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 Ontario Blade thickness 0.1645" 0.1625" micrometer Hilt thickness 0.0822" 0.0767" micrometer Pommel thickness 0.312" 0.1879" slim bite for the mike. Handle dia. (max) 1 19/64" 1 19/64" caliper and ruler The 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.