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Ontario Spec Plus Marine Raider Bowie
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- The SP10, Marine Raider Bowie Knife is 15.125-Inch in overall length.
- The 9.75-Inch blade is full tang 1095 Carbon Steel (.250-Inch thick) with an epoxy powder coating
- The SP10 Marine Raider Bowie knife features a comfortable Kraton handle with a secure grip
- The SP10 Marine Raider Bowie Knife comes with a cordura sheath
- The Ontario Spec Plus 10 (SP10) Marine Raider Bowie is made in the USA, Limited Lifetime Warranty
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Ontario Knife Company 8345 SP10 Spec Plus Marine Raider Bowie Ontario Knife Company produces one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging product lines in the cutlery industry today. Ontario has built its reputation on a heritage of uncompromising craftsmanship, quality materials and components and a steadfast commitment to its workforce. Ontario Knife Company 8345 SP10 Spec Plus Marine Raider Bowie Features: Blade Detail: Epoxy Powder Coated Blade Length (inches): 9.75 Blade Material: 1095 Carbon, Black Carry System: Leather/Cordura Sheath Handle Material: Kraton Lock Style: N/A Overall Length (inches): 15.13 Packaging: Box Special Features: Full Tang Construction Storage: N/A Made In: United States
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As for the sheath? It's functional...certainly better than the RTAK II, not quite as nice as the Becker's.
Well, except for the sheath. I wasn't impressed with it and probably will be looking to have one custom made, or I'll find one that simply fits it better. Don't get me wrong, the sheath that comes with it actually works and some may find it satisfactory. I find it acceptable...for the most part. It's somewhat minimalistic and I don't feel that it protects the blade that well, and does require some "non-straight line movement" to both draw and sheath the knife. Basically, if you're right-handed, you will rock the knife forward slightly to unsheathe it on a draw. I suppose with practice it can be done more quickly than I was able to do it while casually drawing it a few times, but I don't particularly like that. I like a simple, straight up and down, draw it/sheathe it movement. Nit-picking perhaps, but try one and see if you think I'm off base...
Back to the wonderful knife - an excellent chopper, good with baton work as well, and will work fine as a slasher. Can be sharpened to more of a razor edge, but if all you ever plan to use it for is chopping and baton work, then that won't be necessary. All the same, slashing will probably go fine with this knife (I haven't tried it yet in that capacity so I don't know for sure). I'll also add this - anything bigger is basically a machete, but this thing will do things the average machete won't be able to do. It's a tough blade that can handle heavy duty tasks.
Costs a few bucks more than the Ka-Bar heavy bowie, weighs a bit more than the Ka-Bar too, I think. Biggest difference between the two is this:
1) The Ontario is USA made, for those who insist on that (I don't, but can appreciate the fact nonetheless). The Ka-Bar is Taiwanese steel, which is just fine (again, some may feel otherwise, and that is their right).
2) The Ontario has a guard between the handle and blade (which you can easily see in the pic), whereas the Ka-Bar does not. Varying theories abound on how useful or not useful that is. I like it on a "true bowie", myself. That said, the lack of one on the Ka-Bar does not bother me.
3) This is merely opinion, but the Ontario has the "true bowie" style blade with the deep belly and more steeply sloped "slasher" tip. It's an aesthetic/cosmetic thing, but I like it all the same.
Don't think you could go wrong with either blade, but this one rocks and if I go back and buy another Ka-Bar bowie, it will only be for the sake of having another 9" or bigger heavy duty blade.
Buy with confidence and enjoy.
UPDATE: I've now had two of these. I foolishly sold the first to a friend who REALLY wanted it. So, I ordered up another one. THIS one has an uneven grind that's so bad, you can only sharpen part of the blade.
I've had this experience with an Ontario RAT 7 that I got as well. I'm beginning to doubt Ontario's QC. I'm also beginning to understand why RAT/ESEE left Ontario....
2. blade length
3 blade style (that gradual forward sweep in the blade combined with weight makes it a very heavy chopper)
5. ability to hold an edge (and a razor sharp edge that is!)
6. handle (very grippy to me and i like that hook on the bottom so i can choke down on the handle if i need to and theres something there hooked between my fingers)
7. extremely sharp point (also a con)
8. full tang
9. thickness (says 1/4 inch but it looks more than that)
1. Sheath (gets the job done but i made my own kydex sheath with extras and its a lot better)
2. lanyard hole (pretty small)
3. the point of the blade (very acute point and i worry that it will break on me)
4. the biggest con which isnt even bad cause i was going to do so anyways...it came with an edge like a butter knife, also took me an 2 hours to reprofile and get that razor sharp edge
in conclusion this knife is simply amazing, none of those cons are a problem for me yet (mainly the point im worried about) but if anything goes wrong ill keep this review updated. also just to add in here, i read that people returned this after they recieved it cause the blade wasnt sharp...really? are they seriously that lazy they cant do what i did, cause this beast took a RAZOR edge, and a guy returned it cause of the edge and got a bk9 which is a great knife to, well lemme tell ya something, ive gotten so many knives and machetes that needed reprofiling ( or atleast a good sharpen) from so many companies like kabar, ontario, crkt, schrade, condor, sog, gerber, and the list goes on, so dont be lazy, and put the time into your knife to make it your own or to make it that much better.