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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As a child I grew up in the Midwest on a small farm and fell in love with the outdoors. Later, that led me to join the USAF where I became a USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor. As a SERE Instructor I have trained in all types of environments. Temperate, Arctic, Desert, and Rain Forest. After four years in SERE I retrained into the counterintelligence and counterterrorism field where I have worked for 11 years. I have traveled to the Far East, Asia, Southwest Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. The combination of both careers has thought me to see two sides of a coin. I consider myself a realist and while I enjoy primitive survival living, hiking, camping, and hunting for short periods. I also have the experience & understanding to know that living primitively is NOT fun or easy for long periods. Therefore, I try to be practical and logical in an effort to build a reliable, flexible philosophy of self reliance that can be utilized in any situation. Hopefully reading this blog will help you to do the same.

18 Responses to Air Force Survival Knife Review

  1. LP says:

    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. :)

  2. JJ says:

    LP, I hear, I actually prefer the additional length on the USMC Ka-BAR. It is a great knife! Cheers JJ
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  4. Matt says:

    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!

  5. 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

  6. Matt,
    What fixed blade knife do you prefer to use? Have you tried the Mora MG? It is a great knife as well. Cheap too!

  7. knives 4322 says:

    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

  8. Farnorth says:

    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?

  9. That would be awesome if they built. A ferro rod into the stone! Carmax….that is a good idea too!

  10. A true classic right there. How could anyone not love the Ka-Bar, right? Nice video, JJ.

  11. The Ka-Bar knife is amazing indeed. I just buyed one this week, I`ll come with a review soon.
    P.S.: I really like your videos, what camera did you used to record this one?
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  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Spencer @ Survial Knife Guide says:

    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 :)

  15. 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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  16. 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.

  17. Tara says:

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

  18. Daniel says:

    Ka-BAR is my favorite survival knife. It has never let me down while I was hunting.
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