Prime Time!

Ontario Knife Company’s Carter
Prime Is A Breakout Folding Knife.

By Pat Covert

Over 120 years old, Ontario Knife Company (OKC) is well known for fixed-blade knives, particularly their WWII survival, fighting and trench knives. The company still sells in an abundance of these models to this day. While they’ve maintained a presence of folders in recent years, the release of the new Carter Prime models blows away any doubt they are a player in the folder arena out the roof.

The Carter Prime tactical folder, designed by custom knifemaker Robert Carter, is built as rugged as its utilitarian good looks imply. Ontario outfits the Carter Prime with a rhino-esque modified Wharncliffe D2 tool steel blade mated to a top shelf, anodized titanium frame. The clean, stylish handle has a dull silver finish and packs a sturdy integral frame lock mechanism out back. The acid stonewashed Wharncliffe—a blade style known as a versatile hard worker—complements the handle nicely. The 3.375-inch blade rolls out via a flipper for an overall length of 8.0 inches. A first-class machined pocket clip keeps the Carter Prime tucked away and at the ready in tip-up mode.

OKC has hit it out of the park with the Carter Prime. It’s hard to find a single fault with this no nonsense, overbuilt folder. It’s more than capable of performing tough everyday chores as it is intimidating anyone who dares cross its path. At a suggested retail of $144, the Carter Prime is very reasonably priced, especially considering the choice of materials in its make-up.

Carter Prime
MAKER: Ontario Knife Co.
P.O. Box 145
Franklinville, NY 14737
(800) 222-5233

Steel type: D2 steel with acid stonewash finish
Blade length: 3.375 inches
Overall length: 8.0 inches
Weight: 5.34 ounces
Handle: Titanium frame, integral lock
Carry: Machined pocket clip, tip up carry
Price: $144

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