First Look: Ontario Knife Company Besra Folding Knife

posted on January 16, 2021

Ontario Knife Company (OKC) has been building quality knives for extreme conditions for more than 130 years, and its Besra, their newest addition for 2021 continues that legacy, blending a unique design with the unmatched quality and offering it at an affordable price.

“The Besra is our newest design and follow-up to OKC’s popular Shikra folder that was introduced last year, incorporating a similar look and quality materials with unique changes customers will appreciate,” said Kenneth Trbovich, President and CEO of Ontario Knife Company. “The Besra’s blade blends the profile of a sheepsfoot with the width and style of a cleaver which translates to a very straight cutting edge. It’s a very functional, lightweight knife that will prove to be a folder favorite,” he added.

The OKC Besra’s 2.875-inch blade is made of AUS-8 stainless steel and has a stonewashed black PVD coating. This finish not only makes the knife look impressive, it also works to prevent corrosion. Its sheepsfoot blade shape with a piercing point helps users achieve a perfectly straight cut yet is still well-suited to delicate cutting work.

The folder measures 4.25-inches when closed and is 7.25-inches when deployed, which makes it well-suited for everyday carry. There is a a reversible pocket-clip to store the knife as you see fit when it’s not in use. The Bersa also has a convenient flipper tab and ball bearing pivot system for easy and smooth deployment. The handle of the knife is crafted with a tan linen Micarta on one side and full Titanium on the other to reduce the weight while still providing an excellent grip, even in wet conditions.

Ontario Knife Besra Folder Specifications

  • Blade Finish: Stonewash Pvd
  • Blade Hardness: 55-57hrc
  • Blade Length: 2.88 inches
  • Blade Material: Aus-8 Stainless Steel
  • Deployment Mechanism: Flipper Handle
  • Material: Linen Micarta/Titanium
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock
  • Overall Length: 7.25 inches

The OKC Besra folder has an MSRP of $55.95, and more information on this knife and other items from the Ontario Knife Company is available at


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