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ESEE Knives Manufacturers

Except for our partnership with Imacasa on the Lite Machete and the HEST folder with Lion Steel, All ESEE Knives are manufactured in Idaho Falls, ID by Rowen Manufacturing (Owned by Shon and Becky Rowen - photo above). With our absolute attention to quality, detail and customer service, ESEE/Rowen provides high-quality production knives to worldwide markets. We also have the capability to do OEM work and small-lot special runs / private label projects.

Engineering & Design

Tom Novak is from Slovenia and works on a contract basis with ESEE Knives designing and engineering some of our upcoming new projects, including the HEST Folder and the Izula Folder. His work with cad, solid modeling and 3D renderings is the best in the business. If you would like to contact him drop an email to [email protected]

How ESEE Knives Are Built

ESEE knives are not considered "high production" due to the care that is taken during the manufacturing process. After the steel is laser cut to size, the knives are heat treated (**see note at the bottom of this page). The Micarta handle slabs are profiled and radiused on a CNC milling machine, and each set of handles are matched and fitted to a corresponding knife blank. The reason for this is during the laser cutting process there is a certain amount of tolerance, so one knife may be a few thousandths of an inch bigger (or smaller) than the next. By marrying a set of handles to a blank throughout the manufacturing process, the user ends up with a finely fitted knife.  The handles slabs are held in place with three screws fastened with Loctite into a barrel nut. When the handles are assembled, a fiber liner is placed between the Micarta slab and tang of the knife.  The partially serrated knives are made by milling each serration individually with a 3/8" end mill. Unlike a lot of serrations, these are designed to easily cut through fabrics, rope and other flexible materials. They are easily sharpened by honing with a flat hone across them in the same manner as you would hone the plain edge. The textured powder coat we use on ESEE knives is a special powder that has an increased amount of resistance to wear and corrosion, while maintaining a smoother feel than oxide or phosphate coatings.

**All ESEE knives feature a proprietary heat treat procedure. Rowen Manufacturing has developed this recipe that allows for hardening the blade completely to 57 Rc. while still maintaining flexibility.

Warranty Info

No Questions Asked Warranty.  If you break it, we will replace it. Warranty is transferable. In other words, we warranty the knife no matter how many times it's been traded, sold or given away.

You MUST complete this form and return it with your knife. You must Email Us at [email protected] with a tracking number and the reason you are returning the knife for warranty repair. We suggest you email us before you ship the knife to make sure the knife is covered since we do not warranty normal wear and tear. The knife MUST BE returned using a Priority Mail box.

We do not warranty against rust or normal wear and tear. Note: Our knives are made from high carbon 1095 steel. And while 1095 is a top choice for professional cutlery designed for hard use, it will rust and stain if not properly cared for - especially on the cutting edge and around the laser engraving. It is the user's responsibility to keep the blades properly lubricated and cleaned. We suggest using a dry film rust inhibitor such as TUF-GLIDE or TUF-CLOTH.

This warranty does not apply to the new Lite Machete or our soft goods line. Please view this page for warranty information on the Lite Machete.

A lot of folks have asked us how we can stay in business offering such great customer service and warranty protection. The answer is simple; we believe that American consumers, as a whole, are honest people. The occasional customers who are dishonest are few and far between, so even if we lose every once in a while due to dishonesty, our reputation of great customer service, regardless of the situation, brings us more good customers.

Randall's Adventure & Training only guarantees and offers customer service on knives built by ESEE Knives (Formerly RAT Cutlery Company) and any knife manufactured by RAT Cutlery Company before the name changed to ESEE Knives. Randall's Adventure & Training does not guarantee or offer any customer service for knives that are manufactured by any other company. Randall's Adventure &  Training does not guarantee or offer a warranty on any knife manufactured by Ontario Knife Company.

ESEE Manufacturing Philosophy and Capability

The world has become a ‘global’ marketplace and it is said that companies that do not participate in using off shore labor will not survive in the market. Many believe skilled trades no longer have a place here in the USA; that we are to be a service oriented country having most of its goods produced in countries where the greatest advantages lie in government protected trade practices and a very large , very cheap labor force. We take exception to that view.

We believe the men and women of the USA can still make the best product at a competitive price. A product designed and made in the USA for a price the average person can afford. We believe that an objective, intelligent person can design a product that is reliable, practical and affordable and that it can be produced through skill and hard work on our own shores and then sold to the user. ESEE Knives believes we can do this and succeed despite the biased and skewed trading practices of some foreign countries who rely on government incentives, sweat shop labor forces, corporate welfare, and other unfair trade practices in order to thwart the true free market of Capitalism. We believe that the market (and ultimately the end user) will be the final say in whose product has worth and integrity, thus staying power in the market even as other products that have no merit or quality disappear. We stake our hearts, minds and livelihood on this premise. We are free market Capitalists and in the true sense of the term, we do not ask for any advantage in the marketplace. Our product and company will succeed or fail on its own merits.

We also believe that what happens after the sale is as important as the product. Great customer service has become an even rarer commodity than a good quality product at an affordable price. The buyer has every right to be treated fairly and with respect when addressing any issues concerning a product they have purchased. Quite simply, we are practicing the best customer service in the knife industry and in this respect, we are second to none. (Which is saying, we are not the only ones with great customer service but no one is better.)

With the exception of our Ontario/RAT Model 1 folder, our designs have always been manufactured in the United States. Shortly before Randall's Adventure & Training announced our decision to start a new line away from Ontario Knife Co., we notified our customer base that we were discontinuing the Model 1 due to it being manufactured overseas (it is still being produced overseas against our desires for Ontario Knife Company). With most all of the American made knife companies going overseas with part of their product line, we decided overseas manufacturing, at the expense of the American worker, did not follow our business philosophy. Except for soft goods and collaborations not designed by Randall's Adventure & Training, you will never see another one of our designs manufactured outside the United States. This decision will take some money out of our pockets due to smaller profit margins, but we'll live with it. Hopefully, other knife companies will follow our lead and realize that in the long run, business ethics far outweigh the high profit margins on Chinese imports. Even if you don't buy an ESEE Knife, we urge everyone to buy from American made knife companies and put your faith and money towards the American worker and citizen. There are many American made companies out there that produce excellent knives. Spend your knife money with companies who build their lines in the good ol' USA, even if none is spent with Randall's Adventure & Training.

Since our "all USA made" decision, we have partnered with Rowen Manufacturing to produce part of our new knife line. All Rowen manufactured knives are MADE IN THE USA.

Customer Service

Since our beginning, we have always practiced the best customer service in the marketplace - and we have pages of testimonials and emails from customers to back up this statement. We make no claims about our knives being the best in the industry, however, we know our knives can compete with anyone's product when it comes to field use. They may not slay dragons efficiently or chop through rebar and concrete blocks in one whack, but they are a dependable tool for those who truly go and do. To put it bluntly, the knife industry is full of BS and claims that don't hold water in the real world. What's worse is many of the claims are not backed by true customer service. The folks behind ESEE Knives are realists that have used knives in just about every environment all around the world.  Our philosophy is pretty simple: knives are tools made to cut efficiently.

During our years with Ontario Knife Co., we received many letters from soldiers that used our knives to save and take lives, law enforcement officers and rescue workers who used our knives to free crash victims, and even individuals that used our knives to save their own lives.  We rarely publish these stories, simply because we don't like the keyboard commandos hyping or exaggerating a true story into "this is the best knife if _______ happens to you." Our knives stand on their own merit. They are not the "best" knife for anything and are not advertised as such.

In the end, there is no "perfect knife" for every application, and no company will ever be able to build such a tool. At ESEE Knives, our goal is to build a product that a soldier, cop, or outdoorsman feels confident carrying, and make that product available at an affordable price. If our product doesn't work for a particular customer's use, then we want to know about it, and we'll do everything in our power to make the customer happy. We invite you to contact us with any issue concerning an ESEE Knife (Formerly RAT Cutlery) product. We also invite you to make your views, negative or positive, publicly known. Feedback from customers helps us to design a better knife. 

In closing, Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall want to personally thank each and every user of Randall's Adventure & Training knives for trusting us in a market that has many designs and differing tools. Each customer and user is valuable to ESEE Knives, and our customer service will always reflect this. It's time more businesses realize that good products backed by great customer service is the American way.


If you have any questions regarding our products or services, please contact us by calling or e-mailing us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.  Please use the correct email address below in order to have your questions answered in a timely manner.

General Inquiries, Technical Questions and End-User Customer Service:

TransEquatorial Solutions, Inc.
ESEE Knives
8:00 AM CST - 4:00 PM CST
PHONE: (256) 613-0372
FAX: (256) 570-0175
Email Mike Perrin / Jeff Randall: [email protected]  

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