ESEE just announced that it will be adding an outdoor cleaver named the CL1 to their 2017 catalog. According to the company, the new blade turns the traditional butcher’s cleaver into an outdoor tool worthy of the their name. ESEE co-founder Mike Perrin gave us his impressions of this unconventional knife and dropped a few hints concerning what could be the biggest ESEE news of 2017: new folders.

The CL1 is the first product in the new Expat Knives series which will consist of designs by ‘Expat’, an active member of the ESEE forums. As was the case with Spyderco’s Wharny Delica, ESEE is turning to an active enthusiast to inject more variety into their lineup. “This knife is very off-center from where we normally are, very different,” Perrin acknowledges. The design may be unconventional, but Perrin says it is far from a novelty. “When you look at it you think, ‘Man, this is a real outdoor tool.’ ”

The CL1’s 5.3-inch, 1095 blade is designed to work in a variety of outdoor roles. Unlike a typical meat cleaver which has squared off edges, the CL1 features rounded edges to create a small amount of belly for roll cuts, rocking cuts, or even skinning game.

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