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ESEE Knives Candiru

photo: ESEE Knives Candiru fixed-blade knife


Price MSRP: $94.80
Reviewers Paid: $50.00
Overall Length 5.13″
Cutting Edge Length 2.0″
Weight 1.7 Ounces
Drop Point Blade Style
Maximum Thickness .125″
1095 Carbon Steel – 55-57 Rc.
Textured Powder Coat Finish
Skeletonized Handle
Molded Sheath w/ Clip Plate
Made in the U.S.A.


1 review
5-star:   0
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

The smallest, strongest, sharpest chunk of metal I could find. DO NOT GET THE NYLON SHEATH.


  • Full tang
  • No questions asked warrantee
  • 1095 steel
  • Small size
  • Holds edge rasonably well
  • Factory edge is SHARP!
  • The new plastic sheath is great


  • Price
  • The old nylon sheath is horrible (I lost my original Candiru due to sheath failure)
  • Didn't come with grips

The ESEE Candiru is probably one of the best backpacking knives you could get in my opinion. It's the smallest of all the ESEE knives, and comes skeletonized without any grips to shave weight, and to function as a "neck knife" if desired.

The original nylon sheath was crap. I modified mine to be the way it's pictured above, so that it was more functional and secure, but in the end I lost it landscaping. Being in need of a new backpacking knife, I started to look at new options when I noticed ESEE had upgraded the sheath design to match my trusty ESEE 3. Issue solved. I bought another one and have complete faith in the new sheath. 

The knife its self, I have no complaints. I can fit three fingers on the handle, and the blade is just about the same length. It holds an edge well, sharpens easily, and the coating on the metal holds up great.

ESEE is rumored to have the best "no questions asked" transferable warranty in the business. Just don't lose your knife.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50 + $15 for the micarta handles


I'm curious why they don't sell the knife with a handle/grip? Can you select from various options? Is it hard to install and keep installed? Thanks for the review!

8 years ago
George of the Jungle

the grips are attached to the full tang with 4 small screws (2 per side), and go on with no problem at all as long as you have the propper hex bits or allen wrench sizes. i couldn't find any retailer with the grips included, but that doesn't mean they doean't exist. i think they sell it without the grips to keep it as small as possible for backpacking, or use as a neck knife. however, i find that it is much easier to use with the grips because the knife is so very small. i think for the price, a knife should come with the grips that are intendid for the knife, but it is what it is, and i don't regret getting it. i'll try to post a pic of it a little later for you.

8 years ago

Thanks for the updates on this, gmid83.

7 years ago
Michael -Survival Intuition

These knives are sold as blanks meaning without handle/grip . It allows you to choose either paracord or getting the grip of your choice.... regarding the review I totally disagree with it being the strongest steel. Fact is other manufacturers have their blades slightly thicker. The main reason people choose ESEE knives is for their amazing no questions asked warranty replacement. You wouldnt even believe how many thousands of knives they have returned to them true some of the returns are form people even shooting their knives with rifle or dropping them intentionally form a 5 floor building but the fact remains they have a lot of warranty replacements of this knife. Some of the knives i own are even older then i am others that i bought new and still have them today 38 years later can you say that aboue the ESEE blades... sadly no and it is a reason why i do not own one

4 months ago

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