These knives are not intended to replace the ESEE-3 and ESEE-4, but were designed with different tastes in mind. The changes were inspired by customer feedback from bushcrafters, hunters, and people who prefer a more traditional blade that was less tactical. Hunters found that the choil would get hung up in long cuts, while some found the original handles felt flat. The new handle is considerably wider and rounder.
The ESEE-3HM and ESEE-4HM bring noticeable changes to these ESEE classics by way of comfort. The new knives are set apart from the original versions by the designation “HM,” an acronym for Handle Modification. ESEE modified the handle, making it rounder and fatter, and got rid of the forward choil.
The HM knives have the same specifications as the original ESEE-3 and ESEE-4 with the same powdercoated 1095 carbon steel blade, the same stock thickness, the same blade length, and the same shape. Sheath options are black leather pouch style or Kydex. Yet two more offerings from ESEE Knives that appeal to bushcrafters.