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Posted: 5/2/2011 5:29:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2011 5:31:06 AM EDT by JULIOMEN]
I am planning on getting the ESEE Model 5 for all around camping/survival knife. Would you recommend plain or combo edge?
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 5:41:43 AM EDT
Plain
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:33:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2011 8:34:49 AM EDT by pigmypuncher]
IMO - the serrations would be dependent on the actual tasks you are planning, and how often you can sharpen your knife. If you think the opportunity to sharpen will be very intermittent, or you're planning to cut lots of fibrous material (like rope) - then serrations may be a great choice for your knife. I don't own the ESEE (yet), but from reviews on the goobernet, their partial serrations are not difficult to sharpen (use 3/8" diameter hone), and are very functional for shaving bark or making fuzz sticks.

Here is someone who created a vid discussing his ESEE/RAT and serrations.



Link Posted: 5/2/2011 11:40:33 AM EDT
I say plain edge but I guess it comes down to personal preference.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 7:36:00 PM EDT
I like plain edges because I don't do anything that requires a serrated edge.

Even in the kitchen I rarely pull out the serrated steak knives because a normal knife can cut a steak just fine and I keep some of my favorite knives in the knife block in the kitchen just because I like using them for everyday cooking.


Link Posted: 5/2/2011 7:37:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
Plain


This is what I have with a -3 and -5. But out of the guys that have the entire line up, they say the -6 is the best in hand. The -5 is wicked thick. Heavy as a cast iron skillet. I did a Rockwell test on my -3 and -5 (I also have Izzies but didn't test them). Both knives came right in at where they should be. I use my -3 the most. It's very handy. ESEEs are great knives.
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 3:47:02 AM EDT
Of the three I have purchased, all were combo edge. Two of those went to a couple of fellows serving in Afghanistan, and they specified that style.

I kept one, and found it unsuitable for my needs when camping/hiking. Sold it.
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 5:51:02 AM EDT
Plain edge. I hate sharpening serrations.
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 6:15:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/3/2011 7:09:41 AM EDT by Quarterbore]
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 6:28:45 AM EDT
I want a RAT-5 like nothing else any of you guys aware of a European vendor carrying the line or someone willing to ship overseas?
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 6:49:20 AM EDT
Mine has smooth. I have never wished for serrations as it is razor sharp and cuts through everything like butter.
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 7:50:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 36_gauge:
I want a RAT-5 like nothing else any of you guys aware of a European vendor carrying the line or someone willing to ship overseas?


It is called the ESEE -5 now.

Below is from from here.

International Dealers:

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Workwear (British Columbia - Canada)
Hettykat Outdoor & Survival (The Netherlands)
Fenix Equipements (France)
RAT Cutlery South Africa (South Africa)
OPS Equipment (France)
Wolfster's Knife Shop (Germany)
Fioretti Coutellerie (Luxembourg)
Time Zone (Poland)
Practical and Tactical AS (Norway)
2Sharp (Netherlands and Belgium)
Cutting Edge Knives (Brisbane, Australia)
Supply Sergeant (Edmonton, Alberta - Canada)
Passione (Italy)
Sea Air Thai LTD (Bangkok - Thailand)
Survival Knives LTD (UK)
Manfred Rhemann (Germany)
MaxBlade (Italy)
Warriors And Wonders (Canada)
Dux-N-Dogs (Canada)
Ninjutsu-Akademie Heilbronn (Germany)
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 8:32:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CLICKBANGBANG:
Originally Posted By 36_gauge:
I want a RAT-5 like nothing else any of you guys aware of a European vendor carrying the line or someone willing to ship overseas?


It is called the ESEE -5 now.

Below is from from here.

International Dealers:

*

Workwear (British Columbia - Canada)
Hettykat Outdoor & Survival (The Netherlands)
Fenix Equipements (France)
RAT Cutlery South Africa (South Africa)
OPS Equipment (France)
Wolfster's Knife Shop (Germany)
Fioretti Coutellerie (Luxembourg)
Time Zone (Poland)
Practical and Tactical AS (Norway)
2Sharp (Netherlands and Belgium)
Cutting Edge Knives (Brisbane, Australia)
Supply Sergeant (Edmonton, Alberta - Canada)
Passione (Italy)
Sea Air Thai LTD (Bangkok - Thailand)
Survival Knives LTD (UK)
Manfred Rhemann (Germany)
MaxBlade (Italy)
Warriors And Wonders (Canada)
Dux-N-Dogs (Canada)
Ninjutsu-Akademie Heilbronn (Germany)

hey, thanks
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