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Spyderco C181GTIP Lil' LionSpy Folding Knife 3.12" ELMAX Steel Blade, G10 / Titanium Handles

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Part Number: SP181GTIP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP181GTIP: C181GTIP Lil' LionSpy
The Lil' LionSpy traces its history to the original LionSpy, a heavy-duty folding knife that marked a groundbreaking collaboration between Spyderco and Italy's LionSteel. It proudly retains all the distinguishing features of its bigger brother, but in a smaller, more pocket-friendly format. 

The blade of the Lil' LionSpy is ground from premium Elmax Steel - a thir-generation powdered metallurgy steel from Austria's Bohler- Udderholm. Known for its high carbon and chromium contents and extra-fine grain structure, Elmas provides extreme edge holding and corrosion resistance. The blade is purposely thick for strength, but features a high flat grind and a pronounced "belly" for superior cutting performance.

The Lil' LionSpy's two-piece handle construction consists of a black G10 scales and a titanium scale that serves as the basis of the knife's stout Reeve Integral Lokc (R.I.L.) mechanism. Both scales are CNC machined with a series of textured grooves to ensure a positive grip and are joined by an open-backed design that reduces weight and simplifies cleaning. A compact pocket clip attached to the titanium scales supports right-side, tip-up orientation for convenient carry and easy access.

To ensure superior lock reliability, the Lil' LionSpy's advanced R.I.L. mechanism features a hardened steel insert and LionSteel's patented RotoBlock device. This titanium disk serves as an overtravel stop for the lock bar. When the blade is opened, turning the RotoBlock clockwise wedges the lockbar in place, preventing unintentional release of the lock and providing outstanding stability during hard-use cutting chores. Rotating the RotoBlock counterclockwise frees the lockbar and allows for it to be operated to close the knife.
  • Blade Length: 3.12" (79 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.96" (75 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.14" (181 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.02" (102 mm)
  • Blade Steel: Elmax Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 4.0 oz. (113 g)
  • Handle Material: G10 / Titanium
  • Made in Italy
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
Extremely fine grained powered metal that strikes the balance between edge holding and corrosion resistance perfectly. Much more likely to get a rolled edge than have a chip develop.
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Gary C.
New Jersey
Jun 03, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material, Lock Type
Cons: None
I usually carry traditional pocket knives, but sometimes need a larger and more stout knife, so my search began. I wanted a titanium framelock, and when I saw the Spyderco name, that sold me. This knife is a perfect combination of medium size and heavy duty strength, and has not left my pocket since I bought it.
5 out of 5
Jan 06, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Lock Type
Cons: None
Great everyday carry!
Met my expectations. Solid lock up. Italian craftmenship and finish. Flawless blade...
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