Italian knives don’t get too much press here, unless they’re stiletto-style switchblades. This new Lionsteel SR-2 is an aluminum-bodied frame lock with the hardest blade steel I’ve ever heard of in a production knife.
That blade is crafted from Sleipner steel, a non-stainless tool steel from Sweden that’s similar to D2 and A2 but tougher. Which is to say, pretty damned tough. The SR-2 has a 3.07″ blade with a black DLC finish and an amazing hardness of RHC 60-61.
Good luck sharpening that. The blade is so hard that Lionsteel has to put a special hardened-steel insert into the locking bar to keep it from being worn away. All told it’s a pretty exotic piece of kit for $180, although you can spend more if you ‘need’ (cough) the titanium-handled version.
Price: $180 at Knife Center.