The ESEE-5 is "built like a tank" for dependable service & a lifetime of use. Boasting a 1/4" thick blade, and sharpened pointed pommel, this 16 oz knife is ready for serious combat environments and used extensively by pilots of the US Air Force. It was designed by military SERE instructors as a hard-use, Survival, Escape and Evasion, downed pilots knife. The blade is "substantial" to say the least.
Feedback from a SERE instructor after testing a production model of the ESEE-5:
"Just got back and I am impressed. The knife is everything that we're looking for. Tough, durable, practical, affordable, and useful. I can't tell you how many fires that I started with the help of the ESEE-5 and it was a great trip to try out a knife. The weather was unseasonably cold, mostly in the teens but sometimes in the negatives. My friend and I were starting a fire for some cold students and he was bashing his (manufacturer's name removed) through some sections of a downed tree it broke right at the handle, like most * Bolt Knives and (manufacturer's name removed) seem to do. I don't know if it was the cold weather, the perfect angle, or something else but it was a brand new (manufacturer's name removed) and it broke right in half. At the same time I was beating the daylights out of the ESEE-5 hoping to bend, break, or at the very least damage the paint job. I failed to do any of these things and my friend became more and more interested in the ESEE-5 as I found more and more things that I like about it. Thanks again for the great knife!"
* "Bolt Knives" are knives built with reduced tangs to accommodate handles. Usually these knives have a pommel cap that is threaded or riveted in place. These reduced tang knives will not accept a lot of prying. Examples of this are standard issue pilot's survival knives.
The blade is 1.56" wide from cutting edge to spine, and is made of 1095 High Carbon Steel which holds an edge through the toughest of jobs. The blade's textured power coat is extremely durable, and will not wear off easily. Featuring a Saber grind, the ESEE-5 gives a great balance between slicing and splitting. The versatile 5.25" drop point cutting edge is capable for all manor of outdoor and survival tasks, including field dressing and preparation of large-sized game animals. The blade edge is sharpened to approximately 20 degrees, and the overall length of the knife is 10.88"
The handle is made of Micarta, which is a durable material, created from soaking layers of linen cloth/canvas in resin, then compressing them under heat and pressure.
The ESEE 5 is a critical situations knife that you can stake your life on when it comes to performace & durability. The people behind this knife developed it by experience & practical application... not theory. Regardless of your place in life, this knife will soon become your best friend as you experience its superb form & function.
Improving the handle comfort and style of the ESEE 5 is easily achieved by installing our very popular custom G-10 handle scales, which are available in a wide variety of colors. They feature a palm swell and smooth ergonomic contouring. Our custom scales bolt on easily, and will transform the function, feel, and appearance of your knife.
In terms of quality and value, purchasing an ESEE Knife is a decision where you can't go wrong. Since 1997 Randall's Adventure & Training has designed no-nonsense, affordable field knives specifically targeted to military, law enforcement, and the special operations community. They have built a solid reputation. Their knives are carried by countless military personnel, law enforcement agencies, and special operations teams around the world. They have survived years of extreme use, brutal testing, and design refinement. Originally designed to withstand the toughest of harsh situations, ESEE Knives now have a reputation that is second to none. To top it off, let's not forget ESEE Knives boasts an UNCONDITONAL No Questions Asked Lifetime warranty, just in case you should manage to destroy your knife (see warranty details below). Buy with confidence, knowing your ESEE Knife purchase carries lasting value.
This ESEE Knife is made from high carbon 1095 steel. And while 1095 is a top choice for professional cutlery designed for hard use, it will rust and stain if not properly cared for - especially on the cutting edge and around the laser engraving. It is the user's responsibility to keep the blades properly lubricated and cleaned. We suggest using a dry film rust inhibitor such as Sentry Solutions MARINE TUF-CLOTH.
WARRANTY AND CONSTRUCTION INFO:
Esee knives are not considered "high production" due to the care that is taken during the manufacturing process. After the steel is laser cut to size, the knives are heat treated (**see note below). Both Micarta and G-10 handle slabs are profiled and radiused on a CNC milling machine, and each set of handles are matched and fitted to a corresponding knife blank. The reason for this is during the laser cutting process there is a certain amount of tolerance, so one knife may be a few thousanths of an inch bigger (or smaller) than the next. By marrying a set of handles to a blank throughout the manufacturing process, the user ends up with a finely fitted knife. The handles slabs are held in place with three screws fastened with Loctite into a barrel nut. When the handles are assembled, a fiber liner is placed between the Micarta or G-10 slab and tang of the knife. The partially serrated knives are made by milling each serration individually with a 3/8" end mill. Unlike a lot of serrations, these are designed to easily cut through fabrics, rope and other flexible materials.
Partially serrated blades are easily sharpened by honing with a flat hone across them in the same manner as you would hone the plain edge. The textured powder coat we use on Esee knives is a special powder that has an increased amount of resistance to wear and corrosion, while maintaining a smoother feel than oxide or phosphate coatings.
**All ESEE Knives now feature a Rowen Manufacturing heat treat recipe that allows for hardening the blade completely to 57 Rc. while still maintaining flexibility.
No Questions Asked Warranty, from ESEE Knives: "If you screw it up, break it, or cut it in two with a cutting torch, send it back and we'll replace it. Warranty is transferable. In other words, we warranty the knife no matter how many times it's been traded, sold or given away. We don't ask for a sales receipt, date of purchase or where you bought the knife - No fine print and no hassles. We do not warranty against rust or normal wear and tear.
A lot of folks have asked us (ESEE Knives) how we can stay in business offering such great customer service and warranty protection. The answer is simple; we believe that our consumers, as a whole, are honest people. The occasional customers who are dishonest are few and far between, so even if we loose every once in a while due to dishonesty, our reputation of great customer service, regardless of the situation, brings us more good customers."
With the exception of the Lite Machete blade, all ESEE branded knives are manufactured in Idaho Falls, Idaho by Rowen Manufacturing. The Cordura MOLLE backs are sewn in Mexico. Izula gear sewn goods are made in Knoxville, TN.
This product is packaged in a heavy plastic bag