Welcome to another installment of Staff Picks from our Sports and Outdoors team. Every other week, we select our favorite pieces out of the gear we’re testing, mainstays in our kits, as well as items on our wish lists. It’s like a sneak peek at the gear we’re testing and what we’re stoked on. Have something you think we should check out? Or just want to say hi? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, it’s a bit much. And yes, it leans a bit more towards the EDC crowd and less towards the outdoor crowd, but ZT’s 0055 is a work of art — a work of art with one of the smoothest opening and closing mechanisms I’ve ever tried. I have a number of knives running either end of the spectrum, but the 0055 is in a league of its own. — AJ Powell, Assistant Editor
L.T. Wright Knives Genesis Scandi
L.T. Wright Knives first popped up on my radar last weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival. A few dozen of their bushcraft knives were on display there, right in between the party grounds — better known as the “Boom Boom Room” — and our campsite. It was inevitable that I’d pass by on my way to burn the midnight oil. By the end of the festival, I had learned that L.T. Wright’s knives were not only beautiful, but entirely handmade in Ohio by a tight-knit team of eight master knifemakers, using all-American materials besides the Ukranian stainless steel blade. The Genesis Scandi was one that caught my eye; I can think of no better place for such a knife than the Pennsylvania countryside. — Michael Finn, Associate Staff Writer
Let me start with a disclaimer: I have no use for this knife. Let’s call it what it is — an automatic dagger. My conflicted feelings of desire toward this knife are a mixture of awe and fear. The awe comes from the double-edge blade’s action — it snaps in and out of the aluminum handle quicker than the eyes can process with the simple sliding of a switch. The fear comes from that same feature. The Infidel is under five ounces but feels heavy in the hand; holding it is like holding a pistol or any other object filled with so much latent power. I don’t have any intention of buying this knife; owning it would land me in a New York City prison. But there’s no harm in wanting. — Tanner Bowden, Editorial Apprentice