#499 Air Force Survival Knife - NSN: 7340-00-098-4327
The Air Force 499 Survival Knife is the standard against which other survival knives are measured. The .187" thick full length tang is made of 1095 carbon steel (rc 50-55) with a black non-reflective zinc phosphate finish. It's gonna hold it's edge and re-sharpen well. The upper portion of the clip point is sharpened, which could be really useful for gutting an animal or fish. The flat grind edge is sharp with a sawtooth on the spine. The natural leather "stacked washer" handle has deep grooves that provides a good comfortable grip surface even when wet. Holes in the double hilt allow for lashing to a pole for use as a spear. Trimming up the top of the knife is a heavy steel butt cap. Natural leather sheath has belt loops with sharpening stone and leg ties. Measures overall 9½". A superior survival knife with the capabilities of handling close combat. Manufactured in accordance with U.S. Government specifications. Weighs .79 lbs.