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Ontario Air Force Survival Knife Review, Equip 2 Endure

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Review and Specs of the classic Ontario Air Force Survival Knife.
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17 replies on “Ontario Air Force Survival Knife Review, Equip 2 Endure”

Sounds like it sucks, with all the cons you pulling out seems like you put up with them all just because!
PS (duel meaning) I believe the coating is called Parkerized…

The sawback was designed for ripping through aluminium fuselage walls and plexi canopies etc not as a wood saw.

I just received this knife, from Amazon, today and it is a BEAST of a knife!!!! These knives are rugged and durable, and tried and true. They're definitely worth the $30-some dollar asking price and would be a great addition to any survival kit. I had some issues with Amazon, about a month and a half ago, after I ordered a throwing knife and three of them were "lost" (really stolen) by USPS workers. Amazon was very nice about it and gave me a credit to my account, so this excellent little knife only cost me around six bucks!!!! It is a GREAT knife!!!!

The “sawback” has just the right width for notching wood to accept Parachute line (paracord) when constructing shelters, ladders, tables, rafts, etc. The “sawback” tooth design prevents the knife from hanging-up in the parachute canopy and lines (extracation)…especially when swinging from tree canopy limbs or floating in water. The “sawback” tooth design allows nonstick BATONING. The end cap on the grip allows hammering. Remember that PILOTS are tightly fitted into their ejection seats/cockpits, so their “survival gear” must be the best, lightest, most versatile equipment. This knife design is amazing. My favorite.

I dont know what he means… "not a bushcraft knife"… I beat the shit out of mine. Batoning, shelter building, fire making. Kicks ass. You just have to be patient and remember to tune the edge up.

Looks like a shadow of the AFSK I remember from the 1960's… highly prized in certain quarters back then. The sheath leather looks thinner and the grip leather softer and fluffier, the sawback less pronounced. They were a badazz knife, even compared with the USMC knife, the modern iteration maybe not so much.
The grip leather can be tightened up by a good soak (not brushed, SOAKED) in Thompson's water seal (or similar product) and when thoroughly dried, a coat of clear lacquer to seal it. Once soaked and lacquered the leather will take a bit of a polish on a buffing wheel which will harden it up a bit. Forget the "leather treatment" or leather oils- they will only soften the leather, allowing it to wear and degrade more quickly. Ive rescued a few of these types of grips over the years, all seriously degraded from oils or "leather treatments".

Brought my own Ontario with Me when I was  with the 5th Marines. Loved that Knife, did all I asked of it without fail. A piece of home in far off lands. Still have it.

I've kept mine for 35 years, never let me down. Field dressed quite a few deer with it. Still have a like new one as backup

I guess I got a bad one my blade was crooked edge was ground on one side more and came super super dull😞

I cut through a piece of a crashed Cessna 172 fuselage about 5 in. thick. Consisting of fiberglass, aluminum alloy, heavy duty styrofoam, and some type of steel rivets. I sawed a 4x4x4 triangle and when I finished, I felt the edge on my blade and it was just as sharp as when I first stabbed the knife into the material, the sawback was same as when I started. Overall the knife showed no damage, minus some wear on the coating of the blade and that was quite minimal considering what it had just been through.

I've owned, carried, and used this knife since the 70's.I can honestly say E.D.C. It is reliable. More rugged than the current ASEK Gerber. The only (slight) disadvantage I've found is that the sort of sharp "false edge" will chew up your baton when processing firewood. No big deal. Just throw the shreds into your tinder bundle. It carries conveniently outboard on my right calf. Easily accessible when seated in or on a vehicle. Sure, I own fancier, more expensive knives that are scary sharp (Cold Steel Master & Magnum Tanto ll) to name 2, but this knife still has a certain appeal to me in both form and function. It has resided in every vehicle that I've owned. Always ready to strap on when I hit the trail. The stone is adequate, but I normally carry a pen sized diamond hone. The stacked leather handle can be shaped to your preference with a 1/2 round rasp, or Dremel tool. I left mine stock. It works for me Nice Knife.

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