ESEE Junglas Dark Earth Knife

Brand: ESEE
EAN: 0811328022502
Category: Gadgets & Tools
Price: $175.43  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 5.00 x 5.00 x 5.00 inches
Shipping Wt: 1.00 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The ESEE Junglas - Pronounced "Hoonglas" Named After the Colombian Jungla Special Operations Forces. Designed For Latin American Jungle And Counter-Narcotics Operations. ESEE Knives are made from high carbon 1095 steel. And while 1095 is a top choice for professional cutlery designed for hard use, it will rust and stain if not properly cared for - especially on the cutting edge and around the laser engraving. It is the user's responsibility to keep the blades properly lubricated and cleaned. We suggest using a dry film rust inhibitor.


  • Overall Length: 16.50", Blade Length: 10.375"
  • Blade Finish: Dark Earth
  • Handle Material: Gray Micarta
  • Sheath: Nylon
  • Made in USA

Top Reviews

Great workhorse of a knife. Don't be afraid to use it.
by ArchEtech (5 out of 5 stars)
March 15, 2017

I did quite a bit of research online through various sources before purchasing. I've been very impressed with the knife, and it meets the hype.

I typically hate black finishes on knives because they don't hold up. I still don't but this knife has the toughest coating I've ever seen. Chopping doesn't scuff it at all.

For a large knife, it comes sharp enough to shave with, and seems to hold its edge very well. So far its lived up to all of the reviews.

Its a cool looking knife and the grip material was a great choice. Its not the prettiest thing its made to actually use, and use hard. If you want a knife to use, buy this one. If you want something to fondle in your house, get something else.

The sheath is high quality, functional and flexible. The reviews are correct with this as well.

Great knife, and worth the money.
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but after a short time I got very used to the size and how useful it is
by Calvin (5 out of 5 stars)
May 16, 2016

At first it seems a little bulky, but after a short time I got very used to the size and how useful it is. Replaces an camp axe and most other knives you think you need in the bush. Batoning, fuzz sticks, cutting rope. Keeps a terrific edge. Only problems were a little rusting of the logo and the belt loop will deteriorate after a time, I'd say it'd be best to get a teklok belt clip to go with it and you are going to want to hit the screws on the sheath with some locktite or risk losing them.
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by Clayton C. (5 out of 5 stars)
January 13, 2016

Awesome knife! This thing looks big in the videos and in pictures but DAMN, this is a large blade. As with all ESEE blades, it is wonderfully crafted with a nice edge. A few minutes on my leather strop and it was basically a 10" razor blade (why dont companies strop their blades?!?! Seriously, 10 minutes!). The sheath is above-average but not without issues. It has some cool features and I love the retainability options on it. It does rattle quite a bit though and I feel they could have made it tighter, like a gun holster or something, those don't rattle! Knife has good balance, has a better than average sheath and is sharp, what else you need?
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Honestly one of the best knives out there! Perfect bushcraft/survival/camp/end of the world do it al
by D. Hess (5 out of 5 stars)
October 12, 2017

Incredible BEAST of a knife!!! There's so much good to say about this insanely good camp/survival/end of the world knife! I now see why SO many people swear by ESEE knives! The craftsmanship of these blades is second to none. This is true, good ole American craftsmanship and obviously built by people who are skilled and take great pride in their work. They're not just throwing junk together and collecting a paycheck.

The blade is thick and very strong and comes out of the box sharp enough to shave your arm hair. It pulled the hair a little but with a handful of passes on my spyderco sharpmaker it was smooth and just rolled the hair off! This thing is scary sharp for being as big as it is. The handles are beautiful and offer great grip. The thing that really impressed me with the handles and showed me just how handcrafted this knife is vs just an assembly line wonder was how the micarta handle scales are ground completely smooth and flush with the tang. There is zero overlap of metal or handle anywhere! It's just one continuous smooth surface which is great if you're using it hard because there's no areas that can create hot spots in your hand.

The sheath is also truly out of this world quality. This would easily be a $70+ sheath to buy separate. It is thick, sturdy gauge kydex and has triple retention if you choose to use them all making it military certified for a jump knife to parachute with. It has a large drain hole at the bottom along with many rivets down the sides to attach other equipment to it either by screws or paracord.

I've only gotten out into the woods with it once so far but it EASILY chopped through a fairly freshly fallen spruce tree about 4-5" in diameter. The first swing sunk the blade into the tree almost to the spine of the knife!! Then the next swing completing the "V" in the wood sent a massive chunk of spruce flying into the air and leaving a very deep V notch in the tree. Within a handful more chops the tree was in two! I cleared the small limbs off the trunk with just light swings and it went through them like they were warm sticks of butter. I choked up on the handle and rested my forefinger on the flat spot just in front of the handle (I do wish it had a small choil there) and was able to easily carve feather sticks like it was a 3-4" blade! Very easy to control and do fine work with which was amazing since this is such a monster of a blade. Then for the final test I used a small spruce limb to baton the knife through two logs about 6-8" in diameter and a foot and a half long cleanly and easily splitting them into two. This thing REALLY shines in batoning wood and splitting down large logs into smaller, dryer pieces. The most amazing part of it all though is that when I was finished chopping and batoning all that wood it still had a razor edge on it!! It literally lost NONE of it's edge even after hacking and chopping several large pieces of wood! ESEE should be very proud of this extremely capable, do it all, just badass hunk of steel the produced! Oh and none of the finish was worn either. It was dirty and had scuff marks but they all scrubbed off and left the finish still looking new.
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Worth it!
by David Schaefermeyer (5 out of 5 stars)
March 11, 2016

The Esee Junglas is the best big knife I own by far! If you are backpacking somewhere and pair this with a lightweight folding saw, it is way more convenient to carry this instead of an ax or a hatchet. For processing firewood, it works wonders. It de-limbs easily and batons very easily, slices through knots like a champ. I used it to baton through a 6-7 inch wide piece of oak and it had no problem. I then processed it down into smaller pieces to start and maintain a fire (about 2 hours of heavy and light batoning) and it remained sharp enough to shave the hair on my arm. The kydex sheath is very nice as well. When hanging it on your belt, it sits nicely but is a little difficult to draw out single handed at first until you get used to it, or you can use a piece of cordage to tie the tip around your leg and not have any problem. The sheath retains the knife very well and I like that you can completely lock it in place with the integral lock. I am very pleased with myself for buying this Esee!
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Really love this knife
by JimA (5 out of 5 stars)
June 29, 2017

This is a kick ass knife.

It's big. It's sharp. Blk finish.

Very versatile.
Camp knife, survival knife, self defense, machete, chef knife, batton knife. It does it all.

Specifics :

Big- lots of blade for chopping, defense, even chef knife.

Heavy- I am a personal endorser of 1/4" thick or more blades.

But on this knife,

it isn't necessary and would make the blade too heavy and unwieldy.

Flat grind-in my opinion, the best grind.

Great handle, allows for versatile position grip and protects hand from sliding onto blade. Removable for cleaning, oiling.

I'm a big guy and this is a big knife.

Love it.

Sheath is outrageous

They really thought through it's uses.

Its designed to be used for survival,

and the kydex/nylon sheath does that in spades.

Nylon protective flap rolls over top of handle and cinches tight for added protection when jumping from a perfectly good aircraft.

Might attract unwanted attention when strapped to a pair of jeans walking the mall however..

Price is not ridiculous for what you get. It's appropriate.

In all,

There is nothing bad about this knife. And I'm really really picky.

Be safe out there. It's sharp.
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Wow! my p*n*s grew 3inchs since purchasing
by Kathy Grace (5 out of 5 stars)
March 3, 2018

Wow! my p*n*s grew 3inchs since purchasing. Just kidding but really nice and incredibly balanced. Was real surprised at the fine work I was able to do with this knife that usually smaller blades are better at. This doubles as a machete, hatchet, and survival knife for me. Good at chopping, knife work and splitting. Even the sheath was really good quality. This would be the one Knife I would take into the wilderness that would cover most survival and bushcrafting chores. I even purchased the Esee Accessory pouch and attached it to the sheath and it looks incredible while holding a small survival kit. If I had 30 seconds to bug out I can grab this set-up and nothing else and confidently survive in the woods.
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Really well put together knife
by Michael J. Dowling (5 out of 5 stars)
February 21, 2017

This is a big knife... I bought it to replace my hatchet while camping and hunting. I have little doubts it will substitute for my hatchet and wood processor with no issue. The sheath is a really great addition to a really stout knife. I was tossed up between the ESEE Junglass and the Ontario RTAK II, ultimately the Kydex sheath and 1095 steel put it over for me. I think I made the right decision.
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Esee Junglas: Unstoppable
by Nicholas A Smith (5 out of 5 stars)
November 12, 2018

After putting nearly one year of hard work into this blade and reading and watching countless others who have done the same, I can say that the Junglas is the greatest production big chopper on the market today.

The handle is amazingly soft, but grips. The center swell and back contour create the perfect handhold for maximum leverage. Hold the blade this way when chopping, and the full length and weight of the blade absolutely slams into wood.

The full flat grind allows for a more manageable weight and provides maximum bite. The blade is expertly balanced. Rowan's 1095 is heart treated to as low as 54 Rockwell. Comparative to super steels, edge retention is low, but I've sharpened it back to razor in under 10 minutes using a few DMT plates. You WILL have to stay in top of this edge. The upside to this specific hardness is a blade so tough you can run over it with a cement truck. It has excelled for almost two seasons of chopping and splitting seasoned black locust, one of the hardest domestic woods in America. I have NEVER chipped or rolled this edge on wood of any kind, no matter how hard or dry. And although I do enjoy Ontario Knives, the Junglas' black coating lasts months longer.

The sheath is near equal to custom kydex with dozens of mounting options, and adjustable tightness.

Keep in mind that this blade is much heavier than a traditional machete. I consider the Junglas more suited for heavy chopping.
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Very large, sharp knife that chops like a champ. Nice Kydex sheath.
by RP (5 out of 5 stars)
November 5, 2016

This is a very big knife and I enjoy using it. This knife is very sharp and can chop like a champ. It's too large to carry on your person so I strap it to my backpack. The quality of this knife is top notch and the large Kydex sheath makes this a hard deal to beat. I use this knife for clearing brush, chopping tree limbs and chopping down small trees. This is a knife / machete and is a good companion to a smaller knife when I'm doing my thing in the woods, as the pair covers all bases. The handle is very comfortable and I can maintain a good grip with the micarta grips when chopping at limbs and trees. Esee has an excellent warranty: you break it they replace it, no questions asked and no receipt needed. I researched a lot of large knives and could not find an overall better deal. I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase and with Amazon primes 2 day shipping I ordered on Friday and received it on Sunday.

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