web analytics

Archive | Knives

Just Announced: The Izula-II from ESEE Knives

 

ESEE Knives introduced a new version of their excellent Izula. The Izula-II will have essentially the same blade as the original Izula but it will feature a handle that is 1/2″ longer. It will come with removeable, full coverage canvas micarta scales. I have found the micarta scales on the original Izula to be a must-have.

Artist renderings of the Izula-II. The product version may vary slightly.

The Izula II should be on dealer shelves in 6-8 weeks. You can read more about the Izula-II on the ESEE Knives Forum at Bladeforums.

wordpress hit counter

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

DPx H•E•S•T/F Concept Pictures

We recently mentioned the highly anticipated DPx H•E•S•T/F. Now we have pictures of this exciting new folder from the folks at ESEE and DPx. This is going to be one heck of a knife.

Click to Enlarge

Click to Enlarge

wordpress hit counter

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Patch Collecting: RAT Pack Patch

The folks at ESEE Knives started the RAT Pack as a way to promote participation in their forum. It has grown into an excellent resource for survival related topics and a fun place to hang out. Having cool patches doesn’t hurt either.

The RAT Pack Patch is available to RAT Pack members from Double Barrel Sheaths.

wordpress hit
counter

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

ESEE and DPx Announce the DPx H•E•S•T/F Folder

ESEE Knives and DPx has announced their long awaited H•E•S•T/F. The H•E•S•T/F is the folding version of the excellent H•E•S•T (Hostile Environment Survival Tool).

The new H•E•S•T/F will feature:

  • D2 blade
  • Titanium frame
  • G10 Scale
  • Rotoblock
  • Massive blade thickness
  • New built-in tools

There are no pictures yet, but I will share them when they are available.

DPx is an ESEE product line that consists of gear that is designed in collaboration between Robert Young Pelton and the ESEE crew. This is the second product in the line that will soon include soft goods as well.

You can read more about the H•E•S•T/F at the ESEE Forum on BladeForums.

UPDATE: The concept pics can be found HERE.

wordpress hit<br /> counter

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

ESEE Pack Kit – A Knife Based Survival Pouch

Adding a pouch to a knife sheath is nothing new. Leave it to the survival savvy minds at ESEE Knives to add a knife sheath to a pouch! The ESEE Pack Kit is basically a small, well thought out organizer bag that allows you to carry essential survival gear. The unique feature is that the sheaths that come with ESEE Knives can be integrated into the pouch.

The ESEE Pack Kit is the second generation of this concept. This new version incorporates several improvements that were suggested by ESEE Knife users and still manages to cost less than the original. It will come in two sizes and multiple colors. It can be carried via a shoulder strap, on your belt, or by attaching it to your MOLLE/PALs gear.

This looks like just the thing for a minimalist survival kit.

wordpress hit counter

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Bargain Bokers – VoxKnives Gnome and Rhino

Boker has slated a ton of excellent looking collaboration knives to be released in 2010. Two of the more interesting knives (at least to me) are the VoxKnives designed Gnome and Rhino. VoxKnives is run by Jesper Voxnaes in Denmark. Jesper has a very recognizable style and tends to create very utilitarian designs.

The Gnome is a small neck knife. It has a small 2 finger grip and comes with a kydex neck sheath. It would make a great little EDC (every day carry) knife or a back up to a larger knife. It features a 12C27 blade, full tang construction, and green canvas micarta scales with red spacers. I have seen street prices on these as low as $16!

The Rhino is larger than the Gnome but still a very compact knife. It is designed more as an outdoors knife than an EDC. It also features a 12C27 blade and full tang construction. The handle slabs are black micarta with red liners. Street price is $40-$45.

Both of these designs are now at retailers. I am not sure how Boker does it, but these are a great value.

wordpress hit counter

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

The ESEE RAT Pack

ESEE Knives (formerly RAT Cutlery) maintains a forum on BladeForums that is an excellent source for survival information, product information, and fellowship with good people from across the world. Mike and Jeff (the owners of ESEE) formed the “RAT Pack” to encourage people to contribute meaningful content to the forum. RAT Pack members must have 25 meaningful posts in the forum and are eligible to take part in the many giveaways that are offered on the forum. Recently, my RAT Pack number was drawn in a random giveaway and I am now the proud owner of a brand new RC-3MIL!

Readers of Jerking the Trigger will know that I mention ESEE Knives fairly regularly on this blog. It is just this sort of generosity, community, and access to the owners that draws me to ESEE. They make straight forward, hard working knives that are functional and backed by the best warranty in the business (many claim this, but in ESEE’s case it is true).

Read more about ESEE on Jerking the Trigger.

wordpress hit<br /> counter

Good Stuff From Other Blogs

The Machete: To Lanyard, Or Not to Lanyard – Armed & Christian – On the occasions that I do use a lanyard, this is how I do it.

Protecting Against Home Invasions – ITS Tactical – ITS Tactical has done a lot to tear down the illusion of security that many people have by showing how easy it is to pick locks, escape handcuffs, etc. Now they are offering some no nonsense tips for protecting your home.

Negligent Discharges vs. Accidental Discharges – Vuurwapen Blog – All too often these two terms are used incorrectly. It is time we started calling a spade, a spade. 99.99999% of the time you hear a news story about an accidental discharge, they are actually talking about a negligent discharge.

Bayonets for NAA Mini Revolvers – The Firearm Blog – Check your calender. Mine must be wrong. Is it April 1st?

A-TACS Nylon Cordura Fabric, Webbing and Hook and Loop Now Available – Soldier SystemsThe components needed to build gear with the interesting new A-TACs camo scheme are now available.

Bargain Knives

This will be not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, nor is it a list of cheap knives. My intention is to make a list of knives that I have owned/tested that are a good value. For the purposes of this article, value will be defined as “delivering a lot of function for a fair price.” Some knives might be a bargain at $10 and others might cost over $100 but still be a great value.

In the first installment of this series we will cover fixed blades. We will cover folders at a later date.

Fixed Blades:

Becker Knife and Tool (BK&T) – The entire BK&T line is an excellent value. These knives are made from tough carbon steel, have utility based designs, and are priced very attractively.

Mora Knives – Moras are well known in the knife community. They are available in a multitude of configurations in stainless or carbon steel. They feature a “scandi” grind which may take some getting used to for some users. This particular grind excells at working wood which is why they are popular as “bushcraft”/survival knives. Most Moras cost $8-15.

Ka-bar TDI Line – The TDI line represents an excellent value in the self defense/back up knife role. You may want to look into a custom sheath since the factory sheath may not be ideal.

Emerson Perrin La Griffe – The Perrin La Griffe is a timeless classic in the self defense/back up knife role. It offers compact size and excellent retention. It also comes with a well made and versatile kydex sheath. These can sometimes be picked up for as little as $65.

Fallkniven F1 – The Fallkniven F1 is a classic all around field knife. It has a well deserved reputation for being bull strong thanks to the use of a VG-10 laminate steel. It features a convex edge that cuts very well. It is also available with a number of decent sheath choices. If you shop around these can be picked up for around $100.

Condor Knife and Tool – Condor makes a wide variety or machetes, knives, and other tools. They are all well made and all reasonably priced even though they are some of the most expensive production machetes you will find. They are some of the few machetes that actually come ready to use (great handles that don’t need fitting and polished convex edges). Their knives are less known but they are excellent utilitarian designs. Most of the knife designs can be had for less than $20. These are an amazing value.

Pick of the Litter…

ESEE Knives/RAT Cutlery – These knives offer an excellent value. They are not the least expensive option on the list but, in my opinion, they offer the most function for the dollar. I am not aware of a warranty that is the equal of ESEE’s warranty. It is the best warranty in the business. You will not find knives with better sheaths out of the box. On top of all of that Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall are great folks.

Protect Your Knife Rights

Join Knife Rights Today! - www.KnifeRights.org

You have probably all heard about groups like the NRA and GOA. You are likely very familiar with the great work that they do to preserve our right to keep and bear arms. However, you may not be familiar with Knife Rights and their work. Knife Rights is a advocacy organization much like the NRA that focuses on preserving your right to carry an essential tool – the knife.

Consider joining today!

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes

%d bloggers like this: