Rough Rider Scout Knife RR573

See also Scout Knives

One of my favorite patterns of knives is the Scout/Utility. I have over around 15 officially licensed knives made for the Boy Scouts of America. This doesn't include an additional 6 or 7 camp/utility that were not made for the Boy Scouts. The traditional scout/utility pattern is well over 100 years old. It seems as long as there have been bottles or cans needing open, there have been scout knife with a can opener and a cap lifter. And as long as Boy Scouts have been camping, that knife has included a awl (punch) and a spear master blade. Unlike, most other scout knives made today, The Rough Rider offer a very old fashioned can opener (sometimes called a tin-cutter) instead of the "improved" can opner featured on post WWII scout knives.

RR 573- Red Jigged Bone

Red Scout



  • Pattern Numbers: RR 573
  • Handle: Red JiggedJigged
  • Length Closed : 3 5/8 inch
  • Blade Steel: 440 A Razor Sharp Stainless Steel
  • Blade Main: Spear  
  • Secondary: Punch can opener
  • Secondary: Cap-lifter/Screwdriver
  • Secondary: Punch
  • Blade Etch: 440/Razor Sharp/Steel [Pad Print]
  • Tang: RR 573 / China [Pad Print]
  • Bolsters: Ringed Nickel Silver
  • Lining:  Brass.
  • Pins: Brass
  • Shield : Rough Rider Propeller  
  • Bail: Nickel Silver

Packaging: Rough Rider Denim Blue Tray Box

RR573 Red Jigged Bone Description :
The red bone is darker than some of my other Rough Rider knives. I'd like it to still be darker but this may be a personal preference. It is more of red-brown now instead of the earlier orange-red of some other early Red Jigged Bones. The thumb stud on this one did not protrude as much as that on my Amber Jigged Bone. While you can feel it when you rub across it, it is not enough to warrant any type of filing. The blades also seem stiffer, however this may be due to the constant daily use of my Amber Scout and the relative newness of this Red Scout.

Another reviewer commented on blade rub near the tip of the spear blade. There does seem to be some where the blade makes contact with the tangs of the screwdriver and awl blade. The blade fit is extremely tight. The only option would've been to thing the tangs to prevent this minimal amount of rub where the blade passes the awl's tang.

As I mentioned earlier, scout knives often have blade rub. This is inherent in the design. Anytime blades share a channel and open from opposite ends of the knife, blade rub is a potential problem. This isn't me making an excuse, it is what I was told by representatives from W. R. Case & Sons!