ESEE’s big news at SHOT Show was the return of a cult classic fixed blade design, the Libtertariat. Now called the Libertariat USA, it has revamped materials and a new place of manufacture (can you guess where?), while retaining all the charm of designer John Armstrong’s original chopper.
It’s shocking to think the original Expat came out more than five years ago, but it did. Released in 2017, John Armstrong’s Libertariat was sorted under the Expat Knives line, an ESEE project comprised of more affordable knives made in places other than the US. While it was clearly a chopper in the broad strokes, the Libertariat differed from its burlier brethren with a comparatively light, slim design; balancing slenderness and stoutness, it was meant to stay comfortable in the hand through extended periods of use.
This thing is robust, even by ESEE standards, which are burlier than most.