L.T. Wright Illuminous 5 Fixed Blade Knife 5.7" 3V Scandi Grind, Natural Canvas Micarta, Leather Sheath


Part #: LTWIL5S3VCM03 | L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives
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LTWIL5S3VCM03: Illuminous 5, CPM-3V, Scandi Grind, Natural Micarta
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Folks have been wanting a properly big bushcraft knife from LTWK, and the Illuminous 5 is here to answer the call! Designed by longtime friend and sheath maker Spen Steltzer (JRE Industries) this survival knife has the power to get you through any tough job in the wilderness.

The broad spear point blade is versatile and tough. Constructed with 5/32" thick CPM-3V steel, it offers the ideal combination of long edge retention and crazy high toughness. Like all L.T. Wright Knives, the Illuminous 5 features a 90-degree spine for striking a fire steel.

The Scandi grind is finished by hand to a razor's edge, which goes all the way back to the heel of the blade for maximum usefulness. This type of edge is perfect for whittling wood, and the symmetrical shape makes it perfect for bushcraft tasks like drilling or making traps. 

The Illuminous 5 features comfortable contoured handles inspired by the shape of the classic Ray Mears Woodlore bushcraft knife. Finished by hand to remove any hotspots, they are secured to the tang with a combination of Loveless-style bolts and high-strength epoxy for a lifetime of durability.

The knife would not be complete without a good sheath, and the included JRE Industries leather sheath has good retention and a 3/8" diameter leather loop on the side to facilitate easy carry of a firesteel. Additional rivets allow versatile lashing options. The sheath can be used with the included dangler attachment for drop leg carry. If you prefer your knife to carry higher on the belt, you can remove the dangler, or simply fold it underneath and out of the way.
  • 90-degree spine
  • Extra Wide Lanyard Hole
  • JRE Industries Dangler Sheath
  • Each piece from LTWK is handmade. Specs may vary slightly.
  • Blade Length: 5.7"
  • Cutting Edge: 5.6"
  • Handle Length: 4.6"
  • Overall Length: 10.3"
  • Blade Material: CPM-3V
  • Blade Thickness: 0.15"
  • Blade Hardness: 57-59 HRC
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Grind: Scandi
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Natural Micarta
  • Handle Thickness: 0.96"
  • Sheath: Leather
  • Weight: 10.2 oz.
  • Made in USA
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
L.T. Wright Illuminous 5 Fixed Blade Knife 5.7" 3V Scandi Grind, Natural Canvas Micarta, Leather Sheathrated 5.000 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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L.T. Wright Illuminous 5 Fixed Blade Knife 5.7" 3V Scandi Grind, Natural Canvas Micarta, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Bay Area California
May 09, 2020
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Finish
Nearly perfect all around outdoor knife
I pay VERY close attention to the specs of the fixed blade knives I buy. This is the first LT Wright knife that checked all the boxes. If been practicing with it for 3-4 weeks in my back yard (lock down). I've been obsessed for several years with finding a knife that can withstand HARD outdoor use, clear small limbs easily, easily chop and make tent stakes, yet feather stick and cut notches with ease. The Illuminous 5 is the closest I've used. It is a great design! And an excellent value.The Illuminous 5 is not primarily a bushcraft knife, but an all around woods knife. In my opinion. For an all around knife I like to have enough blade length, toughness, and weight so I can let the knife do some of the work. The Illuminous 5 is North of 5.5" long and tall enough to provide back up strength. Yet the blade is reasonably thin for a hard use knife and it cuts beautifully. I also love the profile and grind. I can get that tip into small notches when controlled with my off hand thumb.This knife can be whaled on with a baton too! (I'm convinced CPM 3V steel likes to be beat LOL). Yet the Illuminous 5 feather sticks and notches like a dream. It stays sharp, is easy to strop to razor sharpness, and is semi-stainless. The Illuminous 5 has a perfect slight weight forward balance which allows for light chopping, while keeping the knife balanced enough for finer tasks. The weight is just right for my uses, because you cannot chop effectively with lightweight bushcraft only knives. The handle on this knife is perfect for my L-XL hands. The larger diameter provides tremendous leverage when carving from tip to handle. The shape is immediately comfortable and perfect for my uses. The pommel shape keeps the knife safely in my hand during 2 or 3 finger chopping. There were some Cons that were completely over shadowed by the Pros. Keep in mind that I am way more critical than most; The knife I received was not uniformly sharp from ricasso to tip. I fixed it with some stroping. The tang was not completely flush with the handle. I fixed it with some 500 grit wet/dry paper while watching TV. The micarta was sharp all around the pommel. Sharp micarta happens on almost every knife I buy. Sand paper fixed it in a few minutes..I have a bunch of fixed blade knives from $150 to over $500, sized from 4.5" to 8.5", most in 3V. This is the knife closest to a perfect all around woods knife I have used.BTW - I really like the leather sheath. I've had to make fewer modifications than others.
L.T. Wright Illuminous 5 Fixed Blade Knife 5.7" 3V Scandi Grind, Natural Canvas Micarta, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
New Joisey
Oct 21, 2019
Pros: Materials, Finish, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, None
Cons: Weight
Another L.T. Wright home run
The Illuminous seems like an L.T. Wright Genesis on steroids; thicker blade, longer overall length and a meatier handle, but the same basic design and concept. Handle profile does differ however, and this one fits my XL hands better than the Genesis. Edge was extremely sharp, as is the spine. Both of those are LT's trademark though, so no surprise there. Feels very solid but a little on the heavy side. Excellent fit and finish, which is typical for this company. Sheath is well executed but somewhat generic and doesn't appear to be specifically for this knife, somewhat surprising given it was designed by a guy who makes sheaths for a living (JRE Industries, who I've always found to make high quality products). It isn't wet formed either but the retention is good nonetheless. There are rivets in key places so it should last for the long haul. It includes a ferro rod loop which is a must for me. The sheath can be used as a dangler or ride high like the quintessential bushcraft style knife. Personally I feel the Genesis is a better value - as the Illuminous is about $100 more - but for my usage this is probably the better knife.


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