Who am I and why am I writing these reviews.

I'll answer the last question first. I'm writing these reviews because I like Rough Rider Knives. If you look at the rest of my site, you will see I tend to write on a variety of topics I'm interested in. It keeps me off the streets and out of the taverns. Its cheaper than booze and/or psychotherapy.

Who am I? I have a page that already answers that so I'm not going to rewrite it. Besides, it is more important for me to answer Who Am I that you should consider my opinion on knives. I've been collecting knives off and on for almost 40 years. Admittedly while raising a family my knife collecting hobby took a back seat. (who am I kidding, it totally missed the bus!) I got back into the hobby a few years ago, and discovered the entire hobby had changed! In most ways, these changes were for the better. If it were not for easy access to knives via online shopping, my knife buying options would be severely limited.

Of course the knife industry has also exploded, especially when it comes to the global market. As I've already mentioned, up until recently with the exception of Swiss Army Knives (SAKs), almost all of my knives were made in the USA. I had no real desire to buy knives made in China, Pakistan, or even Japan for that matter but times change. About four years ago I bought a Buck knife and was stunned to find out that this iconic American Knife was made in CHINA! Soon afterwards I was also stunned to find out it was just as good as Buck knives made in America! That broke the China barrier for me and I started taking chances on other Chinese made knives*.

This site is devoted to my Rough Rider collection. I currently own over 60 Rough Riders. It is the fastest growing brand of all the knives I collect.

Of the knife brands I collect, my favorite is probably pre-2007 Camillus knives. However, I have knives made by the following companies:

  • Bear & Son (USA)
  • Blackjack (Global)
  • BOC (USA)
  • Boy Scouts of America (China)
  • BSJ of Alaska (USA)
  • Buck (USA)
  • Buck (Global)
  • Camco (USA)
  • Camco (Global)
  • Camillus (USA)
  • Camillus (Global)
  • CCM (Germany)
  • Colonial (USA)
  • Colonial (Global)
  • Colt (Global)
  • Frost (Global)
  • Fury (Global)
  • Gerber (USA)
  • Gordon (Global)
  • Hen & Rooster (Germany)
  • Hibbard (USA)
  • Imperial (USA)
  • Imperial (Ireland)
  • Joseph Rodgers (England)
  • Joseph Westby (England)
  • Klaas(Global)
  • Kissing Crane (Global)
  • Klein Tools (USA)
  • Marbles (Global)
  • Master Cutlery (Global)
  • Maxam (Global)
  • Mossberg (China)
  • Mustang (Global)
  • MS LTD (Canada)
  • Myerchin (China)
  • Ontario (USA)
  • Queen (USA)
  • Raging Bull (Global)
  • Remington (USA)
  • Rite Edge (Global)
  • Rough Rider (Global)
  • Schrade (USA)
  • Schrade (Taylor Brands)
  • Sheffield Knives (England)
  • Sheffield Knives (China)
  • Smith & Wesson (Global)
  • Steel Warrior (Global)
  • Telo (Japan)
  • U. S. Classic (Global)
  • Ulster (USA)
  • Utica (USA)
  • Victorinox (Switzerland)
  • W.R. Case & Sons (USA)
  • Wade & Butcher (England)
  • Wenger (Switzerland)
  • Whitetail (China)
  • Winchester (Global)

I also have several of unknown or undentified brands including some quality knives made in Toledo, Spain and Scarperia, Italy.

My oldest knife dates from before World War I (1911). I have knives of ever shape and size from almost every corner of the world. Thus when I describe Rough Rider knives, I'm not doing it in a vacuum. I know quality when I see it. I have over 200 knives. At least a 20% of those knives reside in a junk drawer, not worthy of being called part of a collection. Another 20% are excellent knives that are used regularly and therefore are not in good enough shape to be that someone would buy them for their collection they want to display.

Are Rough Riders worth collecting? That depends entirely on your point of view. From where I'm sitting the answer is "Yes". And even if they aren't worth collecting, if you use a knife on a daily basis, they are definitely the best bargain for the pocket.

*Buck currently has recently moved most of of its production back the USA, however the quality of the Chinese made Buck knives was on par with the USA made Bucks. Most of the quality complaints about Chinese made Buck knives were really political nonsense and not an honest evaluation. I have found this to be the case time and again about the global market, especially Chinese made knives. Unfortunately, zenophobic tirades really does little to change the trade imbalance between China and the US. Furthermore, giving negative reviews to a good product simply because it isn't made in America, lessen the credibility of the reviewer.