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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, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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The swampy hell of Florida
Apr 12, 2016
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.
5 out of 5
Blue Monkey
Upstate , Ny
Mar 08, 2016
499 Air Force Survival Knife
I purchased this knife mostly to keep in my glove compartment as an emergency tool - won't find me skinning game or building a lean-to anytime soon. What sold me was that it's designed to assist a pilot in escaping a mangled plane I'll assume it should work equally well for a mangled car wreck. I love the solidity and heft of this piece , and I enjoyed sharpening it , oiling it and treating it's leather myself - it looks and feels great in the hand and is now hair shaving sharp. I especially like that it's point of balance is well behind the cross guard - that translates to better blade control - I also like the sharpened clip point which allows for a 'back cut'. Last but not least , I love that this fine piece is made right here in 'my own back yard' so to speak , made by Americans here in beautiful Upstate New York !!
5 out of 5
Donald B
Rochester New York
Jan 18, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Great working knife, that is built like a tank!
It's been a long time coming but I finally found a great knife. I have wanted a knife like this to replace the Navy Knife (similar knife) I lost in Viet Nam. I can't praise it enough. It's a working knife not one of those fake RAMBO knives, You can mistreat it, use it as a hammer, Pry with it, cut wire, and it will still only take a few strokes of the sharpening stone (that comes with it) to get it back to sharpness. The sheath is even better than the one I had back in the 1960's. The handle of knife is special, you won't loose your grip even when your hands are wet with blood as you skin out game. This is one of the best Knives I have ever owned.
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