Ontario Knife Company has begun revealing its new for 2021 products, with a new folder and two new fixed blades on their way.
Ti 22 Ultrablue
The Ultrablue’s major selling point is the handle. It has been given an iridescent anodization that definitely catches the eye, but for most knife users it will be the handle material itself that intrigues. Even with an MSRP around the Ultrablue comes with full, front and back titanium scales. Titanium on a budget knife isn’t the rarity it was a few years ago, and indeed is something that OKC played with before on the Shikra, Besra, and Robert Carter-designed Trinity; but this is the first budget knife in their lineup with both scales made from the material.
For the blade, OKC chose an American tanto shape, and it’s a very traditional interpretation of the form. The blade length runs to just over 3 inches, and the steel is AUS-8. The Ultrablue opens with a flipper tab; a primarily aesthetic fuller on the blade may provide a second, two-hand opening option for those interested. A loop over pocket clip caps off the Ultrablue’s feature list. It is repositionable for either tip-down or tip-up carry, but only on the lock side scale.
Hiking Knife and TAK-2
Alongside the new folder, OKC is rolling out a pair of fixed blades. The Hiking Knife is designed as a companion outdoors blade, with a weight-saving but still capable 3.4-inch drop point blade, made from 420HC steel. The handle arches down into a pistol-style grip, and the scales are made from multicolored Micarta; the Hiking Knife comes with a leather sheath.
The Hiking Knife is a brand new design, but OKC is also expanding an existing line with the TAK-2, a sequel to their TAK-1 fixed blade. The TAK-2 keeps the versatile drop point blade and chunky, ergonomic handle that its predecessor has, but shaves about a quarter inch off the blade length, measuring in at 4.5 inches. It’s also dressed in more natural materials than the TAK-1: a leather sheath and stabilized wood handles instead of nylon and Micarta.
No release date has been given for the either fixed blade at this time, but the Ultrablue is available now.
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