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ESEE Junglas 2: I Loved The Junglas – Where Does This One Fit? Survival Knife? Chopper? Camp Tool?

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I love my ESEE Junglas, and so when I got the Junglas 2 I was expecting good things. And it performed well…but what do I do with it now? So you tell me – is this a replacement for the ESEE 6? Is it a large survival knife? Is it a replacement for my Junglas? Let’s hear your thoughts.

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8 thoughts on “ESEE Junglas 2: I Loved The Junglas – Where Does This One Fit? Survival Knife? Chopper? Camp Tool?

  1. Tim, this knife doesn’t fit into any of your systems and never will, send it to me!!! Actually, I don’t carry a chopper, I use a saw, there much lighter and faster. Because of the saw I carry a 4″ fixed blade which covers my needs. Wouldn’t mind having that Junglas 2 because I just like the way it looks!

  2. Nice video. I like my esse izulah a lot. Might pick this one up. I will have a review up on my esse izulah soon. Feel free to check me out.

  3. Very good video,also very good questions. I think I’m less of a one tool option guy and more like the Canucks where as I want a good knife,saw and at least a hatchet,if not a full sized axe.But I do recognize the appeal of traveling light and fast with the one tool.I just don’t think it’s feasible for me.

  4. Just for fun I took my Jun…and carved into the handle cuts to improve the grip. Figured if I ruined the handles, just buy another set…..great vid….

  5. #TriggerWarning #ESEECriticismAhead #KnifeBlasphemy. First of all, “one-tool-option” is not an arcane, fantasy-driven, hypothetical construct. It’s the only option that most people around the world who actually use knives to survive and thrive daily have. The concept of having multiple blades and “the right tool for the right job” are artifacts of being privileged with wealth far beyond that of most of the world’s knife users. So yeah, it’s perfectly reasonable to design a knife with the intention that it will serve in the role of sole instrument for all potential cutting tasks. And that, in my view, is the thinking behind the Junglas II. And I would happily take it in that role, but for a few problematic design elements (ESEE fans, please look away). The knife replicates the limiting ergonomics of the Junglas, with a handle that disallows multiple grips and that positions the user’s hand far from the point of contact with the material being cut, and well behind the balance point of the tool. The result is that fine carving, while possible, is not particularly comfortable, and cannot be sustained for very long without fatigue. This is an acceptable (but far from ideal) limitation if the tool is intended to be used almost exclusively for chopping, batoning, and other large motion cutting tasks, but it completely defeats the purpose if building a tool intended to be versatile in its function. ESEE would do better at a one-tool-option blade by scaling the ESEE 6 up a couple inches and maintaining that handle style, complete with the choil that would allow the user to choke right up on the edge and have full control for fine carving tasks. Since I’m already engaged in blasphemous speech about ESEE and will almost certainly be condemned to knife purgatory, I might as well add that the ESEE 6 handle also needs modification in the form of rounding of the edges, scalloping, and reduction of the guard. If they ever decide to build THAT knife, I’ll fork over almost anything they ask for it. I’ll go stand in the corner now.

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