Pros: Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish
Comparison with another Marine Combat Knife
This is an excellent knife, as other reviewers have pointed out. This review compares a just-purchased Ontario versus a Camillus I bought from Atlanta Cutlery in the early 1980s.Dimension Camillus OntarioBlade thickness 0.1645" 0.1625" micrometerHilt thickness 0.0822" 0.0767" micrometerPommel thickness 0.312" 0.1879" slim bite for the mike.Handle dia. (max) 1 19/64" 1 19/64" caliper and rulerThe false edge on the Camillus came unsharpened; the Ontario came with the same concave factory grind as the rest of the blade. (I rounded it off because I want a utility knife not a people-stabber.) The general symmetry and quality of the primary bevel, false edge bevel, blood groove and ricasso are superior on the Ontario. I had to relieve the edges of the Ontario ricasso because it was so right-angle sharp that it hung up entering the sheath. The spine of the Camillus has a mechanically jimped texture; the Ontario is smooth.I don't remember what the leather was like on the Camillus; I sanded it years ago. I sanded the rough edges on my new Ontario and it's now smooth as my Camillus. The leather of the Ontario sheath is thicker than the Camillus sheath, but I don't know what years of wear might have done to the older sheath. The Camillus' sheath rivets only have two tabs on the expansion side; Ontario's have six.The Camillus leg-lace hole is 3/16" dia.; Ontario's is 1/4" dia. The Camillus sheath had 5 stitches per inch while the Ontario sheath has 4 and a fraction.DAMHIKT: If you throw your 1095 RC58 knife you will create fractures that only show up after decades of phosphate rust-removal treatments. You will also bend the hilts.