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.
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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.
In field trials, the Izula II was easy to draw, use and retire, even…
by Rob Garrett / Sep 1, 2011