Why must we wait until December?!!!!!
It's so damn hot, I've got mine on reserve, and hopefully I'll have some dough to actually pay for it when they come into the site where I reserved it!
It's made by Italy's Lion Steel which has a history of making big brutal quality folders, not to mention a full range of classic designs for camping and sporting as well.
I'm guessing this decision was made because it's likely that Esee's American manufacturing partner Rowen Manufacturing is currently only set up to make fixed blades. That's just an unfounded guess, but it makes sense. Jeff Randall & Mike Perrin have learned their lesson dealing with alleged "questionable" manufacturing partners, there's a rumored nasty falling out with Ontario Knife Company of New York. I don't know the details, I've just heard that some sort of legal battle ensued after Randall cut ties to Ontario. I'm guessing the reason he renamed RAT Cutlery to Esee Knives has something to do with clearing the slate and refreshing the company's great history of well though out, and beautifully made knives. RAT/Esee makes some of the most durable factory made stuff out there, it's American made, well designed, and meant to take beating after beating. These are the type of knives you want with you when the shit hits the fan. They are usually reasonably priced and pack a high quality-to-price ratio. Everybody loves the now legendary Izula neck knife, and evidently an Izula folder is in the works for 2011. I think the hype will be justified when the Esee/Lion Steel DPx H.E.S.T. Folder is released. It can be had for about $175.00 USD, though MSRP is just a hair over $250.
Self Defense Tool
Wrench for Clip
PIvot Adjustment Tool
>-Stone-washed Solid Titanium 6Al4v GR.5 alloy frame
>-Patented Lion Steel RotoBlock System
>-Bead blasted American-made Foliage Green G10 handle scale
>-Removable stainless steel glass breaker (comes with replacement smooth head screw) with Lanyard attachment.
>-1/4" Hex driver
>-Special Wire stripper jimping and lashing points
>-Thumb grip/bottle opener/ pot lifter blade notch
>-Available in right and left hand models