Blade Show 2024: LionSteel Doubles Down on Integral Handle Concept with the Twain

LionSteel has taken their Solid integral knife design chops to the next level with their Blade Show 2024 reveal, the Twain. The company touts the Twain as the first “Solid 2” knife, meaning its handle is comprised of two separate integral pieces.

While the construction is obviously the banner feature on the Twain, LionSteel did not neglect the fundamentals, delivering what looks like will be a dead reliable everyday carry piece. The Twain’s elegant drop point blade, opened primarily via the ambidextrous cutout, either with the thumb or by doing the finger flick, also known as the Spydie Flick, is perfectly calibrated for the standard spread of EDC chores. And the Maniago maker also did right by customers with the steel too, as we see that MagnaCut’s on offer here, primed to do its thing as the go-to all-arounder amongst current gen super steels.

Meanwhile, the handle is where the gee whiz technical stuff comes to the fore, which is right on brand for LionSteel. The company first came to prominence, after all, for making production knives with integral handles (that is, a handle in which both scales are comprised of the same single piece of material), and knives featuring that construction have been a central part of their catalog ever since. Here on the Solid 2 Twain, most of the profile and frame is made from a piece of titanium, while a second integral carbon fiber component fits in on top, pulling double duty as backspacer and handle inlays. This dual-layer construction requires a little more visible hardware than a standard Solid integral, but the look is striking to be sure.

The Twain has also become a platform for LionSteel to play around with locking mechanisms. Previous Solid knives favor frame or liner locks, but the Twain is the first LionSteel-branded knife with a button lock (although the company did make the Miura button lock for the MKM line). Button locks are certainly on the rise in the knife world at large so it’s no surprise, albeit still pleasant, to see LionSteel trying their hand at the format.

LionSteel says the Twain will be available in September.

Knife in Featured Image: LionSteel Twain

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