Lion Steel SR2 Mini Molletasearch

Lion Steel SR2 Mini Molleta

Lion Steel SR2 Mini Molleta

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Price increase rip
I'm getting the feel this is another "priced by location" piece. Teflon washers on anything above $40 is absurd.
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I meant to go back and change that in my initial estimate. It's still way over priced for milled aluminum.
if you think so thats fine personally i am ok with the prize and bought it although i agree that i'd rather have seen this on washers
Is it still Teflon washer?
yes if you want a simmilar knife on "better" washers sr22 runs on bearings
Roto lock is locking every time I open the knife. the Torx in the roto lock is pretty shady looking, might be strip city. Would like to just have no lock at all, any suggestions? if the roto lock didn't lock every time I opened it this knife is perfect. Deep pocket carry, super cool frame design, great ergos, and most important the Blade, great blade shape and thickness And unique tough cutting edge.
Yep, almost an excellent knife. I tried to cinch down the lock tonight but it didn't last. It's better but no idea if this will last. Doesn't always engage for now so we'll see. I'd like to take the lock out and Dremel the little protrusion and then put it back...or just drop a wee wee bit of loctite glue to set it in place. =:-O
Love the solid lockout "thunk!" it makes...just a touch deeper in pitch than my ZT 456 (CPM20CV) flipper but that ZT sheepsfoot blade is incredible. It slices through everything...and I mean everything. My EDC and so worth the squished fingers if I have to carry and retrieve something in my front right pocket.
Mass drop deals are not so great on production knives it's more like they get the overstock and discount a lil. Can find this elsewhere for same price at a store that can deal with returns and problems better than mass drop can. That being said I could only find green one here for a 100$'so I'm crossing my fingers I get a good one.
I want one these...I love the Handle and Blade... but I don't know about that little wheel that keep the blade in check seems like it could be a real nuisance... I read a few people mention it as a major problem while others don't make much of it... so I don't know what to think! Any of guys have a Lionsteel with this feature? What is your experience!!
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LOL!! See what I'm saying ! And I can't lock mine while it's closed. I thought you we're speaking from experience. Bad Wayoftread! No biscuit for you. LOL
Fabulous knife with the worst #$%#$ lock system ever invented.
Tighten the torx screw to unlocked.
I don't understand the appeal of the locking system on this/these knives. I think it's the worst design I've ever had the opportunity to deploy. God forbid if I had to open quickly in a moment of dire need...I'd just be food for wolves.
You can't tell where the wheel is in rotation by just the feel. Is it locked or unlocked...let me fiddle with it first and find out. Other than that it's a very fine specimen that opens into place with solid authority and not even a wee bit of lateral or another movement of the blade.
So why go and ruin it with such a funky mechanism? :-/
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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll lock it down and see how it carries. I've found I drifted to the Zero Tolerance camp due to simple, solid performance. They just feel good in my hand. First one was the 390CF, then the 450CF but it's a bitch to flip open and too light for EDC so I got the 456. But it is a beast for EDC and something is going to come along and knock it out of daily use. The extra size/weight the 456 brings is a bit much for *my* pocket. It's barely tolerable with aftermarket low carry clip. That being said it will be hard to replace it in any other way. The 456 can handle a LOT.
One of the reasons I picked up the SR2 was a dishonest seller on Amazon made the green look like something completely different. DOES NOT EVEN COME CLOSE to the picture they used but I didn't have time to deal with it at the time so I got stuck with it. Maybe stuck won't be so bad now. =)
My bad, I just got mine and it locks every time I open it, F*€#£%£}£, and I can't get it to stay unlocked. I guess its like rocket science to make a knife and were to stupid to understand it.
Lionsteel does makes an awesome knife, I have the SR1 aluminum, SR1 Titanium with damascus blade and just recently found the SR11 Titanium Sleipner flipper. Once you handle the new Lionsteel flipper models, these older SR1 and SR2 models seem to completely lose their appeal. I have larger hands and the SR11 fits me very well...this SR2 is just too small but may be ideal for the gentleman with smaller hands. Do yourself a favor and check out Lionsteel's new flipper models (SR11, SR22) these new models are way better!
My hands are XL. Though I love the design and the steel used and the fact that it is an integral or monoblock handle, it is too small and too slippery in my hands for me to be happy. And as a PS for people trying to use the rotolock to keep it is a very simple device only designed to keep it open so you are not concerned that the lock failing (which would take some crazy bad luck to have happen anyways). I have never heard of anyone having an issue with rotolock except here on this forum so maybe these are from the ‘delete bin’??? Who knows but it is a much-awarded design and iconic for the brand (and apparently from a small-handed part of the world). (No, that was NOT a Trump joke! It just seems an unreasonably uncomfortable wield for a big hand.)
The photos for this knife don't show a full view of both sides of the blade. Does this knife come with a Massdrop logo?
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You are saying that the logo is a dealbreaker for you in one breath, and in the next saying that you never really liked the designs and that's why you aren't interested.
Either way, your weird tirade against me for daring to converse with you in a discussion board is enough for me, you have yourself a normal one bud.
Once again, you have misrepresented what I said, twisting my words into what you want them to be, rather than what I actually said.
I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that you read some of the posts that other people made in this discussion of LION STEEL knives, and mistakenly attributed them to me. That's the only way that I can keep from thinking you're a complete < profanity not used here for civility >.
You may want to re-read the posts in this discussion, and pay careful attention to the ones that I posted, and the ones I did not.
Mine came a bit dull. Any advice on sharpening since the edge seems to be convex? I don’t have a strap sharpener, just stones.
Buy a sharpening system. I have the KME system and it's awesome. If you have knives you must have a sharpening system.
Strop it. This isn't a slicing knife so it's not gonna be super slicey sharp.
I wasnt aware aluminum sr-2 came in sleipnir. I thought all sr-1 and sr-2 were d2
sleipner is pretty much a european brand of d2
Even at this price point it doesn't seem appealing, the materials are too cheapo.
I can find 39$ knives with titanium and great steel. It's not the material that bumps up the price(although knife companies push this idea) it the quality of how it's put together and how good the design is that ,for me make up the price point.

Very nice knife. A bit small for my ogre mitts but happy none the less. Only thing got me confused. Its not the same red as my sr1.
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I try my best to spread around the petition but it is quite a difficult task
Yea. You’re so right. I find most of my knife friends and contacts are in The I have few compatriots where I live. Same problem out your way?
Opens like hot garbage. The amount of friction is so great that there is like an audible palpability to it. It's disgusting. Not sure if I want to return or attempt to make it better. Only ever felt really, really cheap folders come out of the box with this much internal burring, grinding, scratching and sliding. Totally impossible to open without a really hard flick.
The liner lock screw lock needs to not be so loose and rattly to be anywhere near decent. Hell, it probably needs to be especially difficult to twist, since normal handling will probably often lead to inadvertent locking, even if it didn't spin freely.
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Well you're lucky then... mine is an expensive paperweight, at least until I can source *on my own time and dollar* the parts to repair it and make it work properly.
This is not a fast deploying knife. Its not supposed to be. The gritty, grinding is not good maybe it needs to be broken in then will smooth out for Ya I hope it does Because taking this apart is well........ Almost impossible. if you mean the root lock by("liner lock screw") unlock it and then tighten it down with screwdriver.
Does anyone else really want to see the full size titanium drop?
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I EDC the ZT0302 sometimes. Hell of a steak knife. :-D
Yes!, The SR11 is is one bad mo fo of a knife... a true beast but a pleasure to operate.
I have the full version of this blade and love everything about it except the stupid, stupid lock. I can't believe they stick with it or how anyone can say with a straight face that it is even a *good* feature. What am I missing? Aside from having to remember which rotation locks it up it rattles around a bit loose for my liking leaving me unsure as to whether is or will stay locked up.... if were to actually like it, which I don't.
If you can get past that? This knife is sweet and is SO solid when it first snaps open. zero movement in any direction.
Turn roto lock to unlock then screw it down tightly when in the unlock position.
Finally a good deal. Just hope my average mitts fit the damn thing.
For those curious, Phos-Bronze washers sized .300x.200x.022 , seem to do the trick. A drop of lube/oil in there and things fall in place nicely.
You could also elect the above size, yet choose Nylon. Finally, from what I understand, Lionsteel will send you extra washers in the exact size needed if you write them and request it.
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Maybe send it to the ApostleP sharpening service... he can put a wicked edge on the factory blade edge and may be able to resolve your pivot issue shame to let it sit...great ergos great blade.
‘Lie-and-Steal’ LOL!!! Keep ‘em coming, Man!
Disassembly: (Note the handle is made of buttery soft aluminum... don't force anything and be careful not to scratch it. The washers are somewhat soft and delicate too.)
The captive pivot unscrews from the presentation side (not the side with the stop pin screw). There is threadlocker ... you may need to heat the screws (but not so hot that it softens the washers). I heated to a surface temperature of 150°F

The easiest way to remove the blade is to remove the stop pin, rotate the blade so it's pointing all the way up, then insert something between the scales to wedge them apart a tiny bit wider than the blade+washers. I used a stack of blank ID cards (they are handy for various wedging/spudging/scraping tasks). Don't use any sharp tools to poke around.

Now you can clean everything. You could measure the washers at this point if you want to swap them. But I'm not sure it's a good idea to put metal washers next to soft aluminum, and the design of the handle puts the blade under constant pressure so it probably wouldn't be much smoother.
Procure a plastic, teflon, or wooden rod about 5mm in diameter and cut it so it is just slightly taller (0.2mm-0.5mm) than than the washer/blade "sandwich". I used part of an old pinwheel toy.

Lube the washers if you want (I have no idea what lube, if any, is best for Teflon washers, I went with a little silicone lube). Also lube the detent track if you like. Assemble the sandwich on the rod and just slide everything into the knife until the rod falls out of the pivot hole. It'll be pretty snug going in, but that's okay, all the friction should be on the rod and not the washers.

Reassemble with new threadlocker. Put the little rod somewhere (maybe in the knife's box) so you can use it again later.

My knife was full of gunky lube and metal shavings (pieces of metal were even embedded in the washers). I was not able to flick open the knife open until I cleaned it.
There is a Teflon based lubricant available in a spray or as a grease.
Yeah, hindsight I probably should've went with Teflon lube. I have some SuperLube products which are safe to use on pretty much everything.
I would go with a Ganzo G720 for $16.99 shipped free from numerous sites in China. Ganzo dominates the ultra-budget, yet "real knife" sector of the market (plus they are fun to collect). Even with shipping from China, you will get it sooner that this Italian "stud" in this drop.
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Ganzo knives are the best knives in the history of the world. No other knife company even comes close.
o, now I get you really hate trolling, you try to make ganzo looks is my fault to feed the troll.
From the pictures, there appears to be a screw in the middle of the frame lock. What's that about? I can't figure out from the pictures what that screw is there for.
Seems to be to prevent the lockbar from overtravel. For when you press the bar too hard it might bend too hard in the wrong direction...
the two little screws at the lockbar top hold a little insert in place to secure the soft aluminum from wearing of from the harder blade steel.
Its actually a second lock. It prevents the lockbar from over travel but it also can lock it close
Got in on this drop the last time around. Chose the red one. Basically it's like a sexy scarlet. Ooooo, is it pretty.
Honestly, IMO, for $99, you will never purchase a knife which feels better or looks nicer. As far as practicality is concerned, sure, there are better options out there for EDC, but this is just a great knife to own. You'll want to EDC it simply for the fact that you love it. Those with ginormous mits may not be a huge fan of the grip, but the majority of you out there shouldn't have a problem. Deployment is just fine with the washers provided, see my earlier video posted here. Though some other guys noted a few problems.
WORD FOR THE WISE: Don't disassemble. Unless you have the exact same size washers on hand, it's best to just leave it alone. Nick Shabazz is a little dramatic with his video, but he's not too far off the mark. It's not worth the hassle. I just went a week with my SR2 sitting on the shelf because I wanted to clean mine out a bit, which resulted in tearing/bending one of the washers. I just received the replacement washers in the mail today(4 different sizes of them). I went with bronze this time, and so far, so good, though no marked improvement by any means over the regular washers.
Part of me wants to buy another one of these babies to give as a gift, or maybe just hold on to? After seeing the red in person, I imagine the orange probably looks stunning.
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All benchmades say do not disassemble.
Yeah, and that's why the Butterfly Tax is trash. They don't want you opening or maintaining your own knives, which is a bit fucked given their spotty quality control.
This is a value. These are solid, smooth functioning knives. I may have to grab one for aback up,
This is a fantastic deal.
I allready own the SR1 but this knife is so damned nice i will join this drop aswell! Now which color do i pick hm.... Edit; joined in, picked red to match its big brother :)
I need more knives unfortunately I need food more. This is a great price for this knife.
Love this. Chose the red(more on burgandy side). Bit small in my big hands. Only one problem is now I want more lion steel knives. Will definitely debate on which one to pick up. Great all I need is more knives to feed my addiction....could be worse I guess.
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Take a look @ the SR-11. Which looks like they took they SR-1 and made it a flipper and replaced washers with Ball Bearing.
Mine was really hard to open. I took it apart and found bits of metal and some rather grimy lube. After cleaning the action is much better and I can flick it open like the video. Overall I like the knife a lot. If MD could get the new SR-11 for a good price I'd pick one up.
I took a picture of some metal chunks that were embedded in the washers:
Got the red today, I love the color! Kind of a low-key dark red. I wish I had more knives in this color. The knife itself is solid and sturdy with a good lockup. The blade has a convex edge and is rather thick. Ergonomically it's fine but the end of the short handle can get lost in my large hands. The biggest negative is the VERY stiff pivot. Action is very stiff, can't flick it open. Probably not too much I can do about that. I'll try taking it apart tonight (sorry Nick) and see how that goes. Anyway great knife, no real disappointments.