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RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter

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(2380) RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter
(2380) RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter
(2380) RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter
(2380) RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter
(2380) RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter
(2380) RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter
(2380) RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter
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Doug Ritter's RSK Mk5 (Ritter Survival Knife) is not a knife you would use all day for normal work tasks. But, based on Doug's philosophy that "if it isn't with you, it can't save you," it is compact and light enough to fit in almost any small personal survival kit or stash-away location, yet robust enough that it's a knife you can bet your life on.

Doug is the founder of the Equipped To Survive web site and an international authority on survival equipment. The RSK Mk5 is a collaborative effort based on Georgia knifemaker David White's custom Shrewd Survival Knife, itself the result of collaboration with Dr. Andrew Osbourne.

Weighing in at less than an ounce, the skeletonized fixed blade sports a 1.75" wide-chord drop-point blade with a high flat grind. The high-carbon steel blade has Doug's preferred stonewashed finish for improved corrosion resistance.

The ergonomic curved handle provides a secure and comfortable two-finger grip while a brightly colored nylon cord fob adds additional length and grip.

Use it to make fuzz sticks, construct shelter, gut a fish, dress game or for self-defense. Whether it is wilderness or urban survival, the Mk5 will do its part to keep you alive and kicking.

Includes a custom-fitted glass filled nylon sheath and a mint-size carrying tin along with Doug's suggestions for building up your own personal survival kit.

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No. of ratings: 5
 4.6/5.0 Stars  
Number of Reviews: 10
  • 2014-05-11
    Cheyenne, WY
I haven't gotten a chance to put this little feller through its paces, but can already tell it will be my go to this summer for camping trips Nice design, comes in a very nice "Altoid" style tin, to add a few essentials to. Will definitely find a home in my day pack

  • 2014-04-29
    Chapel Hill, NC
Solid little knife It arrived very sharp, and after attaching neck cord, went straight back into the tin attached to my much bigger knife.

  • 2013-12-12
    Abilene, TX
This knife is ideal for a mini survival kit. Great steel and design for its intended purpose. The knife came slightly dull but easily honed. I replaced the nylon cord it came with, and made a cinch-down wrist lanyard out of 550 cord for it. This knife looks great sand blasted, easy to maintain, perfect size for any survival situation. It should be considered essential equipment for every adventurer. Ken

  • 2013-05-19
    Dacula, GA
Beautiful for the *intended purpose.* This was reasonably sharp when I got it, but a few licks from a honing stone and I could shave with it. The metal is somewhat soft, however for its intended purpose, I don't see this as a bad thing. I can sharpen this in the wild if need be. I have given it a test drive in back yard firemaking, and have used it to make feather sticks from oak, quite easily given the size. The only modification I've done to it is to the lanyard (you very much want a lanyard on this knife) I lash it to my altoid tin-sized PSK with paracord, rather than keep it inside the tin, and the supplied lanyard material makes this difficult. I would very much recommend this to anyone looking for a last-ditch altoid tin sized blade for survival purposes.

  • 2013-03-20
    Shelton, WA
Not bad mine came very dull and the sheath was lose ad rattled badly but still a nice little blade.

  • 2013-03-20
    Hazelton, ND
I LOVE this little knife We've now purchased several of these as gifts for our customers and have also made several 'mini-tins'(altoids survival kits). It comes with the mint tin and instructions for making a mini survival kit which is what makes it such a great gift. This knife is a much better solution than using razor blades which tend to snap or break and fits perfectly in a mini-tin. The nylon cord is also a nice touch. Thank you so much, Mr. Ritter, for designing this little gem PS another great tip is putting neosporin in a 2" long straw segment and sealing/melting the ends. It fits nicely in the mini-tin.

  • 2012-10-10
    Albany, NY
Not a bad little knife to keep in your pocket. Almost no weight or size to it. I felt the handle coould probably have been a little longer. Now it is long enough for two fingers and the rope is supposed to "extend" the grip to a full four fingers. It somehow feels a little awkward and I'd feel a bit better if it were a litle longer. Also, the hollow handle helps keep it lightweight which is good. It might be a good idea if it were offered in a solid handle and give us choice. Bottom line, it's with me all the time.

  • 2012-07-24
    Pittsburg, CA
Was disappointed My rsk mk5 did NOT come with the red colored cord

  • 2012-07-08
    durham, NC
i really like this liitle guy the lanyard came off, so i made a new one good job Mr. Ritter

  • 2012-06-11
    Carlsbad, CA
In the late 1990's I was in email contact with Doug Ritter, and online in a survival BBS misc.survivalism. His Equipment review website is true, accurate, and trustworthy -- if your life is in the balance. When I first saw the RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter, I wanted one, but had to wait for it. Recently shopping for an adventure, I purchased the knife. It is 100% what I need. A small knife, neck carry, carbon steel (not stainless steel), for fire-by-flint. Although the RSK Mk5 - Designed by Doug Ritter fits in an ALTOIDS (c) tin, I'll put it in a slightly larger kit. Adventure awaits

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Product Specifications
Open Overall Length3.81 inches
Weight0.9 ounces

Length1.75 inches
Thickness0.12 inches
FinishStone Washed
GrindHigh Flat
StyleWide-Chord Drop Point


Carry SystemGlass Filled Nylon Sheath
Weight0.3 ounces

Lanyard/Neck ChainYes

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Doug Ritter
Doug Ritter is an internationally acknowledged authority on survival equipment. He founded and publishes the renowned Equipped To Survive web site (www.
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