The brand new Ontario Knife Company Journeyman is a funky medium sized fixed blade that costs about $34 and is made in the USA. If you only saw it in the sheath, you might assume it’s a combat knife. Out of the sheath you might wonder, “What and why is it?”
Although it was inspired by the 499 Pilot’s Survival Knife, it’s meant to be a bushcrafting type knife. This fixed blade has a 4” high carbon steel sheepsfoot-style blade with a black phosphate coating for corrosion resistance. It has a blade width of about 1.23″ and a blade thickness of 0.19″. All that means this knife is short, fat, and beastly enough to whack away at whatever you want to whack. There’s also a bit of belly on this knife, which gives you increased slicing potential. There are deep serrations along the spine that aren’t sharpened. Probably these serrations can be used as a type of jimping or maybe for scraping wood.
The Journeyman has a traditional stacked leather handle with a slightly tapered butt and neck. We very much like the 4.5″ handle to blade ratio. It’s roomy enough to allow a variety of grips without being way too much handle. It also comes with a leather sheath with the “OKC” logo, snaps, and a belt loop.
- High Carbon Stainless Steel, Black Phosphate Coating
- 4” Sheepsfoot Blade
- 3/16” Blade Thickness
- Stacked Leather Handle
- Leather Sheath
- 8.5” Overall
- Made in the USA
What and why is the Ontario Knife Company Journeyman? Designed as an outdoor, bushcrafting type knife with combat knife roots, it’s a fun, USA made knife you can pick up for about $34. Get one for yourself by clicking any link in the article or simply clicking the button down below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.