CIMA Knife Table Top Review

I ordered this CIMA fixed blade knife a couple months ago when it was on sale for less than $20 and was shipped free. I really wasn’t expecting much. This is a chinese-made and at that price point how good could it be? As usual when ordering from GearBest a package was waiting for me when I arrived home approx 3 weeks later.


This review is going to be a short one and a true “table top” rather than “testing & evaluation”.  I love this knife. I have not taken it out in the woods and feathered sticks, stabbed it into dead carcuses, or zombie eye sockets. No – it has remained in the box in mint condition. I have since ordered two more which at least one will come under regular use.

Here are a few specs:

  • Blade Material: 7Cr17MOV stainless steel
  • Hardness: 58 HRC
  • Blade Length: Almost 3.5″
  • Handle Length: 4.5″
  • Overall: 8.5″
  • Color: Black
  • Handle Material: Flax/Linen

Quick Summary: This is a smaller knife that feels great in the hand. Balance is towards the handle which doesn’t lend well to batoning but come on – the blade is less than 3.5″ long. Full tang thickness is 4.5mm which is acceptable for a knife this size. Sheath is great and the knife retainment is excellent via an audible “snap” when the knife is interested. No straps needed.

Check out the pictures below that will scroll across the screen. They are a combination of photo’s I took and ones used for advertisements.

Oh – did I mention that the CIMA fixed blade knife is a clone of the respected ESEE 3 which cost around $100? No? – well it is and a very close clone at that.

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