Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ontario ASEK-AircrewTM Survival Egress Knife Review

The Rothco 3274 Ontariio ASEK-Aircrew Survival Egress Knife is the one and only survival/egress knife chosen by the US Army to be included in its Air Warrior Equipment System; it includes the knife, sheath and strap cutter multi tool. 
The knife is made of .1875" thick 1095 carbon steel with a zinc phosphate finish to inhibit rust. The blade also has a serrated edge and saw teeth on the spine. The overall length of the knife is 10.25", blade is 5" with a hardness of Rockwell C 50-54. 
The knife's insulated handle is molded over the blade guard and has a lanyard hole and glass breaker on the butt cap. the nylon sheath is flame retardant and includes a Kydex insert, two leg protectors and straps. Behind the knife is a strap cutter multi-tool. The high strength, machined aluminum handle will not melt or shatter; it also has two oxygen valve and shackle wrenches along with a lanyard and bead for easy locating. The strap cutter blade is replaceable. NSN for system: 1095-01-530-0833; NSN for strap cutter multi-tool: 4240-01-547-5933. US made.

Positive Reviews for Ontario ASEK-AircrewTM Survival Egress Knife
"This is an excellent knife. I abuse it every day and it just keeps on ticking. The handle fits my hand very, very well and the rubber grip that it has works great even when wet (which doesn't really matter because this knife has a larger rugged hilt so you can stab it as hard as you can into small trees without ever worrying about your hand slipping down on the blade)."
"I skinned and quartered two deer with it without having to resharpen the blade, and I cracked the lower leg bones without any damage to the blade or dulling it enough to justify resharpening."
"The digital camo is nicely professional and concealing and along with the leg straps it is very versatile. If you want a great survival knife that WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN; get this unit."

Negative Reviews for Ontario ASEK-AircrewTM Survival Egress Knife
"The quality is great but the sharp part for cutting is too small. It's a survivor knife indeed which makes it less universal. If u are looking for a multi purpose knife and use it to cut a lot, then u may not like this one."
"Great knife for just about anything you might want a knife for. Only draw back I have is the cover. Clumsy and hard to attach to anything to carry if you need to"
"In a survival situation, I feel that size does matter. Maybe my expectations are too high, but this knife doesn't give me any sense of security. A solid blade is the single most important piece of equipment you can carry."



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