Review: Remington’s Cutlery Catalog

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Just like their Firearms/Ammunition, Remington has a cutlery selection that will accommodate everybody’s tastes and needs. If the situation calls for hunting, fishing, camping, shooting, fire/rescue, Police, Military, Tactical, Weapon maintenance, disaster prep etc etc… Remington seems to have a cutlery solution for it.

I was able to get a look at a few examples of what is available from Remington’s cutlery drawer.

First up is the Remington 19848 Premier Rescue Series II – Escape -
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This knife is built specifically for Fire/Rescue jobs.
It features a “Sheepsfoot” style blade which originated in maritime roles where sail riggers could avoid being stabbed by a sharp tipped blade but can still cut various riggings and rope. This is a no brainer for a rescue application where additional injury to yourself or a victim could result from a more traditional drop point or similarly styled blade. I’m not usually a fan of combo edges but in this application I can agree with it. It features a curved serrated portion to assist in sawing through various materials during any would be rescue attempt. The blade locks open by way of a liner lock system.
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The Sheepsfoot blade can be deployed by a right hand friendly thumb stud, or an assisted opening flipper along the back edge that will pop the blade about 1/3 open which can be followed up by an inertia opening of some sort.
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The knife also features a webbing/seatbelt cutting tool which deploys automatically by the push of a button. This tool is specifically designed to cut webbing from a seatbelt, clothing, or tactical vest in a rapid manner with minimal risk to the victim. This addition is a nice touch considering a strap cutter is usually issued separately, and would be one more thing to retrieve under stress in a time is life situation. There is an additional safety on the automatic button that will prevent the tool from deploying accidently.
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The handle is available in Black or OD Green Forprene with slip resistant texturing and Glow in the dark skateboard tape inserts. This handle design is used on several of the Premier series knives and may look familiar to Call of Duty MW2 nerds as it is featured in several titles in the online gameplay.
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Sadly there is not a pocket clip included on the model I handled, but the previous escape series did have them. Remington did include a durable Molle/pals compatible sheath.

The hilt includes a 4.5mm thick glass breaker and lanyard hole.
The handle design was well thought out although not the most attractive, it is very functional. It also has some file work on the back edge to assist the user’s grip.
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The blade material is a Teflon coated 440C Stainless. I often think 440 gets a bad rap due to Chinese manufacturers cranking out knives with 440 stamped on the blade. Who knows what Rockwell rating or heat treat process it under went, or if the blade material was even 440 to begin with. 440 was the “goto” super steel before ATS-34, 154 CPM, S30V etc etc… And it still is an excellent steel if the maker knows how to work with it.

The Rescue carries a street price of $100-$160 which I think is pretty reasonable for the amount of features this blade offers.

A sample from their Model 700 Heritage series knives is the RH-21 Big Game – Drop Point. The heritage 700 knives are modeled after the M700 bolt action sporting/hunting rifles.
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The design is very basic hunting blade made of a modified 440A stainless with a Rockwell rating of 57-59. The blade is reminiscent of the proven green river style hunting blades in use since pre Civil War.

The handle is made of the same Walnut as Remington’s Model 700 rifles and features the R700 logo laser etched with the same checkered pattern as the M700 stock. The pins and bolsters are fitted well, especially for a factory blade.

The knife has a good working edge out of the box. Custom knife maker Mickey Yurco did a quick touch up sharpening on the edge. After that it was able to melt through 8/9 oz leather with ease.
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The knife was supplied with a nicely finished Leather sheath that has two rivets near the bottom to prevent the knife from cutting into the sheath.
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The knife has a good hold and includes some file work on the back edge as well.
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The 700 Heritage series knives will run about $60-$80. A fair price for an American made hunting knife of this quality.

Lastly is a nice little budget minded piece, the Sportsman Series F.A.S.T. Folder.
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The F.A.S.T. Acronym stands for Fast Action opening with a Soft Touch feeling handle.

This knife is a great addition to a bail out bag or a back up to your EDC. This knife can do the EDC grunt work while your more “social” blade stays fresh and ready for anything.
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The Fast Action opening is achieved by having a thumb stud/finger assisted opening system. This one was a bit stiff at first but, after some working the action, it eventually lived up to it’s name.

The pocket clip only allows one mounting option which I don’t care for. Then again if you use it as an accessory to a bail out bag or something, it won’t really make a difference.

The edge needed a little work out of the box but still had a cutting edge. Once again I don’t care for the combo edge but it does look appealing at the least.

The rubberized handle is what gives the “Soft Touch” to the knife. It is a cool feature but I wonder how long it will last. They do offer it in several colors including Realtree camo patterns. Check the factory specs below for a full list.

It’s always good to have a knife like this around to handle light chores worry free of losing or breaking it.
with a street price of $12-$20, you can afford to throw one in every bag and every car you own.

Browsing through the lists of knives on Remington’s website you will find multitools for specific weapons systems, folding knives with bird hooks and shotgun choke wrenches, and military style fixed blades with a variety of blade and finish options. They really do offer a worthwhile selection that is a cut above the average Firearm manufacturer cutlery lines I’ve become accustomed to.

Here are the specs on these particular knives from Remingtons website.

Heritage 700

Key Features:
Each Heritage 700™ Series Knife Features:
Signature “R” is laser etched into every knife utilizing the same checkering pattern used on the Model 700™.
The traditional Remington® Trade Mark laser etched on the main blade.
The traditional “Remington® / UMC – Made in USA” tang stamp.
Remington® model number stamped on the opposite side of the tang.
440A modified stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness rating of 57-59

Premier Rescue II
Blade material – 440C stainless steel with Teflon® coating
Blade options – Single: 3 1/2″ Sheepfoot blade Double: 3 1/2″ Sheepfoot blade and 3″ push button automatic seat belt/web cutter
Handle material – Rugged, slip resistant Forprene handle with glow in the dark insets, solid one piece 4.5mm thick glass breaker and lanyard hole
Handle point of interest – Open back frame spine allows easy cleaning of knife
Handle options – Black or Olive Green Double: Blade lock button in handle | Single: Pocket clip
Sheath – Heavy duty Cordura sheath with M.O.L.L.E. system
Made in Italy

Sportsman Series F.A.S.T. Folder
Key Features:
Fast action opening with a soft touch handle
Blade material/options – 440 stainless steel with bead blast finish or black oxidized coating with a serrated/straight combo edge
Blade lengths – Large: 3 5/8″ | Medium: 3 1/8″
Handle material – Anodized aluminum scales with rubberized coating; includes pocket clip and lanyard hole
Handle options – Black, Mossy Oak® Obsession,® Mossy oak® blaze orange (new for 2009) or Realtree® Advantage® MAX-4 HD™
Closed measurement – Large: 5″ | Medium: 4 1/8″

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Michael Y

Mike is a life long shooter and gun lover. He is currently serving in the USAF with 12 years in, 8 years to go. Hobbies include anything that sucks up money such as guns, motorcycles, cars, knives, photography, and travel. Has also been labeled by some as a “gun nut,” and a “gear queer,” among other things we won’t mention…


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  • Dave

    someone needs better taste in knives

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”
      • meatdonut

        I think you misunderstood Dave’s comment. You guys suck at knives. The Satu review was far better than this one, but it also sucked. You may want to lurk on some knife forums and see reviews from experienced blade nuts to learn what they care about and how they evaluate blades.

        Picking knives that are less of a joke wouldn’t hurt either.

        I’d like to see more knife reviews from you guys but you need to learn how to review knives first.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          I thought he did well and especially so on the Satu review. What else do you want to hear?
          Mike and his father actually make knives by the way. I’d say they are experienced.

          • Michael Y

            Dave thanks for the input. I don’t think it’s the content of the review however.

            I’ve posted dozens of reviews on “knife nut ” forums. Some of them rather details, some of them just a few pictures and comments. Every time the members of those forums were more than happy for whatever contribution was made. The heinous crime that is committed here is that this is a Firearm blog and the content is knife related. If a knife review is posted in a knife forum nobody bats an eye, Post the same thing on a firearm blog and everyone loses their minds.
            It’s comical how people seem to lose sleep over it. Simply scroll down one more half page and find something you want to read about.

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            @ Michael Y :

            While the debate about whether knives and other “accessory” items should be featured on a pure firearms blog will doubtless continue ad infinitum, it is still nevertheless refreshing to see this article posted for comment. I have the greatest respect for the hard-core purists with whom I have had the privilege to exchange ideas with over the years, yet I do not think it is out of place to feature something different and thought-provoking from time to time. It is ultimately vital to the maintenance of one’s perspectives regarding any subject under the sun to be able to look outside the limits of comfortable boundaries and appreciate other subjects as they relate to the whole from the overall standpoint, even if they conflict with one’s own visceral reactions.

    • JT

      All you need is Smith and Wesson. They’re not even listed on the website, so you KNOW they’re good

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    While Remington does make a wide variety of high-quality knives and assorted cutlery that fulfills many needs very well, I would still lean towards something from Spyderco, SOG, Leatherman or Gerber. Just my honest preference based on practical experience, that’s all.

  • Guest

    The Firearm Blog: Knives, not Firearms.

    • gunslinger

      I was going to say something like that, but decided against it. now i think i will add…

      Previously i was for the talk of knives and such on here, as they were part of the gun culture. I have changed my views.

      I think this would have been better put on the alloutdoor.com site (along with the treestand article). I feel that anything not directly related to firearms should not be given a full article on here, but rather a article that links to the full post on AOD.

      just my 2c.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        That’s a pretty decent alternative.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        All Outdoor is really separate from TFB even though it’s a sister website.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      LOL :):):)!

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Guns and knives go together and we’ll continue to cover products that go hand in hand with our guns.

    • Blake

      If you’re not interested in knives, it’s really simple: don’t read the knife articles…

      If the content is good (such as this review) then I say bring it on. As long as there’s not more than 1 non-firearm article on here per day (knives, lights, packs, hunting gear, survival stuff, etc), it really doesn’t bother me. Much to the contrary, the knife articles have gotten me thinking about holiday gifts (I’ve given all the shooters in the family ammo for the past couple years, it’s nice to give something different).

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        Thank you Blake– Most of the time we won’t have more than one maybe two knife reviews in a month.
        Good idea by the way. A knife makes a good gift.

    • RocketScientist

      So, no articles on scopes, sights, ammo, bipods, gun-lights, magazines, gun cases, cleaning tools/solvents, safety glasses, hearing protection or other non-firearm items?

      • gunslinger

        those go directly into the use and maintenance of firearms. unless a knife is a multi-tool, bayonet or can be attached to a gun, holster, etc, it isn’t directly related. and i again would offer the suggestion that TFB works with AO to coordinate posts.

  • MPM

    Waste of space on this site. Love knives, but wrong place, and no knife guy is gonna give two cents about cheap Chinese knives branded by Remington. Poor materials, poor or stolen designs, poor craftsmanship.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Have you tried any Remington knives? That hunting blade is pretty nice.

  • HardcoreSlot

    bleh.. if any of these blades were anything higher than 440 steel they would be nice knives.

    • Michael Y

      440C is an excellent steel. What people don’t realize about these super steels is there is always trade offs. S30V for instance is great and is said to hold an edge longer than 440C, but it is also harder to sharpen, more prone to chipping etc etc. 440C is easier to work with and is said to have better rust resistance than S30V. It is really a marketing ploy to say one is better than the other. Everyone wants to think they have the best “New Next Thing” but in reality all of the Super steels are great and bear minor differences from one another. It all boils down to personal preference. The same thing happens in other markets. Flashlights and lumen ratings, Cameras and megapixels you just have to do your research and determine what best suits YOUR needs and ignore the internet hype.

      • Fishmann

        I wholeheartedly agree with you regarding the quality of 440C Michael, however, I dont feel that the 440a Remington, especially with a price range in the$60′s, would be a good buy. I’ve had some very bad experiences with the steel and additionally you could purchase a Buck with at least a 420hc blade for the same price, and still have an American made knife. I liked the review though:)

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