SHOT Show 2020: Lionsteel Grows Fixed Blade Category

LionSteel has the new B35 on display at SHOT Show. Their latest fixed blade model, the B35 moves into a smaller size category and could flex into multiple different roles.

The B35 follows up on the B40, which LionSteel released last year. Compared to the B40, the B35’s blade is shorter, measuring 3.5 inches; it also comes with a full flat grind as opposed to the 3/4 grind on its bigger sibling. LionSteel didn’t break with tradition in terms of the steel though, once again choosing B√∂hler-Uddeholm’s Sleipner. This steel performs close to D2, with an added element of toughness. That should make the B35 a versatile backup outdoors knife or even a potential EDC for some folks.

LionSteel emphasized the all-purpose nature of the B35 with a handle design distinguished mainly by its utter simplicity. No dramatic curvatures or arcs, just a simple, neutral outline; in combination with the contoured handle scales, the ergonomic setup should accommodate just about any grip a user deems necessary. The full tang B35, like many LionSteel knives, comes with a leather sheath for carry.

Another new face at the LionSteel booth was the drop point bestMAN. This slipjoint debuted in 2019 with a clip main blade and optional secondary wharncliffe. The drop point bestMAN will be available in the same selection of handle materials as the first round of releases. And while it didn’t debut at SHOT, the Thrill slipjoint was also on display. This is the latest addition (and first slipjoint) in LionSteel’s SOLID lineup of integral knives.

According to LionSteel, the B35 is more or less ready for release. No MSRP has been listed at this time.

Knife in Featured Image: LionSteel B35