In field trials, the Izula II was easy to draw, use and retire, even with heavy gloves.

Survival experts will always disagree on the definition of a survival knife, but every once in a while a knife comes along that appeals to almost everyone. ESEE Knives’ new Izula II is one of those—a handy, razor-sharp, tough little buddy that can handle most of the chores a genuine survival situation might call upon.

With an overall length of 6.75 inches, and weighing in at 3.2 ounces (knife only), the Izula II is hardly a Rambo knife, but neither is a cat’s claw. What this knife lacks in size, it makes up for in pure utility. Its 2.88-inch-long, 1-inch-wide drop-point blade is the type preferred by hunting guides in the Rockies. The spine is a beefy 0.156 inches thick, with half-inch “Thumb Gripper” grooves cut just ahead of the handle. Ground from 1095 high-carbon steel, the Izula II will rust, so the flat-ground blade and tang are black powder-coated with a textured finish. On the left side is a rendition of the knife’s namesake, the Izula fire ant, and under it, a serial number that makes the knife indisputably yours.

eseeizulaii-b The Izula II is a multifunctional survival knife; you can even remove the linen-Micarta handle scales and wrap the skeletonized tang with cord, for even more versatility.

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Although its blade alloy might be classic, the Izula II is a beneficiary of state-of-the-art smelting and hardening processes that have kept 1095 at the forefront of preferred blade steels. Hardness is a flat 57 Rockwell, denoting a quality homogenous stock and Rowen Manufacturing’s proprietary heat-treating process. In trials, the surgically-sharp cutting edge held up like 1095 should, and resharpening back to razor keenness was quick and easy.

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