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Innovative Italian Craftsmanship

LionSteel knives are known for their impeccable quality, and the company is always looking to stretch the limits of modern manufacturing technology. They were the first to bring an integral frame lock design to production. For 2020, they’ve done it again – this time with a traditional slipjoint.

The New Thrill is an integral slipjoint, which means that the entire handle (excluding the clip, but more on that later) is made from a single piece of metal. It’s a time consuming and expensive way to manufacture a knife, but it results in an exceptionally strong and rigid handle. Integral knives also have an exceptionally clean look; without the need for any fasteners it’s just a handle, a pivot, and a blade.

David C. Andersen discusses the new LionSteel Thrill Integral Slipjoint at SHOT Show 2020

LionSteel have also added their push-button pocket clip to the design. It sits flush with the handle when you’re using your knife, and deploys with a pinch to slip onto your pocket. It’s a nice nod to clip-less traditional knife design, while still maintaining the convenience of a pocket clip.

The Thrill will be available in several colors of aluminum or titanium, all featuring a 3.15 blade made from M390 steel.

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Seth Vietti

After surviving a career in the music industry, Seth co-founded in 2015 to share his lifelong passion for knives with other enthusiasts online. There, his incisive coverage of knives, knife makers, and the knife industry caught the attention of the KnifeCenter, who recruited him to join their team in 2019. These days, in addition to his work here on the blog, he runs the KnifeCenter’s social media channels, where he is always happy to answer your cutlery questions.