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Ontario Spec Plus Gen II SP53 Knife (Black)


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  • 10 inch plain edge blade
  • Knife Closed Length: 2.88-Inch
  • Knife Open Length: 15-Inch
  • Weighs 22.4 ounces
  • Made of 5160 Steel
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Product Description

The Ontario Knife Spec Plus Gen II series of outdoor survival knives was designed strictly for function. These full-tang historically based knives are water jet cut from tough 5160 steel to deliver a durable, easy to sharpen edge. Situated in New York State's scenic Southern Tier, Ontario Knife Company produces one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging product lines in the cutlery industry today. While being a worldwide supplier, the Ontario Knife Company is also a major supplier to the U.S. Government and its military. Ontario has built its reputation on a heritage of uncompromising craftsmanship, quality materials and components, and a steadfast commitment to its workforce. Black textured and powder coated steel blades prevent rusting or scratching. Full tang blades are hardened to 53-55 HRC. Kraton handle resists the elements and has finger grooves for a secure grip. Piped lanyard hole in handle. Includes nylon sheath.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B003C1HEBW
  • Item model number: 8553
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,006 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I am impressed at its construction and sharpness.
S. Sweeney
The sheath has an outside pocket that is large enough for a fire kit, bushcraft folder or multi tool.
Malvin P Bellanger SR
Used it once so far to de-limb a fallen pine tree.
RAM

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Reallybigmonkey1 on December 20, 2012
The title pretty much says it all. I have had My Ontario SP53 for about 6 months now. I'd say thats plenty long enough to make a judgement. I have put it through severe abuse and its held up fine and kept an edge longer than my other machete. All my other machetes made out of 1095 steel have chipped. Theres no chips at all on this blade. The 5160 blade material is better in my opinion. If you want a stout 1/4 thick machete with a comfortable grip that chops like an axe, then you have to have this blade.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David A. Gann on January 13, 2013
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I already owned the Kabar Cutlas, and I can honestly say I love that for certain things, but this Ontario Spec Plus is almost twice as heavy which means its MUCH better at batoning wood. although they look alike, I like the handle of the KaBar MUCH better than the Ontario, but the Ontario has a better sheath (in my opinion). If you want a lighter work, or self defence weapon the Kabar is fantastic, but I now cary the Ontario in by backback for camping. Yes its heavier, but when your a long way from home you just need something that gets the job done.

Pros - It chops like an axe, it batons FANTASTIC, and holds an edge great!

Cons - The Kabar cutlas is ALOT cheaper and the handle is better.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By prepper10 on October 21, 2012
This is about the toughest steel on the planet. If sharpened correctly, you will have no problems with the edge. Like any heavy/rough use knife, it should be given a convex edge (see Internet for instructions). Then, it will not roll or chip unless abused. As should be obvious from just the picture, this is designed for chopping. And, it does that VERY well for a knife (as opposed to a hatchet). It can also do just about anything else you might ask a camp knife to do. However, if you put a poor or inappropriate grind on any knife, then you're looking for trouble.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Poor on February 9, 2012
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This knife is HEAVY, and balances far forward of the handle. It handles more like a hatchet than a knife. It is an excellent chopper, and made short work of some firewood.

It has a rust-proof coating on the 5160 blade. The handle is soft rubber-- plenty of grip. The sheath is one of the better ones from Ontario-- lightweight, a good fit, and secure. There are two straps with metal snaps for holding the blade. The straps are adjustable with velcro. The sheath appears MOLLE compatible. It has a pocket on the front, secured with a plastic buckle, that would be useful for holding a sharpening stone or something similar. It has grommets for a tie-down at the bottom.

That is the good news. The bad news is that the blade is too soft. In chopping up firewood, the blade picked up some deep nicks where the steel rolled over. This was in just a few minutes of work. The knife still cut well, but the damage was obvious. I spent maybe 15-20 minutes on a couple of stones working out the nicks. They are still there, but have been blended pretty well to restore the edge. I'd rather have a blade too soft than too hard, but this is WAY too soft. I have chopped up some of this seasoned oak with my other knives, and none have suffered as much as this particular Ontario. Even my other Spec Plus blades have fared much better. Blade hardness is always a balancing act, but in this case the balance is all wrong.

The blade is 1/4" thick, or maybe a little more, at the spine. I doubt you'd ever bend or break it. The edge comes up VERY sharp on my stones. It wasn't particularly sharp when it arrived, but now it shaves hair beautifully. The edge has a reverse-curve, which can make for very efficient cutting, but also makes the blade hard to sharpen on a flat stone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Leighton on July 30, 2013
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This little chopper is as tuff as nails. I put it through its paces out of the box and it chopped great. The factory edge was greater then a 25. So after I tested it I put a 25 degree angle on the meat of the blade, a scandi grind on the bottom 1 1/2" and a flat grind in the spine. Now its my go to bushcraft chopper. It replaced my hatchet for now.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Freth on February 12, 2013
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I was looking for a happy medium between a large machete and a small chopper knife. This fits the bill with 5160 steel and 1/4" thickness. It should handle the most daunting chopping tasks easily. I am looking forward to trying it out. The sheath is pretty good quality, although the plastic insert can crack on you. I like the sheath pocket and the attaching options with the webbing on the back. The handle some complain isn't as comfortable as a Kabar. Yes it feels more plasticy than the Kabar and it may be slick in wet conditions, but nothing a wrap won't fix, besides that's what the lanyard is for. Great quality heavy duty machete.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bollistic on May 16, 2013
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Love the knife,good thick blade, and nice edge. I rated 4 stars only because the sheath is sub par, it came with the inner plastic lining broke and the knife flopped around every time i took a step.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John with OCD on March 8, 2014
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This knife/machete is similar to the Kabar cutlass but is a little shorter by an inch and 1/4 inch thick spine. After using this one for a few days I would tell ya it is a coin flip as to which one I would carry. I do have to say that short thick machetes like this one are great bush tools and if I was in a survival situation I would take this one over the Kabar. It is like a combination of the Kabar cutlass, Becker bk2 with Esee knives characteristics. You can do more tasks easier with this blade the you could with any one knife axe or saw.
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