Review: Remington’s Cutlery Catalog
(thefirearmblog.com) by Michael Y-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 -
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The knife has a good hold and includes some file work on the back edge as well.
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.
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.
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.
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
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″