Rough Rider's RR1238 Stoneworx Mini Neck Knife
Sunday Dress + Every Day Carry + South-western Artistry = Stoneworx.

The Stoneworx collection is a line of Rough Riders designed by SMKW's in house artist, Brian Wilhoite. The series uses a variety of synthetic stones that resemble stones found in the Southwestern United States and for this reason bear a striking resemblance to knives made by David and Brian Yellowhorse. Originally 12 patterns made up the Stoneworx line. Today that line contains 14 knives. (The Vietnam Brotherhood Trapper - RR1226 is also normally included as a member of the line by SMKW.)


RR1238 - 4 in Neck Knife

 

Description: I'm sensing a pattern with newer releases in the Stoneworx line. All of the recent inlays have followed that of the Stoneworx Canoe. The little knife takes some getting used to because of its size. There is gimping on the spine of the blade to provide better handling. Beyond cutting boxes it might be useful for some detail work but I think this is more of a show piece than a true working knife. I hope to see more useful fixed blades in the Stoneworx line. Unfortunately, Rough Rider Opted to release this knife in the plain blue denim Rough Rider box instead of the old Stoneworx box.

  • Pattern: Neck knife (Fixed Blade)
  • Model number: RR1238
  • Overall length: 4 inches
  • Main Blade: Drop point (1.5 inch)
  • Secondary Blade: N/A
  • Blade steel: 440A Stainless.
  • Guard: Integrated
  • Tang: full
  • Tang Stamp, Obverse: Rough Rider Horse Shoe
  • Tang Stamp, Reverse: Pattern Number/ China
  • Stones:Bloody Basin Jasper, Pearl, Turquoise, Abalone, Turquoise, pearl, Bloody Basin Jasper

 


No doubt the main draw of the Stoneworx knives is their handle material.  According to the box, the handles are made of natural material.  This box is not 100% clear on what that means.  To clarify,  The handles are made with genuine pearl and abalone.  The other stones are synthetic; which is not necessarily a bad thing. Synth-stones are laboratory made stones which are chemically identical to natural stones. Typically synth-stone is made from waste stone which is ground up and then through pressure or heat treating reformed into useable stone. Synth-stones has fewer impurities and imperfections than natural stone making it more stable to use and less expensive than natural stone. For this reason alone it is being used more frequently in the Jewelry industry. The blue stone in the handle is synthetic turquoise, the red and yellow stones are synthetic jasper.