The Esse junglas 2 is one of my favorite knives. If I was going on Alone this would be the blade I took with me. Dan from Ochoco Bushcraft gave me the idea of customizing it, by stripping off the powder coating and using feric oxide to give the bare metal a patina. Im also putting a 90 degree spine on the blade. Although I tend to use a tool steel scraper on my ferro rods, this blade Im intending for a stand alone piece to use with minimal equipment.
I wont be changing the grip scales although the new canvas micarta ones look good from the blade connection. The main problem is the shipping from the US to Australia. I like the standard grip panels, however I will be soaking them in Inox to stop them from marking and sealing the micarta with brass lacquer and wiping over the grips before the varnish sets.
Ill also be modifying the sheath by covering the kydex with leather to give it a more bushcrafty look and doing a leather braid up the edge to finish off the sheath edge.
Finished pictures forthcoming.
I get a lot of good ideas from Dans channel, check out the dingle stick link below this is the only place I have seen this idea demonstrated.
Blade Connection micarta grips