Ontario 8628 RTAK II Knife (Green)
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- Made of 5160 Steel
- 17 inch(43 cms) plain edge blade
- Knife Overall Length: 17-Inch
- Weighs 1 lb 6.5 oz (0.64 kg)
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Given it's thickness, it can batton through wood readily without worry that the blade will break. It is a high carbon steel and not stainless, so it will rust. You just need to be aware of this and maintain it like you would any other valuable tool you have. I take a small can of WD-40 with me if I am making fires on the trip. It helps when battoning through wood and to dress the blade if it is damp or snowing out.
The sheath is a cheap ballistic nylon with a clear plastic blade protector. When you get the knife you will notice it rattels in the sheath. Take a pair of needle nose pliers and pull the plastic blade protector out of the sheath. Then take a heat gun or torch to it, and VERY CAREFULLY, heat up the material until it becomes slightly pliable. Then push it in so as to make the two flat centers closer. let it cool for a minute and insert your blade. If it is a snug fit you are done. If not, re-heat it and press some more. Once done, use some gorilla glue, or something similiar, to glue it back in the sheath.
Have I cut logs into kindling? Oh yeah.
Have I dropped it on concrete? You bet.
Have I shot it with Han Solo's customized laser blaster on full blast? Um...no, Han Solo was a fictional character, but have I generally neglected to keep it clean? Yep, almost like I hate it, but I have failed to damage it unintentionally or otherwise.
The best part is it wasn't so expensive that if it does get dinged, I'm not going to curse the gods or experiment with alcoholism. I'll just warranty it or buy another.
Update: The sheath is worse than you think. I have seen where some people use a heat gun to form the plastic sheath insert to the knife so that the knife does not rattle while sheathed. So I decided to do the same thing but when I removed the plastic insert I found a folded piece of plastic that had been hot glued together and then glued to the nylon outer sheath. This is incredibly shoddy quality.Read more ›
Conclusion: Best for serious winter survival or any trip where weight is not an issue.
I'd heard of the technique of "batoning", that is beating a knife through a log with another log. I checked out several youtube videos on this technique, and it looked good to me. From what I understand about the technique, this RTAK-II seemed to be the tool for the job. Lots of good recommendations out on the web.
Received the RTAK-II last week and spent a day batoning the heck out of a pile of green wood. This thing works great! Batoning is the hot setup to get rid of the hatchet. You can split off precision slices for kindling with ease. It was able to split some 7" wide logs without much trouble. It really is kind of surprising how this knife will sail through wood.
I did get it stuck on a knothole, the blade was visibly bent from the pressure of the wood. When I got it out, the blade was straight and no worse for wear. The RTAK-II is lighter than a camp hatchet and can be used for slicing, fine chopping and other knife tasks, unlike a hatchet. Highly recommended for the camper, backpacker and survivalist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome big woods knife. Takes a razors edge. I have owned it in all 4 seasons, no rust yet, and it takes a beating.Published 7 days ago by zant doty
This knife was exactly as I imagined it would be. Blade heavy. Satisfying in the hand. Almost a short sword, really. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michael Hochradel
It's not that this a bad knife. The blade is sharp and holds it's edge, it's as thick as a pencil, exhibits no twist or flex side to side in normal use. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Chad Self
I like the quality, fit and finish of this knife. It's primary use is for cutting/batoning kindling for my Emberlit stove. IPublished 25 days ago by Richard Morales
Very good and durable edge, chopping, batoning, shaving, nothing has damaged the edge under very hard use. Sharpens up nice and holds the edge well.Published 26 days ago by Dana Vorachek
I couldn't be happier. The handle is ergonomically comfortable for my medium to large hands for chopping fire wood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin Longstreet
My knife came without the triangle logo, which is fine but unexpected. The front 1" of the knife by the tip is visibly warped to one side which I confirmed by flipping it from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer