As a long-time fan of Blind Horse Knives, I knew when the company split that the world was in for a double dose of greatness in the knife community.
L.T. Wright Handmade Knives are nothing short of greatness. Still being produced in the same BHK facility, L.T. is still building the same high quality, handmade masterpieces.
When the Genesis was named the flagship model for the new company I immediately knew I had to get my hands on it! I was lucky enough to be given this knife personally by L.T.
It is a great honor and pleasure for me to get the chance to review a knife that gets an incredible amount of man hours, attention to detail, and quality.
It’s rare I become as attached to a knife as I did with the Genesis. You could call it love at first paper cut when my eyes lit up and realized just how special of a tool this was.
The Genesis comes in at an overall length of 9 inches with an actual cutting surface of 4.25 inches. The knife features a high polished Scandinavian (scandi) grind, all hand-ground and “finer than frog hair split four ways” in the words of the great Dave Canterbury.
The choice of steel is the very popular A2 tool steel which is quickly becoming a favorite amongst bushcrafters.
Other features of this particular Genesis are bead blasted green micarta (LT will make any handle you want if you ask!); thumb scalloping on both sides of the handle, and a sharpened 90 degree spine.
A beautiful leather sheath with fire steel loop was chosen to be paired with my Genesis package, but one is not limited to leather; it can also be swapped for kydex if you so choose.
As I began to test this knife, I preformed all the usual tasks of making feather sticks, tent pegs, and batoning as I saw fit.
We all saw this coming though; we all knew that this bushcraft knife would excel at BUSHCRAFT! Nothing new in that department!
I wanted to start thinking outside the box with this knife. I began carrying this bad boy around with me everywhere, realizing that I was using this blade for more than its intended bushcrafting purposes.
I was preparing food with the Genesis after a long day in the field; the knife is a great slicer and makes quick work of chopping vegetables and processing meat.
Not only that, the Genesis zipped through game animals after a successful hunt. The utilization of the Scandi grind and thumb scallops made the knife comfortable and extremely precise when skinning and processing the game.
Even further outside the box, I used this knife extensively when doing yard work and fishing. If you’re not convinced by my point here, understand that this knife has unlimited uses.
These knives are custom, one-of-a-kind pieces that start as raw materials and are crafted by highly skilled knife makers. If you are interested in seeing the process of how they make knives, take a look on YouTube as they have a few videos posted about their process and facility
When you receive an L.T. Wright knife, you are receiving a knife that will last a lifetime. The Genesis, like all L.T. Wright knives, is backed by a lifetime warranty. That is a pretty incredible deal right there!
Now, when I write these articles I try not to be too subjective, but this is a product that has won my heart as well as spot on my belt.
I realize there are many folks out there who cannot afford the base price of $175 and there are others who are skeptical of the knife being worth that kind of dough. I’m here to tell you that although it may seem expensive, for what you get in a 100% USA handcrafted knife of this quality, it’s worth the money all day and twice on Sunday.
This is an example of something I would save up for knowing I was saving for a knife that would last my lifetime and two lifetimes after I’m gone. This knife allows the user to get back to simplicity and the basics, that’s why in the beginning, there was Genesis.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 18, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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