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Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife 5" Carbon Steel Sawback Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath

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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.
4.625 (32 reviews)
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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.
5 out of 5
Jul 06, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Weight, Finish, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
My Favorite Knife
Initially bought for a general purpose knife to be used in deer camp. From skinning to butchering to cooking and even a few things I never intended, the edge always held up. This is the one knife I recommend as standard equipment to anyone who asks. Thee only thing That I would improve is the sharpening stone, it is a little small and to coarse of grit to get a fine edge.
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