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Really Liking the Thrill

Discussion in 'LionSteel knives' started by Wavicle, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    769
    Jul 22, 2014
    So far I really like the Thrill. It started with a Blue Titanium model and after experiencing the quality and execution of lionSTEEL's manufacturing on them I had to try an aluminum model to see the weight and spring tension difference. Again, the aluminum models are equally impressive. The anodizing is top-quality and I am really impressed with the smooth slip-joint action on both models. And that hide-away pocket clip works great on jeans, wool dress pants, and khakis. I'll EDC these over an Impinda any day.

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  2. dlk

    dlk

    144
    Jan 26, 2005
    Great pics, thanks for posting them! I'm really torn between Al and Ti models. What is your wisdom, is Ti worth the extra money?
     
  3. molletta

    molletta Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    Happy that you like it.
     
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  4. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    769
    Jul 22, 2014
    I almost always prefer titanium over any other material due to its durability and unique anodizing which produces the apparent colors. However, after having both versions of the Thrill I prefer the light weight of the aluminum models. The lionSTEEL anodizing on the aluminum is excellent and the spring action is identical to the titanium, which is outstanding in both cases.

    So even though the titanium costs more, the aluminum solid frame creates the perfect folder-- and you get the same M390 blade.
     
  5. dlk

    dlk

    144
    Jan 26, 2005
    Thanks for that perspective. I kind of wanted to buy a Ti model, but couldn't quite see how it made sense. It looks like the Al one has an insert to make it stiffer? Or am i seeing things?
     
  6. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    769
    Jul 22, 2014
    There is no difference. Both have a steel insert where the blade tang rotates on the spring and that insert appears to be the same. The steps in the internal milling to create the back spring looks the same but it must be different to get the correct tension for the different metals.
     
  7. dlk

    dlk

    144
    Jan 26, 2005
    I realize now, I was seeing the gap on either side of the spring in the pic of the orange one above. My red one came. It is a very nice knife, but the difference in feel on your hand between Al and Ti is huge, at least comparing to MKM Fara Ti, the closest comparison I have.
     

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