ESEE Knives Expat MEDELLIN Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN and Stainless Steel Handles - MEDELLIN-01


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RCMEDELLIN01: Expat Knives MEDELLIN Folding Knife, Satin

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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.

The MEDELLIN Folder by Expat Knives is manufactured in Taiwan and like the Avispa and Zancudo models, features a sturdy stainless steel frame lock. It is a perfect size and is loaded with features that allow it to excel at both wilderness survival tasks in addition to tactical ones as well. The full flat ground blade is an excellent slicer and it features dual thumb studs and a nicely jimped thumb ramp. The handle is very ergonomic and the single finger groove prevents your hand from sliding forward onto the blade. It's a robust design we find very aesthetically pleasing and will definitely have a few of us here adding one to their collection. A folding survival knife from ESEE, what took so long?!?!


  • Blade Length: 3.50"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.50"
  • Closed Length: 4.80"
  • Overall Length: 8.38"
  • Blade Material: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115"
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black FRN with Stainless Steel Lock
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel (Tip-Up/Down, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 811328024520

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ESEE Knives Expat MEDELLIN Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN and Stainless Steel Handlesrated 4.333 stars out of 5 (3 reviews)
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ESEE Knives Expat MEDELLIN Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN and Stainless Steel Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
May 18, 2018
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great, but no lefty love!
Love the knife and have been waiting for an ESEE folder for some time. This reminds me of an ESEE-3 and is very similar in construction to the Avispa or Zancudo. I've been a big fan of the ESEE designed OKC Rat folders for quite a while, but I like the Medellin even more. My only gripe, no lefty version. Others have mentioned having issues with one handed operation, but I haven't had any issues here. Detent on mine is about perfect and the knife flies open with a flick of the thumb stud and locks up solid. Would love to see a higher end ~$100 model with upgraded materials too.
ESEE Knives Expat MEDELLIN Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN and Stainless Steel Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Mar 16, 2018
Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: Blade Material, None
EXPAT Medellin
I’m a huge fan of ESEE knives and this being the first real folder in the line, I had to to have it. I wasn’t really a fan of the blade steel though. I’ve had mine for two weeks now and use it mainly for EDC use. I have pried with it and done some feather sticks, no issues what so ever. For the price and the ESEE warranty it’s a fantastic knife.
ESEE Knives Expat MEDELLIN Folding Knife 3.5" Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN and Stainless Steel Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Mar 01, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening, None
Very nice for the price.
I am primarily a collector of blades with simplistic and/or traditional design. This knife fits the bill since it is both. The steel is very good everyday steel. It does not open easily one-handed; but that's ok since it will probably not be used as a hurry-up emergency blade. It is substantial in its lock-up but needs two hands to release the liner lock to close. These issues are not so much a problem as they are merely a point of fact. Realistically they actually add to the secure lock-up. The pocket clip will have to be slightly rebent to remove some of the tension; but that's easy enough to do. All in all, I really like this knife. The only problem is that I have so many knives that I like that it will be difficult to decide which one to carry and when.


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