Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Finish, Blade Sharpness
Stronger Airforce 499
I was issued this type of 499 knife as a US Army Aeroscout. I gave my knife a convex edge, which made it into a better slicer. This new "Modified" model does not have the blood groove, giving the blade a stronger, more solid feel. In addition, the added blade forward weight makes this knife more suited for cutting into wood. Overall, I like this model a little better than the original. A little clear, flat, poly acrylic spray on the leather grip, helps to protect the leather. If you convex and polish the edge, it greatly improves the cutting performance.