The Gen II Spec Plus SP50 Knife is made of 5160 High Carbon Steel and has a black texture powder coat on the knife blade. The handle on the Gen II Spec Plus SP50 knife is Kraton and offers an exceptional and rugged grip. Ontario's Gen II SP50 knife is strong because of it's full tang construction.
Overall length on the Spec Plus SP50 knife is 14.65", of which 8.82" is the blade with a thickness of .25"
The SP50 knife comes complete with a black nylon sheath with plastic Insert.
Posted by LVPG on 13th Oct 2011
The SP50 may be the best backpacking knife I have ever used. As a backpacker, a blade of this size will be used, primarily, for firewood processing. To that, the SP50 is tops. The SP50 draws a direct comparison to the exceptionally valued Ka-Bar Heavy Bowie. Both have Kraton handles, blades of the same length and blade bellies of the same size. Where the SP50 surpasses the KaBar, is in blade thickness and design. The SP50 has less taper and eliminates the false edge along the top. The result is a blade with more hacking ability [for de-limbing] and better wood splitting. Where the Ka Bar has an overall longer handle, the SP50 actually offers more grip length, as the butt is not nearly as thick.
Many enjoy the TNP You-Tube Channel…as do I. Where I part from his view is primarily on sheaths. I like the nylon sheath of Ontario. I appreciate the pocket provided to store fire-kits, multi-tools, fishing kits, sharpeners, flash lights, etc. The sheath holds the knife securely when fastened and allows for easy extraction and return when unfastens. This is a welcome feature when using the knife repeatedly.
The SP50 is the GLOCK of wood processing knives. Simple, form & function…without unnecessary frills-- Just a great knife.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Sep 2011
The knife is a great design. The grip fits well in the hand. I have used this around my house cutting palm fronds, and some 2" wide trees. I bought this knife to put in my B.O.B. The sheath needs a little work. You need to remove the plastic insert and heat it with a heatgun to make the knife sung. I actually heated it too much and called the company up for a replacement. I offered to pay for it but they said that I would have to buy an entire new sheath. I didn't want to pay $20 for a new sheath when all I needed was a $2 plastic insert. After a few days of working on the insert I have it the way it should have been. It has two button straps, it only needs one not two. The straps just have enough slack to button around the handle. If Ontario Knife Co. would address the sheath I would give this Five Stars.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Sep 2011
First thing I did when I got this was find the biggest log in our firewood downstairs and batoned it. Went through seven inch diameter seasoned hardwood in three blows, knots and all. Blade is top notch, but the sheath required some customization and still isn't great. They have at least improved some of the issues with the sheath the knife was originally sold with,(snaps now instead of velcro on the retention straps) but they've created others (glued in thermoplastic liner so retention can't be adjusted). Still, what do you want for this price?! I can't believe how good the blade is for the money.