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Photos Koyote LBK Woodsman

Discussion in 'Koyote Custom Knives' started by tradja, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. tradja


    Feb 10, 2006
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  2. Bradass80


    Apr 10, 2014
    I hope this sub-forum never goes away, but it seems like it's time is limited with not hearing from Christof for so long and Sierra moving on. Thanks for sharing the pics! The LBK, and some of the other Koyote models as well, are IMO some of the best and we'll built fixed blades ever made. Christof's handles are second to none, and Sierra's sheaths are a work of art.

    How did the LBK compare to the other knives used on your hike adventure? I'm sure with being on the trail for that length of time you became very familiar with the blades you carried. Brad
  3. tradja


    Feb 10, 2006
    Yeah, getting to know the knives in that immersive environment was really cool.

    In the hike thread, I strove to feature each knife in a positive light, since it was very generous of the knifemakers to kick down in the first place. I provided more candid feedback to each maker in private email.

    The LBK (and to be fair, all the knives) was larger than needed for this particular hike, but that was to be expected. I loved the design, ergos, quality, and F&F. The "scandivex" grind glides through soft and hard materials and is easy to maintain. The design is unique, creative, and innovative without being the least bit gimmicky or contrived. The LBK handled the more-common "small knife tasks" much better than almost any knife its size, perhaps due to the handle ergos, thinner blade stock, precise grind, ability to choke up close to the cutting edge, and superb balance. Yes, it's called the Little Big Knife, but next to my Ratmandu, this is the 2nd largest fixed blade I own so it's big to me.

    At times I wished the LBK had a little more point for detail work. The pointier knives on the hike like the Murray Carter and the Shadowknives Model IX have great points. I've long considered taking the LBK spine down a smidgen.

    Sierra's sheath is still no-exaggeration the finest piece of leatherwork I've ever handled, including my custom boots, custom holsters, and Allen Edmonds dress shoes. However, hiking in 30+ days of rain at the end of the hike forever put me off leather sheaths and made me seriously question carbon steel for a long-term trail knife.

    I'm surprised this sub is still here after the forum software changeover. He was never a prolific maker and I almost never see the knives for sale here or elsewhere.
  4. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Great pics of a great knife. I love my LBK Woodsman...my favorite outdoors knife- but I've never seen one with a guard like yours. Cool.

    Gotta figure this forum will be closed when whatever time he paid for is up...
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  5. Bradass80


    Apr 10, 2014
    Some day when I have time I'll have to read through all 15 pages of the thread about your hike, what a great adventure that must have been.

    The longest continuous amount of time I get to spend in the woods is a week for archery hunting, and I can't say that I have found anything that I needed a pointier knife for, but I usually have a skinning knife and dedicated Hunter style knife with me as well, so I could see where the LBK would not have been ideal at times.

    Thanks again for posting the pics and keeping some conversation going in here. Brad

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