Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Shirogorov Neon Lite, Ultra-Lite and HatiOn Lite Part 1 After going through the escalating stages of the knife enthusiast–first breaking the one-hundred dollar barrier until accepting the hundreds-of-dollar knives as the new normal–I found myself considering the purchase of a Shirogorov. The first time I had heard of the brand the pictures alone were awe-inspiring. But price and availability were enough to dissuade me from doing so. Once the aforementioned price-barrier was transcended I had to contend with availability. With one authorized dealer, Recon 1, to deal with this matter was simplified although patience was necessary. I had my heart set on the Neon Lite in M390 simply due to the blade steel, but when an Ultra-Lite in S30V came up for sale I jumped at the chance. With a Shiro finally in hand the question of worth was answered and I purchased the Lite in M390 a short while later. Initially I intended to sell the Ultra-Lite, but held onto it after noticing a few subtle differences between the two models. Several months later I bought the HatiOn in Vanax 37 you see below. The obvious differences between the Lite and Ultra-Lite models are the blade steels used and the presence of a titanium back spacer or a single standoff: while my Lite is in M390 and my Ultra-Lite is in S30V, I have also seen the former offered in S90V and the latter in Elmax. The subtle differences that I noticed were: the titanium used in the handle scales seemed softer on the Ultra-Lite most noticeably in the pocket clip and the lockbar the heavier stonewash finish on the Lite the dimple on the Lite's lockbar and the bite of the jimping is more pronounced on the Lite. A close-up of the finish on the Neon Lite followed by one of the Ultra-Lite: I do not know whether these differences are deliberate distinctions between the Lite and Ultra-Lite versions and I do not mention them here as shortcomings. The first of these differences of course has the most practical impact. In an online review of the Neon, the author of Everyday Commentary, who otherwise described it as "superior," commented that the pocket clip "works, but barely." The rationale for this criticism was that he "found it to be a bit pokey and somewhat difficult to get over the lip of bulky materials." "Pokey" is subjective and I don't find it to be as such but "difficult to get over the lip of bulky materials" I half-agree with depending upon the model. I have noticed that Polo and J Crew pants and shorts double up the material at the lip of the pocket whereas other brands do not. The Ultra-Lite works perfectly with those pockets of a thicker material while the Lite requires two hands and some maneuvering to secure. The pocket clips of both the Lite and HatiOn Lite work perfectly with pants not using the "doubled-up" construction on the pockets that I mentioned above. The clip on all three models is sculpted titanium mounted from the inside of the handle by one proprietary screw and held in place by milling on the the exterior of the handle that the clip's base fits perfectly into.