Okay, here we go:
Thank you to Leo for providing these knives!
(the link under each image is clickable for a much closer view)
Knife 1 is the ESEE 6
Overall length: 11.75"
Cutting Edge Length: 5.75"
Blade length (end of handle to tip of blade): 6.5"
Blade Width: 1.56"
Weight (knife only): 11.8 ounces
Drop point blade style, full flat grind
Available in plain or partially serrated edge
Maximum thickness: .188"
1095 Carbon Steel, 57 Rc.
Removable lined Micarta handle slabs
Rounded Pommel w/ lanyard hole
The edge is in great shape. Leo has put a very nice convex edge at 22 degrees per side,which I verified with the laser goniomter. The geometry is very clean and the edge is crisp.
Here is a shot of the knife as it came in:
Here it is again with a little zoom on the edge:
Next I took it to the microscope:
In the image above, you can see the scratch pattern really well. (230x)
I particularly like the image above because it really shows off the convex geometry. The shoulder and edge are slightly out of focus while the middle of the bevel is sharp due to the curvature. (230x)
You can really see how clean the very edge is here. It forms a nice, even, straight line.
The knife is very sharp! The only difference after I'm done with it will be that we can see the different scratch patterns of each of the stones.
Edited by clayallison on 08-11-11 03:50.54. Reason for edit: No reason given.