1986 US Air Force Pilot Survival Knife -
The US Air Force is always concerned about the possibility of a pilot being shut down while conducting a
mission. Pilots and rescue personnel train constantly to be able to deal with the situation.
The knife featured on this page is a pilot survival knife. As issued during the 1980's. The original
design dates back to the late 1950's and early 1960's. However, the shape and appearance of the knife
and the scabbard did not change significantly or at all.
The knife comes with a leather sheath. A small pocket is placed in the center. This is where the
sharpening stone is housed. A metal snap keeps the flap in the closed position.
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The pommel of the knife is of hexagonal shape with square sides. One of the sides is stamped with
the name of the manufacturer and the production date (Ontario, 1-86).
The blade is of Bowie type with a clip point. Single edge with a saw back. This feature is very
useful for the pilots as it allows them to cut branches for building shelters, making traps, etc.
A blood groove is placed mid-section from the body.
This edge weapon is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other fighting knives, you can do so by going to our
Military Fighting Knives Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force, USMC and other organizations.