As I mentioned, it’s complicated. Expat Knives was, indeed, named after a long-time and highly seasoned associate: “Expat,” who has been a student, translator and instructor for Randall’s Adventure Training. He’s an inventor, a writer, traveler and a firearms instructor. He speaks a couple of languages, and he’s logged a lot of time overseas.
While working in some of the more-sketchy corners of South America, Expat contacted ESEE in search of high-quality, worst-case-scenario jungle survival training.
Thus began a close association that has lasted for more than 15 years. Expat has logged thousands of miles throughout the Third World—sometimes, with the ESEE team—but always with ESEE products. From armored motorcades in Colombia and trekking in the Himalayas to earthquakes in El Salvador and hunting in the Balkans, ESEE knives have been Expat’s constant companions.
Throughout his time overseas, he developed some unique insights on tools and the nature of adventure and is currently working with ESEE to bring innovative designs and experiences to others.
What began with a cleaver will end up with … well, who knows? That’s the whole point of the “Expat experience.”