Used extensively by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force,
the Air Force 499 Survival Knife
is the standard against which other survival knives are measured.
The 499 Air Force Survival Knife is made of carbon steel with a dull, rust resistant
finish. A leather handle with deep grooves on the Air Force
Survival Knife provides a good grip surface
even when your hand is slippery.
The butt end of the Air Force Survival Knife is made of steel so
that it can be used for hammering and the cross guard has two holes in
it, which enable you to construct a spear for protection and food
gathering. The overall length of the Air Force Survival Knife is
9-1/2" with a blade
length of 5". The sheath is leather with a belt loop and numerous
holes which allow you to tie it down to just about anything and in just
about any position.
The Ontario Knife Company Air Force
Survival Knife also has a metal
reinforcing plate at the tip end and a pouch
equipped with a sharpening stone. This is
definitely a piece of no frills, inexpensive,
survival grade gear!