Air Force Survival Knife Review


Air Force Survival Knife By Ontario Knife Company

Recently I was asked by Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor to do a knife review on the Air Force Survival Knife made by the Ontario Knife Company.  I was very excited to work with Creek again and was looking forward to using the knife again as well.  It had been about 12 years since I had used the knife while teaching Wilderness Survival at the USAF Survival School, so I figured it would bring back a lot of memories and I was right.  Check out the full review of the Air Force Survival Knife at http://www.WillowHavenOutdoor.Com.  Also be sure to subscribe to his blog and check out all of the information on his site, you won’t be disappointed!

You can also see a portion of the Air Force Survival Knife review and some video of me putting it to the test in the field by clicking on the following link to watch it on YouTube or just click the embedded video below.

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Have you used the Air Force Survival Knife? If so what did you think of it?  Please leave a comment in the section below!


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20 thoughts on “Air Force Survival Knife Review

  1. I’ve long been partial to the Ka-Bar fighting knife, and recently bought myself one. Been 25 odd years since I could enjoy one. I love the weight, balance and the grip. Just an solid piece of work. Like to try your blade, but I’ll hang on to mine. 🙂

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  3. Can you use the USAF to strike ferro rods? What about other striker metal? The serrated back would seem to be either a benefit or a curse, but nothing in between… Thanks!

  4. Yep they will strike a ferro rod, magnesium rod or whatever. It works best if you use either the knife edge or you use a section where you have scraped the coating off or use the saw. Cheers JJ

  5. I know what you mean about the Ka-Bar but I would like something shorter and with serrations but I think their both great love them thanks guys

  6. Had an Airforce survival knife in my youth. It survived everything I could dish out. Wound up misplacing it. Picked up one recently from Amazon. The only real problem I had was the edge. A little time with a file and the stones had the knife edge at a better angle. Worked some bee’s wax into the handle and sheath (don’t laugh, I use carmex) . There is no full tang and the finger guard does tend to get in the way. Both of these things don’t bug me too much. The stone that comes with it is good if there is nothing else. I hear that there is a diamond stone made to fit.
    the pouch. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a diamond stone with a ferr-rod integrated into the edge of the diamond stone, that fit in the pouch?

  7. This was an Ontario USAF Survival Knife, not a USMC Ka-Bar Fighting knife. They have a similar handle but the blade on the Ka Bar is significantly longer. But you are right, both knives are decent knives. Cheers JJ

  8. Well, I agree with you but this is an Ontario USAF Survival Knife, not a Ka-Bar. Slight differences in the handle and the blade on the Ka-Bar is longer. But both are pretty good knives! Cheers JJ

  9. Yep, this is definitely not the Ka-bar survival knife (as previous commenter Paul mentioned); but is still a good knife.

    I think as long as you have ANY survival knife, you are way ahead of 99% of the population 🙂

  10. Hi JJ, I just found this great website and I like it so far.
    Really nice video review! Watching this knife suddenly made me think about the movie Rambo! Really honest review plus thanks for pointing out the weaknesses of this knife.
    My father was a military as well, and when I showed him your review about the AF Survival Knife he said only a great survival expert could have done such an excellent work.
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  11. Sup JJ. Nice site bro! I recently saw a link to your website on another survival blog that read often. I’m really glad that I clicked the link, because you’ve done a good job organizing your information. Back to the topic, I own one of these knives. I purchased it a few weeks ago at a Knife Show in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the first knife that I’ve ever own from the Ontario Knife Company, but I’m now a pretty big fan.

  12. See I’d rather talk about survival hatchets because you’re going to need a hatchet much more than you will need a knife.

  13. I work in flight research at a major USAF AFB. All the pilots I know carry issued Bench made auto open knives with 3.5 inch blades. These are the knives in their flight suits, not the seat pack survival kit, or life raft survival kit in the big planes.

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