Brk aurora in a2 or ltwk gns.

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  1. narativesoul

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    So trying to decide. Bark river aurora in a2 or a lt wright gns in a similar steel. Not interested in the super steels. Just wondering what you folks Thaughts are.
     
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    Both are excellent knives and you can't really go wrong either way. That said, I've had both in the past and I prefer the Aurora. I prefer the convex grind, handle shape, and I believe it's lighter as well. The GNS comes in a convex grind also, but it has a microbevel which, in my opinion, defeats the beauty of a convex.
     
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    Pardon my beat up work bench, but here is a photo comparing the two, if that helps any.
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    Personally I like the grip and feel of the GNS a bit better than the Aurora. Both are decent knives, everyone has a different preference. For me the quality of both knives are about on par with each other.
     
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    Rather different knives IMO even if comparing LT convex. Handles are different, blade height is different, grinds are different, etc. I consider the BRKT a high performance thinner convex that does quite well in wood. Some have said that is a little chippy but nothing that couldn't likely be overcome with a slight secondary that was a little more obtuse. I don't blame manufacturers for their geometries, I try to modify to my intended use if needed. They will both stand behind their product and offer great warranties. I broke the tip off my aurora and they reground at no charge. I am sure LT would do the same. For my sensibilities and to my eye, I always felt the Aurora could stand a little more blade height. I don't think it detracted from performance whatsoever (except maybe spreading peanut butter) and it is a tad pointier that lent itself to fine work and tight spaces a little more than the GNS.

    Both great offerings....nothing against Mike and BRKT (I own and have owned and will continue to own BRKT), however, between the two, I sold my Auroras and kept my GNSs. Doesn't matter what I or any of us think, it comes down to personal opinion, what your intended use is, your preferences are, and what feels better in hand. I will say this despite your post about lack of interest in "supersteel", for me the 3v LT aurora was a better version than the A2 standard. I appreciated the significantly tougher steel and believe it is potentially a better choice in that grind.

    good luck
     
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    I'm kinda partial to the Aurora (A2) because I've enjoyed my own so much, but I don't think you can go wrong with anything from LT.

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    If the GNS ergos suit you, go for it. Myself, I found it a little too "broomhandle" feeling. Gave it to my son. I have a Nebula, same as an Aurora but with inletted tang, and find it very comfortable. I have never felt under gunned with Mike's A2.
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    That's a tough choice. I own both and I really like both. I find the Bark River handles really hard to beat...they feel so good in the hand. Not to throw a wrench into the sprockets, but...I prefer the BRKT Bushcrafter 2 over both of them.

    Good luck and let us know which way you go!
     
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    I traded an Aurora for my first GNS. A year or two later I sold the GNS. I pretty quickly regretted that and bought another. I won't make that mistake again. I'll have a GNS in my collection as long as I'm still able to go into the woods. After that my kids will have it. I like the GNS that much. The Aurora, not so much. I wasn't a fan of the grind and I found myself wanting more belly.
     
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    I would not shy away from 3v. 3v is not much harder to sharpen than A2 and can take a finer more keen edge because of the small particles from the CPM process, 3v also has a decent amount more corrosion resitants.

    As to the knives asked about in the OP I have no experience with either knife but recommend a knife with a larger full handle for harder use. Smaller handled knives have their place but hard work carving and prepping wood for fire is much better done with a larger tool handle with no sharp edges.
     
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