ESEE PR4 vs ESEE Laser Strike vs ESEE JG5

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  1. Chet Punisher

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    Thinking of adding one of these to my fixed blade collection. What is the overall opinion of the PR4 or JG5? Which would you choose, why? Thanks.
     
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    I love the laser strike. Handles a little weird but it's definitely usable. I didn't like the handle on the pr4 at all. anorexic skinny mixed with scalloped texture didnt translate well for me.
     
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    I have the Laser Strike and the JG5. Two different animals! It all depends on what you are looking for. Are you looking for a 'camp knife' or a 'belt knife'? The JG5 is a thin (1/8") Nessmuk style blade...great at camp chores and some game processing. The Laser Strike is more of a 'do-it-all' blade. Apples and oranges.

    As for the PR4, I have handled it and like the JG5 it is thin! I have big hands (XXL Gloves) and it is thin in my hands. I bought the JG5 because I really like the Nessmuk style for what it is intended...camp duty. The PR4 is a Kephart style blade with the same funky (although usable) handle. as the JG5.

    Aaron
     
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    I can't speak for the JG5 or PR4, but I love my Laser Strike.

    I saw a PR4 in the knife shop a week ago and it looks like a nice knife. If I didn't have a Laser Strike already, I'd probably consider it.

    ACinSA is right about the Laser Strike bring more of a "do everything" knife. I'd say that the Laser Strike is everything that the ESEE 5 should be. It's very robust, yet still quick in the hand. The choil makes it very manageable for choking up and making fine curls effortlessly.

    If you want a kydex sheath and a 3/16" blade thickness, get a Laser Strike. If you want a leather sheath and more traditional styled blade with 1/8" thickness, get a PR4 or JG5. Either way, I don't think you can truly go wrong.
     
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    I love my Laser Strike.

    It is the best factory knife I have ever owned.

    -Stan
     
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    Definitely Laser Strike would be my vote. If you love the BK16, you will love the JG5 as well, with the JG5 being a bit more nimble and slicey.
     
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    Another vote for the Laser Strike. I don't like knives with a coating, and the spine needs to be sharp, but both of those I can fix if they get too annoying. As mentioned, the PR4 has scales that are way to thin. They aren't uncomfortable like their appearance suggests they might be but they need to be twice as thick as they are to be comfortable in my XL hands.
     
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    I am currently testing out a PR4 from a pass-around. The scallops are not an issue at all. It is,however, very thin. That is a super easy fix though. I've made tons of liners for my knives out of plastic dvd cases.
     
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    I have owned a Laser Strike and a PR4. The LS has a very unnecessary choil that bugs me. The blade shape is nice, and the handle ergonomics are pretty ok, but the thickness of the blade is also over-the-top. That does make it the most durable out of the bunch, though.

    The PR4 has a thinner blade that makes it a lot better cutter, loses the choil, but has a bit thinner handle. I like it a lot better than the LS, but I can definitely understand the people who complain about the handle being too thin. The scallops are awesome, though.

    I haven’t used the JG5, but I have handled it. It probably has the most ergonomic handle out of the three, IMO. The blade is longer than the PR4, but not in a way that makes a big difference in either direction. It still has the thin blade that makes me love the PR4.

    The PR and the JG definitely fit my style better, but all 3 are good knives. You just need to try them out and find what works for you.
     
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    The JG-5 seems like it would be fantastic for kitchen work and field dressing large game while still being capable for small bits of wood splitting, so that would probably be my pick unless you really want something "hard use" in which case the Laser Strike would be more applicable. I personally really don't like the "Kephart" style blade shape so I wouldn't buy a PR-4.
     
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    02EBEBF4-0387-45E2-A8DB-E24E3B701C00.jpeg I really liked the blade on my Laser Strike but was not crazy about the finger choil and shape of the handle. So I did this.
     
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    That looks awesome. Nicely done.
     
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    Thanks Chet.
     
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    Thank you backlasher.
     
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    That is one sexy LS! Nice work
     
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    I ended up finding a used ESEE 6 that I couldn’t resist...
     
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    Congrats on the new 6. It's a very solid performer, and if you want to upgrade the scales the KSF ones are sweet.
    @tankerjockey , that is some nice work right there.
     
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    Shut the front door! That's a laser strike?!? Wish mine looked like that or i had those skills. If I did, I guess I would first rescaled my pr4 which may be easier.

    Strong work
     
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    @Chet Punisher , congrats man, the six is indeed a great all around knife. I sold mine to fund a Junglas, but I don't think it was any less of a knife. Excellent grind, good steel, and a great warranty. I also think the KSF scales are a great value if you ever want to spring for them. In the mean time you can contour the original scales to make it more comfy.
     

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