For those who prefer to buy American made products, the ESEE-4 is just that. Well established with bushcraftsmen, the ESEE-4 cuts through most anything because the blade is manufactured of tough 1095 high carbon 57 Rc steel. It comes with removable Micarta handle slabs and a Kydex sheath with MOLLE locks.
According to one ESEE-4 Knife reviewer, “it is perfect as a camping knife, very comfortable and just long enough for my hands.” Another says you would have to seriously abuse it to break it. The overall length is 9.0 inches, the blade length measures 4.5 inches and the blade width is 1.25 inches.
The gray handle is made with two removable lined slabs of Micarta. The entire knife weighs 7.4 oz. Its rugged construction works great for either tough or easier indoor tasks. Although its steel blade is coated, you must maintain it properly to prevent rusting. Lubricate with a dry film rust and corrosion proof oil while maintaining this knife.
Of 13 customer ratings on Amazon, 12 gave the 5 stars and the other gave it 4. This may be because the coating wears off and to prevent rust and corrosion, it needs to be oiled regularly. Another con, according to a customer review, is that the grip is a little too wide.
The ESEE-4 knife has a black RC-4 fixed blade and comes in your choice of plain edge or a partly serrated edge. The maximum thickness of the blade is .188 inches. The Micarta handle slabs are removable and the sheath comes with an additional MOLLE attachment. The sheath is held together with screws instead of rivets for easy adjustment for a better grip.
Made of formed Kydex material, the sheath comes with a rawhide cord that if not threaded according to the owner’s manual, may come apart. The knife and sheath together weigh about 13 oz. According to another ESEE-4 knife review, the fit and finish of the sheath and knife are excellent. It is said to be one of the best bushcraft knives on the market.
This particular fixed blade knife (see competitor models here) comes with a black drop point 1095 carbon steel blade and a gray handle. Its full tang construction is strong enough to withstand repeated hard use. Its large enough for cutting kindling wood, yet small enough for indoor use. The blade holds a keen edge and out of the package, is very sharp. It works well as a wilderness survival knife for hunting, fishing and hiking and is noted as the number one choice for cutlery, not just by the manufacturer, but also by those who use it on a regular basis.
The cost of the ESEE-4 knife is comparable to other knives in its class. You may find it runs a little less if on sale, but overall, it’s price is great for its solid high carbon steel construction. It comes with a full lifetime warranty and owners say the manufacturer stands behind it. When one customer broke off the tip of his knife, ESEE sent him a new one and allowed him to keep the original.
The pros outweigh the cons on the ESEE-4 knife. Customers who gave an ESEE-4 knife review say that their knife is easy to sharpen and maintain. They say that its a rugged knife that holds a sharp edge. The overall quality is excellent.