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

Yellow Comp

The last rigger released by Rough Rider was part of the "Old Yellow" Series. Like the other knives in the Old Yellow series, the knife features Yellow Composition handles and the antique "German Badge" shield. The Yellow comp is a gerneric material similar to Delrin but as Delrin is a DuPont trademark, Rough Rider cannot call the material Delrin.

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.


  • Pattern: Marlin Spike (Rigger)
  • Pattern Numbers: RR 897
  • 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: Yellow Composition
  • Bolsters: Ringed Nickel Silver
  • Lining:  Brass.
  • Pins: Brass
  • Shield : Badge
  • Bail: Nickel/Silver, locking