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Ontario Ranger Series Night Stalker 9 Fixed 9.5" Blade, Black Micarta Handles

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Part Number: ON9422BM
Manufacturer: Ranger Knives
Retail Price: $161.49
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Description
ON9422BM: Night Stalker 9 - Black Micarta
Ontario Knife Company

These knives feature 5160 steel and black texture powder coated blades. Comes standard with MOLLE compatible black nylon sheath with edge protecting hard plastic insert and roomy utility pouch.
Specifications
  • Overall Length: 15.25"
  • Blade Length: 9.5"
  • Handle Material: Black Micarta
  • Comes standard with MOLLE compatible black nylon sheath with edge protecting hard plastic insert and roomy utility pouch
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 071721942245

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.
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, and high strength.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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David
Iowa
Jun 20, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Materials, Blade Material, Finish, None
Cons: Weight, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard
Depends what you're looking for
Surprisingly light, which can be good or bad. Obviously lighter = easier to carry. Generally I think people put too much hooplah on knife weights. I don't really think any knife is significantly heavier than another of similar purpose. People who nitpick every ounce probably do themselves a psychological disservice by causing them to fret over every gear molecule. I purchased this knife to be a heavy duty chopper and camping/hiking knife, which I usually prefer to be on the heavier side to aid in chopping momentum. The handle is pretty bulky and has some sharp edges but if you're serious enough to be spending this much money you shouldn't be foreign to a little self-modding. It's also no longer than your hand, so the size and shape don't lend itself to any swiveling when you swing, which can be helpful. It's a very secure grip for finer tasks or stabbing. The knife rattles and shifts in the sheath which is annoying for the price point but not a deal-killer. The pouch is about the size for a multitool like a Leatherman Wave, and not much bigger. My biggest complaint is the severe taper to the blade. The description boasts a .25" thickness which is part of what allured me to it (also it's price point - I got mine on sale for a little under $80). It's 1/4" at the handle only, all along the length of blade it tapers more than I've seen on a knife before, probably why it's so light. At the tip I'd be surprised if it was still 1/8". The blade also isn't super wide (as in, spine to edge dist.) which with the taper leads to the blade feeling a bit anemic relative to the handle. The steel is good - 5160 spring steel, and it looks pretty tacticool (if you like that). The edge geometry (flat grind) is good so I'd say it's a great slicer due to the thin edge. The blade shape seems like a dumbed-down kukri but with the very light end of the blade I'd be more inclined to dub it an anti-kukri seeing as how the main point of the kukri design is to put more weight forward to increase chopping momentum. I got mine for $80 but sold it to a friend. The regular asking price is far to high in my opinion considering how many good options there are of this type. Even for the $80 I spent, I'd much rather have spend that on a Condor Boomslang or a couple (more) Hudson Bays. I'd also suggest checking out the Becker BK9. Hell, what I ended up doing was buying 4 of Ontario's 12" machetes for $20 each. With a little modding can be a astoundingly great camping/hiking knife (there's some cool videos of them). I hesitated to rate this as low as I did because most of these things are pros or cons depending on what you're looking for, but a knife boasting this design and specs would say (to me, at least) that's it's a beast of a chopping blade, which this knife isn't.
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