The name LionSteel is synonymous with innovation. The Maniago based company is a knife industry trailblazer, paving the way for new manufacturing technologies and applications. The product line includes a long list of ‘firsts.’ The TiDust was the first knife to be made using an advanced 3D printer. The award-winning TRE (Three Rapid Exchange) was the first user-modifiable flipper knife. The KUR featured the first heat sensitive, color-changing handle scales. And most famously, the SR-1 was the first production knife with a handle made from a single piece of metal. It established LionSteel’s signature SOLID® line: knives that all feature one piece (integral) handles.
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And where LionSteel goes, others have followed. More knife brands have begun to introduce integral designs. The Stedemon SHY and the upcoming Reate Future and Spyderco Nirvana, all follow in the SR-1’s footsteps with a single piece handle construction.
Meanwhile, LionSteel has continued to increase its machining prowess. When it was released in 2010, the SR-1 required the use of a three-axis milling machine. LionSteel upped the ante in 2013 with the TiSpine, a SOLID® knife machined using four-axis milling. LionSteel then pushed 4D machining to the limit when it introduced the TM1, the first SOLID® knife to feature a lockback and the first SOLID® knife made from non-metal handle materials: carbon fiber and Micarta.
Gianni Pauletta, CEO of LionSteel says that the TM1, like the other SOLID® knives, came about from a desire to build something truly different. But the SOLID® knives aren’t just marvels of machining. The monolithic construction offers tangible benefits. “They avoid all the handle torsion you can have during use with other handle constructions,” says Pauletta.
The TM1 is now available at leading dealers.
Knife featured in image: LionSteel TM1 Monolithic