ESEE 5-5P-5S Review | What is the ESEE 5 good for?

ESEE 5 Review

Big ol’ slab of steel, anyone? Anyone?

With a 11″ of 1/4″ 1095 high carbon steel sandwiched between linen micarta, the ESEE 5 is one of the most recognized and capable bushcraft knives ever made. From soup to nuts, this knife is built for any tough time you’re going to throw at it.

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Length, Overall11 inches
Length, Blade5.25 inches
Steel Type1095 carbon steel
Rockwell Hardness55-57
Tang TypeFull
Grind typeSaber, Plain or Serrated
Blade Thickness.25 inches
Point TypeDrop Point
Blade CoatingPowder Coated - Various colors (OD, black, orange, green)
Handle MaterialCanvas Micarta
Handle AttachmentTORX screws
Sheath MaterialKydex with clip plate (ambidextrous)
Country of ManufactureUSA
Other FeaturesGlass Breaker, Bow Drill Divot, Spine Jimping

ESEE 5 Review

The ESEE 5 is fully loaded! The finish on the inch and half wide blade is powder coating which means you won’t have too many maintenance issues of using a high carbon steel blade. But, that being said, the edge should still be oiled to prevent rusting.  Plus, although it’s tough as nails, powder coating will chip if beaten down. Plus, remember that if you want to use a ferro rod on the spine of your ESEE then you’ll have to grind a bare spot in order to throw a spark.

This is a beefy knife (16 ounces – knife only), so you may need to downgrade to an ESEE 4 for smaller hands. It comes in a couple of different color schemes, but ESEE 5 uses canvas micarta exclusively.

Here are the color and blade combinations:

ESEE-5P (Black Blade, Plain Edge)
ESEE-5S (Black Blade, Partially Serrated)
ESEE-5P-OD (OD Blade, Plain Edge)
ESEE-5S-OD (OD Blade, Partially Serrated)

For Venom Green Blade w/ Orange Handles
Add -VG To Item #. (Available In Plain Edge Only)

The sheath is Kydex with an adjustable sheath tensioner, paracord lanyard (with cord lock), and drain hole.  The sheath also features an ambidextrous clip plate, so don’t worry about right hand/left hand issues.  Also, the mounting grommets makes it MOLLE ready with a wide range of mounting options.

What is the ESEE 5 good for?

Well, it’s good for just about everything. Since the ESEE 5 is such a big knife, it’s going to excel at serious camp chores, but might be a challenge for anything detailed if your hands aren’t dexterous enough. For extreme or survival situations, this is absolutely the type of knife you’re going to want because it’s generally much easier to use a big knife on a small task than a small knife on a large task.

To overcome this, I always recommend carrying a small pocket knife (my personal favorite is a Moore Maker cowboy knife) along with a large bushcraft blade. With this, you get the whole range covered.

ESEE is a well-respected bushcraft knife manufacturer that field tests every design thoroughly prior to production. Their knives have been produced since 1997 out of a need to make the perfect jungle survival knife that wasn’t too big and thin like a machete, or too small like many sheath knives. With this in mind, you could call the ESEE 5 a “Goldilocks” knife — this one is juuuuust right.

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ESEE 5 Review

ESEE stands for Escuela de Supervivencia (School of Survival) Escape, Evasion. The ESEE 5 was designed by wilderness survival experts with decades of bushcraft experience who train military and law enforcement personnel to survive and thrive in extreme situations.

With some models of ESEE clocking in at almost $200 a pop, you need to do your homework. This knife is not for an armchair warrior or for somebody who babies his gear. This is a slab of high carbon steel that your kids are going to fight over when you’re dead.

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This is a beast of a knife. A 1/4 inch slab of steel. It is indestructible. The only draw back is it’s a heavy knife, tipping the scales at 1 lbs. If you need a knife that your life can depend on, this is it. If you had to, you use it as a pry bar to get out of a downed plane or trapped in a car. This is an excellent S.E.R.E. knife. What do you think about my ESEE 5-5P-5S Review. Please comment below!

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