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For weeks now, I have been obsessing over choosing my first real quality field / bushcraft knife. I am very interested in the LT Wright GNS but uncertain as to the right grind and steel choice. Since this will be a general purpose blade, not just for bushcraft tasks, I am leaning towards a Sabre grind over the scandi, but looking for experienced guidance on this issue.

As for steel choices, it’s offered in 3V, AEB-L, A2 and 01. Since I have rookie sharpening skills, I am staying away from the 3V, and lean towards the AEB-l. The stainless nature looks to be something I would appreciate over the A2 or 01 living in the Carolinas. The heat treat on the LT AEB-L is 57-59, which seems soft for that steel, and doesn’t seem to take advantage of its benefits. So I am asking for help with this choice as well.

Other knife options are also appreciated, but I want to stay in the $200 range if possible.


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Posts: 2176 | Location: North Carolina, USA | Registered: January 21, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Little over your budget! That's what we're here for! I've sharpened a handful of Survive GSO knives for friends. Don't own one myself. The fit/finish/grind is very good, handles feel great hand. Excellent knives. Some of the models are now being offered in CPM MagnaCut steel. MagnaCut is a stain resistant steel. I have not sharpened MagnaCut yet.

https://surviveknives.com/gso-knives/

https://knifesteelnerds.com/2021/03/25/cpm-magnacut/

https://knifesteelnerds.com/20.../04/all-about-aeb-l/

Ya, 57-59 is a little low.

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Posts: 3171 | Location: 9860 ft above sea level Colorado | Registered: December 31, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Avoid Survive! Knives like the plague. It's a ponzi scheme that looks outwardly like a knife company. They don't stock anything and take years to deliver. An in stock knife will claim delivery in 90 days and them morphs out to 9 months or more. They have outstanding orders going back 5 years.

Here's a long running thread on Bladeforums.
https://www.bladeforums.com/th...ll-of-shame.1613748/

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Some of the models are now being offered in CPM MagnaCut steel

They just haven't received the steel, never worked with it and haven't made any knives with it yet.


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LT Wright GNS

Personally I like the Genesis Flat. With the convex edge you can sharpen it with 3M wet\dry sandpaper on a mouse pad.


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Posts: 12941 | Location: Bottom of Lake Washington | Registered: March 06, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Your rookie sharpening skills isn't a determining factor for which steel you should get. Here's why: If you get a softer steel, then it means you'll just be needing to sharpen it more often with your rookie sharpening skills. If you get a harder steel, you'll need to sharpen it less often but you still have your rookie sharpening skills.

It doesn't take much to upgrade your sharpening skills; just go look up how to sharpen videos. A good deal of it is just understanding what you're trying to accomplish. I could never sharpen up until maybe 5 years ago. It's a good skill to acquire and quite relaxing also.

The kind of steel you want is based on what sharpening tool you have or are willing to get. Good luck.



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