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!
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.
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….
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.