(RSK Mk1. image via DougRitter.com.)
As I was working on a longer piece for later publication, an email arrived from Doug Ritter. Doug is most frequently mentioned in these pages as Chairman of KnifeRights, but is also a highly regarded knife designer (and survival writer). In his email he announced that two of his designs, the RSK Mk1 & Mk3 are going to end production.
From Doug Ritter:
I regret to inform all the fans of my Benchmade-produced RSK Mk1 and RSK Mk3 knives that Benchmade has advised us that it will no longer produce the knives going forward. You can purchase existing stock at: http://www.knifeworks.com/DougRitterknivesandgear.aspx
Once they are gone, they are gone.
As you may recall, we do not comment on future knife introductions.
David has a “sub-collection” of Ritter-designed knives. He has reviewed the CRKT-produced RSK Mk6, and at last tally only needed an RSK Mk2 and Mk5. I am sure he will chime in in the comments with an update.
I am hoping that the MK1 lasts through the New Year. I just don’t have the funds to buy one myself this month, but I would love to pick one up before they go the way of the Dodo. There is always the secondary market I guess.