ESEE Knives Expat Darien Machete 12.375" Condor Classic Finish Blade, Micarta Handles, Tan Canvas Sheath


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RCDARIEN: Darien Machete

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The Darien machete features an ergonomic Micarta handle for all-day comfort and a 12.375" blade, measuring 18.1875" overall. It weighs a mere 15.5 ounces and comes standard with a rugged, tan-colored canvas sheath. With 1075 steel construction, the Darien is a chopping machine whether in the Amazon or the jungle in your own backyard. It features the same "no questions asked" warranty as the standard ESEE Knives line.

Expat Knives was born out of adventure. Adventures where the right tool can help squeeze every bit of enjoyment out of the experience, rather than detract from it. Tools that last as long as the memories. Tools that reflect life over the horizon: simple and timeless. Whether camping in the Himalayas, building a fire to stay warm in bombed-out bunkers in the Balkans, stalking elk along the Salmon River in Idaho, canoeing the Boundary Waters, or building a bamboo shelter in the Amazon, an adventure is there to be had. Whatever your adventure, Expat Knives are designed to enhance it, to enable you to thrive not only in the field but in the kitchen as well. And with any luck, you may just be fortunate enough for those two places to be one and the same. Get out there. Live life intentionally. Make memories. And take an Expat Knife with you.


Yes, "Expat" is a real person. A trainer, adventurer, world traveler and a lot of other things mixed in between. While working in some of the more sketchy corners of South America, Expat contacted ESEE in the search for high-quality, worst case scenario jungle survival training. Thus began a close association that has lasted for over 15 years. Expat has logged thousands of miles throughout the third world, sometimes with the ESEE team, but always with ESEE products. From armored motorcades in Colombia and trekking in the Himalayas, to earthquakes in El Salvador and hunting in the Balkans, ESEE Knives have been a constant companion. He has been a student, a translator, and an instructor for Randall's Adventure Training. Throughout his time overseas, he has developed some unique insights on tools and adventures and is currently working with ESEE to bring these designs and experiences to others. What began with a cleaver will end up... well, who knows? That's the whole point of the Expat Experience.


  • Blade Length: 12.375"
  • Handle Length: 5.8125"
  • Overall Length: 18.1875"
  • Blade Material: 1075 Carbon Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.094"
  • Blade Hardness: 54-56HRC
  • Blade Style: Machete
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Condor Classic
  • Handle Material: Micarta
  • Sheath Material: Canvas
  • Sheath Color: Tan
  • Weight: 15.5 oz.
  • Weight with Sheath: 20.0 oz.
  • Made in El Salvador

UPC Code: 811328025602

Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
ESEE Knives Expat Darien Machete 12.375" Condor Classic Finish Blade, Micarta Handles, Tan Canvas Sheathrated 3.000 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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ESEE Knives Expat Darien Machete 12.375" Condor Classic Finish Blade, Micarta Handles, Tan Canvas Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jun 06, 2020
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Fantastic pack machete
I cleared alders up to 4” and spruce boughs all day with this tool the first day I got it and it is the best light chopping machete I’ve ever used (versus Condor, Imacasa, Tramontina, Ontario, and various others I’ve worked with). I have no idea what the previous reviewer is talking about with the poor performance he experienced; I know machetes and this one is a keeper.
ESEE Knives Expat Darien Machete 12.375" Condor Classic Finish Blade, Micarta Handles, Tan Canvas Sheath
rated 1 stars out of 5
Ed C
Apr 30, 2020
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Finish, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Materials
disappointed in ESEE for selling this
when i first got it i went out to try and cut some bamboo. the edge folded over because it was ground so thin. I worked on fixing the edge for a few days. It would cut light vegetation like vines and small bushes, so I tried cutting some wood with it and the edge chipped. poor steel? I am very disappointed. I should have figured it was made cheap because of the price. Next time I will buy the more expensive machete and maybe it will stand up to the great reputation that I have come to expect from ESEE.


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