The Ontario RTAK II Fixed Blade Knife features 1095 Carbon Steel with a foliage green texture power coating. The blade on the RTAK II knife is quite long at 10", giving the RTAK II Knife an overall length of a whopping 16.5" (there's not much you can't do with a survival knife that large).
The handle is canvas micarta, about 6.5" long, offering a smooth, but strong grip. The RTAK II knife also features a lanyard hole on the pommel, offering another option for carry.
The RTAK II knife comes complete with a MOLLE compatible sheath that features the edge protecting hard plastic sheath and utility pouch.
The RTAK II knife has a drop point blade and is offered with either a plain or serrated edge.
The RTAK II knife is made in the USA.
Editor's Review (May 2010/Camping Knife Feature):
The RTAK II Knife makes a great camping knife. The RTAK II is one of the Ontario knives designed by Jeff Randall - the RTAK II (Ontario Model 8628). It's a survival knife if I ever saw one. I can see this knife being best used while hiking or even hunting really. Pictures of the RTAK II just don't do justice to the length of this knife, in my opinion - it comes in at 16 1/2 inches in overall length (10 Inch Blade). Like the Field Machete mentioned above, it definitely has some "heft" to it. The weight, structure and balance of this knife are definitely designed for penetration into the cutting target. The handle is micarta, smoothed, but still rugged with scales that have been secured especially well with three bolts/rivets. A Glass breaker pommel can be used for hammering - which we all know is useful when camping (those pesky tent stakes). Perhaps the most impressive though... the sheath. The MOLLE compatible sheath that comes with RTAK II has more straps, buckles, rope, velcro, closures and connections than any sheath I've ever seen. You could literally attach the MOLLE sheath to just about anything. A little pocket on the outside could hold a firestarter, a multi tool, keys, etc. At under $100, you wouldn't be afraid to use it or get it dirty. I highly recommend the RTAK II Knife as a camping knife and/or survival knife.
Posted by Rick, Dad from PA on 17th Dec 2010
Based on my limited use, I would not identify this knife as a "survival" knife, but rather a camp knife. This is a knife which is easy enough to pack if you know you are going to hike/camp and do woodcraft.
Seeing some of the reviews of this knife you come to believe it is very capable and VERY BIG. Before ordering, I hesitated due to the size, thinking it was too big to pack. Not so! Make no mistake, it is not the type to strap to your belt for a walk. But, it packs very well in a day-pack. Though heavier than most, it weighs less than a Glock 19 pistol [which many have no issue carrying for hours/days].
The knife, out of the box, slices through paper like a Spyderco or BenchMade--yet can baton through a nice size log. It was much sharper than I would have thought.
After 2 baton session and a quick run over a knife-steel, the blade still slices through paper effortlessly. I am absolutely amazed at how well it holds an edge.
I've used it on 3 winter day hikes now without an issue. I like it enough to now want the RAT7 & 3.
If you want a hiking/camping knife for woodcraft, this is a wonderful tool.
Posted by Pete Anderson Ex. Special forces on 8th Oct 2010
This knife is definately not a toy. The pictures does not do justice to the real thing. The minute you pick this thing up in your hand, you'll know this is the real deal. Tap on the blade with your fingernail and you'll hear a "ping" It is really forged from the highest quality carbon steel. Razor sharp as well. This knife will be the best knife you ever owned. I know...I owned a few in my life.
The way it is balanced in your hand is incredible. It is perfect. I'm in love. The cutting and chopping power is astounding. And it holds the edge really well. You never really need to re-sharpen it. Just use a few turns with a sharpening-steel and you can again, shave with it. Im impressed. Congratulations Ontario knife co. Bravo!