ESEE Zancudo Frame Lock Folder w/ D2 Steel
ESEE Zancudo Frame Lock Folder w/ D2 Steel
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Spanish for mosquito, the Zancudo is a smaller and easier to maneuver version of the popular ESEE Avispa. Designed by Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall for Blue Ridge Knives, the svelte folder features a utilitarian drop-point blade made from reliable D2 tool steel ... Read More

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14themoney
720
Jun 11, 2019
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At this point in time, I believe that the RAT-1, or 2, is a much better knife. I don't like the RAT-2 as much as the 1 because of the smaller size. The 1 feels much better in hand. As an aside, this is NOT as Esee knife. It was designed by Esee, but they to not manufacture it.
Jun 11, 2019
14themoney
720
Jun 12, 2019
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Mine are about a year old. I don't know when these knives were released. Perhaps the company (ESEE) changed something early in the game. I know when I first saw them and saw that the ESEE name was associated with them, I was very excited about picking up an ESEE for that kind of money. When I investigated, I found out the info that I've posted.
Jun 12, 2019
14themoney
720
Jun 13, 2019
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I looked at mine again. It's obvious that I never really looked closely at the RAT logo because that does bear the ESEE initials. The first two are Spanish for Survival School (If my memory serves me.) and the last two Es are Escape and Evasion. I really don't know the ins and outs of Randall and ESEE. Thank you for helping me cognizant of my environment.
Jun 13, 2019
Cdoyle
189
Jun 11, 2019
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I wish a zancudo liner lock version would come out as im not a big fan of stainless framelocks but i guess that would be the rat 2. I am curious how they compare though.
Jun 11, 2019
Mordhaus
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Feb 27, 2019
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Once again this is a drop that is simply not worth it. Same price for BRK ZANCUDO BRKR2CB, 2.94", STONEWASH D2 STEEL, DESIGN BY ESEE KNIVES, DROP POINT, COYOTE BROWN NYLON HANDLES at Knifeworks, 2 dollars more at BHQ. Same price for carbon fiber handle at Knifecenter. I understand that there isn't much of a margin on a budget D2 knife, but please don't waste space on it when you have people wait-listed for knives like the Keen and Dao.
Feb 27, 2019
Ziggler
14
Oct 2, 2018
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This knife you can get on it Blade HQ only $2 more.
Oct 2, 2018
TheGoatEater
49
Feb 23, 2019
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The one you seem to be referring to is only AUS-8 and not the D2. Currently their D2 in same size are at $2.95 more plus shipping.
Feb 23, 2019
billc
335
Feb 24, 2019
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You are absolutely correct. I know better and should have caught that.
Feb 24, 2019
bookworm13
503
Aug 20, 2018
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Just wanted to say I love to watch the Cedric & Ada channel (thanks fhood!). Information and entertainment all in one. His steel edge retention chart is a great resource as long as you understand his methodology: https://www.patreon.com/posts/17366331
I like to put on his reviews in the background while sharpening.
Aug 20, 2018
fhood
685
Oct 2, 2018
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ayyyyye!
Oct 2, 2018
Cdoyle
189
Feb 23, 2019
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Love Petes videos!
Feb 23, 2019
JSG1
70
Aug 20, 2018
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Is there a shipping cost for this drop? If so, how much is it?
Aug 20, 2018
zvnm
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Aug 20, 2018
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Click the join drop button and it should tell you. I'm seeing a $2.75 shipping cost.
Aug 20, 2018
14themoney
720
Aug 20, 2018
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This is a good price. I have waxed hot and cold about this and its big brother the Avispa. I might take the plunge. Nick Shabazz has a good review on YouTube, as does Cedric and Ada Gear. I also own SW Cutjacks in both sizes which have been noted to be similar. They are D-2 also. So I might wind up passing. During one of my "I really want this knife" periods I watched a couple of reviews which were quite favorable. Much more so than the two I mentioned above.
Aug 20, 2018
bookworm13
503
Aug 20, 2018
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I've got the Cutjack medium in D2 and its okay but its on washers and the action is not a smooth as some with ball bearings. It's also got a tiny bit of wiggle when locked up, but not enough to send it back.
I handled the Zancudo for a bit but eventually returned it because my wife found it too hard to disengage the lock. If you've got thumbs pumped from using flippers all the time you probably won't have any problems. 👍
Aug 20, 2018
14themoney
720
Aug 20, 2018
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Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I have had good luck (?) with the Steel Wills that I have purchased, the first being the Apostate 1113.
Aug 20, 2018
MASC1104
48
Aug 20, 2018
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$34 - 36 (depending on color) with one day delivery from Amazon. Only a few bucks more and almost no wait at all.
Aug 20, 2018
hatman
290
Aug 20, 2018
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I'm glad to see the favorable reviews. I have the standard version of this knife and it is nothing special. The action is stiff and has never improved with much attempted break-in.
Aug 20, 2018
banjovial
12
Apr 11, 2018
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Waiting for mine to be delivered. The FedEx smartpost system that Massdrop uses leaves something to be desired. One week from NJ to NC seems a bit excessive, plus FedEx added another day to the delivery estimate after the package had shipped. I'll post my thoughts when it arrives.
Apr 11, 2018
banjovial
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Apr 12, 2018
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My ESEE Zancudo arrived this afternoon. Fit and finish are excellent and this knife came very sharp.
My complaint is around the action which IMO is very poor. The detent is way too strong and it takes a ton of effort to even get the blade started, to the point where I'm afraid I'll slip and cut my finger once the blade starts to move. Once the blade starts opening, the rest requires way too much effort. The term sluggish comes to mind. Closing isn't much better with the 90%+ lockup and stiff lock bar. The detent also has a ridiculously hard time clearing the blade to start the closing process to the point of needing a spine whack to get it started.
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The handle feels very good in the hand and I like the leaf/drop point blade shape as it's full flat grind and just thin enough to be a decent slicer. The factory grind is well done and the edge nice and toothy. Very sharp and usable out of the box.
Time will tell how well this knife "breaks in." I'm satisfied for the price, but if ESEE would work out the detent and smooth the action, this would definitely be a 8.5 or 9 instead of a 6.
Apr 12, 2018
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