lionSTEEL Gitano

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  1. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
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    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
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  3. Lee D

    Lee D

    May 27, 2013
    I have never been disappointed with Lionsteel. Looking forward to your thoughts on this one.
     
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  4. JupiterPaladin

    JupiterPaladin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2016
    I love Lionsteel! This one has an excellent blade shape but I don't like the thinness to the bottom half of the handle. I like a fuller grip ;)
     
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  5. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I have one from Gudy

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  6. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    This has been calling me.for a.while.now!!! Gudy has an incredible style that is all his own!!
    Love Joe P's custom!! Eventually I'll have mine in green canvas micarta of course!!
     
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  7. abcdef

    abcdef

    Oct 28, 2005
    Gudy is something else.
     
  8. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    I've been meaning to get one for the longest time, but it's always sold out.
     
  9. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Collector Knives has four models in stock.
     
  10. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Yeah, but they don't ship internationally.
     
  11. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Got ya. I didn't know that.
     
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  12. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    As always, @knifeswapper had excellent turn-around and the knife arrived today. She is certainly sexy.

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    This knife represents my first...
    - Italian knife
    - lionSTEEL knife
    - Niolox steel
    - Olive wood

    I've only had it less than an hour but fit and finish appears excellent. I really like the grip-feel and the blade shape.

    That said, this knife is very hard to close. Like, very hard.

    Mike's site reads:

    "It has a unique catch in full open position that is not a lock – but requires a bit more force to start the closing process."

    It does indeed. If you have any kind of hand issues, I would not recommend this knife. I didn't even feel comfortable closing it on the side of my leg like I do so many other slip joints. Now, this is intentional of course. They are trying to make a very secure knife for the slip joint-only market and I applaud that so I am not criticizing it in any way as somehow being defective. It's doing exactly what it is designed to do. But it definitely takes some adjustment and you need to pay attention to what you're doing. Pressing the spine with your thumb while holding the knife in the fingers of your other hand breaks it pretty readily and I think safely.

    I'm not sure a knife of this design really needs to be this stout but it is a super cool knife overall. One of the things I really liked about it was that it has a clip and so many of these guys don't. I immediately pondered sending it back for an exchange but it's such a good looking and feeling knife I'll probably end up keeping it for gentleman carry.

    I need to spend some time with it.
     
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  13. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    If there's anything specific you'd like to know or want me to be mindful of, please let me know.
     
  14. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013

    Handsome blade! And niolox is some real impressive stuff! I love it in my LionSteel made Dpx gear hest and heft knives!!
     
  15. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
     
  16. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Yes and no. Quality is excellent, great design shape, and really good looker but you have to be willing to accept the stiff break on closing. It is very much a two-handed close knife.

    I've been pondering this since last night. It's really interesting and if for that reason alone I'll keep it. The unique catch or whatever that makes it very stiff and secure when open should allow it to be used pretty robustly. In a slip joint-only area, that can be mighty attractive. But the trade off is convenience. Again, this is a two-hand closer and your need to be mindful of it at that. I tried breaking it with just my thumb and it requires sufficient force that you need to keep your fingers wrapped around the handle and the corner of the blade bit my index finger.

    It has a half stop and once you get that initial break, it closes smoothly.

    I think it is a knife that some people might feel is exactly what they've been looking for but the majority will not be thrilled with.

    For me, if they hadn't put in that design feature to strengthen the "lock up" and it was just a normal ole slip joint, it would be a home run. But that also defeats the intent I think they are shooting for.

    Hope that helps some.
     
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  17. Pomsbz

    Pomsbz

    Jul 31, 2015
    I think it's worth asking whether the closing feature might be enough to take it out of the permissible zone in lock unfriendly jurisdictions which is possibly counter productive.
     
  18. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    I certainly get what you're saying. I'm not going to pretend to know the intricacies of how such things are defined but it is still a slip joint and by no means locks in place. The spine will break, so it's mainly about closing it safely.
     
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  19. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    It's a beautiful knife, man. I've looked at these multiple times, but ultimately, they look like something I'd purchase, appreciate in hand for about a day or two and then just never carry it. So, I've passed. I DO like seeing them, though.
     
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  20. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Posted a review: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/lionsteel-gitano-gt01-ul.1739245/

    I'm hoping that mine was not quite right from the factory and is not representative of the norm. Just wanted you guys to have a chance to read it. Very long but needed explaining.
     
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