We haven’t brought you a fresh knife review in a great long while, so I figured that if I came with a new blog post about a knife, it had better be something truly fantastic. That being said, I got around to picking up a knife that I have been cautiously eyeballing for no short amount of time. That being that the LionSteel TiSpine. Hope you enjoy our take on it.
Have you ever gone to a wedding and taken note of all those guys who are wearing suit and tie inappropriate sunglasses? Maybe you haven’t but I am the type who does notice such things. I have my kick around sunglasses and my kick around watch and neither are the type of thing that I would combine with a suit or tuxedo. I’m not suggesting that it is totally foul for you to wear your Oakley’s and G-Shock with a suit. Just one man’s opinion, but if you were truly going above and beyond the occasion, you shouldn’t combine these things. It’s just not.. gentlemanly.
So, if you have the sense to tuck in your shirt and to not wear sneakers dress pants, you can take that so much further, to its conclusion in fact. And the conclusion for a guy like me, is to also have a classy knife to carry on such occasions. Something with a lean sleek persona and a slim low profile pocket clip.
Of course, it has to also be capable of doing at least most of what the knife that you had to leave at home, in order to class yourself up a little bit, is capable of doing. I do realize that I just made things a bit more complicated, in sharing that last bit. But, this is how it has to be, and that is my opinion.
Well, thankfully someone who makes knives thinks in this same direction, at least in regards to what a classed up folding pocket knife ought to be. That individual happens to be Robert Young Pelton, and his vision of the modern gentleman’s folder was brought to life, and is now brought to you, by LionSteel.
The TiSpine Gentleman’s folder is nothing shy of a work of art and absolutely stunning craftsman ship. The TiSpine features a titanium “monoframe”. This means just as it sounds, that the frame is a single piece of titanium. Not two pieces bonded or fused together, but one piece.
I remember seeing a variety of photos of the TiSpine Gentleman’s folder and until Iheld it in my hand, only then did I realize that the wrap around effect of the mono-frame handle to its fullest extent. If you are anything like me, you will find that there is something downright organic about its composition. The ridges of the handle are reminiscent of a conch shell or the exoskeleton of some otherworldly creature.
From the mono-frame is cut and integral frame lock system. If you are at all familiar with any of the folding knives offered by LionSteel than you can come to expect the same from the TiSpine Gentleman’s folder. Such as absolutely smooth deployment of the blade in opening and a rock solid lock up. This is of course not different from what you would expect from LionSteel. But, a huge departure from what you find in the typical Gentleman’s folding knife category.
I have had two stand by Gentleman’s folder type knives over the years. One an old switchblade and the other Puma… or Case, of the slip join variety. No doubt, both knives served me well, tucked away in my dress pants or suit pocket. I have never been the man to not answer the call, when someone is in need of a knife. But, the old school factor and the inability of these knife to do any REAL work if necessary, always bothered me.
Nothing against the slip joint knives of old, but only a fool would hand one to someone else for a cutting task, in this day and age. I was that fool once, and long story short, never again.
I recall as a child, being introduced to a variety of knives. Fixed blades before folders, for the purpose of safety. I even recall that when I was introduced to folding knives, I was also informed of the liability of the slip joint. This is the type of lesion that many fail to learn until they have a slip joint knife close up your fingers.
The TiSpine Gentleman’s folder represents a whole new spin on the simplicity element that went hand and hand with the knives of this nature of the past. Instead it unshers in a sort of new simplicity, the type that offers ergonomic benefits and beauty, features and benefits all in a stunning package with an ELMAX blade.
Sometimes, a knife is just a knife, sometimes a knife is a tool, sometimes a knife is an instrument and very rarely a knife is all of the above in addition to being a Gentleman’s folding knife.
If you are seeking one of the finest production folding knives that the industry has to offer, look no further than the LionSteel TiSpine Gentleman’s folder.
The LionSteel TiSpine Gentleman’s folder is available from fine retail outlets such as BladeHQ