So.....LT Wright Temptation

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  1. DPris

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    Blade HQ selling LT Wright Patriots $75-$95.

    D2, Micarta, leather.

    I have been toying with (as mentioned elsewhere) the idea of switching from my left-side Sypderco Mannix to a fixed blade there for regular carry.

    The Mannix is an old friend.
    I'm very confident in its quality, and I like its blade length.
    I also like the easy out & easy back in one-handed draw, into its opentop belt sheath.
    No danger of cutting my skin or my clothes, no need to hold my shirt out of the way.

    Quick, simple, good length.

    And then I got the sale announcement in the email yesterday.

    I have larger Wright knives.
    Quality is excellent.
    I do like the configuration on the Patriot, and the flat grind.

    It could easily stay hidden underneath my usual untucked shirts, which is important to me.
    I like the one-piece strength, as opposed to a folder, even as burly as the Mannix is.

    But- I already regularly carry a Spyderco Native in the right-hand pocket.
    Between it & the larger Mannix, I'm well covered for mundane chores & even up into more demanding areas needing something a little more than the Native can provide. Mannix even usable as last ditch defense.

    So, if I picked up the Patriot, I keep asking myself what a 2.5-inch blade would get me, beyond strength, and what I'd lose in length with the bigger Mannix gone.

    The Patriot would largely just duplicate the Native's capabilities, in terms of blade length.

    Torn.

    What would Jesus do? :)
    Denis
     
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    I will carry between 3 knives EDC, my RWFred (2.5") my MichaelBear (about 3") or my FPT/Set Frontcountry (3.5") I can do everything with the RWFred as I can the Frontcountry except pry since its a hidden tang. As for self defense... even a 2.5" blade will do a lot of damage if you know how to use it.
     
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    I'd say buy it and try it. The price isn't bad. And if you don't like you could sell it off.
     
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    I was looking at the Patriot as well. It seemed the handle was just a tad too small for me. Chris from Plainsman knives had a micro Orion for sale. Great happy medium. It is my regular carry and I actually like it better than my LT Wright's.
     
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    Looked at the Micro Orion, but I can't do Scandi. :)
    Otherwise, nice.

    I know what a short blade CAN do, defense-wise.
    First homicide I ever attended was done with a kitchen paring knife in the 2-3 inch range.
    I'd just prefer something slightly longer in general to offer more advantage over the right-pocket Native, and the only way I can, practically, get 4-inch performance without hanging too low & creating visibility issues is with a folder.

    Not sure carrying two short blades gives me any overriding benefit.

    I already have an ESEE Izulu in a 2.5, but not all that fond of the handle.
    And a Spyderco Perrin Street Beat, but it's just too damned pretty to actually do anything with.

    The Patriot handle's too short for a good solid strong grip?
    Denis
     
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    Do eeet. :D

    Heck, for under a hundred bucks buy one and try it. If you like it keep it. If you don't like it then send it to me; provided it is in good shape, ie no damage, chips, etc. I've been eyeballing the Patriots for a couple weeks now just haven't pulled the trigger yet. You cover shipping and I'll pay the Blade HQ retail price.
     
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    OK, you've talked me out of it.
    I think I'll save up my lunch money & pick up one of Wright's Next Gens with flat grind, full-sized handle, and 3-inch blade.
    That might possibly work. :)

    Price looked good on the Patriot, but appears to be too small overall.
    Denis
     
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    I was reading reviews on the Patriot and someone who had similar sized hands had issues with the handle being a little small. About the same time Chris had the Orion advertised so I grabbed it. I realize that everyone has a preference in grinds. Didn't need another scandi but honestly it's a great little knife. Came with a kydex sheath which I originally disliked but now I see how handy it is. Slips right in my pocket. I do carry every day moreso since the nuke plant I visit weekly banned folders. I tell them I use it for my lunch.
     
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    I had an LT Wright, but ended up giving it to my son-in-law. Learned that I disliked a flat grind. I will probably buy another, but it would have to be Scandi grind, which is my favorite.
     
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    Gotta be flat or saber for me. :)
    I've got three Wrights, all flat, all 4-inch+ blades.
    Denis
     
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    I own 6 of Lt 's knives... all but one have scandi grinds. The exception being a Patriot with a Convex grind. I also have another Patriot wih a scandi grind.
    Dominick........
     
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    I have had a flat grind patriot for several years, it is a great little fixed blade for time when a small fixed blade is handy at hand. It trades off with my Izula when a blade that size is required. There are some that are better, and more than a few that are worse, but at that price it is a good piece, with a decent leather sheath.
     
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    I'm not one to ever talk someone out of an LTWK, but I am sure if you message Chris over at Plainsmen knives he would happily grind you something exactly how you wanted it.
     
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    One nice thing about the Patriot is the handle shape, makes it easier to pull the little 3-finger out of the sheath compared to many other small fixed blades. It's a slick little knife, and affordable enough to buy just for the heck of it... ;-)
     
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    You know I do the Orion's in scandivex, and can do them in FFG or saber too right?
     
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