(Please click image for larger picture. Photo courtesy of E.V.)
E.V. - North Platte, NE, (pictured above) had this to say about his RAO: "Had wanted an Extrema Ratio for some time. Guess I had held off in the past as they seemed hard to come by. That's not the case now. The RAO was packed in a nice box. Everything appears to be first rate. Having not been able to see one before I ordered this one, it makes it tough sometimes when you consider paying for a premium knife. One tends to set the expectations high as I suppose they should be. Well I am certainly not disappointed in the least. Great service on a great product."
"DEAR NANCY, I RECEIVED MY RAO. THANKS. MY FIRST IMPRESSION WAS THE HEIGHT FOLDED, COMPARED TO OTHER KNIVES I'VE COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS WAS COLOSSAL. MY FRIENDS AT WORK WERE IMPRESSED. THEY CALLED IT THE MACHETE. PEOPLE ARE JUST SPELLBOUND BY THE SHEER ENORMITY OF THE RAO. WHEN I OPENED IT MY THOUGHTS WERE A BATTLE-AXE, ENTRENCHING TOOL. IF I CAN'T CUT MY WAY THROUGH I SURE CAN CHOP MY WAY THROUGH. AN UNSURPASSED KNIFE TO HAVE FOR SECURITY AND A FIELD KNIFE THIS OLE BOY DOWN HERE IN LOUISIANA NEEDS TO HAVE WHEN HE'S RIDING OUT HURRICANES AND SKIPPING AROUND THE MARSHES, SWAMPS, RIVERS, AND BAYOU'S." W.W. Jr."
My knives arrived at 9:30 am this morning and I hastily in great anticipation opened the master carton containing my three knives. Sometimes one has great expectations of a product because of the information received from a web-site with pictures and product descriptions, but this was not the case, to the contrary I was pleasantly pleased a thousand percent.
I first opened the box containing the ONTOS, and was impressed with the quality and design of purpose and functionality and balance. For a survival knife is was very sharp and I was able to shave the hair on my arm.
The second knife I examined was the RAO and again was delighted that I was not disappointed in any of my preconceived expectations of the knife from the information received from your web-site. It is a fabulous knife that is a real multi-purpose survival tool and was razor sharp out of the box . Again, I was able to shave hair from my arm.
The third and last box I opened was the MPC and had the level of expectation met again. The MPC shaved my arm like a Gillett Razor.
I was amazed that such heavy constructed knives were sharp enough to shave hair with no effort and pass the fingernail sharpness test. My arm is almost hairless,
In conclusion, the only thing remaining to state is that the quality of your products and your customer service and willingness to afford one time and information is XTREME in every way possible.
"Hi Nancy, It has now been months since I received the MPC and RAO folders. I have used them during this time while setting up camp, doing many outdoor projects and during overhauls after a major fire with the fire department and of course just plain showing off. A bunch of us gather around and when I break out the MPC or RAO folder everyone wants to break out their knives and we all have some kind of a knife story to tell and of course I end up fixing or replacing their damaged knives when they try to do the jobs I do with the MPC or RAO. I have seen Buck’s, Gerber’s, Kershaw’s, Cold steel’s, SOG’s and even a Benchmade get bent or broken trying to do the jobs that the MPC or RAO can do and look new when the job was done. As it is said “never send a boy to do a man’s job”. These knives don’t just demand respect they get respect and they have mine and my trust that they will hold up under the task. Would like to see one change with the MPC, as a fire fighter I’ll have wet ash, dirt or even wet clay on my gloves and when using the MPC I would like a better grip (a little wider with an insert to prevent slippage). Sincerely,S. C. Greenville SC."
"I have been buying several products from the US, happened to stop by “http://xtremeknives.com” to buy a 185 RAO with black sheath. I have never had such a great buying experience while buying from the US. The customer service, understood the needs, identified the requirement and dispatched the goods immediately. Most of all the response was prompt for every query that I had asked. Reliability of buy from these great people is undoubted. There are many places from where you could buy knives, but I go by the rule of stopping by a store where you get good customer service. I would definitely recommend and buy more products from “xtremeknives.com” at the wink of my eye. Your Team is doing a great job. It was truly a great experience……. Regards, Paul" - India
"Just wanted to let you know that I received my RAO 185 yesterday and was thoroughly impressed with the knife. I'm an avid collector of knives and have amassed a nice collection of folders from case to strider, but my RAO truly stands out among them. The fit and finish of the piece rivals any custom blade that I have seen or own. I would highly recommend the knife to anyone that needs a truly solid blade as a daily carry or intends to use it for camping, hunting, fishing, or any other field that would require unparalleled reliability. If you are looking at purchasing an upper end folder look no father then the RAO 185 you will not be disappointed!!!! Xtremeknives.com had excellent customer service, fast shipping, and the best prices that I've found. Sincerely," T.W. Davenport. Austin, TX
"I received the RAO 185 and this is one of the most well made and most beautifully designed knives I have ever seen or held!! You have my business from now on and I'm very impressed with the entire transaction and the speedy shipping. Thank you very much." Joe Dimeglio, MycoForesters. Eugene, OR
"...As for my RAO, I love it. I carry it often when in the woods (for emergencies only) no whittling! I placed a small firesteel in the slot that is used for carrying the knife when open. So in this small package I can make fire and a shelter. Very comforting." J. S. - Franklin, NC
"This knife is really cool! After reading Jeff Randall's article, I thought this would be a real good one to have. He literally beat the trash out of one and it seemed to want more. That's a great recommendation. Even though I haven't "used" it yet I feel it would easily do all you could ask of it."
"Just to let you know that I received my RAO without any problems. It is just as I expected, a fantastic and quality made Folder. I am very happy with your service and its a pleasure to do business with you. Also thanks for your quick response to my order. I would most definitely recommend you to others at any time. I have been looking for my ultimate knife for some time, and this one surely fits the bill, and being able to carry it either as a Folder or a Fixed Blade is a fantastic feature. I will certainly be purchasing from you again. Many thanks." D.M. - Tasmania (Australia)
"I received my RAO and WOW! I have it in hand less than a week, and already it has cut dozens tree-limbs, a yard of heavy canvas material, numerous packaging, and another martial artist! LoL I warned him it was razer-sharp straight out of the box, but he fingered the edge anyway saying he knew how to handle knives. It took 15 seconds before he realized he had cut himself! He gained a whole new respect for the ROA Crafts-people! You guys ROCK!" TJ - VA
"To XtremeKnives, I've just received my order today. I am very satisfied with both RAO & MPC. I'm definitely having fun with them now. Just wanted to thank you guys for everything, especially Nancy who helped me answer all the question and was very considerate during the whole time. Great products you got there and excellent place to shop at!" C.L. - Canada