[Update 2/19/2015: The full review of this knife is now complete. You can read it here]
I was fortunate enough to meet L.T. Wright at a local gun show recently. As one half of the partnership that was Blind Horse Knives, his reputation for producing a quality, handmade blade is well established. Now he heads up his own company, L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives, and the blades he had at his booth lived up to everything I have come to expect from the Blind Horse products I have owned and handled in the past.
L.T. was kind enough to send along a GNS model for us to review, and right out of the box I was immediately impressed with the knife’s solidity and the supremely comfortable handles.
GNS, the name for this classic Woodlore inspired design stands for “Go No Show,” and it has everything you need to have, and nothing you don’t, to make it an ideal bushcrafting companion. The 4 3/8” drop point blade is made from 1/8” thick O1 steel, and sports a scandi grind with a micro convex secondary edge. That edge arrived quite sharp. Highly polished, it was able to shave hair easily, and could make thin curls out of newsprint. I can’t wait to see how it carves wood.
The knife had a little more difficulty when I tackled some 3/4” manilla rope; the edge is not toothy enough to handle the rope well. Highly polished edges tend to slide around a bit on this test. Against a taut section of rope, it took a lot of force, two solid pulls and then a final swipe to get all the way through.
Considering the amount of force I put into the cut, the bead-blasted micarta handle scales were excellent. The contours fit my medium-large hands perfectly, and hot spots were kept to a minimum. The bead-blasting creates a very pleasing texture–just enough grip without it feeling tacky or rough. The fish eye bolts holding the scales to the blade tang are the only aesthetic embellishment on the knife, and I think they add a very nice contrast to the refined simplicity of the design. In addition to the bolts, the scales are held on with a high strength epoxy. I have no worries about the scales holding up to heavy use.
Also included with the knife is a very nice, pouch style, leather sheath, made by JRE Industries. Extra features include a firesteel loop, and the ability to attach the sheath to your belt with, or without, the included dangler attachment.
All of these and other small touches, such as the large lanyard tube, and the sharpened spine (allowing it to act as a scraper), promise to make the testing of this knife very interesting. The full review will follow once I have been able to get some field time with the knife. I plan on tackling some big projects with the GNS, and I will report back to you with the results.