Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife, Black

By on December 22, 2015
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Amazon Price: $71.95 $41.71 You save: $30.24 (42%). (as of October 25, 2016 7:01 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Stay tough with the Rothco G.I. Pilots survival knife. The same knife issued by the U.S. Army and Air Force, the knife features a 5-inch Parkerized blade with a serrated top edge, along with a leather handle and sheath. GSA-compliant, the knife also comes with a sharpening stone with its own pouch.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 3 inches ; 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin:  United Arab Emirates
  • Item model number: 3278
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

Great "all around" general camp tool. Price fluctuates. Don’t pay over $45.

 on November 3, 2017
By MutsPub
Great 1095 steel “all purpose” Knife, like it was designed to be ( I own 5. One for many years.) Literally soak the heck out of the handle and sheath in neatsfoot oil!!!!!!! (and I do mean soak!!) They will last decades if you do it right out of the box. This will also keep “most” of the moisture out of the leather if it gets wet. (oil ALL of the leather!!) It will take some time/work, so expect to work and “DRY” the leather and sharpen the blade.The blade steel uses a parkarized black powder coat for rust prevention. These knives are not pretty, but durable/tough.

Good USA made knife

 on May 28, 2015
By Joe
After a lot of research i decided to go with this OTK knife. I really wanted the USA made and not even all Bucks or Kabars are USA. These are.

A present for my stepson at Christmas. I can’t …

 on January 28, 2016
By David
A present for my stepson at Christmas. I can’t say how much he likes it, but it is an exact twin to the survival knife that I wore for 20+ years on my survival vest while flying helicopter gunships. You can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a “pilot survival knife”, because this is the real McCoy. Here’s a pic of the one I carried for years on my survival vest (that I managed to keep sans the survival radio).

My old friend in 1973

 on August 14, 2017
By Blue Sky
This is the knife that I had have in 1973. And I did force to throw away into the river when my country was fallen into the hands of the communist, with two other military knives. At that time I was a little boy, my father did give me three beautiful military knives, I didn’t care about their brands. Now suddenly I found it because I still remember the shape of this knife: the “screw” at the end of the handle and the shape of the blade, and I often using it when going into the woods with my friends (I was a boy scout at that time 1973) LOL. Very happy to have it again. Now, just for souvenir, looking at it, handle it every day, because it’s a beautiful old friend. Love it. Thank you Amazon, Thank you Ontario. Now I know its name: Ontario 499 Air force Survival knife.

Air force knife

 on June 4, 2016
By carol hughes
I bought this knife for my husband as a gift. We hike and camp a lot and he showed some interest in this knife. So I surprised him and got it for him. He loves it and is very happy with it. It is well made and comes with a holder that you can strap on to your belt. The holder is made of a good quality leather.

Really great knife. At first

 on July 8, 2017
By Delainie Inman
Really great knife. At first, I was skeptical. The bright leather color looked strange with the black of the full tang blade. But after sharpening and some use, the edge is a nice shiny steel and the handle has blended in well. Almost feels like a knife that was give to you 95% complete, and with easy use you get to break it in like a good pair of shoes. It’s sharp, well balanced, and overall I’m very happy with it. I would, however, suggest a better whet stone. Seems like 400 grit? Good in a survival scenario for basic sharpness, but really requires 1000 grit and upwards to get very sharp. I’m still working on the sharpening angles, so it could be me. But very satisfied overall.

My New Favorite Survival Knife!

 on February 21, 2018
By M. Warren
This knife is the real deal. I ordered it on Amazon with Amazon as the vendor, and it is an authentic Ontario 499 Survival Knife (#6150) with a fuller (i.e. blood groove). As with authentic “old school” GI equipment, it does need some work out-of-the-box (e.g. you spend lots of time polishing new brass and spit shining new shoes in the military). It needed sharpening, so I sharpened the blade to a durable 25 degree bevel. I also used some Neatsfoot oil to condition and darken the knife’s leather grip and leather sheath, followed with rubbing some mink oil into the sheath for additional waterproofing. If you aren’t willing to expend some “elbow grease” to refine a knife, then this knife probably isn’t for you. If you are, it’s a time-tested winner!

It was dull out of the package but a few licks with …

 on February 15, 2018
By Jerold Risinger
Received the knife today. Fast ship. Watching YouTube reviews I was concerned about quality and workmanship. Everything seems to be OK. The grind is not symmetrical but maybe I can work around that. It was dull out of the package but a few licks with the included stone and a butcher steel put a decent edge on it… not great but decent. All of the fit and angles seems to be square and straight. No fullers. Fullers are just for weight reduction and serve no other purpose. Fullers do not make a blade stronger. More weight may make chopping a bit easier.

Great Classic Knife

 on June 29, 2017
By lw
I’ve had a few of these over the years and I love them. It’s a great all around blade and you can’t beat this price. I always recommend these to friends and anyone else that may be interested. The particular knife I ordered this time however was burred all along the blade edge. I had it fixed in under a minute with the supplied sharpening stone and it is still very sharp, I just wish that I didn’t have to take that step. Luckily I didn’t have this shipped to someone as a gift. Having said all of that, I absolutely still highly recommend these knives to anybody considering one.

The real deal by Ontario Knife Company

 on June 17, 2013
By Spitfire
For decades I’ve carried a Super Tinker Swiss Army Knife everwhere I go. It does everything I ask of it for an urban survival knife but when the need arose to get into wilder country with heavier brush and bigger critter a few years back, I started looking for a heavier knife that would hold a reasonable edge, chop through light brush and could act as a defensive spear against unpleasant 4 legged critters. It couldn’t cost an arm and a leg either. Well, I’ve done everything except stab critters with it and it’s held up fine. This is the 3rd one I’ve bought so you could say I like them. The first one came rather dull but took a good edge with time and the included stone. The last 2 came sharp enough to use as received, but I put a final edge on them with the carbide of a Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal.

About William Douglas

My passion is to teach what was passed down to me – the skills of self-sufficient living. Some call it survival or prepping. I call it wisdom. And my goal is to convey my wisdom and knowledge in a way that is doable for the average person.

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