Real Steel Bolsters Lineup with Back-to-Back Releases

Real Steel Knives is bolstering its tactical and EDC lineups with two new releases, the T109 Flying Shark and the E802 Horus. The  models reflect the company’s desire to make inroads into the global knife market with affordable, high-performance designs.

Most RSK products currently retail for between $40 and $80 – although the company tested the high-end knife waters with the full-featured Megalodon and Pro models last year. It isn’t easy to stand out in the sub-$100 category, but RSK’s Frank Gong tells us the young company’s emphasis on in-house production (even down to making their own screws) provides a competitive advantage over those who rely on outside partners for manufacturing. “We have direct access to all aspects of production in our own facilities. This results in an optimal production realization of the ‘handmade knife.’”

One of the next knives to come out of the RSK Hangzhou city facility will be the Flying Shark. The folder shares its name with a fighter plane and is appropriately a large and aggressive knife. It has a 4” blade made from 14C28N. Though it’s a large stainless steel frame lock flipper, Real Steel went to great lengths to keep the weight to a reasonable 6.6 oz. The company chose G-10 for the pocket clip, hollowed out material in the handle, and are offering a choice of G-10 or carbon fiber show side inserts.

RSK drew up the Flying Shark with Polish maker Ostap Hel. According to the company, their hands-on production manufacturing process brought out the best in the collaboration. “In the design phase, we make suggestions and explain what is technically possible throughout the production phase,” says Gong. “This means that feedback during the production process has a direct impact on what is done.”

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On the heels of the Flying Shark release, RSK has also teased the E802 Horus (shown below). Products in the E-Series are intended to be daily companions. Targeting a global audience, the Horus will be available in two different configurations; either in a thumb stud or nail nick deployment. “We are blazing a trail in both German and American markets,” Gong tells us.

Real Steel E802 Horus

The T109 Flying Shark will soon be available at an MSRP of $89.95, and the E802 Horus, although just revealed, will also be arriving with dealers “very very soon” according to RSK. The price of the E802 Horus is still to be determined.

Knife featured in image: Real Steel Knives T109 Flying Shark