If you’re outdoorsy and in need of a solid fixed blade, you should seriously consider the ESEE Izula II. The Izula II has the same basic makeup as the original Izula, but it is half and inch longer and has Micarta handle scales.
The Izula II has a full tang, so it’s crazy strong and can handle way more than you might assume based on its size. It has 1095 High Carbon steel, which has excellent edge retention and is very easy to sharpen. The Micarta handles add a lot to the ergonomics; you can use the Izula II very comfortably for quite a while.
The Izula II is also very light—it weighs in at 3.3 ounces—and it is 6.75 inches long overall with a 2.875-inch blade. Because it’s so compact, the Izula is great for hiking, backpacking, and even camping.
Here’s a field test from our YouTube channel, KnifeHQ, of the Izula II in action. Prepare to be amazed—seriously.
In summation: The Izula is compact and perfect for bringing on any outdoor excursion, it has great ergonomics for comfortable use, it has great edge retention, it’s easy to sharpen, and it is rock solid, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking.
The only thing that you really need to watch out for with this knife is that because it has 1095 High Carbon, it doesn’t have great corrosion resistance. Most of the blade is powder coated, but you’ll need to pay close attention to the edge to make sure you’re keeping it dry and well oiled.