Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Best knife I have ever owned.
I have owned this knife for about 6 months and put it through its paces.I no longer carry a hatchet on backpacking trips because the abilities to baton, feather and chop wood with this knife handles all of my processing needs. I honestly haven't done a ton of chopping with the knife, but have had good experiences in the few times I have had to chop light wood. I batonned 3 days worth of firewood exclusively with this knife and it was still sharp enough to nicely feather wood on the last day. The edge holding ability is quite impressive and I have had no problems with sharpening. I cannot speak highly enough of the resilience and overall toughness the ESEE 6. The knife feels very solid, has nice weight for chopping but carries well on a waist sheath. I did read prior to owning the knife that the handle is a bit rough on the bare hand. I wouldn't say this is a deal breaker, I wore a good pair of work gloved while processing wood, but have used it bare handed and had no problems. The shape and feel of the handle is very ergonomic and easy to control. The jimping and finger choil is really nice when feathering and honestly, the big blade feels very controllable and unobtrusive in use.Combined with the incredible warranty, you will be very hard pressed to find a better knife to have by your side for backpacking, camping or any other use you can think of. I trust this knife for anything I need to do in the bush and it has performed flawlessly so far.If you're thinking about investing in a great knife for any of the uses I have stated above, you have found your winner in the ESEE 6.