LionSteel is a manufacturer in Maniago Italy, and is among the forerunners of the “Italian Renaissance” we are currently experiencing in the US production knife market. All of their products are manufactured in house, and LionSteel also has collaborated with a number of U.S. companies including CRKT, Pohl Force, BlackWater, and DPx Gear, to name a few. Hallmarked by their bold designs and beautiful fit and finish, LionSteel is quickly garnering respect as a serious contender in the world of high end production knives. They are perhaps best known for their SOLID® line, which is a series of integral folders where the handles are 4-axis machined out of a single block of titanium, carbon fiber, or micarta.
LionSteel won the 2014 Blade Show Manufacturing Quality Award. This was a major upset as Chris Reeve Knives has won the award for the past 10 years. Furthermore, their collaboration with CRKT and Ken Onion, the Hi Jinx, won 2014 overall knife of the year. These accolades further prove that LionSteel is here to stay, and their fresh approach to cutlery making has injected some much welcome style and innovation into the market.
I recommend buying LionSteel knives at BladeHQ.
LionSteel Knife Reviews:
Below are all of the knives that I have reviewed that were either made by LionSteel for other companies, or made by LionSteel for their own production lines.
- DPx Gear HEFT 4 Assault Review
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- Pohl Force Mike One Review
I have lusted after the Pohl Force Mike One for years. I wanted one ever since Andrew acquired and reviewed his in 2013. For the uninitiated, Pohl Force is a tactical knife company owned by Dietmar Pohl, a long time k ... continue reading
- DPx Aculus Review
The first time I noticed a gear company use the words “executive protection,” I was browsing the Goruck website. I was in the market for a backpack (my Jansport had succumbed to a combination of heat, dirt, and h ... continue reading
- LionSteel TiSpine Review
Especially astute readers may note that I debuted a review of the LionSteel SR-1 a while back, and then published the world's first review of the TM-1 not so long ago, but I conveniently skipped over the other folder ... continue reading
- LionSteel TM1 Review
I hope the regular readers are interested in high end knives, because the next few posts are all going to be doozies. The TM-1 is so mythical a knife, that it isn't even out yet, although LionSteel tells me that they ... continue reading
- Lionsteel SR-1 Review
A topic knife nuts love to ponder is the age old question of "is it worth it?" This question is probably as old as knife ownership is itself. I imagine that first cave man who showed off his fancy new blade hewn from ... continue reading
- Blackwater Grizzly 6 Review
The Blackwater Grizzly 6 is another knife in a new line up by California-based cutlery company Blackwater Knives. The Grizzly 6 is designed by Robert Young Pelton and Tom Novak, and is manufactured for Blackwater by L ... continue reading
- Blackwater Ursa 6 Review
Blackwater Knives has recently released a cadre of new tools that caught my eye – both visually, and from a specification standpoint. The Ursa 6 is one of those tools, with an uncompromising design geared towards h ... continue reading
- DPx HEST 2.0 Review
Last Updated: 10/16/2015 A hard use frame lock with multi-tool capabilities, the DPx HEST is a unique offering from a small company with an interesting pedigree. The HEST is designed by journalist Robert Young Pelton ... continue reading