When it comes to knife brands with a deep history, not many can compare to the Ontario Knife Company. Established in 1889, the maker has forged equipment for the US military, providing service since World War II, as well as commercially in countries all around the world.
Ontario Knives was founded in New York’s scenic Southern Tier and the company built it's reputation on a heritage of fine craftsmanship, quality materials and components.
In addition to hunting knives, Ontario Knives produce cutlery, kitchenware, survival and rescue equipment, tactical knives and much, much more!
In this guide we will explore 10 of the very best Ontario Knives so that you are well equipped to make your knife buying decision much easier.
ONTARIO HIKING KNIFE
Traveling the trails means trusting your equipment. The Ontario Hiking Knife is a lightweight piece which won’t add any unwanted weight to your belt or pack.
The OKC Hiking Knife has a durable stainless-steel blade and with a full tang, it provides peace of mind that it won’t let you down. The stylish handle is made of micarta which means it’s been treated to be waterproof and also comes accompanied with a leather sheath.
The hiking knife won’t just be a knife, but a trusted tool. With a slim profile this knife doesn’t take up much real-estate and is the perfect companion for any trip.
ONTARIO AIR FORCE SURVIVAL
If you’re on the hunt for a truly unique knife, then look no further than Ontario’s Air Force Survival knife. The cool blade is one of the products currently being used by the US armed forces, designed to their specifications.
Crafted with 1095 carbon steel with zinc phosphate coating and a sawback grants the knife with a great deal of strength, corrosion resistance and variety of use. It has a steel butt cap and leather handle, traditionally created by stacking disks of leather, and is supplied with a natural colour leather sheath. Also included is a whetstone for additional care and a leg tie.
ONTARIO RAT II D2 BLACK BLADE
In terms of utility knife design The Ontario RAT series is right up there with the best of the best.
Perfectly sized, beautifully balanced, the Ontario RAT II D2 has a D2 carbon steel blade with a black coating. This multi purpose tool will be your go to pocket knife for work, at home or out in the wilds. Understandably it has become a hugely popular model and a consistent candidate for best locking pocket knife.
The blade is incredibly sharp out of the box and will not need sharpening as often as a standard stainless. The handle is FRN (Fibre Reinforced Nylon) with stainless liners and a precise liner locking mechanism. There is a lanyard hole and a black coated stainless pocket clip which is removable for tip up or tip down carry.
This version of the knife has a black coated blade and comes in a choice of green or coyote handle.
ONTARIO SPEC PLUS SP2 AIR FORCE SURVIVAL
The Spec Plus series from Ontario Knives specialises in military and sporting fixed blade knives, designed for a wide range of rescue and survival uses.
All Spec Plus knives utilise high grade material such as Kraton polymer for the handles. This provides a secure and comfortable grip and 1095 epoxy powder-coated carbon steel for the blades. The SP2 is no exception, it makes for an exceptional survival knife and is extremely usable. The 5 1/2" blade has the Spec Plus 1095 black epoxy powder coated carbon steel and the black, grooved, Kraton handle and is accompanied with a nylon, molle belt sheath.
ONTARIO CAMP PLUS SANTOKU FOLDER
Looking for an entry level knife to showcase your outdoor culinary skills, then Ontario Camp Plus Santoku Folder could be just the right knife for you. This folding knife is designed to be carried outdoors in a camping or bushcraft setting to assist you in preparing your meals.
It features a durable glass filled nylon handle and stainless steel blade that locks firmly into place with a solid back lock design. The blade also features "dimples" in the steel to prevent suction during use. It is a quality tool at a price that means it can be thrown into your kit and used and abused without fear. A great bit of kit for an amazing price!
ONTARIO FORTUNE 8727
Ontario are known for their eye-catching aesthetic and the Fortune 8727 fixed blade knife is one of their most visually stunning designs. The knife features a grey powder coated 420HC spear point stainless blade with a solid, full tang design.
The handle scales are black and blue sculpted micarta providing a firm and comfortable grip and is supplied with a black nylon belt sheath.
ONTARIO SPEC PLUS RAIDER BOWIE
Now here is a tool for experienced handlers only. The SpecPlus range by Ontario are a diverse mix of top-selling and innovative knife and tool patterns designed for sporting and first responder purposes.
Each knife in the Spec Plus series features a comfortable Kraton handle. This comes with epoxy textured powder coated 1075 carbon steel blades, full tang construction and a tactical nylon sheath.
The Ontario Spec Plus Raider Bowie is a modern take on the traditional Bowie form. Classic knife designs stick around because they work and so it is with the Raider. Take this knife out into the wilds and see for yourself how well it performs many outdoor tasks. With great power comes great responsibility, so handle with care.
ONTARIO SP8 SURVIVAL MACHETE
In addition to knives, Ontario produces a number of tactical machetes and the SP8 Survival Machete is one of their finest. Measuring 15.2” overall, the machete is fitted with a 10” 1095 carbon steel sawback full tang blade.
It is also finished with a black epoxy powder coat and a comfortable Kraton handle for a solid grip. This particular tool comes with a nylon sheath for storage and protection. The Ontario SP8
Survival Machete is a powerful tool that will easily tackle shelter building, fire wood prep and much much more.
ONTARIO RANGER RESCUE ENTRY TOOL
One of their most diverse and powerful offerings is the Ranger Rescue Entry Tool. This is a brilliantly designed piece of specialist equipment for the emergency services professional. At 25 inches in overall length it is a weighty item with the strength to obtain entry when required.
It is one piece of 1095 carbon steel construction with black finish and orange G-10 handles. It cleverly combines the functionality of five separate devices into one universal head design. It can be used as an axe, prybar, hydrant wrench, gas shut off and spanner wrench (2in hoses and water mains). This tool is a necessity for all emergency and rescue professionals.
ONTARIO CHROMATICS BREAD KNIFE
In addition to tactical knives, Ontario knows a thing or two about Kitchen Cutlery. After 100+ years of making the Old Hickory line of Kitchen Cutlery, you can't go wrong with this everyday bread knife.
From their Ontario Chromatics Series, this bread knife is highly functional with a bright design, which makes it hard to miss and easy to find.
The Ontario Chromatics Bread Knife features a serrated edge 20cm (7.8") Stainless Steel Blade with a 14.7cm (5.8") yellow molded polymer handle. Overall, the Chromatics Bread Knife is 34cm (13.6") in length.
And that concludes our guide to 10 of the very best Ontario Knives that we have on show. If you would like to explore our full range of Ontario Knives please visit our brand page.