Many coatings used in our industry have never been certified "food safe" by FDA, and most likely they never will be since cutlery companies generally don’t apply for certification on coatings (kitchen cutlery companies excepted). Depending on the model, our knives may feature a cold process black oxide coating (copper/selenium (CuSe) process), or an industrial powder coating. Our hardware also features a black oxide coating. Every knife is also treated with Tuff Glide before being packaged.  As far as we know, none of these coatings have been certified “food safe”. It should also be noted that the Micarta handles used on many of our knives are porous and may retain bacteria.



WARNING! This product can expose you to chemicals including Sulfur, Nickel, Chromium, Vanadium and Lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Sulfur, Nickel, Chromium, Lead and Iodine, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to (California law requires this warning to be given to customers in California). 

Although ESEE Knives is not required by California law to provide a warning due to our small business size (less than 10 employees), our products are now labeled with the following label for the convenience of ESEE retailers and consumers:











Our survival kits and other products may contain components made from lead. From the American Cancer Society's website: Several studies in lab animals have found that exposure to lead compounds (by swallowing or other means) can cause cancer. Kidney tumors have been linked with lead most strongly, but tumors of the brain, lung, and some other organs have also been linked to lead in different studies.



Our survival kits may contain Iodine for water purification. Water that has been treated with iodine is not recommended for pregnant women, anyone with thyroid problems, or those with known allergies to iodine. Iodine water treatment should only be used for short-term treatment of water.



ESEE KNIVES ARE NOT THROWING KNIVES! They are hardened to a higher Rockwell than throwing knives and will most likely break if thrown, possibly harming the user. So, do yourself and your ESEE knife a favor and DO NOT throw it. Using any knife not meant to be thrown as a throwing knife is idiotic! We would rather idiots not buy our knives.








ESEE knives that are made from high carbon 1095 steel 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. Rust, stains, and coating wear are considered normal wear and tear and not considered warranty issues.



If you remove the handles or sheath components, always use Lock Tite when reassembling. We advise periodically checking the tightness of all hardware components on the sheath system to ensure against loss.



All edges are applied by hand at the factory. We attempt to maintain a 20 degree (per side) angle when applying the edge. We suggest maintaining your edge by daily stropping on a leather strop with stropping compound. You can also do a quick touch-up using a Spyderco Sharpmaker. Any edge that is beyond repair through normal means can be sent back to the factory for resharpening. We charge for this service. Please contact us before returning the knife. If you're interested in how we sharpen in the field, watch this video of James Gibson sharpening a PR-4.





In 2018 ESEE Knives removed the round Randall's Adventure & Training training logo from many of our knife models (such as the Junglas, Candiru, Laser Strike and ESEE-5) and replaced it with the ESEE logo. We also removed the Camp-Lore logo from the Camp-Lore knives and replaced it with the ESEE logo. Have no fear, the knives are exactly the same as they always were except for a logo change. This change was needed to avoid confusion in the marketplace due to ESEE using several different logos. 



The EXPAT brand features knives made in the U.S.A., as well as overseas. Please check the SPECS section on any product page to verify where that product is made. EXPAT Knives that are made and marketed by ESEE Knives carry the same no-questions-asked warranty as ESEE Knives, regardless of the country of origin.