Steel Will Avior Next up in 2020 Release Schedule

Steel Will is preparing for the arrival of the Avior, the second knife in their new for 2020 lineup to make it to market. The Avior checks all the Steel Will boxes while placing a particular emphasis on its flipping action.

The Avior is a hard-working, mid-size folder. The work-first ethic is made manifest in its blade, a 3.5-inch drop point that sports a very mild recurve. Its spine rises into a pronounced thumb ramp, aiding in push cuts and also keeping the thumb in place against any sort of forward momentum. Additional horsepower is provided by tried-and-true D2, the semi-stainless steel that is taking over the budget sector the same way 8Cr13MoV did five or so years ago. D2 provides significant amounts of edge retention and decent, although not truly “stainless,” levels of rust resistance.

Steel Will points out that the Avior’s flipper setup is a little different than other recent releases. Although nothing has changed in the way it functions, the pivot and flipper tab have been shifted up on the handle as far as they can go. According to Steel Will, this forward placement adds some additional zing to the flipping action, further emphasized by the ceramic ball bearing pivot. In the open position, the flipper tab also forms a base of sorts for using the choil in forward grips.

Speaking of grips, a series of finger grooves on the handle proper locate the user’s hand during cutting chores. Three main grooves run down the handle, which is comprised of stainless steel liners covered by G-10 scales that have been sculpted by some sweeping chamfers. While they’re not contoured in the traditional sense, these big chamfers help confer a similar, three-dimensional feel in-hand. The Avior weighs 4.48 oz. and comes with a stamped steel pocket clip that is very similar to that seen on other recent releases like the Screamer.

The Avior follows about a month after the Screamer. That knife kicked off Steel Will’s 2020 release schedule. Discounting the possibility of surprise reveals, there are still three new knives, originally shown off at SHOT, that have yet to be released.

The Avior will be available on March 16th.

Knife in Featured Image: Steel Will Avior