LT Wright vs Battlehorse?

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  1. tarzan

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    Maybe it is just me. But I see more LT Wright knives being advertised , sold and used than Battlehorse knives. Do you think it is because of better designs, better ads, or different philosophies between LT or Dan? Nothing against Dan. Anyone else notice this?
     
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    Just my experience, they both make great (and very similar) knives - I've owned 2 LTs (now 0) and 1 BHK (still own). Of course, I didn't sell the LTs because they were "inferior" to BHK; 1 LT I gifted to my brother for his first deployment (even though I absolutely loved it and still miss it), and the other just never clicked with me. The BHK I absolutely love though.

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    I think LT is a bit more popular, at least in bushcrafty circles, and they're sold in a lot more places than BHK. For instance, TKC, BladeHQ, DLT Trading, and KnivesShipFree all sell LT knives but not BHK. So it could just be shop size.
     
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    Thanks, I also heard mention that Battlehorse may take longer to ship or not offer as manly 3v knives.
     
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    I have a bunch of both and I like them both. Lt seems to have a much better distribution game. They also use a bigger variety of steels. They also sponsor some of the bushcraft celebs like carliegh Fairchild and Larry Roberts.

    BHK will make you any of their knives in any steel you want but they don't normally have a lot of that stuff in stock ready to ship. BHK has a great retail store and they are a really cool family.

    Can't go wrong with either knives. They both really represent the great state of Ohio.
     
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    So all of BHKs knives I'm aware of are O1. Maybe they've used other steels in the past, or in special runs or something, but I've only ever seen O1... Actually I think I might've seen one in S35V once? The BHK I have I bought used, so I've never actually ordered from them, but I think they have "ready made" ones that ship within a week and semi-custom stuff that takes a couple months.
     
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    That's really cool.
     
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    From the ones I have owned the LTWK have had better fit and finish. Also I think you get more knife for your money with an LTWK.
     
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    Picked up a pair of patch knives recently

    bother great knives and while the pattern is similar there are subtle differences between the LTW and the BHK patterns

    can't choose between them to be honest bother are keepers

    The only thing I can tell you about the companies is that BHK only seem to sell off their own website where as LT have distributors even as far as England
     
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    Who's lefty? Looks like a full tan Mora companion
     
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    A couple years ago Battle Horse Knives predominately used O1 and LTWK predominately used A2. Battle Horse Knives also introduced a lot more variety of knives and utilized clip points, tantos, etc. while LTWK maintained a more consistent bushcraft mindset. And not only does LTWK use more distributors, but many of their distributors have special LTW knives such as the KSF Rogue River, The Knife Connection Forest Trail and Woodland Trail, DLT Outback and many of those are pretty popular. Finally, LTWK has produced knives for specific people that have become popular such as the Jessmuk, the Native Survival Knife, and the Lagom bush tool. All those partnerships mean people plugging LTWK while plugging their own designs.

    Personally, my three favorite designs of LTWK are the Rogue River, Forest Trail, and Outback. All three were designed by other knife enthusiasts but crafted by LTWK. I've had 3 Battle Horse Knives and 6 LTWKs. I could not tell a difference in quality, fit, or finish between the two makers.
     
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    I'm partial to Lt Wright Handcrafted Knives myself....I own six of them.;) :dblthumb:
    Dominick........
     
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    Who's Battle Horse Knives? (I guess that's your answer from me.) ;)
     
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    I'm Stilla big Blind Horse fan although I have some from all 3.
     
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    That's my BHK Featherstick... The one that (didn't) got away!
     
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    Ive bought and sold LT Wright and sold some of them because thats what I buy, I wont even own a BHK.
     
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    Both are great, but I love me some BHK.
     

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    Why not? Just curious.
     
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    I wanted and bought LT first and liked them. Not a fan of some of BHKs blade designs.
     
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    Fair enough.
     
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    Smokey Mountain Knife Works now carry Battle Horse knives with a newer style grip than I have seen from them in the past.
     
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    I just looked online and didn't see any BHK listed anywhere at SMKW. I noticed in your info under your moniker you are from that part of the world. So is just in their brick and mortar store where their are selling BHK?
     
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    Yes sir, in the brick and mortar store. Located next to the Esee and Tops display . I was in there just a couple of days ago. This was the first time I had seen them in the store so, I stood around and fondled them awhile.....
     
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    Never been to their store (which I hear is really impressive), but living in Idaho, I doubt I would ever get back to that part of the country. Hopefully they will put the BHK lineup online in the future.

    Many thanks Isme!
     
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    No problem my friend,

    Just imagine knife heaven, 3 stories of just about any brand knife you can think of ( production and some customs ) on display so you can handle them. One of the world's largest knife museums, and the one of the world's largest collections of wildlife mounts all rolled into one building.

    Now you're getting close....
     
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    Just wondering on the LT Wright; they are running the RC at 57-59. Anyone finding that too soft for long edge holding or just fine?
     
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    In my opinion, both make great blades. Neither are perfect in regards to grind, shaping or finish, but to find a better duty blade you will be hard pressed. The heat treat of both companies is spot on. The main difference is with their personal taste. Both have just enough differences in their vision of designs to make their blades unique.

    To say they are similar is only by judging them on looks. They have different feels in handling.
     
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    I currently don’t own one, but I never found myself thinking, “gee, this knife sure dulls quick.” Not very scientific, but that’s all I got.
     
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    I have never had edge holding issues from either. The O1 and A2 I have used from them has been solid and better than any other none custom knife I have owned as far as edge holding.
     
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    I have knives from both makers.
    Both are excellent quality & heat treat is perfectly fine.
    Denis
     
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    All good info here. I've handled a few original bhks but never owned one. I've always wanted one from one of them...
     
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    very unscientific. but of all my blades, my Battle horse is the biggest challenge to sharpen.

    it is 0-1 in a flat grind. the steel feels really hardened. it feels and sounds different rubbing on my stones. it is also the dullest blade i got out of the box. i opened it and felt the edge. you pull open some knives you better approach the edge slow. it was pretty dull, it wouldnt cleanly slice paper.

    i got it sharp after i bought a Shapton 500 glass.

    if i get another random knife, it will be the GNS. (i'm waiting for a grail, but it is getting tiresome..and am losing interest :))
     
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    Not much to be added to what has been said already. Both make really good knives. It boils down to personal preference. Actually bought my first couple back when they were still together as Blind Horse Knives (BlindHK). After they split I preferred LTWK knives as their lines were more along the bushcraft/hunting side where Battle Horse Knives (BattleHK) knives at the time leaned towards the tactical side. Still prefer the LTWK blades. Nothing against BattleHK, just the way I went. I've bought a few of BattleHK knives and they are great; full size MUK, LE Locust, and a LE Large Workhorse. I've just bought more of the LTWK knives.
     
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    I like them when they were together.....and I like both of them since they separated. I have a LT Wright knife on order right now....and use a couple of BHKs everyday...
     
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    I have the Genesis, (had a Bushcrafter) and a Battle Horse and I much prefer LT Wright knives. I really haven't found anything wrong with the Genesis but the Battle Horse??? I don't know the model but it seems it dull easier and when striking a ferra rod the spine dulls easily and just gets hard and harder to get good sparks, not hundreds of strike but rather very few strikes. I have no idea why.
    Blade is 3.5'' and handle is 4.5''. BHK.jpg
     
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    What is the steel of the BattleHK? Have you checked hardness? Perhaps a heat treat issue?

     
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    I've owned three Genesis (2 FFG and a scandi), a Bushcrafter HC and a Next Gen. The next Gen I could never really get all that sharp. The others would take a really screamin' edge, but lose it after one featherstick. I like the folks at LT Wright's shop, but imo, they run their HT too soft and I doubt I'll ever own another one - even though the Genesis handle fits my hand perfectly.

    BHK seems to run their HT a bit harder and I have a FFG Essiac that takes a super sharp edge and holds it well. Other BHK's I've owned just would not take all that great of an edge, even with the same steel (O1) and same grind (FFG).
     
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    WY_Not - I do not know the steel or away to check hardness. I have access of a hardness tester but the diamond busted on it and it's not accurate any more.

    Brommeland - I love my Genesis, I can use it a lot and it stays sharp.
     
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    I'm glad to hear it. The Genesis would be the perfect knife for me if it would hold a decent edge. I'm happy to hear that you have one that does. However, after three tries I'm not going to spend any more cash trying to find one.... My Fallknivens all take and hold a screamin' edge...

    ETA: I don't want to come across as bashing LT's knives. I understand why he under hardens (IMO) his blades - the current trend toward beating the crap out of knives makes this almost a necessity - otherwise he would be replacing a lot of knives under his warranty. I get that.

    However, I use my knives as cutting tools and edge retention is (for me) a higher priority than toughness.
     
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    There are several bushcraft youtubers I respect a good bit, McQ Bushcraft comes to mind. He will use a knife to split firewood, but he is most gentle, almost respectful of his knife. That makes sense to me, I was brought up to be careful with a knife, careful in a sense of not abusing it.
     

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