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ESEE Knives: ESEE-5P (Glass Breaker) Black Plain Edge Fixed Blade w/ Green Canvas Micarta Handle, Black Kydex Sheath, Clip Plate

List price: $269.25
You save: $131.30 (49%)
Price in points: 13795 points

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.

ESEE Knives' unique sheath system allows the user to carry the ESEE-5 in a

Kydex sheath securely with or without a MOLLE Setup. If desired, the MOLLE Back is available as a separate accessory. When this knife is used with the MOLLE back, it adds additional security 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. The sheath screws are made from stainless steel, and the "Adjustible Sheath Tensioner" system allows you to fine-tune your knife-in-sheath fit.

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ESEE-5 Sheath Instruction Sheet

This Knife comes with a unique serial number, Kydex Sheath, Clip Plate, Paracord and Cord Lock.

Following are some possible use scenarios for the ESEE 5 fixed-blade knife.
  • Survival / Downed Pilot Scenarios
  • Military
  • Camping
  • Tactical
  • Batoning
  • Shelter Building
  • Police & Rescue
  • Personal Protection
  • Hunting
  • Light Chopping
  • General Purpose Utility Use
  • Hiking / Backpacking / Trekking
  • Cycling / Mountain Biking
  • Bushcraft / Woodcraft
  • Fishing
  • Snare Making

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.


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

Blade Finish:
Textured Powder Coat
Blade Steel:
1095 Carbon
Blade Thickness:
1/4" (6.35 mm)
Blade Type:
Drop Point
ESEE Knives
Cutting Edge Length:
5 1/4" (13.33 cm)
Handle Material:
Green Canvas Micarta
Knife Style:
Fixed Blade
Overall Length:
11" (27.94 cm)
Glass Breaker (Sharpened)
Rockwell Hardness:
56-58 RC
Kydex Sheath W/ Clip Plate
Thumb Jimping
Unique Features:
Bow Drill Divot
Unconditional Lifetime
Weight (Knife Only):
16 oz
Love the ESEE 5. This is a beast of a knife. A 1/4 inch slab of steel. It is indestructible. The only draw back is it's a heavy knife, tipping the scales at 1 lbs. If you need a knife that your life can depend on, this is it. If you had to, you use it as a pry bar to get out of a downed plane or trapped in a car. This is an excellent S.E.R.E. knife. Fast order processing and delivery from Knife Connection. They get my future knife purchase business.
Hey all at TKC! Just wanted to drop you a note and say THX for such great products and service!. I had been thinking about an ESEE 5 for quite some time and TKC had the best price of anywhere I looked. Now that I received my E5 in just 2 short days clearly the service from TKC is just as awesome! I have since bought many other things from you to the point that my wife now says ENOUGH LOL! Seriously, Kudo's to all of you - THUMBS WAY UP!!!
the one I received was different than the one in the picture. it didn't have the skull with the crossed knives on the blade but the logo that is supposed to be on the handle was etched onto the blade, first I thought I got a bum knife that was a fake but I did some research and apparently since it does have an active esee serial number on it it is a real esee knife but for future purposes if you are going to sell a knife that is slightly different than the picture you should disclose it and maybe just update the picture also the screws in the handle were sent to me striped so I had to go get a screw removal kit just to take the handles off to put on the custom ones I ordered as well, kind of disappointed about the way the knife arrived but it is still the great knife that I have done research one and have worked with before.
The fit and finish of this knife is so absolutely amazing I don't know how they do it. I could not be happier with this knife!
I've had my esee 5 for a couple years now. I originally picked it up based on the apparent durability and reliability.... man it's even better than I thought it would be. I have INTENTIONALLY beat the living #%$! out of this thing and it WILL NOT FAIL!!! Worked the edge down until it was basically ok to cut stuff but was dull and chipped... again I used this thing like I wanted to break it...i mean like batoning full un split logs at least double the length of the blade with a 2lb sledge hammer!!! The jimping flattened out a tad but not really noticeably definitely not what you'd expect from beating it with a sledge. If you like coated blades the coating never came off there was some damage to it but I was trying to destroy it and couldn't. I used it to dig in the ground and chop underground LARGE tree roots chopped off tree branches started fires stripped feeder wires... I'm an electrician... used it as a multi tool at work pried anything i could make an excuse for open...i could keep going and going...i stripped the coating off and was able to bring the edge back with surprising esee... then spent a weekend splitting full size logs again... with a baton stick this time hahaha... and the edge is still shaving sharp... so if you want one knife that can pretty much do anything and won't break even if you try because it's probably made out of moon rocks and diamonds and lava... buy an esee 5 you won't regret it!!!!!
the knife connection is really great on customer service! Excellent phone service, ease of ordering & very knowledgeable... very satisfied with them.
The knife, Esse 5-p is a tank...surprisingly stout/robust. I'd bet my life on this one... love the glass breaker too, as you never know when a vehicle's windows could go dead trapping you or others. Great knife...great price.
This is a tank of a knife!! Not only was the shipping fast, but the knife itself has a warranty that can't be beat. It does cost a little money but it will pay for itself over and over again. I would like to say this is the last knife I will ever buy, but that will be a lie. It is a knife that one person could use for the rest of their lives and even hand it down and the warranty will follow with it.
Mister Stoops: A phenomenon, quality of care, response and quick fixes. Knife a true all-rounder. I give it 5 stars.
I love everything about my ESEE 5. I love the thickness of the blade. (If you think it to heavy lift some weights.) I also love Micarta handles on a knife, it adds for extra grip and it has a bow drill slot. It came very sharp and I love the warranty. Some day I hope to propose to my ESEE 5, I hope she says yes.
I have gone through the gamut of survival and bushcraft knives, from high quality low production to high end customs. I have never encountered a knife equal to the ESEE5. A true no holds barred knife, I have no concern about putting it against anything at hand. I am not a fan of Kydex because they are too loose or the sheath tries to keep the blade hostage, but the kydex fits just right and the variable retention from Blind horse is awesome. Last weekend I was showing some Scouts how to do a one stick fire. I asked one of the boys to get a stick of reasonable dimensions, he came back with a piece of seasoned Oak and the 5 stood up to it like a champ! I used it that weekend to help with various shelters as well as prepped some fish. What more can I ask for, I have found MY knife.
First of all the shipping was super fast, and customer service is awesome. This is a beast of a knife, couldn't be happier. You wouldn't be disappointed buying this knife from this website.
I've always admired Randall's designs going back to the days when he worked with Ontario and vowed that some day I would own a few of his designs. That day has come and gone...the 5 series blade excels in the outdoors and doubles in a tactical role without being to large or heavy. This blade will take the abuse! The micarta scales are ok, but TKC's G10 scales transforms this blade into a precision, highly functional instrument ergonomically-a must upgrade. I love the 5 series so much that I had to have an Izula in 440C stainless steel. Of course I also purchased a set of TKC G10 scales too and the Blade Tech BT3 belt clip. Now I can't wait for the Camp Lore blades to become available so I can add them to my collection. One final note, the guys at TKC, particularly Dale is a pleasure to do business with. They'll answer all your questions in a timely manner, ship your order asap, have some of the best pricing to be found and provide you with customer service that leaves the rest in their tracks. The only reason I wouldn't consider buying from them is if they didn't carry a blade I wanted, other than that, they're always my first choice. Thanks guys, stay safe and God Bless.
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