This ESEE-4 is a fixed blade outdoor, survival, bushcraft and tactical blade made of 440C stainless steel making it ideal for harsh weather conditions and any enviroment that is damp or wet. The ESEE-4 is the longer, thicker "wilderness" model of the popular ESEE-3 tactical knife. With its 3/16" thick, full flat grind blade, rounded pommel, Micarta handles and light weight, this 8 oz knife can serve as a primary backpacking and wilderness survival knife, or fitted to your modular system for duty carry in a tactical environment. This is a survival knife in the truest sense of the word. It is an extremely versatile drop point blade with a 4.1" cutting edge, capable for all manor of outdoor tasks, including field dressing and preparation of medium to large-sized game animals. The blade edge is sharpened to approximately 20 degrees, and the overall length of the knife is 9.0"
Falling between the compact/tactical ESEE 3 and the larger ESEE 5 and ESEE 6 knives, the ESEE 4 is a perfect fit. Just like all ESEE Knives, the ESEE 4 is a no-nonsense knife that you can stake your life on when it comes to performace & durability. The people behind this knife developed it by experience and practical application... not theory. Regardless of your place in life, this knife will soon become your best friend as you experience its superb form and function.
This knife is equipted with 3 5/8" Micarta handle slabs which provide most all hand sizes a secure 4 finger grip.
Micarta is a durable material, created from soaking layers of linen cloth/canvas in resin, then compressing them under heat and pressure.
Adding Sporting Field Handles to extend the length of the handle grip beyond the tactical style factory scales is easily achieved by installing our very popular custom G10 handle scales which are available in a wide variety of colors. This makes the knife much more comfortable for those with larger hands. Our custom scales bolt on easily and will transform the function, feel and appearance of your knife.
ESEE Knives' unique sheath system allows the user to carry the ESEE 4 in a molded plastic sheath securely on a MOLLE Platform in standard or inverted mode (when using the optional MOLLE back). The included paracord and cord lock can be used to fashion a belt loop by running the cord through the sheath attachment holes and securing with cord lock. The paracord can also be used to lash the sheath to a pack. When this knife is used with the optional MOLLE back, the elastic butt cover and Velcro retention strap add additional security measures for jumping from aircraft or other extreme activities that may cause the knife to come loose from the sheath. The sheath system is fully ambidextrous in any carry mode. It can also be belt carried, drop-leg carried or lashed to a pack. The sheath screws are made from stainless steel and no metal snaps are used on the knife retention since they have a tendency to jam with dirt and grime. Thus, this sheath package creates a compact package capable of survival uses, as well as military, law enforcement and rescue duty.
PDF Download: ESEE-4 Sheath Instruction Sheet
This Knife comes with a unique serial number, Molded Plastic Sheath, Clip Plate, Paracord and Cord Lock, and MOLLE Back. This knife has "-MB" after its part number, indicating that the optional MOLLE Back is included.
Following are some possible use scenarios for the ESEE 4 fixed-blade knife.
About 440C Stainless Steel
Grade 440C stainless steel is a high carbon, chromium, martensitic steel. It has very good corrosion resistance. When properly hardened, it has high strength and shows great resistance to wear and abrasion. Its very high carbon content is responsible for these characteristics which make 440C particularly suited to knife applications. Although 440C has been around for quite a while, it has proven to be one of the best stainless steels available for knives when properly heat treated.
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.
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."
SPECIAL NOTE FROM ESEE KNIVES:
Our stainless steel knives are made from 440C. It should be noted that stainless steel is not as flexible as carbon steels. Any excessive flexing of the blade may cause breakage. We do not warranty our stainless steel knives against abuse as we do our carbon steel models.
This product is packaged in a heavy plastic bag