As part of its 125th Anniversary celebrations, Ontario Knife Company (OKC) is proud to announce the addition of its new proprietary assisted opening mechanism. OKC’s exclusive patent-pending Tactical Assisted Opening (T.A.O.) system, designed by Joe Pardue, compliments the user’s manual one-handed opening motion to create a folding knife with truly fast action. Capable of integration into most folder designs, OKC has decided to introduce T.A.O. on one of its all-time best selling folding knives: the RAT Model 1.

The OKC RAT1A features an overall length of 8 ½ inches with 3 ½-inch blades made of versatile and sturdy AUS-8 stainless steel. This single-handed ambidextrous folding knife comes in two variants; the RAT1A SP features a satin blade, plain edge, while the RAT1A BP has a black blade with plain edge. Both models have multi-position clips and black handles made from G10, an incredibly rugged material consisting of laminated fiberglass that is not only lightweight, but is also easy to grip when wet. The side locking mechanism maintains the concept of one-hand usage and allows users to lock the blade with minimal effort and movement while preventing unintended deployment.

The original OKC RAT Model 1 platform has become a favorite around the globe as an everyday carry and the addition of the T.A.O. mechanism only increases the functionality of the knife. The ability to open a blade with minimal effort is invaluable in the field, especially in critical situations. Although the aggressive design of the RAT1A provides for a wide range of tactical applications, the benefits of rapid one-handed opening with the T.A.O. system are equally useful for tradesmen on the job and hunters in the field.

Founded in 1889, The Ontario Knife Company is a U.S. owned and operated organization that continually stays on the forefront of knife designs and cutting-edge technology.  Ontario’s military supply roots go deep into its history, as the company has been supplying quality cutlery to the U.S. Military since WWI. Today, the company consistently develops new knife designs that allow military personnel to have the products they need in order to get their jobs done both on and off of the battlefield. Ontario Knife is also especially proud of being selected as the sole provider of the United States Marine Corps OKC3S Multi-purpose Bayonet System and the Model 4 Rescue Strap Cutter. In addition to being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces, Ontario Knife teams with a nationwide network of distributors/dealers to market its products to many diverse consumer and niche markets including the tactical/military, hunting, outdoors, law enforcement and cutlery industries. Worldwide sales activity encompasses more than 28 countries and continues to grow.

For more information about Ontario Knife Company and its industry-leading line of advanced knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools, contact Ontario Knife Company at P.O. Box 145-26 Empire Street · Franklinville, NY 14737 · Telephone (716) 676-5527 · Or visit

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  1. This is good that assisted opening knives are still improving because most of the people avoid in buying them. They are good to carry when you are trained enough to have one. Rest it is better to stay away from these because they are quite critical to handle if you have no knowledge of it.

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