|from top; Izula II with micarta handle slabs and an extra half inch of handle length, orange ltd. ed. Izula, and basic black Izula|
|Bullet ants rule! An appropriate namesake for such a small, yet powerful & adaptable knife|
|My Izula pile, sans green & tan. I'm ready to go outside!|
The skeleton-style basic Izula weighs barely 2 oz. & includes a polymer (pretty much injection molded plastic) sheath. It's not Kydex, but it sure retains the knife well, each knife snaps in solid, and Esee's tolerances are so tight, that each Izula, regardless of handle style, is 100% interchangeable with the sheath of any of its counterparts. I like the simplicity, first and foremost; tough sheath with a fail-proof fit, good strong carbon tool steel which sharpens up like a dream, and a total lack of "bells & whistles" (as long as you get the basic kit, without all the survival stuff). That being said, the survival kit options are pretty cool, you get a bunch of little nicknacks to round out your personal survival kit; a MOLLE lock, paracord, ferro fire rod, hardware and a whistle, among other cool stuff.
|This is what you get when you pay for the survival kit option, some neat little odds & ends, I just already have most of this stuff, so I personally don't need it.|
It seems the mighty little Izula fixed blade knives are thought of, primarily as outdoor knives. They seem to fill the role well, and eagerly keep on going under hard use. That's one of the neat things about Jeff Randall, Mike Perrin & Co., they are survivalists & outdoorsmen first, all of their knife designs come from the fact that these men are walking survival technique encyclopedias who put performance first in their knives, never worrying about trends like fashionable blade styles, or buzzword super-steels. I don't specifically carry knives as weapons, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about those "what if?" moments. How would my carry-choice on a given day affect the outcome of a random attack or confrontation perpetrated by a random, violent individual? Would my past martial arts experience help me at all, or am I too out of shape ? Has it been too long? Those questions aside, & the fact that the Izula is an outstanding little camp blade aside as well...I'm convinced that if called upon, in properly trained hands, or the hands of somebody defending life & limb while running on adrenaline, that the Izula could operate as an excellent force equalizer, after all, they say the best weapon is the one you have with you when you need it. I guess that's why I appreciate this simple design so much, it's so rudimentary, so basic, but that's the beauty, and the reason it can fill so many different knife roles, it's a knife capable of being what you need it to be. It's adaptable to nearly any situation.
|"Escuela" being school, Esee is an acronym for "School of Survival, Escape & Evasion"|
|Formerly RAT, for Randall's Adventure Training, namesake of founder, Jeff Randall|
|The Izula II is a bit heavier, because of the micarta handles, but only .5 inches longer, it's still within my acceptable range to wear as a neck knife. It can even be thrown in a pocket comfortably.|
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