The ESEE Laser Strike combines the best features of bushcraft/survival knives with a fire kit to create a unique hybrid system. In 1999, Randall's Adventure and training set out to design a knife named after a late 1990s South American counter-drug operation called "Operation Laser Strike." In 2000, TOPS knives received the manufacturing job for the first Laser Strike, which has since been re-introduced from Rowen Manufacturing. True to its original concept, the ESEE Laser Strike sets a new standard for bushcraft/survival knife designs.
The flat ground 1095 carbon steel blade is 3/16" thick, yet only weighs 9.5oz, making it excellent for situations where a larger knife is needed yet is light enough to make carrying easy. The spear point blade is ideal for drilling and piercing tasks. This knife is well balanced, making it capable for small as well as large tasks. The overall length is 10", and has a cutting edge of 4.75", making it a great blade for batoning. The 3/4" finger choil area right behind the cutting edge makes the knife adept at delicate tasks such as carving, making fuzz sticks, or slicing food. The blade width measures 1.38" from cutting edge to spine, and the razer sharp cutting edge is sharpened to approximately 20 degrees. With Rowen's highly respected heat treat process, you can be sure your blade will hold its edge exceptionally well. The blades' textured power coat is exceedingly durable, and will not wear off easily. The Laser Strike is a great knife for general camp or woods/survival use and for most any bushcraft needs.
The removable handles are made of Micarta. The right side of the handle sports a bow drill divot which shows the extent of thought ESEE put into designing this knife. A flat washer comes secured to the Kydex sheath, for the purpose of removing the handle slabs. Tip: Adding a second washer to your setup may make the handle removal easier. The screws are slotted oval head, and the washer works quite well. Removing the handle scales reveals the hollowed out storage area which contains a Ferrocerium fire starting flint and 2 tinder tabs.
Improving the handle comfort and function of the Laser Strike is easily achieved by installing our very popular custom G-10 handle scales, which are available in a wide variety of colors. They feature a palm swell, smooth ergonomic contouring, and increased storage space. Our custom scales bolt on easily, and will transform the function, feel, and appearance of your knife. We have hollowed out the inside of our custom G-10 scales to accomodate up to 2 ESEE AH-1 Arrowheads in addition to the fire-making kit included with the Laser Strike. Of course, if you prefer not to carry the AH-1 Arrowheads, you may fill this extra space with your own choice of survival gear such as fish hooks, string, safety pins, etc. This additional storage space can be used to further prepare you for the unexpected.
This product is packaged in a heavy plastic bag