Ontario Bushcraft Utility Fixed 4" Carbon Steel Blade, Walnut Wood Handles, Original DeSantis Sheath - 6527


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Part #: ON6527 | Ontario Knives
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ON6527: Bushcraft Utility Knife
Ontario Knife Company
The OKC Bushcraft Utility Knife is a member of the award winning Bushcraft Series from Ontario Knife Company, designed by Blademaster-in-Residence, Dan Maragni. The blade is made of 5160 carbon steel. Carbon is known for its great hardness and the ability to hone the blade razor sharp. The handle are made from American Walnut wood. This knife is lightweight and well balanced in the hand. The Bushcraft Utility offers a fine point blade designed for detailed work. The knife includes a firestarter, paracord lanyard and high quality DeSantis sheath.
  • Fixed Blade
  • Clip Point Blade
  • Brushed Finish
  • Hand Guard
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Overall Length: 9.26"
  • Blade Steel: 5160 Carbon Steel
  • Handle Material: American Walnut
  • Sheath: DeSantis Nylon
  • Made in the USA
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Tom Horn
Oct 14, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
A Simple Knife, with a Lesson from the Master
This is a simple knife, like your Great-grandpa’s hunting/utility knife. I’ve overlooked it many times. Simple things have a beauty of their own, like Quaker furniture. This is obviously a knife meant to be used, not one for shelf sitting. This is, ‘the knife,’ as pictured in the dictionary. >>>>>>> I like the 5160 steel, if heat treated well it should take/hold a nice edge, and take on a nice patina with use. The Rockwell C hardness was not listed here, and I did not check it out before my purchase, assuming it was 57-60 HRC, or there abouts. After purchase, I looked on OKC’s website and saw it is listed as HRC 53-55. I was disappointed. This hardness level makes sense on their 9” bladed, Bushcraft Woodsman, where you may be chopping/batoning, and desire toughness, over hardness. But this is a 4” blade. You’re not going to do much chopping with it. So, I fired off an e-mail to Ontario Knife Co. asking why only 53-55 HRC on their 4” Bushcraft Utility? >>>>>>>> I only half expected a response. I’ve been blown-off by bigger folks than them. But, a few days later I received an e-mail back from some guy named, Dan Maragni, who claimed to have set up the heat treatment for OKC’s 5160 steel. He said he had worked for another famous knife maker for 25 years (you know, the one that does all the torture testing and cutting tests on blades, etc.). He said that every steel has a performing, “sweet spot,” and through extensive testing has found the right heat treatment for this steel, and that failures in high carbon steels in manila rope cutting tests were not due to rolling of the blade (too soft an edge), but due to chipping, from too hard an edge. Furthermore, he said Rockwell hardness in a blade is a QC measure, and is not the, ‘end all, be all,’ measurement of a steel’s performance. He said that the microstructure of the steel was more important in blade performance, and microstructure is what he is striving for with this steel. I was impressed, not only by Mr. Maragni’s knowledge/experience with 5160 steel, but also, by his passion, vision, and the scientific methodology at which he acquired his knowledge of the subject (he provided much more detail than I am passing on). It wasn’t until a day, or so, after corresponding with Mr. Maragni that I went back to this web page and discovered in the product description that I had been corresponding with Ontario Knife Co.’s, Blademaster-in-residence. >>>>>>>> The BLADE: Nice tapered, compound saber grind will provide low resistance slicing/cutting. Field sharpen-able, a big plus with me. They could have just as well called this knife, ‘Drop Point Hunter,’ as it would make an excellent hunting knife for deer sized game. The right angles on the spine are perfect for striking a Ferro rod. >>>>>>>> The HANDLE: Bravo! Someone finally gets it. Balance-schmalance. I’m not juggling with this thing. Just because it has a 4” blade, doesn’t mean you have to have a 4” grip. If that were the case, then X-acto knives would have 1” handles, and machetes would have 12” handles. You can use this generous 5 ¼” grip with your moose hide, wool lined, mittens on, and not feel loss of control. I like the wood scales extending over the guard/quillon (> comfortable than steel, alone), and the bird’s bill pommel. I’ve taken Yigo’s, from Guam, advice from his review of OKC’s Bushcraft Field Knife, and treated the walnut scales as he suggested. Nice. >>>>>>>> The DeSantis SHEATH is nice for bushcraft/hunting/camping/backpacking, etc. Put a small bottle of oil/oil pen in the pouch and you’re ready for whatever the world throws your way. It attaches to molle straps with parachord/leather thongs ; ) But, for EDC, this simple knife deserves a simple leather sheath. Kydex would be sacrilege with this knife, like putting a synthetic stock on a Kentucky Long Rifle. I went with a 4” basket weave leather sheath from They are nice, have rivets to help prevent slice-thru, and cost less than your fast food breakfast. I can’t buy a sheath-sized scrap of leather for that price. I dyed the basket weave Saddle Tan, the background Medium Brown, and the Bushcraft Utility now looks as handsome as a shotgun-groom in his wedding tux. >>>>>>> MISCONCEPTIONS: 1. Rockwell hardness (addressed above). 2. Molle attachment (addressed above). 3. Over-priced? I checked on’s website and found the 4 companies that make fixed blades in 5160 steel, in the U.S.A., were all in the same price range (check for yourself). I consider OKC’s Bushcraft line of knives a good value. About the same price as good knives made of 1095 steel from most makers (and 5160 is a more expensive steel). 4. This is a working man’s, working knife; not Diamond Jim’s Riverboat stiletto. Man-up, and polish those walnut scales with the calluses on your hands, the dings ‘n’ doinks of life, your blood, sweat, grit, and gore (or, take Yigo’s advice, like I did : ) >>>>>> If you’ve read this far, I apologize for being so long winded, but this is an important knife. OKC, and Dan Maragni, are offering an American style alternative to the bushcraft fad of, ‘scandi regrinds’ in 1095, with this simple knife in 5160 steel, that has been taken to its, “sweet spot.” I am much impressed with Bushcraft Utility, and plan on adopting OKC’s entire Bushcraft Family (Utility, Field Knife, Woodsman, & Machete). If you don’t purchase this knife, “… you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” When my son inherits this knife I know it will be well used. “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” “Here’s looking at you, kid.” – Rick (Humphrey Bogart), from, ‘Casablanca’
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