The LionSteel SR1 Original knife is an innovative design that is garnering a lot of attention. It was awarded the coveted "Most Innovative Imported Design" at the 2010 Blade Show in Atlanta, GA and has been receiving raving reviews from users and people in the knife industry. One reason for all of this attention is that the frame/handle is machined from a solid billet of titanium, a high strength and lightweight, space-age metal or Ergal aluminum. This impressive monolithic design creates a stout platform for features that increase the knife's function and provides a solid frame for the robust blade. The ribbed texture on the handle provides for a more secure grip and the holes on the top add visual appeal, reduce weight and make it easier to clean.
Besides looking great, the SR-1?s functions operate very well also. The frame lock bar has good tension and snaps into place with a solid click. On the end of the locking bar is a hardened stainless steel piece which engages the blade's tang, instead of the softer material of the locking bar. This prevents wear that would result from the difference in hardness between titanium (aluminum, SR-1A) and steel. The stainless steel piece is held in place with screws so it can be replaced if necessary.
Even though the locking mechanism is very solid, the locking bar can be reinforced by engaging LionSteel's proprietary RotoBlock and#8482; safety. The RotoBlock and#8482; has two purposes. First it prevents over extending the locking bar while disengaging the lock and second it can be turned down against the locking bar to provide an additional measure of safety to prevent lock failure.
The SR-1 blade of the titanium version is Uddeholm Sleipner steel and the aluminum version features a D2 tool steel blade. The cutting edge is a very sharp convex grind. The blade also features a grooved thumb ramp for extra blade control and dual thumb studs for one handed opening.
The SR-1 comes with a right or left hand, tip up pocket clip. The clip is fastened to the knife with a hardened pointed bolt that doubles as a glass breaker. The bolt attaches using the provided LionSteel proprietary bolt/adjustment wrench (the titanium version ships with the clip removed). The SR-1 aluminum version does not come with the wrench and ships with the clip on. The bolt/adjustment tool also is used to adjust the pivot tension.
The SR-1 titanium version comes with a custom milled wooden box in a cardboard sleeve and the aluminum version comes in a plastic bag in a cardboard box.
About LionSteel Knives
LionSteel Knives was established in 1969 in Maniago, Italy by Gino Pauletta and his wife Cesarina. Today, LionSteel Knives operates under the direction of Gianni, Daniele and Massimo Pauletta, who are the sons of Gino and Cesarina.
The Pauletta family takes their knife making business very seriously and has invested significant time and resources in LionSteel Knives. This commitment has produced a loyal following of knife collectors and users all around the world. Lionsteel Knives continues to innovate and introduce new designs that are on the "cutting edge" of technology and quality. To the best of our knowledge, the Lion Steel SR-1 knife is the first commercially produced folding knife with a monolithic titanium handle! This means that the handle frame is machined from a solid billet of titanium! This process is quite costly but the final product is a stunning knife that is very attractive yet incredibly strong. The Lionsteel SR-1 knife was awarded the coveted "Most Innovative Imported Design" at the 2010 Blade Show in Atlanta, GA.
The philosophy of the LionSteel knife company is to produce knives of distinction using the highest quality materials available, the finest machining techniques known and world class quality control.
This quality driven knife company continues to expand as the word gets out about their exceptional knives. We are very pleased to offer LionSteel Knives to our discerning customers who appreciate the fine quality of a world class knife.
LionSteel warrants that all of our products are free from defects in material and workmanship. If a knife or other product fails to function as it was designed, it should be returned to LionSteel's Warranty Repair Department for examination and evaluation of the problem. If we determine that there was a defect in materials or workmanship, we will repair or replace it with the same model or one of comparable value at our expense. If LionSteel determines that the problem with a knife was not due to a defect in materials or workmanship, we will assess our ability to repair the knife and provide a quote for those repair services. If LionSteel is unable to improve the condition of a knife, we will return it with the recommendation it be retired from use. LionSteel's warranty policy does not cover any damage caused by disassembly, abuse, misuse, loss, improper handling, alterations, accident, neglect, improper sharpening, or normal wear. Repairs or modifications performed by any source other than LionSteel also unconditionally void the knife's warranty. All costs associated with shipment to returned product are the responsibility of the customer. Please contact LionSteel warranty and repair for more information.