Should add that after Esee classes you find out how big a small knife is.
And I agree, I owned an ESEE 3 and a Number 5 for years.Should add that after Esee classes you find out how big a small knife is.
I'm in the same ballpark. I would choose the Bradford Guardian 4 in 3V, or the TOPS C.U.T. 4.0 for the job.If I were going to attach a knife to my lbe with the idea I'm going to battle, it would be the 5.
I think you'll like it...tough knife.I appreciate the Esee recommendations! I had started looking online at the 6 not two days ago.
I'm here to give an update.
I took a trip to our local knife shop, and then to our local Cabela's to see what was available.
I was looking for the CRKT OC3 I mentioned, but had all kinds of alternatives in mind too, including the Esee series.
All I can say is, this area sucks for finding quality knives. Both places, that easily carry the largest selection of knives in the Fort Worth area, were lacking on all fronts.
The OC3? Nowhere to be found. Ka-Bar 7" tanto? Sold out everywhere. Entire Esee series carried at Cabela's? Discontinued from my local store.
The only one I could find, that I'd had my eye on, was the Gerber Strongarm. As mentioned, it's a 420HC steel 4.8" single edged blade with a full tang through the handle, which is overmolded with glass-filled polymer and a diamond patterned rubber coating. Very grippy and solidly held in either the sabre or reverse grips.
I did end up buying that one, since it was 30% off. Not the best option, but the best I can find for now. The included sheath was designed to be lashed horizontally on a belt, hanging from the belt with a loop, or affixed to Molle webbing. I have to say, it affixed to my Molle extremely well. No wiggle, and easy to attach and detach.
For now, this thing will fit the bill until I can make an excuse to travel 2 hours to the other Cabela's on the other side of Dallas. Apparently they still have their Esees in stock.
I had already kinda decided on getting this one, even if I also found one of the others. The price was right, at $52.
While it does have a pointed striking pommel, it doesn't have the blade thickness or mass of the Esee, which I think would work well for delivering a blow.
The edge was sub-par, so I took care of that. Shaves hair now.
I can't see how pretty I look in it, but that was never the goal.
, do you have a means to acquire that OC3, and can you beat the Amazon price of $79?
A survival knife should have a little "tooth" to the edge, but still be sharp.. The Japanese call this a "kirinaga" edge.I can't see how pretty I look in it, but that was never the goal.
I mean, I polished the slide of a gun once to a mirror finish... but it didn't make it any sharper."Oooooh...sharp knife. Maybe I should rethink this" :vs_laugh:
The edge also gets polished.I mean, I polished the slide of a gun once to a mirror finish... but it didn't make it any sharper.
Maybe I'm missing something, but does a polish change the effectiveness of the cut? The edge is the only thing doing the cutting, not the bevel.
Finally stopped to watch this.I modified the sheath somewhat like this chap did....the rubber around the connection point and added a pouch to the front.