CIMA-1

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  1. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Hello fellow Bushcrafters!
    Recently I have been getting some questions about my knife the CIMA-1.. here is a little more information.
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    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.
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    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. IMG_20180404_155855.jpg 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. IMG_20180404_160121.jpg like this cherry.. IMG_20180404_160344.jpg
    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
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    IMG_20180404_161247.jpg 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...
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    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!
     
  2. Luzster

    Luzster They call me... Bucky. Supporter

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    I have one on the way actually. Saw your previous comments about it so figured I'd give it a shot!
     
  3. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Well worth it!
     
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    How is the sheath? Will it fit into an esee3 sheath?
     
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  5. Bushcraft-kelso

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    I'm not sure on the sheath I don't own a esee3 can't help ya there..
    The sheath holds well and I used it to make my p.s.k so can't really see it well in my pictures. 1522881258829876240912.jpg
     
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  6. Bushcraft-kelso

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    Could someone who owns a ESEE 3 Mic. The spine and let me know what it is please and thank you!
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    I'd mic mine but I recently moved and haven't yet found my calipers.:confused:
     
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    Sinjin Firebrand Supporter Bushclass I

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    Awesome review! and much appreciated, since I was asking you about it the other day! I will definitely consider buying this knife
     
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  9. Bushcraft-kelso

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    Thanks @Sinjin ! I like mine, and it gets used plenty sir!
     
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    I think the specs for all the ESEE knives are on their website, including thickness of blade.

    Yep, specs:

    ESEE-3 SPECS:
    • Overall Length: 8.31″ (Standard Model)
    • Overall Length: 8.19″ (Modified Pommel)
    • Cutting Edge Length: 3.38″
    • Overall Blade Length: 3.88″
    • Maximum Thickness: .125″
    • 1095 Carbon Steel, 55 – 57 Rc.
    • Weight: 5.2 Ounces (Knife Only)
    • Weight: 9.3 Ounces (Knife w/ Sheath)
    • Finish: Uncoated & Powder Coated
    • Handles: Micarta & G10
    • Sheath: Molded w/ Clip Plate (Color depends on model)
    • MOLLE Backs Available
     
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    I got one a while back before the amazon price jump at $18.99 with 2 day prime shipping.

    It has turned out to be a capable knife. Holds an edge good. Spine is 90 degrees and throws alot of sparks off of a ferro rod. Its sorta heavy but like the OP, ive been the heck out of it and it takes everything in stride.
     
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    Neat to see a review on this, I've seen it so many times on Amazon and have almost bought it.
     
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    Love mine working on a sheath mod
     
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    Looks like a great, affordable knife.
     
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