Comments about Ontario Knife Ontario Knife Joe Pardue Utilitac Series, Folding Knife with 4.0" Black Stainless Steel Blade, & Black Zytel Handle, Overall Length 7.125".:
1) Please note, description (as of today) says 4.0-inch blade. That is NOT correct, this is a tad over 3 inches, total length just over 7.
That aside, this is among my favorite daily carry knives, despite it's humble steel and tiny price.
The blade geometry is just perfect (Mel Pardue), sporting BOTH a nice recurve, and a small sweeping belly up toward the tip. Fat swedge sloped down modified drop-point for strength at the tip, modified flat-grind reduces drag during deeper slices, it's just unique as hell.
There is just a LOT of blade happening in 3 inches. If you aren't "into" knives, what it all adds up to is a great daily use tool.
The 440 (probably 440A) ships razor sharp, but will not HOLD that edge under hard use very long, as 440A is a bit soft. The bright side is that it's easier to sharpen than more esoteric steel. (utilitac is also available in stronger AUS8 steel for a few more bucks)
I've got lots of pricey knives (collector). But I CARRY, and USE my Utilitac. I think that says a lot right there.
I own several folders from Ontario, and they all have this same super-smooth deployment thanks to the somewhat old-fashioned teflon bushings. Smooth, and VERY fast. Now that it's broken in, I kid you not, my utilitac deploys as fast as ANY automatic. BANG.
Bottom Line: High value here. For the price of this knife, trust me, it's a MUST have. There isn't much in this price range that can match it.