-Price Paid: $80.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months
For me it was easy pickins between ESEE 6 and this. Since SRK I've found longer blades more comfortable to work with, hence the RAT over the other one.
I think this is the first flat ground knife I have and it feels a tad odd working with it. At first I had serious problems hacking through even the thinnest branches (tho might be b/c of the lightness of the knife and back balance).
Even flat ground blade is supposed to be a better performer while batoning, I just couldn't feel the difference between RAT 7 and SOG Force.
I'd say this knife has rather spot on value for money. Because it's on the cheaper side, you don't need to fret the idea of modifying the handle bits to suit your needs better. For me, the rounded edge of the handles were still too 'sharp' so I sanded them rounder, added some diagonal grooves and used a bit rougher sandpaper to roughen up the surface.
Last but certainly not least, the nylon sheaths with additional pocket for a sharpener and a fire starter is a strong selling point for me =).
For quality/price/size I put this right with Cold Steel SRK, another excellent all-around-knife.