe with a large clip or spear blade at the top bolster, and pen and coping blades and the rear bolster.

As far as I know, the small canittlers are unique to the Rough Rider brand. That is no one has ever made a knife in this size or pattern and no one other than Rough rider is currently making it. Will it be copied by someone in the future. Who knows? What I do know is I love this pattern. At just 2 1/4 inches in the closed position it is barely larger than the Victorinox Classic SD. The Canittlers are even smaller that the standard size Butterbean Canoe! The clip blade on the canittler is just awesome making easy work of almost any kind of office chore. It is also capable of taking on some pretty heavy duty chores. If you need to break down boxes, you've got a great little box cutter. Need to cut line, you've got a small pocket pal that will take of the task. Do you whittle? Well. you can do that to. Of course if you want to whittle for a long time, you'll want something with a larger handle, but for small work, this little tike will do just fine.

These little tikes are made just like the big guys. That even includes a split back spring like you'll find on some of the better full sized whittlers. If you like small knives like baby toothpicks or peanuts, then these knives are a must for your collection. If you like canoes or whittlers, then again, these knives are a perfect addition. Even if you're just looking for something that is out of the ordinary, you flat-out just can't go wrong with a canittler!

Best of all they are completely functional and ready to take on more jobs that you ever thought possible from such a small cute little knife! As for the downside: The blades are going to be a littler hard to open due to the strong back spring, but they really aren't in the nail breaker category. Larger fingers may also have a problem gripping the secondary blades. For comparison, if you can handle a peanut or other small pattern knife then the canittler will be no problem. If you can't deal with trying to get the pen blade out of a peanut, then the canittler will definitely need some getting use to!

Comparison

A comparison in size,
Top: RR 350 Butterbean (Mini Canoe)
Middle: RR 836 Pink Lemonade Canittler
Bottom: RR 909 Stoneworx Canoe


Back view of the three
canittler showing the brass triangular
spacer separating the back springs.

 

 


The Individual Canittlers


RR311 - Red Jigged Bone

Red canittler

 

Description:

The Red jigged bone on the Canittler has changed over time, becoming darker. The fit and finish on the knife is quite good, much better than I would expect on such a small knife. On some early version of model 311, the blade was PAD stamped with the "Rough Rider" Signature. It also had the round horseshoe shield.

I have a latter model lacking the signature. I assume the collecting enthusiast may want to wrangle an one with the signature. You might find it on eBay, but beware. A lot of seller show the old stock photo of the knife but send you the latest version

Handle: Red Jigged Bone

Obverse blade marks:
Tang: RR Horseshoe stamp:.
Blade: N/A

Reverse blade marks:
Tang: RR311 China [Pad Print]
Blade etch: 440/Razor Sharp/Steel [Pad Print]

Shield: Rough Rider Propeller

Packaging: Small flap end Rough Rider denim card-stock box.


RR 383 Orange Smooth Bone

Description:
The orange smooth bone was the last of the three that I bought. I really wasn't to crazy about an orange knife and grudgingly decided to spend the $10 to complete the set.

I'm was actually pleasantly surprised. The orange bone looks better in person than any pictures i've ever seen of it. The fit and finish is also quite nice. Pins are flush and the shield is only slightly higher than the scale. As with all of the canittlers, the knife as single ringed bolsters.

Handle: Orange Smooth Bone

Obverse blade marks:
Tang: RR Horseshoe stamp:.
Blade: N/A

Reverse blade marks:
Tang: RR383 China [Pad Print]
Blade etch: 440/Razor Sharp/Steel [Pad Print]

Shield: Rough Rider Propeller

Packaging: Small flap end Rough Rider denim card-stock box.


RR 836 Pink Lemonade

Description:
Think Pink! I'm guessing SMKW releases pink knives under the misguided notion they will be more appealing for women. Maybe so, but my money is on more men picking up the pink knives than women. (Sort of like what happened to Lionel's Pink locomotive and pastel colored train set.)

Rough Rider has a couple pink knife series. The canittler belongs to the "Pink Lemonade" series. Their is also a series that supports Breast Cancer Research. Hopefully the canittler will be released in that series as well as the other Support The Cause series.

As with most of the Pink knives, the dye job is intentionally uneven. They are some of the prettiest knives Rough Rider makes. Real men are afraid to but a pink knife.

Handle: Pink Smooth (Pink Lemonade) Bone

Obverse blade marks:
Tang: RR Horseshoe stamp:.
Blade: N/A

Reverse blade marks:
Tang: RR836 China [Pad Print]
Blade etch: 440/Razor Sharp/Steel [Pad Print]

Shield: Pink Lemonade Shield

Packaging: Small flap end Rough Rider Pink Lemonade card-stock box.


Specifications:
Closed Canittlers
  • Pattern: Canittler
  • Pattern Numbers: RR311, RR383, RR836
  • Length Closed : 2.25 inches 
  • : Blade Steel: 440 A Razor Sharp Stainless Steel
  • Blade Main:   1.5 inch clip
  • Secondary: 1 inch sheepfoot, 1 inch pen
  • Blade Etch: N/A
  • Tang: See individual descriptions
  • Handle:   See individual descriptions
  • Bolsters: Nickel Silver (See individual descriptions)
  • Lining:  Brass.
  • Pins: Brass
  • Shield :   See individual descriptions