I will admit I can be something of a blade snob. The way I look at it, any gear I buy for the purpose of keeping me alive had better be of the highest quality I can afford. Therefore, I tend to shy away from dollar stores and the like when it comes to purchasing most of my survival supplies. Sure, a can of beans is a can of beans, whether you pay a quarter or a buck for it. But, for tools in particular, I don’t want cheaply made Chinese lookalikes that are just as apt to fall apart in my hands as they are to do even a mediocre job.
The GNS Knife is a production knife made by LT Wright Knives. A production knife is one that isn’t truly custom, yet is typically handmade or hand assembled rather than built on some sort of automated assembly line. Yes, a production knife is typically more expensive than something you’d buy in a blister pack at Walmart. But, you usually get what you pay for, whether we’re talking a blue light special or a high end blade.
GNS stands for “Go, No Show.” In other words, this is a knife made to be used and abused rather than just looking pretty on a shelf or in a display cabinet. From the moment you pick it up, you’ll be looking to put it to work.
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The blade is fashioned from 01 tool steel. It runs 4.5″ in length and is a robust 1/8″ thick. As with most high quality knives, it has a full tang. This means the steel runs from the tip of the blade all the way through to the butt end of the handle, all in one piece. The edge of the GNS blade is a Scandi grind, which makes for a very sharp edge that is easily maintained.
The handle scales are attached both mechanically via rivets as well as chemically with an adhesive. I have little doubt the scales are going to last just as long as the blade. At the butt end is a hole for attaching a lanyard, should you desire one.
The handle is thick, filling my hand completely. The knife is very comfortable to hold in any number of positions, whether you’re batoning firewood or carving a bow drill.
Something I really appreciate about the GNS is the leather sheath. In my experience, sometimes the sheath is seen as an afterthought. You can buy a truly excellent knife and the sheath turns out to be very thin. That’s not the case here. The GNS sheath is fashioned from thick leather, complete with a loop on the side to carry a ferro rod (not included). The stitching is strong and well done, making the sheath as good looking as it is functional.
It also has a sheath dangler attached, which is great. Personally, I prefer to carry my belt knives using a dangler as then the knife doesn’t ride up against my waist when I sit or crouch. The sheath also has a standard belt loop, should you not want to use the dangler.
I have owned my GNS Knife for several months now. I have used it for all manner of typical camp tasks and it has never failed to meet the job head on. The GNS sells for about $155.00 here on the LT Wright website. Yes, that’s a lot of money for a knife. But, I’ll tell you something. It just may be the last knife you need to buy.