The ESEE-CM6 is a collaboration with Terrill Hoffman. This is a tactical and practical fixed blade knife that is equally splendid for camping, survival, and use on the battlefield. This Rowen-made knife has black coated 1095 steel construction. The sharpened swedge on the blade enhances penetration, while the Micarta handle is shaped to provide a secure and stable grip. The front of the blade is marked with Terrill Hoffman's Chestnut Mountain Proving Grounds logo, the back side is numbered.
Bought this blade as an upgrade for a cold steel SRK, I wanted something in HC steel with better field applications. I decided on the CM6 over the 6 mostly because of the cool blade design, nice handle scales and exposed tang. I love a nice tactical style blade that can still handle allmost all tasks with ease.I like knowing it will handle any senario and I have to love how good this blade looks. It's just great when processing wood or doing some camp cooking. The edge geometry and weight makes it very versatile, the blade feels great in hand and the sheath is amazing. this knife will not handle fine carving as well as the esee 6 but it will get the job done! After some time using this blade, you will get very confortable doing the same tasks. Feather sticking is not an issue with this blade, neither is carving (when you get used to it.) The edge retention is not amazing allthough it is INCREDIBLY easy to get it razor sharp in the field with nothing but a ceramic rod. I find the handle to be a bit too thin for my L size hands. Even though this has not been a major issue, even after a year of heavy use. I will be geting upgrated scales eventually. It is true, the lack of a lanyard hole makes it a poorer chopper and the sharpened swedge will slightly limit battoning capability (allthough there is still tons of spine to work on and really isn't a huge deal, especialy if you like carying a hachet for the bigger logs) I love the saber grind and the drop point and i am allways confident this blade will handle what i throw at it. Despite à few notable downsides, to me this is a great option for a one and done type blade. In conclusion, if you want a good all round blade you can count on this is a great choice. If you want something more bushcraft orianted you might want to go with the 6. For à survival/bugout blade I am pretty confident I could make the CM6 work in all senarios. You will be able to carve a spoon, build shelter, some traps and a fire with this blade without any problems. Great camp knife with the extra performance in tac senarios (wich probably shoudn't be your main concern for a blade likely you wont be using as an EDC) 4/5 for the absence of a lanyard hole and thin scales. - Will not work with a ferro rod unless you remove part of the coating - Will perform as your only cuting tool, if need be. - Does look a lot cooler than the esee 6 *Pardon my bad writing, I am not native to english.