The Mountain Raider Knife

I always loved knives and as a kid I used to have a Swiss Army Knife folder in my pocket (i still carry one,accompanying with a fixed blade).During my service I had used many knives not only bayonets or tactical knives,but also large bowie knives and small auto folders.

I had made some knives drawings on paper but never have the chance or the ability to see one becoming true.I was fortunate enough,last year taking the opportunity to participate at the custom month event,through Pout House forum;I had sent a drawing and the guys at LTWK shop built it!

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This design defines my view of the one tool option .Based on my experience and preferences I designed the knife to be the best companion not only in a survival situation but also for any outdoor activity,any day of the year.

The knife is made from 5/32” thick(about 4mm) A2 steel.I found that this particular thickness is appropriate for taking down limbs,making feather sticks and even skin and prepare small game,like rabbits.Another advantage is that the knife weights significant less than a thicker blade like 1/4” and it doesn’t sacrifice anything.It is light to carry it all day.You can work with it for long period of time,without getting fatigue.Also,if you are into self defense position a light and fast handling knife can do severe damage to your opponent.The A2 tool steel,is well known for its’ great abilities.It holds an edge for a long time,it’s easy to sharpen and it has better wear resistance than other carbon steel blades, such 1095,O1 and similar steels.You can force a patina to the knife for more protection,if you wish too.

The overall length of the knife is 10 inches.It has a 5.5 inches blade and 4.5 inches handles.

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The handles are black bead blasted micarta with coyote liners.The bead blasted micarta offers non slipper protection in case your hands are wet or have blood on,while you were preparing game. Because micarta is a synthetic material it will not break or loose its shape over time,something that happens with wood handles.The liners provide a more beefy handle but also comfortable at the same time.You can control the knife very well in many different positions,even when wearing gloves.

 

The thickness of the knife helps while batoning and splitting wood to make feather sticks.It can make some very good feathers although can’t beat a scandi blade.It also has very good carving abilities,despite the fact that it has a flat grind.My first try stick was made using a knife with flat grind.Nothing is impossible….

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While the flat grind of the knife has average performance at carving,it excels at processing game.It can skin an animal,slice the meat,prepare a fish and cut fine pieces of vegetables at your outdoor kitchen.It is also one of the easiest grinds that can be maintained at the field(the second is the scandi).A small flat stone and water can hone the grind perfectly.

The knife has a 90 degrees spine to strike your ferrocerium rod but also can be used to shave fine tinder from tree barks.The sheath is Jude’s with black leather backer.You can remove the leather backer and use tek-lok or MOLLE-loks.With these options,you can place the knife on your backpack or plate carrier/chest rig.The knife is secured tight in the sheath and there is a slide lock which adds an extra level of security to the sheath.

I am very pleased of the outcome of this knife.Not only my concept took “flesh and bones” but also the craftsmanship is amazing.The performance of the knife these few months that I have it on my possession is flawless!I am also in the happy position to see that this model will have a first production run from LT Wright Handcrafted Knives in limited numbers,available to Pout House. Visit the site of LTWK and join the greatest knife brotherhood ever!We will also find more cool knives too!

Based on my personal experiences I designed that knife to perform very well in any situation.If you are looking for an one tool option knife,do not overlook this blade.It has great capabilities and will not let you down.

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LTWK Genesis:report after three years of use

It’s been three years since i purchased my LTWK Genesis,the first model LT offered after the split of Blind Horse Knives.I managed to score one of the first run(the first run were 100 knives made and have PT stamped on them)with beautiful Desert Ironwood scales.It’s the only knife i have got that has such scales.For the last three years it’s always on my right side every time i am camping at the woods.I can’t say that i had abused it alot,but it has been put in use many times.

The knife is made from A2 steel,which holds the edge longer than O1 and resists corrosion much better.It’s my favorite steel by far!The thickness of the knife is 1/8”(3.175mm).The knife has a spear point and has a scandi grind.You can also find it with flat grind and convex grind and also in 3v and AEB-L steel now,but the first run came in scandi grind,high polished with zero degree edge.The handles is straight and are attached with two fish eye bolts and have a lanyard hole. The overall length of the knife is 9”(22.86cm).The blade length is 4.25”(10.795cm) which is a very common length for bushcraft type knives.The spine is sharpened,so you can through sparks from a ferro rod or scratching bark to collect tinder.Another great feauture is the thumb scallops that allows better control while performing some tasks,like carving.

Notice at the pictures the PT stamp and the LTWK stamp.Also,see how the light condition effects on the beautiful Desert Ironwood handles.

The high polished scandi grind is perfect at wood working.I have make feather sticks many times,made notches and i also had removed the bark from couple walking sticks that i had made these past years.The knife excels at these tasks.I had also used it at camp kitchen sometimes with no problems.The disadvantage of a scandi grind knife as kitchen knife is that you will get more chunky pieces of meat or vegetables when you cut them,but if you don’t care about that then there isn’t much of trouble!Personally it doesn’t bother me alot.

Pictures above show a feather stick and a bag of shavings.I use to keep some shavings for tinder(for the fireplace during winter).I don’t have the best technique on feather sticks but the Genesis helps make nice curls.

Now,i haven’t used the knife to skin game while hunting;i tend to carry a flat grind knife(LTWK Maverick Scout) at my hunting trips.Anyway,the Genesis performs excellent after three years.I am very pleased with it.Sharpening isn’t hard at all.The knife hardly shows signs of year;there are no rusty spots at all.I do however take care of it just like all my gear.The LTWK shop offers lifetime warranty and ‘spa’ treatment if you ever get your knife into much abuse.For more information on knife spa, you can contact the LTWK shop.

The Genesis is a true STAR and you can find out that yourself, if you purchase one and if you are watching History’s channel ALONE reality show;it’s the only knife that had been carried from participants in all three seasons.And that says a LOT!