This weekend we’re taking a broad look at the Ontario Knife Company. They started in New York in 1889, and in their more than 100 years of business they’ve cultivated a reputation for top quality products manufactured with a high level of craftsmanship.
Where they really shine is their American-made fixed blade offerings. The 499 Air Force survival knife is used by several branches of the US Armed Forces, and as such is manufactured in accordance with government specifications. The 5″, 1095 carbon steel blade sports a fine-toothed sawback for making more aggressive cuts. The rough leather handle provides a really good grip, and it comes with a leather sheath and sharpening stone.
Stepping it up to a massive 9.75″ blade we have the SP-10 Spec Plus Raider Bowie. This hefty sucker was designed for military, sporting, and rescue use, which led to a really rugged full tang construction and a comfortable Kraton handle. For a knife this large this has a really nice weight and balance, and it’s one of our favorite fixed blades.
If folders are more your speed, Ontario has a great model in the Rat model 1 and model 2. This is actually one of the best reviewed folders on our site. The model 1 is the larger of the two, boasting a three and a half inch blade versus the model 2’s 3″ blade. There’s a lot of variety on this line, with the blade available with a tactical black or satin finish in standard or serrated, and there are a whole host of handle colors. Both versions of this model have a lanyard hole and four-way pocket clip position.
When it comes to Ontario, these models are just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous other fixed blade and folding options, and they even offer products for kitchen use. To see the full range of available Ontario products, click here. To view our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com