There was an excess pilot knife floating around the supply room during my stay with uncle sam, so I adopted it as my own and it followed me home when I ets'd in 86. We've been together ever since. Yes it is an excellent hunting/utility knife. Very durable and holds an edge well.An Air Force survival knife with sheath and sharpening stone are USA made and used to be available as new surplus cheap.
I bet you can still find a USA made surplus one somewhere. I have several. I like them for their shorter blade.
This is a link to a china made copy, it may be a good knife even though it comes from china.
In the description it shows imported which leads me to believe it’s a cheap Chinese copy. I’m not sure if it’s made with better steel just in a Chinese factory or what. For 80 bucks it should work fine. Be careful though. I bought a machete on Amazon and the tang was up barely half the thickness of the blade and it broke. It was past its warranty period so I got stuck with it. I just welded a new handle on it as it was strictly to cut palm fronds so I wasn’t too worried about aesthetics.you think it's the real deal? Not a cheap you know what copy?
Like this?ETA AGAIN: I did not see any knives the same, some similar, but not same. Mine did not have any military markings, only "Camillus" on the blade.
It looked similar to this knife on eBay but where you see the markings below mine only had "Camillus."
My knife had a heavy blade with blood groove also. I'm sure it came from the navy, dad was not the type to spend money on a knife.
Yes, that is, well . . . was my knife.Like this?
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Old Hickory also makes a slicing knife that may appeal to you: View attachment 463735
I have an older Ontario SP2 coming but I noticed OKN spec plus knives being sold new that say OKN on the blade instead of Ontario. Any idea if this is a new look change, or maybe a Chicom knockoff?The Ontario SP series are all great knives for the money. All are $60 or less and U.S. made. I have the SP-1, SP-6, and SP-10 and have made good use of them.
Those are nice looking knives.I have a friend in Alabama who recycles blades and makes knives out of old knives, on occasion with files, or blanks, with custom handle work as well as leather sheaths. His eyesight isn't always fantastic, and most often it's not going to be impeccable craftsmanship, but on occasions where I had an issue that I didn't feel like sliding, he handles it with an apology, and for custom knives that are entirely functional, neat to look at, and made by a former Wyoming Train Robber (professional re-enactor) retired in Alabama... I'm really happy to be able to do business with him and support his retirement hobby business/craft.
Plus, he often gives me buy one get one free kind of deals!
Example of a knife I asked him to make to partner with Der Dreiaugenrotwolfe...
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These are a set that ended up with the neighbor's kids....
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I might have one of his pieces as a prize choice from the 'pile' the M14 of the year drawings.
I don’t know. All mine say Ontario USA. It’s possible they changed the markings. I believe they changed the sheaths and even the grade of steel so I suppose it’s possible.I have an older Ontario SP2 coming but I noticed OKN spec plus knives being sold new that say OKN on the blade instead of Ontario. Any idea if this is a new look change, or maybe a Chicom knockoff?
. Cold Steel SRK Fixed Blade Knife w/Sheath Amazon.com : . Cold Steel SRK Fixed Blade Knife w/Sheath : Sports & Outdoors
The Cold Steel SRK is what I was given to use during Arctic Survival training. The instructors swore by them. The same knives were given to students all winter long and beaten on. They stood up well to the abuse. I got one after that and it’s been my go to backpacking/outdoor knife since.
For those interested, they stopped using the standard AF bolt knife at Arctic Survival because they become brittle in the extreme cold.