ESEE Izula Review

ESEE Izula Review

ESEE IzulaESEE Knives (formerly RAT Cutlery) offer some of the most popular fixed blade survival knives in the $70 – $200 range. They are designed to be simple and a balance of quality and price.

What I have always found most impressive is their “NO Questions Asked Guarantee“. It says a lot about a company’s belief in their product. For that reason, they became one of my go-to brands when I am in the market for another survival/camping knife.

Amongst the nine basic styles of knives ESEE Knives makes, they produce an excellent neck knife known as the ESEE Izula. If you are not sure what a neck knife is, it’s quite simply a small knife you wear around your neck via a lanyard and sheath.

Izula is the common name in Peru, a favorite training ground of ESEE founders Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall, for the Bullet Ant. Known for being tough, aggressive, and particularly for its powerful sting that is said to be akin to being shot.

Aside from the warranty, the ESEE Izula Neck Knife stands out for its: 1095 steel, weight, and strength.

The 1095 steel means the knife holds a great edge even when abused. Its soft enough to field sharpen easily. Out of the box, the Izula is very sharp. With a few minutes on a good stone, the knife can take on a razor-sharp edge and hold that edge exceptionally well.

At 2oz the Izula is very light. It adds little weight to a pack and feels like nothing around your neck. The addition of the optional Micarta scales do add to that, but the knife remains relatively lightweight.

What’s most impressive about the Izula is the sturdiness of such a small knife. This is par for the course with any of ESEE’s knives, but you just don’t expect it from a neck knife. The Izula lives up to its namesake.

Technical Specs:

  • Over All Length: 6.25″
  • Blade Length (end of handle to tip): 2.88 inch
  • Cutting Edge Length: 2 5/8″
  • Over All Blade Length: 2 3/4″
  • Maximum Thickness: .156″
  • Weight: 2 Ounces (Knife Only)
  • 1095 Steel – 57 Rc.
  • Blade Width: 1.0″
  • Grind: Flat
  • Handles: None (Optional Scales Available)
  • Sheathing: Injection Molded, Black
  • Pommel: Hole To Accommodate Carabiner
  • Spine: Thumb Grippers
  • Finish: Textured Powder Coat
  • Colors: Black, OD Green, Desert Tan, Tactical Pink
  • Serial Number On Tang

Final Izula Review Thoughts

Personally, I sorely dislike things around my neck. However, because of the minimal size and weight (2oz), the ESEE Izula makes an excellent EDC fixed blade knife when thrown in a bag. For this, and the reasons listed above, it has earned a place in my EDC bag for the last several years and has traveled with me through cities, forests, and tropical environments.

The ESEE Izula is a great little knife that good for tasks from every day to bushcraft. Get yours here.

 

By | 2017-03-21T11:29:02+00:00 August 10th, 2011|Reviews, Survival Gear Reviews|3 Comments

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3 Comments

  1. Zig Zag July 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    It’s a good knife but the sheath is too bulky. Like you I don’t like having a knife hanging around my neck, but the hard plastic sheath is not only bulky but also uncomfortable to wear around a pant belt. My version has the MOLLE style belt attachment, far too wide for normal pant belts and it only adds to the bulkiness of the sheath. Since the knife is locked so tight into the sheath it pulls the sheath and your pant belt up when you go to draw it (unless you place your thumb on the top of the sheath as you draw).

  2. Mike October 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Nice quick review and specifications.

  3. Loyd March 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I purchased an Izula 2 not so long ago. The blade had a bad off center grind. It took several hours to straighten the edge. I normally hear good things about ESEE. Maybe I just got a lemon.

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