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ESEE Junglas Blade with Kydex Sheath & Canvas Micarta Handles, Black
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- Overall Length: 16.50"
- Blade Length: 10.375"
- Blade Finish: Black
- Handle Material: Gray Micarta, Durable Sheath
- Made in USA
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 1 x 9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.16 pounds|
ESEE Junglas - Pronounced "Hoonglas" Named After the Colombian Jungla Special Operations Forces. Designed For Latin American Jungle And Counter-Narcotics Operations. Our knives are made from high carbon 1095 steel. And 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I own and have owned many large knives, and this one only has one that comes close to rivaling it in my group of keepers - the BK9 (Becker). A little more distant second rival would be the Ontario SP50.
The Junglas has good fit and finish, the best I've seen on many knives, let alone large ones. Length is impressive - it's a 10+ inch blade. The handles are not made for small hands, but I think that even folks with smaller hands can manage to wield this impressive tool (your mileage may vary however, and my hands are large, so I wouldn't know).
It chops with ease, there isn't much in the way of transferred vibration from impact. However, don't expect there to be NO vibration whatsoever. Anytime you are striking a hard object (wood) with another hard object (knife), there WILL be some transfer. If you don't like this, then I hope you enjoy carrying a chainsaw around, there will be less impact that way (yes, I'm being sarcastic). Slicing - not a problem. There is no finger choil to work with, but then again, a blade this size isn't your best option for cutting up onions. It can be done, but I suggest carrying along a smaller knife for such tasks. Baton work? The Junglas will do whatever you need done.
The sheath is great, it's a kydex model with all the right attachments and capabilities, and retains the blade whether you have it strapped in over the handle or not - it's designed to hold the blade regardless. Now, I will say this: you lose out if you decide to go the initially cheaper route and buy the Junglas by itself for $139 - then decide you want the kydex sheath separately. I considered doing this, but it's not smart. Why? Because the sheath sells here on Amazon for roughly $75, give or take a dollar. It's smarter to play the $188 and get both knife and sheath. Unless of course you have plans for another type of sheath altogether, or you know how to make your own kydex sheath and can do it for less money.
Here is something that I think anybody looking at the ESEE Junglas needs to know: this knife is similar to the Ontario RTAK II, but it simply is NOT the same.
ESEE still uses 1095 steel to make this knife. Ontario has moved away from 1095 and now makes their RTAK II out of 5160 steel. Before you lose your mind with the whole idea of 5160 being superior to 1095, you need to understand the processes used in making these knives. Without a single doubt, ESEE is better than Ontario at heat treating processes, etc. Their quality control is also better.
I have owned two Ontario RTAK II knives. One was pretty good. The blade was sharp, but the coating was a bit ratty (no pun intended) and was coming off a bit here and there...and I hadn't even used it yet. However, it proved to be good to go once put to use - but the coating came off quick and the sheath was kind of...meh. The other was crap. The edge grind was uneven, significantly so. Try as I might, I could not get the knife to sharpen up to my standards and believe me - it was quite dull out of the box. I'm not looking for razor sharp...but this was downright ridiculous. As a result, it couldn't perform. It needed to be sent back.
By contrast, every Junglas I've laid hands on has been perfect down to the last detail. If it isn't, ESEE makes good on it. Ontario is decent with customer service, but they're not THAT good. Here's another difference - the handles on the RTAK II feel like a rounded off two-by-four. And that's coming from a guy with large hands (size 15 ring). The Junglas might look like it has the same handles, but it does not. The handles on the Junglas are even more rounded, and better profiled, giving a sufficiently thick grip that "thins out" in just the right areas, such as at the very bottom of the grip, and just before the blade. You would not believe the difference that makes!
If you want a very large knife that performs most of the time and is most likely going to be good for just under $100, then get an RTAK II and save your other dollars for other gear.
If you want to buy the same style of knife with better fit, finish, sheath, and warranty? Save your money and spend it on the Junglas. You will not regret it. I know I don't. The Junglas is simply better.
NOW....if you're still stuck on saving money, but you still want a 10" blade - I strongly suggest the Kershaw Camp 10. You'll barely put out $40, but you'll get a good sheath (a tad funky with the snaps, but still quite good), a good carbon steel blade, a good handle, and lots of money saved. Yes, I'd actually suggest that over the RTAK II......
I typically hate black finishes on knives because they don't hold up. I still don't but this knife has the toughest coating I've ever seen. Chopping doesn't scuff it at all.
For a large knife, it comes sharp enough to shave with, and seems to hold its edge very well. So far its lived up to all of the reviews.
Its a cool looking knife and the grip material was a great choice. Its not the prettiest thing its made to actually use, and use hard. If you want a knife to use, buy this one. If you want something to fondle in your house, get something else.
The sheath is high quality, functional and flexible. The reviews are correct with this as well.
Great knife, and worth the money.