If you are in the market for a solid fixed blade knife, you may want to consider the Ontario TAK. We’ll be taking a close look at this one today.
This is a good general use knife that would suffice in various modes, such as survival, camping, hunting, or military/tactical use.
Ontario TAK Specs and Features
The TAK’s blade is made from 1095 Carbon Steel at an RC of 55- 56. This steel is fairly easy to sharpen and holds an edge well, while not being brittle or easy to chip. One of its best traits is that it’s extremely durable. These days with all the hype of the “super-steels”, 1095 is easy to overlook, but it would be a shame to do so.
The blade is 4.5 inches long and features a full flat grind in a drop point profile. It is .188 inches thick. This is relatively thick for a knife of these proportions, and the weight is just over one pound, with an overall length of ten inches.
The coating of the blade is a black, powder coat, which protects the metal from rusting.
The butt of the knife handle sports a lanyard hole in the event the user wishes to install a lanyard. The blade has a nice belly, which makes this one a very good slicer. Between the handle and the cutting edge, there is a choil, which allows the user to choke up on the blade for more control during precise cutting tasks.
The TAK has enough weight to make it a capable chopper, while remaining light enough to be nimble in the hand. I’ve used mine for small chopping jobs such as limbing branches from tree trunks, and it can easily handle the smaller branches.
The edge also works well for smaller tasks such as making fuzz sticks for fire-starting or cutting small notches in wood. The flat spine works well for batoning the blade through wood.
About the Handle
The canvas micarta handle is a brownish color on my knife and is large and hand-filling, while still being comfortable. Whether the user is chopping branches or performing finer tasks, the handle remains comfortable in the grip and is a pleasure to use while still giving a good purchase. Micarta is extremely durable, and is one of my favorite handle materials, so this knife does not disappoint.
The sheath is a black, nylon affair and serves its purpose well enough, securely containing the knife and securing it with a strap that has a snap. I’ve wrapped paracord around the sheath and through the grommets of the sheath so that I have some on hand for survival situations. The sheath has a loop on the back that secures with a snap and is MOLLE compatible. Overall, the sheath is robustly built.
I’ve used my TAK for many years and keep it in the “Get Home Bag” that I carry in my car, along with some other basic survival items. I feel that the TAK would handle most tasks that I would run into should I become stranded for whatever reason.
One thing that my readers will know about me is that I like good deals when I find them. The OntarioTak represents a stellar deal, in that it’s commonly priced around $80, and can even be found for lower than that at some places. For the package that you are getting, that is damn near a steal!
The materials are high quality, the design is well-founded, and the performance is outstanding. There’s really nothing to dislike in this package.
Some may criticize the finish, and I’ll admit, this is not a finely polished knife that someone is likely to put in a display case to impress his friends with. Nor is it a delicate, gentleman’s knife that slips into the pocket. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a tank-like piece of gear that will get you home when conditions are less than frilly, this is a knife that you’ll want to have with you.