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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 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.
4.636 (33 reviews)
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5 out of 5
Sep 24, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Serious knife
Ridiculously over-engineered, this knife is for people who are serious about having a knife that WILL NOT FAIL them in a survival situation. Forget all the other "survival" knives - I was issued my Ontario knife 35 years ago, and I have used it and abused it in the backwoods and around the house ever since. It's small enough to not be a burden, large enough (and thick enough) to beat on with a froe to chop down a tree, use as a pry tool, field dress game - you name it. The sheath is not pretty, but it wears pretty much as well as the knife it protects. Sewn and riveted, metal-backed - it's not going to fail you either. Great knife - forget Gerber, Bear Gryllis and all the other pretenders - this is a serious knife for serious situations. Take care of it and it will take care of you - for a long, long, time.
5 out of 5
Suomi, Keminmaa
Sep 10, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
One of the best knives
My brother had this knife so long i can remember. And its one of the best knives out there. When he gave it to me i was so happy....
5 out of 5
WA State
Aug 16, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Finish, Blade Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Great survival and general utility knife
I got my Aircrew Survival Knife in the US Marine Corps shortly after OCS 30 years ago. I attached it to my 782 gear and used it through TBS and my other training. It was used for trimming branches, building small fires, opening C-rat cans, making booby traps, cutting through ammo boxes, and pounding in my shelter-half stakes. Years later it was used for deer hunting, camping, and cleaning off the bottom of the lawn mower. I treated my leather handle and sheath with Mink Oil and never had to touch it since. On the positive side it's a great low-cost survival/utility knife. It can pound things, and perform wilderness survival tasks. The 1095 carbon blade is fine and it will hold an edge. However it takes a little time to get a really sharp edge on the thick blade. Every tool has a specific purpose and the military purpose of this knife was to be used for emergency survival.
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