Having a strong and capable knife can be as life saving as any other gear item, if not more, because you never know exactly when you will need it most. A solid knife can be your weapon, your defense, your tool, and your food provider, so why not make sure it’s a knife worth relying upon. Whenever someone asks of the best brands or my favorite blade recommendations, I typically rattle off a few favored brands, but the truth is that it all comes down to the quality of the craftsmanship and material that went into the blade.
Recently, the fine folks over at ESEE Knives sent me one of their hybrid blades for review, and upon initial testing I was struck by how strong and well made it was. ESEE’s blades are made in the USA and each carry their ‘No Questions Asked Warranty;’ so no matter what happens, even if you break it, they will repair or replace the blade. How cool (and rare) is that?! The CM6 blade by ESEE Knives is a sort of hybrid knife that is both tactical and practical, making this blade valuable for home use, practical for defense use, and dynamite for survival use. Not only is the CM6 a powerful and well-built blade, it won’t add a lot of extra weight to your gear: weighing in at a low 10 ounces. But just because it’s lighter than most its size (overall length: 11.13”; blade length: 5.88”), doesn’t mean it can’t overcome the hardest task.
The blade is made of 1095 carbon steel, with a thickness of 1.38”, and is sharped on both sides of the point, allowing for penetration. It keeps its sharpness well through use and is powerful enough to handle larger projects in the wilderness, which is a must for me. The size of the blade is perfect for small to larger projects, making it a perfect size for most travelers, campers and backwoodsmen. While I love the carbon steel blade, I think it’s the full-sized canvas Micarta handle that puts this knife over the top. Not only does it fit with an impressive sense of ergonomics, it provides the user with a secure and stable grip. I found the handle to be comfortable and sleek, and even though it’s not leather or wood, I think ESEE chose best, because the canvas feel adds friction and allows the user to wield the blade with precision and confidence.
ESEE’s CM6 knife comes with a hard black Kydex sheath with clip plate, finishing the package nicely. The sheath is very thick and near impossible to harm, which should be reassuring to all, as it properly protects the blade from harm, as well as protecting you from hurting yourself inadvertently. All in all, I came away very impressed with the CM6 and ESEE’s craftsmanship. I found the CM6 to be a superior blade, perfect for campers, backpackers, survivalists, hunters, and for tactical use. Good luck out there adventurers; be respectful of Nature and always plan to overcome the worst.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen