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499 pilots survival knife questions

Discussion in 'Ontario Knife Company' started by beachmaster, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. beachmaster


    Oct 3, 2014
    Hey guys-
    So i am starting a yt series focussing on the dirt cheapest products i could get my hands on, and one of the knives ill be testing is (obviously) the 499.

    I had experience with these knives a LONG time ago, and man they had some TERRIBLE grinds, totally uneven and not in the least straight. But it seems that once Tooj got on board at that time period quality went WAY up, or at least that is how i remember it.

    But this 499 (possibly from before tooj)... its bad... really bad. I am curious if this is the experience of others as well.




    The edge is THICK, and from belly to tip is as crooked as can be. The knife is not at all sharp.

    "Its what you should expect from a $30 knife"- its not what i expect from Ontario, or for any blade that says "madeinusa" on it, i guess i had hoped that the price was due to favorable supply and demand characteristics due to military contracts.

    So whats up? Is this the norm, or did i get a freak monday/ friday knife that slipped through qc?

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