The Esee 6 is a knife I have wanted for a long time.
Well I finally pulled the trigger about a year ago. So far this knife has turned out to be everything I had hoped for…well for the most part.
Esee really does understand the needs of survival and the Esee 6 stands as a testament to that knowledge.
But that knowledge and expertise comes with a rather large price tag as opposed to most of the knives we review here at Woodland GHear.
After having tested this knife for about a year now here are my thoughts on the Esee 6.
If you’re in a hurry you can check out our quick video review of the Esse 6 below.
Esee 6 Review – A great survival knife
The Esee 6 is one of the best survival knives on the market. Check out our quick review. #Survival #Bushcraft #EseePosted by Woodland Gear on Monday, January 11, 2021
Why you can trust this review
I have personally owned and tested the Esee 6 for roughly a year now. I have put it through a number of tests and am confident in my review process.
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Esee 6 Specs
|Overall Length||11.75 inches|
|Blade Length||6.6 inches|
|Blade Thickness||3/16 inch|
|Blade Material||1095 Carbon Steel|
|Blade Shape||Drop Point|
|Handle Length||5.25 inches|
|Handle Material||Removable Linen Micarta scales|
Esee 6 Blade Dimensions and shape
The Esse 6 has a total overall length of 11.75” with 6.5” of the total length being dedicated to the blade. Making it a pretty beefy knife. Weighing in about 12 ounces the knife is quite heavy when compared to some of the other survival knives we have reviewed.
Esee has included 5.75” of cutting edge on the blade and features Esee signature drop point style blade shape. The drop point is subtle so you really get the most out of the cutting edge.
Because the blade is a little over 6 inches the Esee 6 meets the first condition I look for in a survival knife. That rule being a blade length of 4 – 7 inches.
It also meets a few other criteria I have as well. The Esee 6 comes in 1095 carbon steel. This is not a strict requirement of mine but carbon steel does have some advantages over the stainless steel including easier to sharpen, decent edge retention, and you can strike flint or quartz with it.
Esee has also chosen to include a full flat grind on the blade as well. Making this knife a decent choice for batoning thanks to the long blade length and flat grind. It’ll handle larger pieces of wood just fine.
The heft and length of the blade also makes it a decent chopper. Great if you need to make steaks or notch out a piece of wood.
One last thing to note about the blade. It’s 3/16 inch thick with a 90 degree spine. However, due to the power code on the knife you don’t get a true 90 degree spine. We’ll discuss that more in the testing section.
Handle and Ergonomics
Moving on from the blade, the Esee 6 features a full tang. Meaning the knife is a solid piece of metal from the tip to the protruding pommel.
The pommel on the Esee 6 works well. I actually used it to reseat a ferro rod in the handle after the ferro rod came unseated from it’s handle.
Aside from that the pommel also works well to break open walnuts or car glass. Depending on your use case. Personally the knife is little too large for me to keep in the front of the vehicle with me.
My Esee came with Micarta scales by default. Personally I like the aesthetics of Micarta and I think they age well. But you can get the Esee 6 with 3D Contoured G10 scales if Micarta isn’t quite your speed.
The micarta scales also have a decent texture that provides a secure grip even when your hands are wet or covered in sweat.
One thing I would like to point out is that Esee did a pretty good job with the contour of the scales.
The contoured handle is comfortable in my hand and doesn’t create any noticeable hot spots. Even when batoning through multiple logs.
A decent size finger choil is also included on the knife allowing you to really choke up on the knife. Doing fine carving with the Esee 6 is actually possible thanks to the slim blade profile and the nice addition of the finder choil.
Also along with the finger choil there is jimping along the blade. The jimping definitely allows for decent control. Even when your hands are wet. Controlling the Esee 6 is fairly easy, thanks to the control package Esee included in the design and manufacturer of this knife.
My Esee 6 came with a black molded polymer sheath. A fancy way to say plastic. But the sheath is nice. The knife locks into place securely and doesn’t come out. Even when turned upside down and given a nice vigorous shake.
The sheath also includes a decent size belt clip that is fairly easy to get on and off your belt. The knife stays in place on your belt and doesn’t slide around like a traditional belt loop. Making it nice to carry. It is a bit long and may be more noticeable if you’re used to smaller knives like the Mora Garberg or Condor Bushlore.
How Does The Esee 6 handle various survival and camp tasks?
Now that we have the general specs out of the way we can talk about performance. Whenever I review a knife I try to tackle most of the tasks you might face around camp or in a survival situation.
Whatever the reason you need to know the knife you choose to carry with you into the woods is going to have your back.
Batoning and Chopping
First up in our list of challenges is batoning and chopping. I already mentioned earlier that this knife is great for batoning and makes an ok chopper.
In my testing I was able to baton through some gnarly pieces of knotted up wood I cut from a downed tree. The pieces of wood I batoned through were probably about 5 – 6 inches in diameter and the Esee went through them with only mild effort.
You can see some of the testing first hand in the video review above.
As for chopping I just chose to make a few tent stakes. The process was quick and easy. While the blade is long so is the handle. Allowing for decent control of the blade.
Obviously it would take a while to chop through a log the size of the ones I batoned through but you could if you really needed to.
Carving is an interesting challenge with a knife of this size. I was able to make some decent feather sticks with the blade. Mostly thanks to the included finger choil. It really lets you choke up on the blade for better control.
I was able to produce decent shavings by gripping the tip of the knife in one hand and the handle in the other. This produced decent feathers and decent shavings.
Overall one thing Esee did really well was building a grip system that really allows you to control the blade.
Striking a Ferrocerium Rod
While I’m a big fan of lighters over more traditional firemaking. Scraping a fire steel is still one test I perform with all knives. Mostly because anything can happen where your lighter may not work.
Ferrocerium rods just work. No fuel. Works when wet. Just great to have.
However, one downside to a ferro rod is that you need to scrape them. Removing material. For this reason it is advised that if you are going to scrape a ferro rod with a knife. You should do it with the spine as this saves your blade edge.
So one criteria I have for a great survival knife is the inclusion of a 90 degree spine. The Esee 6 comes with a flat 90 degree spine. But there’s one issue with it.
Earlier I alluded to it and that is that the powder coat that comes with the knife is rather thick and keeps the spine from being a true 90 degrees.
During my testing I was able to produce sparks from a ferro rod but it was difficult and only got a few sparks at best.
This issue can be fixed by taking a small file and removing some of the powder coat from the blade. But it is an extra step you will need to take when you receive it from the factory.
It’s certainly not a deal breaker as the 90 degree spine is already there. But something I thought needed to be pointed out.
I don’t normally test the prying ability of knives but chose to include this here anyway. After I got this knife I was in the woods and came across a decent amount of fatwood in the remains of an upright tree trunk.
Harvesting the fatwood proved to be rather difficult. I tried to use the Esee 6 to pry a piece of fatwood by wedging the blade in the trunk and pulling. Surprisingly it worked but I honestly felt that the knife blade might snap.
There is a good amount of flexibility in the blade. This is something I wanted to bring up. I’m not sure if it will snap or not but the blade can feel a bit flimsy if you really put a load on it.
Esee 6 Warranty
Speaking of potentially breaking the blade. Let’s talk about Esee’s warranty.
It’s the best.
All of Esee’s knives come with a no questions asked lifetime warranty. Meaning even if I had snapped the blade trying to get some fatwood they would have replaced the blade for me with no questions.
If there was ever a reason to buy a knife this is one. Buck offers a similar warranty but I don’t find it as good as Esee’s offer.
Esee knives can be expensive but I like to think of it as getting two knives for the price of one. Because if one breaks or something happens to it, Esee will replace it. If that’s not standing behind your product I don’t know what is.
The Esee 6 is a popular knife among bushcrafters and survivalists. After owning this knife for almost a year it’s easy to see why.
You get a decent blade length, 90 degree spine, and full tang backed by an incredible warranty.
The Esee 6 is durable and capable of handling most tasks you throw at it including batoning, scraping a fire steel, making feather sticks, and even using it as a pry bar to harvest fatwood.
Some drawbacks to this knife include the thick powdercoat on the blade itself and the blade can feel a bit flimsy while working under heavy load.
Overall I’m fairly impressed with this knife and may consider adding another Esee to my collection in the future.
If you choose to pick up the Esee 6 you won’t regret it. And if you do choose to buy the Esee 6 consider using the links in this article. We’ll receive a small commission for the purchase and it helps us to continue producing quality content without costing you anything additional.
As always thanks for reading and remember adventure is waiting.