Italian Knives Turn Heads at Blade Show 2017

Italian manufacturers Fox, Lionsteel, and Viper all came to Blade with new products, with each company bringing something very different to the show. The knives on display from these Maniago makers cover the gamut from tactical to collectible to EDCable.

Last night Fox picked up Knife Collaboration Of The Year award for their work with History Channel’s Forged in Fire judges Doug Marcaida and Jason Knight on the MK Ultra series, a new lineup of kukri-style knives. Fox’s mesmerizing new blades are the second family of knives (after Jake Hoback’s custom folder) to share a name with the infamous CIA mind control program MKUltra. A kukri blade rarely appears on folding knives but Fox is rolling out two, one in a satin/stonewash finish, the other completely blacked out – both appear in the main story image above.

Fox MK Ultra Fixed Blade

The company is also celebrating its 40th anniversary with the Frati Oreste, a simple, attractive flipper design rendered in high-end modern materials. The M390 blade is just over three inches and it will be available sometime after November in a variety of scale materials.

Fox Frati Oreste

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LionSteel also reeled in two major show awards, but kept the Blade Show releases to a minimum this year – introducing the M1 fixed blade. This will be the smallest knife in the “M” fixed blade line, with an overall length of just 6.7 inches. It will be available in either black or orange G-10, or walnut or olive wood handles.

LionSteel M1 Family

Viper’s new knife, the Larius, is an EDC knife comprised of familiar components: liner lock, flipper, M390 steel. A harpoon-style blade with a multifaceted grind and an angular profile lend the Larius some character and help it stand out from Viper’s recent, more organic-style offerings like the Fortis.

Viper Larius

Knife featured in image: Fox MK Ultra Folder