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Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife 5" Carbon Steel Sawback Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: ON499
Manufacturer: Ontario Knives
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ON499: 499 Air Force Survival Knife
Ontario Knife Company
This knife is used by several branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Each knife is manufactured in accordance with U.S. Government specifications. Made in USA.

NSN: 7340-00-098-4327
  • 1095 carbon steel blade - 0.1875 thickness.
  • 9.5" overall length - 5" blade length
  • Zinc phosphate finish to inhibit rust
  • Sawteeth on spine
  • Natural leather handle 
  • Steel butt cap
  • Leather sheath with sharpening stone and tie down cord (all included)
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for it's extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
4.571 (28 reviews)
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poconos pa
Jan 06, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
bets knife I own
I love this knife its just what i have been looking for will be getting another as a gift soon
5 out of 5
Aug 25, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: None
No frills classic worker
For the money, My go to outdoor blade. First knowing some personal refinement was necessary for this knife before use is IMO a plus. To get it exactly right I soak the handle, tang, 1/2 inch of blade in molten beeswax until they reach equal temp. sealing up all spaces for water to enter. Leather soaks up wax, darkens and seals while giving slightly tacky grip once dry. needs sharpening and sheath likes to be snow sealed. all in all you take care of her and she will be there when you need her. I have used an original issue AFSK that was older than me and the only real difference was sheath and years of conditioning. Like a ball cap it takes some wearing in but over time will be the one you reach for.
5 out of 5
Aug 08, 2013
Pros: Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife
Excellent product for its purpose - this is not a "defense" weapon, it is a robust tool which can be used to cut, pry, or pound things; features many knives cannot support. I haven't really beat on the blade so I don't know if it holds an edge, but it does come with an albeit small sharpening stone.
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