New From Lionsteel: SR-2

Image Courtesy Knife Center

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.


  1. Nathan says:

    I’d bite if I had money. And 60-61 isn’t too hard if you have an Edge Pro 😉

    1. Jonathan says:

      Hmmmm, I thought that ZDP-189 runs 64-67 range in Spyderco.

  2. Mark Davis says:

    Looks nice. Good belly in the blade. Less than 4 oz too, according to Knife Center. Could be a decent edc.

  3. Ty_ says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the steel insert in the lock bar is because the lock bar is aluminum. Which is very soft. It’s to prevent that same “stickiness” you also get on titanium framelocks. Hard metal and soft metal wedging together and whatnot…

    1. NavyRetGold says:

      Thanks for pointing that out. It’s plain as day in the article but somehow I missed the “aluminum bodied frame lock” part… and steel insert or not, an aluminum frame lock knife is definitely not on my must-buy list.

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