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Ontario Utilitac II Folding Knife 3-1/2" Black Plain Blade, Textured Handles

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Part Number: ON8902
Manufacturer: Ontario Knives
Retail Price: $45.95
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ON8902: Joe Pardue | Utilitac II
Ontario Knife Company

The Utilitac II series designed by Joe Pardue. Great size and weight on a very usable folding pocketknife. Textured handle on dual, stainless steel liners secure a liner locking AUS8 stainless blade. These are solidly built in Taiwan with great ergonomics and a very useful blade shape. Easy to open and easy to close and easy to use.
  • Blade Length: 3 1/2"
  • Overall Length: 8"
  • Closed Length: 4 1/2"
  • Pocket Clip: 4 way, tip-up / tip-down carry
  • Lanyard
  • Locking Mechanism: Linerlock
  • Steel Material: AUS8 Stainless Steel
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 071721089025

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
4.667 (6 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Mar 07, 2014
Pros: Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
One of the best knives I have gotten. I've asked others how much they think it costs and the normally double how much I paid. Brass washers make it so it opens quick and smooth. No play with the blade. I use it for medium use at home and work and it can take whatever i have thrown at it. Just didn't come that sharp out of the box.
4 out of 5
Midwest Dude
Nov 23, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Handle Material, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Feel
Somewhat tactical EDC
I purchased this knife after buying an Ontario RAT 1. I carry the RAT 1 at work as a utilitarian knife. I have fallen in love with it and wanted to purchase another one to carry all the rest of the time. When I saw the Utilitac II knife I thought it would be a great tactical carry and great work horse for every day carry. I have had it now for over a month and have finally come to grip with it. It is a good knife; however I still like the RAT 1 better. The RAT seems to deploy smoother and with slightly less effort. I had to put some oil on the Utilitac knife straight from the box and work the action a couple hundred times to get to break in. I also attempted to loosen the screw which didn't help. After playing with it non-stop for several days it now deploys smooth. As for a tactical's ok. The drop point design with bevels cut on the top end of the blade help in with piercing however the handle is slightly shorter than the RAT and ends up be a little uncomfortable for my size of hand (Large Size Glove is a snug fit). It cuts very well too. However, again…the RAT 1 seems to pierce just as good with the different blade design. Overall the knife is very sturdy, great lock up, super sharp blade, and looks tough. The paint on the blade is crap, just like the RAT, but I kind of like the worn look of it after some use. Decent knife but NOT better than the RAT. For the price you won’t be let down. Hope this helped your decision.
5 out of 5
Timothy A
Chula Vista, Ca
Oct 29, 2012
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, Sheath, None
Hidden Gem
This knife is one valuable folder. AUS-8A steel, Ontario quality (Made in Taiwan), and designed by the reputable Joe Pardue makes this knife a definite keepsake. If I could make a comparison to another knife, the Utilitac II would be against the higher-end Ka-Bar MULE folders also made in Taiwan with AUS-8 steel, approximately $45 on Knifecenter (The $27 model is for the low-end model made in china that uses lower quality steel but it has G-10 handles instead of Zytel handles). However, the Utilitac II feels lighter in hand and is more versatile in the design compared to the MULE. 4-point pocket clip (Torx tool required), liner lock and the inclusion of a lanyard was a nice touch, but it can get in the way sometimes. The blade came sharp out of the box, and the edge had a somewhat "unique" bevel. The angles were even at the tip but tapered more into a chisel grind as it came closer to the handle. Cutting was still simple nonetheless. The handle design nicely contours to my grip and the jimping on the spine of the blade and handle really helps in maintaining the grip. The only problem with the knife is the texturing on the handles, which does not give a lot of traction. HOWEVER, Ontario does offer Utilitac II's with more textured handles, for the same price too. I can't complain too much about this though since this was my fault for choosing to forgo the higher texture handles. Great knife overall!
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