About ESEE

Beginning in 1997, Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin started down the path of changing the way the survival and wilderness industry did business. Having become frustrated with the endless amount of exaggeration and hype often associated with “survival” gear and training, they started Randall’s Adventure & Training to bring realistic tools and knowledge to the consumer. Working under contract with the Peruvian Air Force’s “Escuela De Supervivencia En La Selva” (School of Jungle Survival), also known by the acronym ESSEL, they introduced many clients to the art of jungle survival in the vast Peruvian Amazon jungle.

After several years of operating in South America, they brought their training stateside and added a sister company that produces high quality field grade knives and gear. One of their first designs was the RTAK made by Wicked Knife Company in Arkansas, then later produced by Ontario Knife Company (OKC). They also introduced the Laser Strike that was built by TOPS Knives. After spending five years designing the RAT line for OKC, they formed ESEE Knives.  

The ESEE brand now has global distribution and recognition. ESEE Knives / Randall’s Adventure & Training has a clientele that ranges from military and law enforcement teams to film crews and professional adventurers. Their courses and gear have been featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and in numerous movies, books, outdoor magazines and trade publications.

The company’s philosophy is simple: treat the customer with respect, keep the prices fair, provide the best in quality, and never teach a skill or provide a piece of gear that hasn’t been tested in the real world. Every student that walks through the doors of Randall’s Adventure & Training leaves with a set of skills that will stay with them throughout their life, and every end-user of an ESEE product knows they are backed by the best warranty and customer service in the industry.

In the world of factory knives, survival gear and wilderness training, ESEE/Randall’s Adventure & Training is one of the only companies that the owners and employees all live the lifestyle of the gear they produce. No suit and ties, just hard-won ground truth that is reflected in some of the world’s best knives, gear and training.

For more information, read these articles about ESEE:   Survivors Edge    Knives 2017    Get Out Magazine    American Handgunner Article



The ESEE team averages over 100 days in the field each year. Whether it's hiking a mountain peak in Colorado, canyoneering in the red rock country of Utah, teaching survival in the Amazon jungle of Peru, instructing technical rescue courses in austere environments, or hiking and caving in the remote areas of the Southeast, the team is always designing, prototyping and testing new gear and techniques for the extremes of the modern day adventurist.  

The ESEE team are also members of a non-profit SAR organization named after their training company.  RAT-SAR is a private, non-profit 501(c)3, non-government, specialized search, rescue, and training organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama. RAT-SAR is founded on the principle of self-sufficient, mobile teams trained to operate in remote wilderness, high angle, natural subterranean, flood / swiftwater, and other austere environments. RAT-SAR provides free training to verified search and rescue members, as well as volunteering in the Southeast on search and rescue missions. Learn more about RAT-SAR, it's mission, and the members by visiting the RAT-SAR website.