Rough Rider’s RR045 Canoe

Part of my White Smooth Bone Collection

Canoe (RR045)

The Canoe patern is basically a pen knife on steroids. The shape of the handle allows for wider blades allows the user can apply more force when cutting. The reason is simple, a wider blade allows for a thicker spine and thicker spine means a stronger blade. The cut out on the hanlde also reduces weight and allows the blades to recess deeper into the handle allowing for a slimmer knife with wide blades. In short, the Canoe is a very intelligent design and there is small wonder that it very popular.

To date, I own six Canoes. This make it vary small number in my over all collection. Of those six standard Canoes, 5 are Rough Riders and one is made by Case. Only one needed to be retruned to the factory due to a defect and that one wasn't made by Rough Rider! The first canoe I ever bought was for my WSB collection. The knife has nice tight blades, opens smoothly, and the fit and finish are great, The main blade doesn't have as strong a snap as some of my other Rough Riders, however it is on par with the snap of my Case Canoe. I've come to learn over time, that things such as snap, blade rub, and other foibles and characteristics are going to vary from pattern to pattern. Thus you can't expect the same snap from a Canoe that you're going to hear in a Trapper or standard toothpick. In all I'm very pleased with my WSB canoe which explains why I've bought so many other Rough Rider Canoes.

Other patterns & handle Materials:
Rough Rider makes the Standard Canoe in almost every pattern and handle material.


  • Pattern: Canoe
  • Pattern Numbers: RR 045
  • Length Closed : 3 5/8 inches
  • Main Blade: 2.5 inc h Spear
  • Secondary: 1.5 inch pen
  • Blade Etch:
  • Tang:
  • Handle: White Smooth Bone  
  • Bolsters: Nickel Silver
  • Lining:  Brass.
  • Pins: Brass
  • Shield : None  
  • Bail: N/A

The canoe shaped handle allows a wide blade in narrow frame and a comfortable grip for the user.