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ESEE Izula: What's so special?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by VolundoftheForge, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. VolundoftheForge


    Jan 3, 2012
    I'm sure they're nice and all, but it seems 1095 neck knifes are pretty common. What makes them so great? Thanks.
  2. mrn8


    Jun 8, 2007
    For what they are, I found the size a little too big and a little too small, but never just right. However, the no questions asked warranty is something you don't see with other companies. It was the perfect size to help teach my son and nephew some fire making skills and with the right sheath sits nicely in a pocket. I've opted, instead, to carry the Candiru, though, because in my situation it just works much better.
  3. VolundoftheForge


    Jan 3, 2012
    Fair enough. Wouldn't the ESEE 3 be about the same thing but a little larger? Not a big fan of sub 3" blades without good reason.
  4. bean_sips


    Jul 26, 2010
    I have the Izula II and feel that it's a fantastic little knife. I never carry it around the neck - usually in a leather sheath in my pocket or clipped to my belt. I like having the ability to easily carry a fixed blade in my pocket when I feel like it. I tend to use it as a yardwork knife, but I carry it at the office quite a bit, as well. In my observation, both the belly of the knife and the angle of the blade as it extends from the handle ensure that the Izula has great cutting potential. It definitely has some "bite" for being so small. I've also noticed that my hands don't tire quite as quickly using that Izula as when I'm using some other small fixed blades or folders.

    The warranty is pretty great, as well.
  5. 357fan


    May 23, 2009
    What's so special about it, to me, is that it's a fantastically capable little utility knife that is equally at home on a trail, in a kitchen or in a backroom breaking down boxes. Mine has prepped a fire and served as a steak knife on many a trip. It carries unobtrusively. The heat treat is dead-on.

    I could go on for hours about that little workhorse. Get one and try it out, and I mean carry it and use it. It's not exciting to look at, it's meant for work.
  6. newknife


    Jul 6, 2008
    The izula IS one the perfect edc fixed blades. I've owned and esee 4, 6, and an Izula. I sold the 4 and the 6 and kept the Izula. It's a great little knife.
  7. pilgrimuk


    Apr 18, 2006
    Have you ever handled one? Totally see that for some people with large hands the handle maybe too small, but if it fits you, it's superb; just feels right. As already mentioned with the guarantee that comes with the knife, I don't think there's a better deal out there. As an outdoor instructor it's one of the knives I recommend; it's cheap, light, easy to use, does whatever you ask of it and never complains.
  8. VolundoftheForge


    Jan 3, 2012
    I guess I'm just a stainless guy. Living in Florida is a BIG issue. I had the Blackjack but I felt the sheath was lousy and it was too small. I was looking at the Fallkniven F1 but considered the Izula
  9. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    It came out when there really weren't a large number of 1095 neck knives available. It's a great design and very popular with the modding community. It's about perfect for small camp chores or EDC if you can carry a fixed blade. With handles, it's very comfortable, and the sheath is well done.

    Of the top of my head, only KaBar and TOPS are offering something similar. I like the BK11 and BK14 a great deal, and the TOPS Lil Fixer is pretty cool too
  10. hayes31


    Jun 5, 2012
    For me, it came down to several things:

    - Great coating
    - Great sheath
    - Great company
    - Great warranty
    - Great blade shape
    - Great ergos (I like the shorter handle for a knife this small)
  11. TheGame


    Sep 24, 2008
    I find it a great size for EDC when you want something tougher than a folder. Besides that, they have a great sheath, and come from a great company.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  12. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
    It's very lightweight. You can put scales on it or use a paracord wrap. The steel and coating are good. It's easy to sharpen. The warranty is no questions asked and covers the item even if someone other than the original buyer makes a warranty claim.

    I like to wear mine clipped to the belt. It's small yet large enough to do a variety of tasks.
  13. rayban


    Apr 14, 2007
    Or you could make it look very cool like this:
  14. rodogg


    Nov 25, 2011
    For me, the warranty, toughness and quality, value is decent enough, good design. It has its imperfection like everything else, for me the jimping is uncomfortable, but it's a good knife.
  15. roncunningham


    Jan 28, 2009
    Rayban, did you make those scales or purchase?
  16. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    They aren't really.

    They are coated 1095 in a small cheap Fixed blade, nothing really special about that.

    And the hardness is on the lower side to boot.

    Bump that hardness up in the 63-65 HRC range and sell them uncoated and that could make them somewhat interesting if they were ground thin enough.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  17. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
    I thought they were the same hardness as all of ESEE's offerings, 56-58 range.
  18. rayban


    Apr 14, 2007
    Made em, they are G10.
  19. roncunningham


    Jan 28, 2009
    Looks great, need to learn how to do that. I have never been happy with the short factory scales. Im too cheap to spend $50.00 dollars on the longer after market scales that cost as much as the knife. You did a good job.
  20. viper89

    viper89 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2011
    The Izula is great for me when I like to carry a small fixed blade. I have had not issues at all with it and it performs great for my uses.

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