We’ve seen a lot of great survival knives come down the pipe, but this has got to be one of the most impressive ones. The ESEE Junglas Dark Earth Knife ($167) is an outstanding blade that puts serious horsepower in your hand so you can handle an extreme situation like a man.
Made of 1095 high carbon steel, the full tang blade features a flat grind edge, and is powder coated to protect it from rust and corrosion. You could say this knife belongs to machete territory, as it measures a whooping 16.5″ from tip to handle, while the super-sharp blade extends 10.375″. The big-boy Junglas (pronounced “Hoonglas”) weights 22.5 oz (with sheath 33 oz) and is claimed to be well balanced and easy to handle, making small work out of chopping and slicing, while doing the finer camp work as well. The well-engineered, comfy handle is built out of canvas Micarta scales, and it comes with a lanyard hole at the end.
With the knife you’ll also get a hard wearing Kydex sheath with a 3 point retention system that keeps your blade snugly in place. While a bit pricey, there’s little doubt in our minds that you’ll ever need to replace your Junglas survival knife. The fact that is made in the USA and comes with a life time warranty also helps.