Rough Rider’s RR897 Old Yellow 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.
RR897 "Old Yellow" Marlin Spike
I'm really pleased with this knife. The comp handle is a nice light yellow and the fit and finish is excellent. It has prompted me to buy other knives with the yellow comp handles. The Badge sheild is also a nice touch and sets it off from my other Marlin Spikes.