The Landslide from Lone Wolf Knives, now a subsidiary of Benchmade Knives, is a dedicated outdoor folding knife. This piece utilizes a 3.5 inch spear point single edge design available in both plain or combo edge with serrations. With a blaze orange zytel handle for safety and visibility the folder is a great addition to Lone Wolf’s outdoor line.
In overall appearance the knife reminded me somehow of a Horace Kephart type of knife. I wouldn’t say it was a clone by any means, but the Kephart and the Landslide share a general blade shape and ease of use. At a little over 8 inches in length it shares a similar size to that classic woods tool too. I always liked a spear point for general utility and outdoor use all other factors being equal so this was another big check off on the list of things I prefer in an outdoor knife. So far so good for the Landslide. The blade steel is N680 stainless and it was quite resistant to any staining or corrosion as far as I could expose it to. Fats, vegetable juices and such did nothing to hurt the finish. The blade carries a set of ambidextrous thumbstuds for easy one hand opening as well. Lock up was via a Lock Back mechanism and solid as they come from Lone Wolf.
I used the Landslide as a everyday carry knife at work and around the house for 3 weeks. No job too big or small. Paracord cutting, package opening, kitchen prep as well as daily carry. The knife performed fine. Being only around 3 oz. it was light enough to go unnoticed all day but moved and handled like a well-balanced and sturdy knife. The orange handles tick off another box from the outdoor or hunting folder checklist. Sometimes you lay your knife down but you always need to be able to see it to pick it up again. (Editor’s note: aside from the easily seen orange handles, I also liked the grip texture. It’s designed to look like topo map contours and works well to add traction in the process. A finger choil allows the handle to settle in comfortably as well and keeps your hand solidly away from the blade during hard use.) Carry was tip up for left or right and that took a little for me to get used to but it was well worth adapting to the knife. Steel liners also reinforce the handle without adding to the weight.
The big field test was rendering some tallow from beef trimmings for use as lamp fuel for a project I was working on for camp use. The knife got pretty slimy but still held well in the hands and cleaned up easily enough. Having to dice up the beef fat into fine chopped pieces was easier to accomplish with a sharp knife and the Landslide worked as advertised. No doubt it would do well as a game processing knife if put to such use. It also assisted in getting the fire going by making a feather stick of the starter kindling. The Landslide is just a good all-around blade.
After quite a bit of whittling and general utility cutting it was finally starting to get dull. Even though I probably could have gone another month without sharpening I had to test Lone Wolf’s carbide Field Sharpener some time. This is a small pocket affair with a fixed set of hard carbide edge hones set at a 60 degree inclusive angle as well as a ceramic back that allows for finer edge maintenance. It also includes a v-notch for sharpening fish hooks or other small points. The whole unit is barely three inches long. The included lanyard hole was large enough for paracord to be looped through it if you found it necessary to prevent loss.
With its compact size and simple to use features the Field Sharpener setup works well for any major edge repair in the field. I have use these draw through sharpeners in the past and recommend them with the caveat to not be real aggressive with the tool to work over your blade edge. The carbide can remove a lot of metal real fast, way more than the average touch up would need. When your edge is really dull in the field it brings things back up to speed nicely. A quick run through, LIGHTLY, and a few passes on the back of the unit’s finer abrasive and you should have a good field edge. Paired up with the Landslide this would be a great combo for the field or hunting use.
The Lone Wolf Landslide carries a retail price of $80 but some quick online shopping should find you one for closer to $50. The Field Sharpener has a $25 retail price and that seems to be about what you kind find them for online although you might knock a couple bucks off with some hunting.
Along with the Landslide and Field Sharpener, Benchmade threw in one of their Lone Wolf Travel Mugs. As a part time editor and writer, full time cop, and a dad, I drink a lot of coffee. I started drinking coffee in the Army when I was 17 and as I progressed through the ranks to finish up, many years and a transfer later, as an Air Force Master Sergeant I’ve become quite adept at coffee mug wrangling. It’s also made me pretty picky about what ones I like and which ones I don’t. I have to say that the Lone Wolf mug easily passes muster. While a plastic mug, it has a good solid build to it and should take a good bit of abuse. I’d lost a couple of coffee mugs off of the top of cruiser roofs over the years and some have survived and some have not. I’m confident that the Lone Wolf one would be a survivor.
The mug has a good feel in the hand and the lid actually screws into place so the odds of it coming loose are just about nil. There’s a well-designed mouth piece that’s comfortable to drink from and that contains the contents of the mug under most reasonable conditions. The bright orange color is excellent. Not only does it make your mug stand out from other folks, it also makes it easy to find when you set it down. That works just as well whether you set the mug down around the campsite in the field, or in the office where you (or at least I) can get easily distracted and wander off from your precious, consciousness delivering brew.
At $15, the Lone Wolf Travel Mug is a pretty good deal in my opinion, especially when you factor in its rugged build, easy to spot color, and general drinking ergonomics. Father’s day is coming up as I write this folks and this one would be a great one for dad!
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