The term “Every Day Carry”, or “EDC” for short, has become much more a part of popular culture recently with the rise of the popularity of zombie apocalypse and survivalist programming. Mostly people where taking EDC into account before they new there was a term for it. Mostly EDC is about being prepared for what life might throw your way. In the military a term used to describe the equipment that a soldier will equip himself with before leaving the base is their “kit”. Kit is defined in the dictionary as: “a set of articles or equipment needed for a specific purpose.” It is important when putting together ones kit to take into account what challenges or tasks will realistically be asked of you to accomplish so that you are not packing extraneous items that only serve to weight you down and will most likely not be needed anyways.
In terms of EDC, I always include a cutting tool of some kind. Most often this tool is a knife of some form. I have experimented with multiple different knives, folders and fixed blades alike but I think for now I have found my go to knife. It is quite simply, Every Day Carry perfection.
The ESEE IZULA
The knife is made by ESEE and if you have read my review of the much bigger ESEE-5 than you know that I am a huge fan of this company. The company, started by Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin, began as TransEquatorial Solutions, Inc an Alabama based company that provided global training, gear and logistical solutions. After spending years training both civilians and military professionals in survival techniques the company decided that they wanted to begin manufacturing their own tools in order to accomplish those survival tasks. The end result is ESEE, and cousin, business is a boomin.
The knife takes its name from the the Amazonian Bullet Ant, or as the local Peruvian’s know it, “Izula”. From the ESEE website, “The Bullet Ant is known to be independent, tough, light on its feet, and a real aggressive survivor – the IZULA knife is built the same way. This knife is designed to be the perfect lightweight survival kit or concealed carry knife”, and boy did ESEE succeed in providing that.
The knife comes out of the package razor sharp, as it should, and, because of its 1095 carbon steel, it remains that sharp even after heavy use cutting through a variety of different materials. Also, once the knife does start to dull, and loose that razor edge, it is not overly difficult to sharpen. The knife is very lightweight and compares well with most folders of equivalent size.
At a total of 6.25” and weighing in at only 2 oz. I feel that this little fixed blade is the just the right size for accomplishing most everyday cutting tasks. It is big enough that it can handle relatively serious cutting tasks but it is not too big that it can’t get into small spaces in order to handle more fine work. This makes this knife at home either on your belt everyday or in your ultralight backpacking kit or even as a back-up knife in your expedition kit for longer more heavy duty trips.
The knife is also manufactured to be customizable. You can get the knife in many different colors including tan, OD green, venom green, black and even a Damascus steel option. You can get the knife alone with a sheath, or you can purchase the knife in a kit that includes some basic survival items. The knife also has the option of coming with Micarta scale handles or not. This allows you to either just use the knife with the skeletonized handle, make your own grip by wrapping the handle in paracord, buying ESEE’s Micarta scale handles or you can even get custom G10 scale handles from 3rd party companies that come in a variety of colors and design patterns themselves. This allows you to make the knife as much your own as possible. Also, if you order the knife from certain dealers you can get the knife engraved with a personalized message for a nominal fee.
Another huge positive is that this knife can be had at no great cost. Some dealers offer just the knife with a sheath (no scale handles, only steel and a holder) as low as $45. If you want to get the knife with the sheath and handles you will be looking at closer to $60-70. For a knife that you can carry with you every day and be confident in its ability to handle pretty much everything that you throw at it that is cheap as you can hope for. Included in this price is the unlimited lifetime warranty that ESEE places on all of their knives.
The only cons that I can think of for this knife are minor if one takes care of the knife properly. The 1095 carbon steel that the knife is made out of is susceptible to rust if not properly maintained by oiling and keeping the knife dry. This could be an issue down the road if you were in a long term survival situation in humid or wet environment but a little care would prevent any real damage from occurring for a long time. The only other downside is that it is small and as such is not appropriate for certain heavy use tasks such as batoning wood, but it can do pretty much everything else.
As the title of this review states, I think that in every way this knife is EDC perfection. It does all that it is required to do and then some and does it well. It is well made, it is durable, it is customizable, lightweight and easy to carry inconspicuously and it is relatively cheap. In a EDC knife you can’t ask for to much else. I would highly suggest anybody adding this to their kit whether that kit be for your next jungle adventure, your next deployment or your next walk with your dog, this knife fits the bill in almost every situation.