Sharp eyes will notice that this is actually a pre-ESEE model — specifically, it’s a RAT Cutlery RC-4, forerunner of the current ESEE-4. And while it’s true that we still have a few RATs in our inventory, the important thing here is that this 4.5-inch blade remains one of our favorites.

At just under a hundred bucks, it’s also a real steal on real steel.

We had our old RAT out in the woods recently, along with a Light My Fire Swedish Army Firesteel, to practice our firemaking skills — in the rain. Because hey, any Tenderfoot can get a blaze going when it’s dry outside…



(We did a blog post recently on modifying a knife like the one in these wallpaper images — check out “How to turn your ESEE knife into a firesteel striker.”)

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