Overall Length: 6.25"
Blade Length: 2.88"
Cutting Edge: 2.63"
Blade Width: 1.0"
Steel: 1095 Carbon
Finish: Black Textured Powder Coat
Weight: 2 oz. (3.2 oz. w/sheath)
Today I am reviewing the ESEE Izula fixed blade. ESEE offers some of the finest knives on the market. Whether you're looking for a small self defense knife or something to take on a two week trip through the Amazon, ESEE has something that would fit the bill. ESEE knives are designed to be simple and a balance of quality and price.
Made right here in the great United States of America, the ESEE Izula is constructed using a 1095 steel. 1095 steel, when used in knives, holds a great edge and is very easy to sharpen. However, the properties of this type of steel give it a tendency to easily rust if you don't take care of it. 99% of the knife is a textured powder coat material which gives it a nice gripping texture plus it keeps the rust away. So long as the blade edge is properly cared for (dry), rust should not be too great a problem for anyone.
As far as it's cutting ability. This knife works wonderful for all sorts of cutting task. Whether you're preparing food, chopping firewood, cutting up rope and heavy duty cardboard boxes the ESEE Izula will meet and exceed your expectations. IF you're in the market for a compact fixed blade for self defense this would be a great choice. The sheath and overall size allows this knife to be easily concealable if needed. And out of the box it had a very nice sharp edge.
It does have some jimping on the spine. I would give it maybe a 6 or 7 out of 10. I plan on putting the knife on my workbench and using my dremel to modify the jimping a little. Whether you're bare handed or wearing gloves you shouldn't have much of an issue getting a good solid grip.
The ESEE Izula comes with a real nice ambidextrous sheath and pocket clip. I use this to clip it on to the shoulder strap on my bag (Picture). You can clip it on practically anything and it won't budge lose.
If you order the kit with extras you get a few more goodies for carrying the knife. In the kit you will get some paracord (not shown), two key rings, and four plastic clips. As far as color choices, ESEE offers this knife in a slew of colors. You can see the color options here.
My final conclusion on the ESEE Izula Fixed Blade: Any ESEE knife you get will prove to be "tough as nails." This is one of my favorite fixed blade knives because it has so many different uses. It's compact enough that I can EDC it. Yet it's large enough that i can use it to chop logs and all sorta other heavy duty cutting task. I think this knife offers a lot of value for the price and the fact that it's made in the USA helps keep Americans working is just icing on the cake! Definitely consider the Izula for your next fixed blade purchase.
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