2:50 Yeah, that’s not even a saw in the sense that you’re thinking either… It’s not meant for cutting through things; rather it’s designed for cutting plane fuselage and making notches in wood. It’s designed to function much in the same way as the saw-backs on TOPS knives like the Tracker or the SXB. They’re not a true saw either. They’re meant for notching wood.
I carried one of these for years while in the US marine Infantry because I liked it more than I did the ( issued ) K-bar.. I noticed individual BRMC, ROKMC, Philippine MC, Rangers, Paras etc all who carried this same blade. As far as I know none of them had it issued. That’s a heavy endorsement. I’m not claiming it’s the best but for the $ a very good deal. BTW all of these knives I’ve owned had the steel bottom and backside.
As part of the survival gear issued was a magnesium Fire starter block Just so happen to be The best Thing that I have found to shave this block It’ also happens to throw a lot of sparks when used with the fire steel on the magnesium block . If they were not supposed to be starting fires at any point than why were they issued a magnesium block in the first place, During the time that this was issued this knife was issued they had ejection seats On most planes Cutting through aluminum or plexiglass was not an issue. Grab yourself a magnesium block and test this for yourself
the saw on the back is used for cutting certain metals on jets or other aircraft so the pilot can escape if the hatch were to fail
The saw on the back of the blade isn’t for cutting wood, it’s designed to cut through the thin fuselage of an aircraft if you were to get stuck in a craft, it does work amazingly well when it’s used for it’s intended purpose
One of the best knives ever made. Everybody and their brother had one back in the 70s in Guam / Vietnam. BTW, here’s a tip. To make the leather handle survive humid environments better we had two methods, fill a tin can with neatsfoot oil and set the knife in the can so that the oil rises and covers the hilt. Leave it in the oil for at least a week.
The leather will saturate and expand with the penetrating oil, tightening the handle and water proofing it. Wrap the handle in a rag for a couple of days for the leather to “bleed” excess oil. The other method was to mix beeswax and tallow in a can, heat it to boiling, and put the leather handle down in the melted wax till the air bubbles stopped.
While hot, shake excess wax off, and let cool. Now take a rag and polish it like a boot. Both of them methods would need to be repeated every couple of years, but so what? I still have mine I Got in the early 70s.
You have to maintain the leather.
Dear gear tester,
Where to begin the retort? Hmmm, let’s see …
1. This is a U.S. Air Force Pilot’s SURVIVAL Knife, not a friggin’ joy walk through the woods ‘camp knife’. You would NOT be burning logs measured in feet, and why? Big fire, big smoke screams HERE I AM, COME CAPTURE ME!!
2. You, you bloody civilian, think “it’s silly” to have the two holes for lashing the knife to a piece of tree. Again, it is a PILOT’S SURVIVAL KNIFE. NOISE in the woods makes folks curious, and opposing force soldiers very curious. The spear could be all the guy had left, since they carried a very small amount of ammunition.
3. When this knife was designed, complete with Bowie knife influence, American pilots were to be thought of being shot down over Soviet or European airspace, as a most likely situation.
4. The saw was intended for cutting out of an aircraft fuselage (aluminum), or through cockpits (plexiglas), and as a fish scaler for salt water species of fish. It has no design for a wood tool use. Pilots shot down in late fall through to early spring would still wear their flight gloves, similar in construction to the ‘mechnix’ style of today, so ‘thumbing the saw’ was no biggy.
5. When I received my first AFSK in 1970, the ‘double zero’ stock number did not exist, and the goverment price of the knife was a whopping $5.95!!
6. When you did that soldering of the blade, you monkeyed with the intrinsic value of it, took away the ‘character’ it had when you got it, and made it look like some ‘bubba engineering’.
7. The date on the hexagon butt, stamped by either Camillus or Ontario shows the month-year of construction.
8. To compare this knife to any so-called woods knife design that came along after the Fall of the Berlin Wall is ridiculous. There were no ‘preppers’ – except those building homes underground because there would be nothiing left topside. There were no ‘bushcrafts’ other than what were achieved through Boy Scout programs, or through military survival, evasion, and rescue trainings. This knife has done the job from before 1970, and it was ‘old hat’ then too.
The holes are anything but silly. Not only can you use them to tie the knife to a stick and make spear, you can use them to tie the knife to your hand. Also a fish isn’t gonna run off with your knife and spear if you stab it. The only thing silly is your ignorant comment
the saw may be more useful for notching
Nice review !
Have you cared the leather handle in any way ? Or did you just start to use the knife out of the box ? I
2:30 The saw works for pilots, it’s designed to cut air-craft aluminium, not wood.
By keeping the handle oiled, the leather will last, while helping to keep things tight. There’s a tool for every job and by using the right tool will extend it’s life while making a particular job easier. A bit of research on the knife or tools that you are planning on using is well worth the time it takes. Familiarity of your tools is essential.
for the price I wouldn’t care to mod the saw portion
Actually, these knives are really NOT designed to baton with. If you ask any SERE instructor, they’ll tell you that these knives routinely break at the hilt from being battened by SERE students. This knife is essentially just a rat tail tang. So yeah, I wouldn’t make a habit of battening with this knife if I were you.
$37 on amazon… sold
The saw blade is for cutting aluminum. So pilots could cut themselves out of their craft. I dunno whether or not it functioned as intended.
…..not so much as a spear tie-down as it’s a place to affix a lanyard.
hi I would like you to review a knife from eBay named under kz09 handmade forged steel survival knife it is very thick it’s 4 inch blade with leather handle aluminum small hand guard and aluminum pommel with lanyard hole now the thing is it’s hand made in China but it’s Damascus steel or at least looks like it but says it’s 1095 carbon steel in description I have bought it and it works for bushcraft except for batoning it cost 26 dollars and takes 2 weeks shipping internationally for me any way btw great video I subscribed.
I had one I bought at Fairchild AFB when I went through Combat Survival training. I had it for years and kept some copper wire, for snares, wrapped around the leather on the handle. I also used black boot polish on the bright leather sheath and handle to tone it down for the field as well. I remember some guys bought the USMC knife at the BX and found it was just too big and clunky for what we were doing. Also, I found the blade tended to dull a lot more quickly than many of the knives I use now. Like the BK-7… speaking of big and clunky. LOL
the amount of misinformation in the comments is ridiculous. the saw blade is for sawing through the sheet metal of aircraft for egress.
Tried to love it, but I cant. It’s dull as hell and cant be sharpened because of its axe-like edge
put a sponge around your microphone. It will reduce the wind noise.
Say Heah and Happy Thanksgiving, Yeah, this knife was very popular in Vietnam with Copter Crewman, Then Ethan Becker up-date a knife that I think is better especially what I do with mine, I like the bush, I jumped ships and favor the BK-10 Crewman. One reason is, the hand gaurds loosen up on me and I don’t like batoning a knife with a gaurd, But Yeah, It was well liked in Nam and I still have mine, , ,
I`m saving my pennies to myself one ! thanks…:-)
The spear design feature was not for throwing but more as a lance / bayonet that you hang on to. More for self-defense against predators wolves mountain lions etc.
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