The Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knive is a cool survival knife, designed according to the specifications of the American government. This is a knife that is used during different tasks carried out by the American army. It is made from the popular 1095 steel, a very tough type of steel that can easily be sharpened in the field. For this reason the knife comes with a small sharpening stone to make sure you can sharpen your knife wherever you are.
Ontario has adjusted the thickness of the blade to the purpose for which it is to be used. For that reason it is nice and thick and solid. The rough black coating protects the reasonably rust sensitive 1095 steel against corrosion. The spine of the blade has been enhanced with saw serrations.
The handle on the 499 Air Force Survival Knife is made from leather. Simply put: stacked disks of leather around the steel tang of the blade. Ontario chose not to add a finish to the leather to make sure you can choose the finish yourself. Think of oil, beeswax or any other substance.
The Ontario 499 Air Force Survival knife comes with a nice leather sheath. Perfect for both left and right-handed users. In the front you will find a small pouch filled with a small Ontario sharpening stone for on the road.
|Finish blade||dark coating|
|Blade shape||clip point|
|Type of edge||plain edge|
Stéfano Stypulkowski Zanata, Alcobaça
Monday 2 December 2019
I'm not an outdoors man, and although I carry an EDC, I bought this knife just for the cool factor. The knife itself is well made and very nice, but the sheath is not on pair with the overall quality. The knife is also very thick and can be easily sharpened.
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