Why is the ESEE-5 so unloved?

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Every time I buy a new ESEE it becomes my favorite, but if I had to choose which one of my children I loved the most it would be the 5.

It may not be the best choice for some task but that is why ESSEEs come in various sizes. So I recommend buying them all so you can pick the right tool for the job at hand.:thumbup::D
 

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The 5 gets much love in my house, it's by far my favorite in the entire line of ESEE knives.
 
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The 5 (and the warranty) were what initially attracted me to ESEE Knives. After some research I realized it wouldn't suite my needs so I went in other directions, but it still has much allure.
 

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Unloved? NO WAY. The ESEE-5 is my Jeep knife.

That's the only reason I own one. It rides in the vehicle to break glass and pry doors should that be needed. About worthless for anything else, IMO. The machete in my truck sees far, far more use than the 5.
 
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The 5 is the worst of the line for use in the woods.

The 5 is the only one in the line with a bow drill divot.

Gotta love it.:rolleyes:
 

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The 5 is the worst of the line for use in the woods.

The 5 is the only one in the line with a bow drill divot.

Gotta love it.:rolleyes:

Like I said, that whole concept rests squarely with the SERE guys that designed it. In all actuality, I understand it because I know their uses. But I would carry it personally unless I had those situations in mind.
 
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I like big heavy-ass knives. If all I do is heft the thing whenever the hell I want, that is my justification. I think about all the money we spend on electronics and in literally months they are malfunctioning or obsolete. My knives and guns are visceral, real. I can hand them down to my chilluns and they can pass them down to theirs. There is something to be said for that.
 
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I tryed to setup a boot carry with mine but it just wasn't workin out. But! I do love my 5
 
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Even though it may not be the best ESEE in the line-up, I KNOW that knife isnt going to break when I am out in the woods (No matter how stupid I am with it). Thats why I take it more often than not.....and it still does most everything OK anyways.
 
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I use a Gerber LMF II ASEK as my "jeepin' knife" at the moment, but I may replace it with the 5 and an Ontario belt cutter or the one from the ASEK.
 
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Although I use my izula and 4 the most. For some reason the 5 is my favorite....not unloved at all
 
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If I start carrying an ESEE, it will be a 5. That will probably be the only one, too. I love everything about that knife. What it was designed for and beyond. Also, I think it just might be the one knife/sheathing system that is perfect for survival. The sheathing system, to me, is what puts it over the top. What more can you ask from a knife that will take everything you can dish at it, and that has a sheath system designed to carry a survival tin neatly and compact. I've even seen guys add the ESEE fire kit to the mix. Absolutely perfect, IMO.
 
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I absolutely love my 5. I take it on every backpacking trip i go on along with my lite machete. That thing just keeps impressing me more and more. Sure its a little on the heavy side but that just means there more to love!:D
 
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