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Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife 5" Carbon Steel Sawback Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 6150

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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 its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel (it will rust) and most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
4.577 (52 reviews)
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2 out of 5
Oct 11, 2016
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Blade Material, Materials, Finish, Blade Sharpness
Honestly is the best policy
This feels like a knife as solid as they come. The weight is heavy, which is good to know it will take a beating and keep on. The hammer end is as hard as a rock, the hand guard isn't going anywhere either. The leather handle is freshly tanned (and even ready for a coat of sno-seal or neatsfoot oil). This is probably one of the most well put together knives I've ever held in my hand, however the blade material feels really cheap, the finish is rough and rugged. It's built for ruggedness but as for one comment I read about this knife I agree with = Paraphrase: "When I buy a knife, I expect it to be finished; I shouldn't have to sharpen, and fix it myself." The blade is so dull, I couldn't cut a shirt thread with it. In my view, either treat or temper the 1095 steel better (which is a great steel in general by the way), or do a better job putting an edge on the blade. Horrible quality control.
5 out of 5
Jul 07, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
Great knife
4 out of 5
The swampy hell of Florida
Apr 12, 2016
Pros: None
Cons: None
Classic hard use knife.
I first ran into the this knife in the early 1980s. A good friend of mine had been in the Air Force, and a PJ recommended this knife to him when they were getting survival training. It is inexpensive, tough as nails, and takes a good edge. What more could you want in a knife? The saw on the back is for soft aluminum and plexiglass, in case you were wondering. If you are a pilot in the USAF, you already know all about it. These have changed subtly over the years, but are pretty much the same great knives they have always been. You can pay more, but you would be hard pressed to find a better survival knife.
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