ESEE Knives has announced a new brand of outdoors knives called Camp-Lore, which will be aimed at the bushcraft market. Each knife will be designed by a different outdoorsman and reflect their own personal likes in a field knife. Made in the USA, the Camp-Lore knives will be built by Rowen Manufacturing in Idaho Falls, ID.
At SHOT Show 2014, Jeff Randall of ESEE Knives/Randall’s Adventure & Training said that their previous sharp offerings tended toward the “tactical” user, but Camp-Lore would explore the popular bushcraft scene. Randall predicted that Camp-Lore would develop into a brand as large as ESEE itself.
Noted survival instructor and writer Reuben Bolieu came up with the Camp-Lore name, so his knife will be the flagship of the brand. The Camp-Lore Bolieu, seen at the top, has a Scandi grind on its uncoated 1095 carbon steel blade, which Randall said will have a tumbled finish.
The Bolieu model will have a 3 1/2″ cutting edge, 1/8″ stock, and an overall length of 8 1/8″. Canvas Micarta handles are bolted to the full tang blade. Weight is projected to be about 6 ounces. A leather sheath will round out the package.
The second Camp-Lore knife will be from knifemaker James Gibson of Knob Creek Forge. Gibson is an A.B.S. Journeyman Smith who has studied primitive survival skills, ninjutsu, and flintknapping. Quite a diverse resumé. The Camp-Lore Gibson will be constructed of the same uncoated 1095 as the Bolieu, but the 3 1/2″ blade will have a flat grind.
Here is the custom James Gibson knife from which the Camp-Lore model is derived.
Other designers in the Camp-Lore bullpen are said to be Dave Canterbury and Terrill Hoffman. According to Randall, the Camp-Lore knives should be shipping in June of 2014. No word yet on pricing.