ESEE surprised visitors to their Blade Show booth with the Tertiary, an unexpected new mid-year release that turns one of its most popular designs on its head. Using the ingredients of ESEE’s popular Izula model, the Tertiary rearranges its handle and blade into a push dagger inspired by the needs of Police Officers.

The Tertiary takes the familiar DNA of the Izula and tweaks it into a single-minded self defence weapon. “The idea came from Lee Smith, of the Florence, Alabama SWAT team,” says ESEE owner Mike Perrin. It was designed for a highly specific need: last-ditch emergency defense of a sidearm. “If a perpetrator goes for an officer’s gun – which does happen more than I realized – one hand goes to the gun to keep it,” says Perrin. “The other hand needs to be able to fend off the attack. A backup to a backup – that’s the idea,” he says.

The Tertiary rides just as well in a waistband as it does on a duty belt, in the exact same ambidextrous sheath as the Izula. According to Perrin, its perpendicular handle makes it low-profile and comfortable to carry. “It rides low enough that you hardly even notice the handle – it’s not sticking up high in the air like a typical fixed blade,” he says. At 5″, the Tertiary cuts 20% off the overall length of a conventional Izula.

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