Arrived for testing: ESEE Knives PR-4 Kephart

In my tenure at TTAK, there has never been a knife that I have been more excited about testing than the new ESEE PR-4. Given my day job is roaming the same streams and hills as Horace Kephart did 100 years ago, it seems fitting that I test this knife as I quite literally follow in his footsteps.

Designed by Randall Adventure Training Lead Instructor Patrick Rollins, it pays homage to the classic Kephart knife, with a modern twist in materials, grind, and handle texture.

The PR-4 has just hit the market, and I am excited to get my hands on one for testing so soon. It could not have arrived at a more opportune time…

Designer Patrick Rollins with the PR-4 at BLADE Show

As this post goes live, I should be loading the final bits of gear in my truck to head down to the Beckerhead Gathering. Instead of my typical “First Impression Review”, I am going to “crowd-source” the initial testing. Given the Gathering is made up of a good mix of experienced and knowledgeable knife enthusiasts, it should be an interesting exercise.

I am going to let as many people who want to try the knife use it as I can, and I am then going to give them an index card to write down 2-3 sentences detailing their experience with the knife – good and bad. I will compile these quotes as part of our initial review, along with my own thoughts and observations as I first begin to use the knife.

Stay tuned. This should be a great weekend, and I can’t wait to see this knife put through its paces.

As an aside, it is extremely likely that the knife I received today was sitting in this bin I saw when I visited ESEE’s production facility – Rowen Manufacturing, in Idaho Falls this past June.

Fresh from the laser-cutter. I wonder which one is mine.


  1. Sam L. says:

    That is a good-looking knife.

    1. Elcas says:

      Depends on who you ask….

    2. PeterK says:

      Agree. Ruggedly handsome style.

  2. HandyDan says:

    “Crowdsourcing” a review, aka not having too do a bunch of work writing. JK, it should actually be a cool way to get a bunch of different experienced people’s opinions.

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