While I was not familiar with COAST products, they have been around the block a time or two. They were founded as Coast Cutlery Company in 1919, and continue to manufacture quality knives, multi-tools, headlamps, and flashlights.
I was asked to complete a review on two knives, the RX322 and the DX335. I chose these two knives with different uses in mind for each. The RX322 comes off as a very nice, strong knife to carry on a daily basis on my person. For Fire-Rescue use, I thought the DX355 came off as a uniquely shaped blade along with several features that could be used as a tool in a vehicle extrication.
I have been carrying my RX322 for around a month now. I have used the blade for several different uses and have not had one issue with the sharpness of the blade out of the box. It has a Tanto blade with a stainless steel frame. The frame has a nice rugged texture, but it also smooth enough to easily slide in and out of your pocket. There are two key locking features on this knife. The lock on the frame keeps the blade from being accidently opened, and the secondary lock prevents the blade from being closed. The knife is ambidextrous due to the thumb ramping on both sides to make it easy to open right or left handed, and the stainless steel pocket clip is also completely reversible.
Out of the box, this knife is ready-to-use. The box that the knife arrived in keeps the knife from moving around, and it is a nicely presented box with the owners manual included.
All COAST products include a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship. This does not include wear and tear on the products, but if you have any issues, you can contact their Customer Service. More information on the Lifetime Guarantee is available by clicking here.
- Rapid Response
- Blade-Assist Knife
- Blade: 5Cr15Mov stainless steel
- 3.9 in. blade
- 8.75 in. overall
- Weight: 4.8 oz.
- Super-fast assisted opening
- Fiberglass-filled nylon handle on stainless steel frame
- Ambidextrous pocket clip
- US Patents: 7,827,697 & 7,854,067
Overall, I have been very pleased with the performance and workmanship of the RX322. I would recommend the purchase of this product for anyone who carries a knife on a daily purchase. The knife may be a bit large for some, but they make a 3 inch blade version that is titled as the RX313. For safety reasons, I would recommend to be sure that you use the locking mechanism on the frame of the handle, as I had the blade open a few times in my pocket when the blade wasn’t locked closed. The knife retails for $48.99 and is available for purchase by clicking here. Be sure to tell them that The “Model City” Firefighter sent you