This ESEE-6HM model is equipped with a black finished blade and a traditional handle design with green micarta scales. The 6HM model offers a slimmer handle profile set up more for hunting and bushcraft applications with a custom leather belt sheath.
The ESEE-6 design represents a fine balance and fit that is light for it's size. The Micarta handle feels at home in your hand and the rounded pommel offers a hole for lanyard attachment. The 3/16" thick 1095 steel blade is full flat ground. The ESEE-6 can serve as a primary wilderness survival knife, or be fitted to your modular system for duty carry in a tactical environment.
ESEE Knives are made from high carbon 1095 steel. 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.
The fit and finish is good, the handle is very comfortable and fits well in the hand, the kydex sheath it came with is well built, it came decently sharp, and it's just about the right size for a good bushcraft / survival knife. The specs and description for the blade thickness on this site are contradictory, so I checked it with my cheapo micrometer. The blade itself measured out to be about .159" or so, while the tang measured out to be around .196" with the coating. Without coating, the blade thickness is likely to be reasonably close the specs claim of .15", while the tang is close to the descriptions claim of 3/16", which is .1875". My only real complaint is that it is a bit too handle-heavy for my taste, making it not as good at chopping as it could be. The point of balance is just behind the first bolt for the scales, where as I'd like it to be closer to where the tang transitions into the blade. That could likely be accomplished by making some lightening holes in the tang. I'm also not a huge fan of the coating or the giant branding billboard on the side of the knife, but that's more of an aesthetic issue than a functional one.