I'm pretty much a Becker guy, but I have been eyeing ESEE for quite sometime. The sheaths, micarta grips and that warranty really make them a great looking value, but I still love my Beckers and KA-BAR has never let me down as far as customer service goes.
But I digest...
I have a Becker BK11 with the micarta scales. I love the knife. Sometimes it feels a little uncomfortable in my hands due to my size and it's handle design, but I've grown used to it and count it as one of my favorite knives. That being said, I've still been looking at an Izula for two reasons. For one, the handle looks great, and second, nobody here can seem to shut up about how great they are!
So now, I'm torn. Do I stick with that I own and like (BK11)? or do I take the ESEE plunge and try the Izula? Other than the size difference, is there a reason to stick with the original Izula over the Izula II? I think I like the scales for the original Izula a bit better, but I don't think it would take me long to grow fond of the Izula II scales... Then there is the EsKabar. Izula handle, with a BK11 blade. Seems nice, but I'm wondering if just slapping a Becker blade on an ESEE handle really makes things that much better. Does anyone really regard the Izula blade as inadequate over the BK11?
I searched the ESEE forums, but I didn't find much asking for a comparison of the four blades and feedback regarding each of their pros and cons when looking just at them alone.