ESEE released some new photos of their upcoming stainless models. The ESEE 4 and Izula will be available in 440C stainless steel sometime in 2013. 440C is a great choice given ESEE’s commitment to keeping their knives easy to sharpen in the field. The stainless models will not be coated like the current 1095 carbon steel models.
Speaking of a lack of coating, ESEE is also currently considering releasing some uncoated versions of their 1095 steel models. If this is something that interests you, visit the ESEE forum and weigh in on the topic.
Excellent news! 440C can be used to make great knives when coupled with good design and and heat treatment. I’ve long considered one of the Izulas for CCW backup, but I prefer something more resistant to sweat and oil. I’m pleased that they’re only going to do the 4inch ESEE with this. Mid-range stainless steel should not be trusted for longer blades unless used as part of laminate.