DescriptionESEE Knives introduced the new Tertiary knife at the 2016 Blade Show. The Tertiary was developed by SWAT officer Lee Smith as a Law Enforcement / Military defense tool. Born from the legendary Izula line, the Tertiary name (meaning third in order or level) comes from an edged weapons natural place in the panoply of personal weapons (primary firearm, backup firearm and then close-quarters weapons). Its design characteristics target specific professional needs such as swift, effective deployment, reliable cutting and penetration, low visibility profile, modular carry options, and robust construction. Simple straight punch, jab, and hammer fist strikes yield tremendous cutting potential with minimal training or effort. The sheath works well in the waist area from the 10 to 2 o'clock positions. Clipped in a vertical position under a duty belt or inside the pants gives more than enough retention for a clean draw stroke and safe re-sheathing. The clip plate can be removed to expose the accessory holes to facilitate paracording to MOLLE webbing, or worn as a neck sheath.
New ESEE Tertiary: The Izula Goes Tactical
ESEE surprised visitors to their Blade Show booth with the Tertiary, an unexpected new mid-year release that turns one of its most popular designs on its head. Using the ingredients of ESEEs popular Izula model, the Tertiary rearranges the design into a push blade inspired by the needs of Police Officers.
The Tertiary takes the familiar DNA of the Izula and tweaks it into a single-minded self defense weapon. The idea came from Lee Smith, of the Florence, Alabama SWAT team, says ESEE owner Mike Perrin. It was designed for a highly specific need: last-ditch emergency defense of a sidearm. If a perpetrator goes for an officers gun which does happen more than I realized one hand goes to the gun to keep it, says Perrin. The other hand needs to be able to fend off the attack. A backup to a backup thats the idea, he says.
The Tertiary rides just as well in a waistband as it does on a duty belt, in the exact same ambidextrous sheath as the Izula. According to Perrin, its perpendicular handle makes it low-profile and comfortable to carry. It rides low enough that you hardly even notice the handle as it's not sticking up high in the air like a typical fixed blade, he says. At 5 inches, the Tertiary cuts 20% off the overall length of a conventional Izula.
And when its needed, the Tertiary is as easy to pull as a ripcord. Just yank and its out, says Perrin. In a rush of adrenaline your hand can slide off a conventional handle but the Tertiary has an extremely positive grip. The Tertiary is a departure from the more utilitarian tools that ESEE is known for. The perpendicular grip that facilitates thrusting isn't optimal for everyday cutting and its sharpened swedge wont help to process wood. As Perrin points out: The Tertiary is strictly a defensive weapon, its not a utility tool.
The Izula Tertiary will be available with or without G-10 handle scales.
Article from KnifeNews. Used with permission.