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Ontario Joe Pardue Utilitac I & II Folding Knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by GreySteel, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. GreySteel

    GreySteel

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    Aug 2, 2008
    To anyone that onws these knives, how do they perform, how is there fit and finish?
     
  2. orthogonal1

    orthogonal1

    Oct 30, 2005
    I'd like to hear such comments myself.
     
  3. GreySteel

    GreySteel

    135
    Aug 2, 2008
    I guess we might not find out.
     
  4. orthogonal1

    orthogonal1

    Oct 30, 2005
    I don't recall ever reading any comments on the forum concerning that knife.

    Looks interesting, though.
     
  5. jlc32004

    jlc32004

    1
    Apr 23, 2010
    I have one of the early productions with a black finish. Very solid knife with a good construction. I also have a Joe Pardue Toggle knife with partial serrated blade. I like this knife the best due to the shape of the blade. Personal interest. I've had it for years and have bought several as gifts. I also have Joe Pardue custom knives, that's how I came across the commercial knives. Good knife. However, I don't work with them. I open skoal cans etc........
     
  6. Drudge

    Drudge

    873
    Jun 20, 2009
    Recently purchased both the satin and black versions of the utilitac II. I own the Rat knife from Ontario as well but the Utilitac is now my favorite of the two. Its just over 5oz. (I prefer a heavier knife), the handle isn't very grippy but it feels good in hand. Smooth action opening and closing with a solid lock out. There is no blade play and comes pretty sharp out of the box:

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  7. Drudge

    Drudge

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    Jun 20, 2009
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  8. Jamo

    Jamo

    205
    Aug 24, 2009
    Hello , Was looking for some other Joe Pardue knives and I found yours ,nice knife thanks . Here is another one . It opens sweet as well.
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    Last edited: Apr 29, 2010
  9. Jamo

    Jamo

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    Aug 24, 2009
    And some more for the slide show .
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  10. I picked up a Zytel handled Utilitac II with a clip point blade today. The blade is AUS8a, and the finish is great. I have always loved Joe Pardue's designs, and this is a great one in a budget package. The blade is 3 3/8" and the overall length is 8". The weight is 5.30 oz. I got the weight from the GP Knives websight, but the knife doesn't seem to be anywhere near that heavy.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010
  11. ChrisDS

    ChrisDS

    64
    May 3, 2010
    I just ordered one... I wasn't a fan of the Rat 1 so I hope I like this knife better... looks kind of heavy.
     
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  12. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36

    56
    Aug 17, 2013
    I've had my Utilitac II for a while now and wow . LOVE IT . It's heavy ( for a blade ) but I like that in a knife. has brass washers on either side of the blade so deployment feels like its on bearings. Holds a decent blade gets pretty sharp . And I like the zytel handles that are on mine. I see the other utilitacs ITT have more smooth handles just by looking at them I can tell mine probably grips better. It's a bit bulky in your pocket. But being a guy that carries 15 keys small knife all kindsa crap on his keyring , a Galaxy Note II 5.5" cell phone it it's no new thing to carry large objects . And I dont wear skinny jeans so again not an issue .

    Love the trail point blade . I wanted the tanto but once I used this knife Im glad I went with the trailpoint. AND ABSOLUTELY ZERO blade play even after moderate use

    Pocket clip can be moved to four different positions . As you can see lanyard hole is large enough to accomodate 550 paracord ( yesssss , im a paracord junkie :/ )

    My favorite thing about this knife? Gimping on everything. the blade gimping lines perfectly with frame gimping on the thumb ramp so you're going to get a positive purchase on this thing. Kind of a gimping on the liner lock itself

    Thing I dont like the most. Uhmm nothing comes to mind.



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  13. ericzhao517

    ericzhao517

    385
    May 25, 2013
    Ive had one for about a year. The thing is sooo smooth it puts some higher end production knives to shame! Easy to sharpen and great lock up. 25 dollars well spent.
     
  14. hiwa

    hiwa

    Jun 7, 2009
    Great knife , just like it's brother , the Rat 1. Awesome value in a tough folder. A little heavier in the pocket than some others, but not too bad.

    I have the rounded handle model Utilitac, which feels better in the hand than the squarish one. I love the Rat 1 and Utilitac for EDC carry , and if I did happen to lose it I'm not out a lot of money and it's commonly available for replacement.

    Ontario's Aus-8 seems to be well heat treated ( no major edge deformations with regular use so far whittling , cardboard , plastic, bush use , etc. and sharpens up easily.
     
  15. Acesn8s

    Acesn8s

    460
    Sep 23, 2012
    My Utilitac II is one of my favorite knives at any price. For the $25 I gave for it rivals My Kershaw Tremor for number one value. The Utilitac is so smooth, and the grind on the tanto blade is flawless. Lock up is early, with no rocking. Had to search for something less than stellar on this knife. It off centers to the left-nit picking- no rubbing. Even came with a lanyard cord.
     

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