Having a knife break when you most need it in a survival situation could lead to your demise. When it comes to survival knives I expect a lot. I baton my knives through trees, I pry pitch stumps apart and generally run them into the ground as I show at-risk DOD members how to survive in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. Previous to writing this article I’ve used the venerable ESEE-4 that I was issued. The ESEE-4 has performed in a stellar manner in large part due to the thickness of the blade (.1875 inches), and extended tang with gives the knife plenty of rigidity and strength. It is with these qualities in mind that I opened the package to the ESEE-5 and was greeted with an ESEE-4 that had been given growth hormones and anabolic steroids.
I got to go dumpster diving when I visited ESEE/Rowan Mfg. in Idaho (here) and got to take home a steel plate from which they cut ESEE-5 blanks. Ironically, I do not own an actual ESEE-5.
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