Wilderness Spirit Legacy Review

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  1. Knifecraft

    Knifecraft Banned Member Banned

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    I said I would do a review of this knife, and as promised here it is.

    I have been following Tim's work since I first saw one of his knives about a year ago. It was one he had made for his son, and posted a few pictures here, and I had a feeling it was something special. I contacted Tim, but at that point he told me was not making knives for sale as he was just starting out. I knew I would want one in the future so Tim said he would let me know when he was ready to make them available. Fast forward one year, and here is my new Wilderness Spirit Legacy. In the past two days I've done everything with this knife that I would do with a knife, and have been a bit hard on it as I wanted to give it a real test.


    Day one, The arrival...

    I returned home from the office to be handed a USPS Flat Rate Box by my wife (I knew exactly what this box contained), I'm sure my wife did as well lol. I took some photos as I opened it up.! I was extremely impressed with the way this knife was packed to say the least, I had not seen this before. Tim had put the knife, sheath and firesteel in a sealed bag, which he obviously seals himself, (what a nice touch) along with a reminder to wipe the blade off. The knife also comes with a certificate of authenticity.

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    Knifecraft Banned Member Banned

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    Time to rip this thing open, and be disappointed in some way. You know how it goes, you wait for that new custom knife and when it finally arrives there is something that is just not perfect about it. You know, the fit or finish is a bit off or the blade is not as sharp as it could but it's always something. It is for me at least as I'm very very fussy about my knives. Well, NOT this time folks, this darn thing was perfect.

    I'll start with the finish. The finish was perfect, no ugly grind marks, and the handle was nicely polished as well as the tang and spine (a very nice touch indeed). The makers mark is deeply, and clearly stamped on the flat which in my opinion is attention to detail.

    Next is the fit. Here is where I get really picky. I just can not stand a blade with and uneven plunge or tip. Well, Tim pays special attention here as the plunge and tip are perfect! I also like the taller bevel he puts on, and continues all the way to the tip. The handles are perfectly even, and there are no gaps between the tang, liners or handles. The handle does not stand proud of the tang nor does the tang. The other thing that proved to me that Tim take pride and care in his work were the Loveless bolts, you can not feel them at all when running a finger over the handle.

    Feel... I have held MANY knives of this type over the years, and the handles on this knife are by far the most comfortable I have ever had my hands on. The contours are perfect, as though they were done with alien like precision. The pommel is wonderfully shaped as to allow for striking with the palm, and not hurt your striking hand.

    The sheath... Well, Tim's leather work is second to none, period. This set also came with a matching firesteel which is equally beautiful as the rest of the package.



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    Testing:

    I tested this knife very well yesterday, and gave it another go today. I took it out and did all the things I would do with a knife. Remember, it's a knife not an axe LOL. For all my testing I used nothing but Oak, as I wanted to see how the edge would hold up, and being a true Scandi, they are generally fragile. I took it out and battoned plenty of Oak, and did lots of feathersticks (they rolled off like angle hair) and shavings never sharpening the blade or stropping it. I made several tent stakes, and notches. I also went as far as cross battining some oak. After my testing I washed the blade of and carefully checked for chips and rolls. Well, to my surprise there were NONE at all. I was very surprised as this is the first Scandi by any maker that has not had some sort of damage after this kind of use. I tested it for sharpness, and again to my surprise it was still shaving sharp!

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    Final thoughts...


    To my disbelief, I have not found one single thing I do not like about this knife. It performed better than any Woodlore/Woodlore style knife I own or have owned, and the fit and finish is superior as well. There is not much else I can say other than "this knife is a winner" and so is Tim!

    Tim is a great guy, with superior attention to detail. I highly recommend anyone on the fence about getting on Tim's list to do it now, before it's too late. Makers like Tim only come around once in a lifetime, and their order books get filled very quickly. Don't be the guy that WISHES he had signed up after it's too late.

    All the best,
    Mike AKA Knifecraft
     
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  6. NVRDONE

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    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    And to your last point. Get on the list now guys. I just put in a second order today.
     
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    Fantastic review. Thanks for letting us know how it performed.
     
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    I agree, great review and thanks for taking the time to do so.. This will be my first handcrafted, fancy knife and I'm thinking I made the right choice..
     
  9. kcardwel

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    your inbox is full
     
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    Nice review and a beautiful knife.
     
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    Beautiful knife and nice review, thanks.
     
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    this guy is making my NEXT knife purchase. zero doubt.

    i need to clarify exactly what model i want. more than likely the Legacy, like your's. i get confused easily with all the names makers call things. haha.

    great review.!!
     
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    I guarantee you will not regret it. My Legacy is my main user, and I love it. I have plenty of other high end blades to choose from, but I always choose my Legacy.

    Here she is after a split wood fire... Don't let anyone tell you a Scandi is not a good choice for hardwoods... Most of the work I've done with this knife has been done on Hard oak and maple, and this knife performs like a champ.


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    well done Man! Some people just refuse to believe haha
     
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    I really got to practice feathersticks! That last pic is great.
     
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    It's great to see that knife being used. Good feedback. Thanks
     
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    That blade is looking so well loved. Thanks for keeping my appetite wet, while mine gets made.
    Mike
     
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    I can't wait. Money saved and squirreled away already.

    Let's do this!
     
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    gotta get another image upload service, really love that talon i seen wanted to see you other works but pics are all gone?
     
  20. Wilderness Spirit

    Wilderness Spirit Scout Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Check out some of the other threads. (In the shop at Wilderness Spirit), (some examples of my work)Thanks, Tim
     
  21. boomchakabowwow

    boomchakabowwow Guide

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    sorry, moved it all over to my own thread.
     
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  22. Wilderness Spirit

    Wilderness Spirit Scout Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Thanks Cliff, I really appreciate it !... Nice pics.
     
  23. Tech

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    That's a beauty man! Maybe start your own thread instead of having to use this D Bags old one!!!
     
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    Maybe should have done a new thread. Sorry
     

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