Ok folks.... some of you may be familiar with this brand of knife. Landi Knives made and designed by owner John Landi. These knives are another choice in the mid tech category... not quite custom... but not large production like the esees and KaBars that are common today. I love a good knife at a great price. Especially one with the perfect recipe: O1 tool steel heat treated by peters hT, micarta handle, and scandi ground. But this knife isn’t just scandi ground... John has has these bad boys ground over at LT Wright’s workshop. Throw in the JRE leather that this knife came with and it seems that the Landi Bushcraft Knife is a close cousin to the LT Wright line up of knives but very different due to its design. Now that the introduction is over let’s get on with my First Impressions review. Let me start by stating I do not consider myself a “bushcrafter”. I do however consider myself a lover of the outdoors, doing general bushcrafty things, camping/backpacking, using knives, sharpening knives, and collecting (and buying selling and trading) knives. These are ratings based solely on out of the box condition- Fit, finish, and sharpness: 8/10 This knife came to me extremely sharp. Grinding and shaping was done at LTWK. This sucker is hair whittling sharp. The spine is... well an LTWK spine and launches sparks from the firesteel. There are some corner near the Finger guard that are just as sharp as the spine- may cause discomfort in prolonged use so I’m gonna hit it with 2k wetdry to mend that. The micarta scales are flat on the sides and well radioused at the corners. One scale is about 1mm longer than the other. You cannot feel the transition from scale to blade to scale. The pommel is extremely smooth. The plunge line is perfect and the grind is even all the way up. The sheath came without any noticeable flaws as well and has great retention for now. Steel: 7.5/10 I only rate this an immediate 7 right now without having gotten to fully test it because it’s O1 done by peters ht and I know what to expect. It’s the same O1 that’s used in the GNS and I’ve had one for years. It’s about the best quality O1 you can get. Sharpens relatively easily, holds an edge better than 1095, tough as nails, will roll instead of chip, and can strop up to be a hair splitter. The negatives are that it stains and rusts quickly and will need a touch up with ceramic rod or stone every once in a while. (I find that for every 10 uses and stropping I’ll do about 10 minutes of work on a 2k stone and 6k stone to bring the edge back on my GNS) I give it a 7 because it is O1. CPM3V by peters gets a 9.5.... Blade Design: 9/10 Remember when everyone was pissed at Mora for making their full tang in stainless.... those people should find one of these and buy it. The blade shape is that of a slimmed down and very sharp woodlore esq (or a slimmer GNS style) spear point. Apx 4.5 inches long and 1/8 of an inch thick.The cutting edge shape is very similar that of a mora companion. Once again it has the 90 deg spine that everyone wants. So to me so far the blade is almost perfect. The top seems as sharp as an exacto Knife. Only hard testing and time will tell if that’s good or bad. The balance so far is perfect!!! Handle design and comfort: 7/10 I have a XL glove sized hand and find the length of the handle perfect! However, I am used to the handle of a GNS or Mora Garberg. Something relatively thick with a decent swell in the center and typically oval shaped. This handle is more reminiscent of an Enzo trapper meets Esee 4 (But a little thicker). The sides are flat but as previously stated the radiousing is done well and the handle is comfortable. It just doesn’t quite feel like a handshake if ya know what I mean. I think the finger choil is a bit sharp. But I will take care of that before giving the knife a good work out. The handle scales (a nicely done natural micarta)is affixed with epoxy and loveless bolts. I am very confident in the strength. Options: 7/10 Here’s what I’ve seen offered. Handle scale choices- micarta, G10, natural wood Blade choices- flat ground with a convex secondary bevel, or scandi ground Sheath options- leather JRE or hand made kydex made by John. Model- 4.5” blade or 3.75” blade (apx measurements) Price, value, and Warranty: 8.5 Ok disclaimer... I bought this knife myself from John Landi. He is an amazing person to do business with thus far and I have total confidence in him as a business man. I won’t mention the exact price I paid because I got this knife on sale but I will say that I have seen this new for 100.00 on his site and a bit lower elsewhere on sale. I do also know that you can find these on amazon and eBay new although those have cocobolo scales and are going for nearly 200.00. You can decide whether paying the extra to get natural scales is worth it. For me at the (around) $100.00 this knife is an amazing deal and probably one of the best carbon steel choices for a scandi ground Bushcraft Knife on the market right now. You may be able to get an even better deal on the secondary market although these aren’t very common knives. As for the warranty- John Landi offers a lifetime warranty on his blades. To sum it up: 100% lifetime warranty on a USA made knife designed and assembled by a lesser known knife maker (no offense to John)with the help from big time names like LTWK, JRE sheaths and Peters Heat Treat. Again- the above is my first impression and evaluation of the knife. I’m going to use this knife as my primary outdoor blade throughout the winter and post an update once it’s been fully tested and evaluated. Throughout the time I will attempt to o Thanks and I hope you’ve enjoyed the read.