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ESEE Knives Candiru

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: ESEE Knives Candiru fixed-blade knife

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

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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.
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