Rough Rider’s RR535 Amber Marlin Spike

Part of my Marlin Spike Collection

As an avid collector of Nautical or Sailing knives, I have an especially soft spot for the Rough Rider Marlin Spike knives. For more on Sailing knives see my page, The Sailing Knife

Currently Rough Rider offers four rigging knives (marlin spike knives). All four knives are based on the old Camillus 697 pattern rigging knife. This pattern dates back to the official pattern adopted by the U.S. Military as early as 1942. Like the original knives, the Rough Riders feature a large non-locking sheepfoot blade and marlin spike that is locked in place by the bail. The knives all feature ringed nickel-silver bolsters and either bone or composition handles. The scales are attached with brass pins and all the knives also feature brass liners. All Rough Rider riggers feature the late model double back springs of stainless steel. This makes the blades easier to open while keeping them in place when they are opened or closed.

RR535 Amber Jigged Bone



Among Rough Rider knives almost every pattern is available in Amber Jigged Bone or Red Jigged Bone. From the low model number, I assume this was the first of the Marlin Spikes. The fit & finish is superb. The amber reminds me of a dark honey amber. The anchor shield is flush with the handle as are the pins.


  • Pattern: Marlin Spike (Rigger)
  • Pattern Numbers: RR 535
  • Length Closed : 4.5 inches
  • Main Blade: 2.5 inches
  • Secondary: 3 inch marlin spike
  • Blade Etch: 440 Razor Sharp (reverse)
  • Tang: RR horseshoe
  • Handle: Amber Jigged Bone
  • Bolsters: Ringed Nickel Silver
  • Lining:  Brass.
  • Pins: Brass
  • Shield : Anchor
  • Bail: Nickel/Silver, locking