Hello fellow Bushcrafters! Recently I have been getting some questions about my knife the CIMA-1.. here is a little more information. This knife is basically a clone of a ESEE rat 3. I'm not sure of the ESEE specs being I don't own one but they look almost identical. This knife is as follows 8.46" OA 3.43" blade 0.177 thick Drop point with full flat grind Full tang with exposed lanyard hole at end. Comes with a ABS sheath that has a healthy metal clip. Micarta scales. Amazon.com. price! $22.60 7CR17MOV steel They claim the hardness is 58 HRC and what I have gathered about the steel it's made from it's suped up 440a Still I'm not 100% on that. I'll go with how it feels first.. personally it feels great has scales much more expensive knives have. The Allen screw heads stick up slightly higher than the scales themselves but for basically a $20 bill it's cool with me. It makes good shavings for me. Not @NWPrimate class but they do well for me. It had no problem with notches or small detail work. The blade is pritty thick and you can tell when doing certain notches but that's nothing that can't be got used to. Where this knife for me has proven it's worth the most is processing wood. Be it green, seasoned, poplar, oak, whatever I haven't had an issue getting through it. like this cherry.. I have used this guy hard and it hasn't failed me yet. Splitting logs this guy is a beast.. Here is cherry, maple, oak before.. after splitting.. this I think is this dude's strongest point. Tho I can't find a weak one.. Alot of folks don't like the sheath because of the basic look and huge steel mounting bracket and clip but I used that to my advantage and put my P.S.K on it.. works like a charm! In the end all jokes aside.. for $22.60 this knife can't be beat I don't think. I do not own a ESEE blade so I can't compare.. but as good as this dude works.. I believe I'll stick with it.. CIMA-1 is a awesome budget knife. Period... Hope this helps, any other questions I'll try to answer! Just ask! And if anyone has the specs of the ESEE rat 3 please feel free to post those so we can compare! Thanks!