Knife Review: L.T. Wright Knives Rogue River


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I’ve had the pleasure of putting another fine LTWK product through the wringer lately, the Rogue River. The review is now online at TTAK.

I loved this knife. It is wonderfully versatile, a workhorse in the kitchen, and a thoroughbred at camp!

I took a ton of photos, way more than I needed. Check out a photo gallery of some shots that didn’t make it into the review after the jump. Continue reading

Knife Review: ESEE Izula-II



I have owned the tiny, mighty ESEE Izula-II for almost a year now. It made a great complement to a larger fixed blade on a camping trip to West Virginia last fall. I liked it less as an EDC proposition, but as a blade for outdoor pursuits it is superlative. My full review of the knife is now online at TTAK and I think the photos turned out especially well. Read it here.

Knife Review: L.T. Wright Knives GNS



Big review of mine went live today on the L.T. Wright GNS bushcraft knife.

Back in November I met L.T. at a local show and he agreed to send me this knife. This is the first knife sent to me by a maker for review, and I can’t thank him enough.

The GNS is a fantastic piece of kit for campers, hikers, and especially practicing bushcraft folks. Read the full review on The Truth About Knives.

Review: Allen Putman G10 Scales for Bencmhade Griptilian and Mini-Griptilian



I’ve been carrying a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian for years. I’m especially a fan of the Doug Ritter versions. They are solid knives, and Benchmade’s Axis Lock is a joy to use. Recently I got the urge to upgrade the stock plastic handles to these G10 beauties by Allen Putman Blade Scales. They are a bit pricey, but worth it, especially for the full-size knives.

My review is online now at

L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives GNS – Initial Impressions



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 me to review. My initial impressions are online now at TTAK.

[Update 2/20/2015: My full review has been completed and can be found here]

Camp The 50 States: West Virginia


It was a glorious autumn weekend when we set out for the Cranberry River Wilderness, part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Getting up before dawn on a Friday morning, we left the morning commuters behind and drove west from Washington, D.C.

Rather than take Interstate-81 south, we jumped over the border to West Virginia as soon as we could, where the highways quickly got smaller and smaller, until there was only a single lane of traffic in either direction. The scenery was profoundly more enjoyable because of this decision, evidenced by the photo above. Continue reading