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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Vivi » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:51 pm

benben wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:04 pm
Vivi wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:44 am
benben wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:10 am
Vivi, don't know if you remember the post.....I bought a 3HM for our youth pastor at our church. That's my only dealing with ESEE, I remember telling my wife when it came time to give it to him "I think I'm going to get him something different and keep this for me!" I was overruled on that one!

That little fixed blade felt awesome in hand! This youth pastor is a young guy, late twenty's, he's taken that 3HM camping several times now, he told me he had no idea just what a great knife was supposed to feel like, until now!
Benben, I do remember that post. I still plan to get a 3HM based on how much I like my 6. Very nice handle shape.
I've been meaning to pick me up a small fixed blade, and was pretty sure it would be that 3HM.....but I got to handle an uncoated Camp-Lore JG3 at a huge gun shop in Charlotte, that's the one I'll probably get!

https://www.knifeworks.com/fixed-blade- ... heath.html

I've also been looking at some 3V and M4 Bark River knives, but they're easily double the price of that JG3!
I know the shop you're talking about, they have a great selection. Last time I was there I'm pretty sure I saw a Starmate, SE Police 2, some Busses, Bark Rivers and Reeves. Those JG3's look good.

Bark Rivers have always caught my eye, but I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet. I think I'll end up getting something like the Highland Special some day.

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Naperville » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:52 pm

I have one ESEE, an ESEE Junglass.

Seemed like a sensible purchase for a guy involved in Escrima/Arnis.
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Evil D » Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:18 pm

Ankerson wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:49 am
Never have been personally a fan.

I always thought of them as vastly overrated lawnmower blades with handles on them and overpriced for what they are.

Opinions will vary, but that one is mine. :)

There are plenty of other options on the market.


Honestly this isn't far from the truth. I do like 1095 but I do agree they are insanely overpriced and maybe a bit overrated. I do like the Izulas but even those I skipped over for a BK14 which was about $20 cheaper and has more blade and a much thinner blade grind and I think better coating. So, I do like them but as you say there are lots of options in the fixed blade world. For some of their prices I think I can get custom done locally.
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Naperville » Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:38 pm

Evil D wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:18 pm
Ankerson wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:49 am
Never have been personally a fan.

I always thought of them as vastly overrated lawnmower blades with handles on them and overpriced for what they are.

Opinions will vary, but that one is mine. :)

There are plenty of other options on the market.
Honestly this isn't far from the truth. I do like 1095 but I do agree they are insanely overpriced and maybe a bit overrated. I do like the Izulas but even those I skipped over for a BK14 which was about $20 cheaper and has more blade and a much thinner blade grind and I think better coating. So, I do like them but as you say there are lots of options in the fixed blade world. For some of their prices I think I can get custom done locally.
Yep. I cannot argue with Mr Ankerson's logic as harsh as it is. They are overpriced lawnmower blades for the most part. Nonetheless I bought the Junglass because Spyderco didn't have anything in that size range. If Spyderco makes it, I'll be in line for it. I am sure it will be of high quality, probably in 1V, 3V, or S7.
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby knivesandbooks » Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:04 am

benben wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:04 pm
Vivi wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:44 am
benben wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:10 am
Vivi, don't know if you remember the post.....I bought a 3HM for our youth pastor at our church. That's my only dealing with ESEE, I remember telling my wife when it came time to give it to him "I think I'm going to get him something different and keep this for me!" I was overruled on that one!

That little fixed blade felt awesome in hand! This youth pastor is a young guy, late twenty's, he's taken that 3HM camping several times now, he told me he had no idea just what a great knife was supposed to feel like, until now!
Benben, I do remember that post. I still plan to get a 3HM based on how much I like my 6. Very nice handle shape.
I've been meaning to pick me up a small fixed blade, and was pretty sure it would be that 3HM.....but I got to handle an uncoated Camp-Lore JG3 at a huge gun shop in Charlotte, that's the one I'll probably get!

https://www.knifeworks.com/fixed-blade- ... heath.html

I've also been looking at some 3V and M4 Bark River knives, but they're easily double the price of that JG3!
Don't forget to check out LT Wright! I like em more than Bark River.
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby wrdwrght » Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:22 am

I have an early ESEE6 and an Izula2. Neither has really made me want another ESEE; they’ve served me so well (wish I’d had them during my military service in the tropics long ago).

What with my other FBs (Blind Horse Knives/LTWK and now the WaterWay and Enuff Salt), I’m set.

I’ve considered the Junglas, but don’t really need that much edge anymore. I’ve opted for a 1095 SP16 Spax.
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby knivesandbooks » Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:10 pm

Here's the Casstrom Safari per Vivi's request.
Blade and handle look and feel like a very toned down Spydiechef meets Kapara. Fits my hand great. Nicely contoured without being overly round. Tapered tang for balance. Grind feels pretty thin. I don't own calipers but feels and looks as thin as a lot of my traditionals. Of course, once I lower the edge a bit, it will be even better. Also, it came Spyderco sharp. The g10 is nice and polished. Leather sheath is meh, wlshould have got the kydex. Was skeptical about the blade but it isn't that radical. It is mainly belly but also a drop point meaning the tip is actually useful unlike on upswept blades. I'm def happy with it. Only a $100 knife that I got for $70.

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby GarageBoy » Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:11 am

What's like an esee but less thick and survival oriented? (Preferably not a convex edge)

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Vivi » Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:19 pm

GarageBoy wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:11 am
What's like an esee but less thick and survival oriented? (Preferably not a convex edge)
LT Wright has a few models that are close. They work with A2 and D2 more than 1095, and typically go for a classier appearance and more polished micarta, but they have matte options.

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby knivesandbooks » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:38 pm

GarageBoy wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:11 am
What's like an esee but less thick and survival oriented? (Preferably not a convex edge)
Check out the LT Wright Genesis. Sort of LT's take on the Kephart knife. Also, the LT Wright Outback.

Every LT Wright knife I've bought has been legit
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby emanuel » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:57 am

I had an ESEE 6 and ESEE 4 in 1095 when I was a teen. Good knives and awesome sheaths, but the more I used them the more annoyed I got about how thick they were ground. I mean I get it, survival knives etc etc. But why do so many of these companies assume that if my life depends on that tool, I'll suddenly use my knife to chop rocks? The only knife I have from them at the moment is an ESEE 3, which is way thinner than the rest of their line and its actually a great cutter. But to be honest, like Ankerson said, there are better options out there for the money.

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby PeaceInOurTime » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:35 pm

My wife gave me an ESEE 3HM a couple of years ago. Outside of camping, I don't find much use for it, but it's a nice knife with a comfortable micarta handle. I think it has thinner stock than my wife's Izula. My only real complaint with this particular model is the lack of a guard. I'm always afraid I'll slide up on to the blade. It also has too much belly for it to be a good edc for me.

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby GarageBoy » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:14 am

How are the bradfords?

The lt Wrights and carothers look great

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Vivi » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:44 pm

Peaceinourtime, nice 3hm! I've thought about getting one. Haven't had any issues with the handle on my 6hm, the curve in front of the edge works nicely as a guard for me.

Bradfords have pretty squared off scales, which is my main issue with them. They're nicely made otherwise.

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby kiwisailor » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:09 pm

emanuel wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:57 am
I had an ESEE 6 and ESEE 4 in 1095 when I was a teen.
Gosh, you are doing well for your age there Emanuel..

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby emanuel » Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:21 am

kiwisailor wrote:
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emanuel wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:57 am
I had an ESEE 6 and ESEE 4 in 1095 when I was a teen.
Gosh, you are doing well for your age there Emanuel..
I had my first all-plastic folder when I was 3 yo that I would carry everywhere and made other parents bulge their eyes on me lol. And that was the first catalyst that funneled all my money from my first jobs into knives and outdoors gear. And I don't regret one thing!

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby ThomC » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:40 am

Currently looking at an used ESEE 3. I need a knife I can use when hiking that'll complement my folders for harder use, until I have enough gear (and time) for 2- or 3-day hikes and I'll probably get a BK2 for the rest.
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Naperville » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:22 pm

Vivi wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:44 pm
It's their business model that's the reason I stopped buying their knives. It'd be like if the only Spydercos sold were the sprint runs that sell out in four minutes. I don't care how good your product is if that's how they're going to be sold.
This is my gripe with Spyderco. I love Spyderco knives, but for some reason many of the really excellent knives are sprint runs, and I just don't bother chasing them. That is why I've asked for a Spyderco Custom Shop where they could be ordered for 6 to 12 months.

I don't care how good your product is if that's how they're going to be sold.
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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby PeaceInOurTime » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:29 am

Vivi wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:44 pm
Peaceinourtime, nice 3hm! I've thought about getting one. Haven't had any issues with the handle on my 6hm, the curve in front of the edge works nicely as a guard for me.

Bradfords have pretty squared off scales, which is my main issue with them. They're nicely made otherwise.

So far, I haven't had issues with it not having a guard, but I often "anchor" my pinky in the loop in the fob to keep my hand from being able to slide up on the blade. I know it shouldn't be an issue for normal use, but I consider this to be a knife for "hard use"/abuse (for my use, anyway).

The 3HM and my wife's Izula are my only experience with ESEE. I have no intention to ever get rid of it. The handle on the 3HM is probably the most comfortable handle I've ever used!

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Re: ESEE Knives

Postby Ez556 » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:14 pm

Vivi wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:17 pm
marty_bill_ wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:46 am
20191023_115135-1440x1920.jpgIzula
Izula ll
CR 2.5
AGK
These are the 4 I have and they are great. Esee makes great knives and have awesome ergonomics for me. Definitely a workhorse knife company for real users. They are some great folks and back up what they sell. My CR2.5 is with me bout everyday. I've paid a lot more for other knives. But my Esee's get the nod. I'd never be afraid to be stuck in the bush with an Esee.
That's a nice looking edge on your CR 2.5. I think I saw that model last time I was at a local store that carries ESEE. I think I'm going to swing by today and see if they still have any in stock.

Do they sell those kydex sheaths with the knife? I was only seeing leather options on the couple of sites I checked out.
My CM6 came with a really, really nice kydex sheath with a sliding lock at the top.
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