Lionsteel ROK - New M390 Blade Lionsteel Solid Knife

Discussion in 'LionSteel knives' started by NicoColt1911, May 24, 2018.

  1. Popsickle

    Popsickle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Shameful how long this took..... I handled this at bladeshow LAST YEAR. No longer interested.
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  2. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    All the ROK models including Titanium, Aluminum and Damascus are in stock at GP Knives and I'm sure pretty sure soon at BladeHQ and KnifeCenter.

    Wish it had a 2.99" blade length to make it legal in more places.

    Love the Damascus ones.

  3. NewBlades16

    NewBlades16 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2015
    Are they using nylon washers in these?
  4. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    IKBS bearings.
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  5. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    I'm digging this blade. I just need to decide aluminum or titanium. I like the black
  6. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
  7. bearcut


    Sep 3, 2006
    That clip is the first real innovation in years.

    All the old guard deserves to die. I am talking to you benchmade, zt/Kershaw, spyderco.
    Same old sh*t year after year. NO innovation.

    Lionsteel rocks.
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  8. MarcusA


    Feb 21, 2017
    Been carrying mine for a week and a half now, I really do like it. Feels great in the hand.
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  9. Nautique


    May 15, 2016
    How's the clip retention while clipped to pocket?
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  10. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    How is the action? I read it was kind of stiff and not smooth.
  11. Shooter4321


    Jul 26, 2014
    How thick behind the edge is it?
  12. MarcusA


    Feb 21, 2017
    Not that great honestly, the knife is big and heavy enough it will sit still but if you were to bend forwards enough, it will slide out. Haven't tried running with it or anything like that. I hope they keep evolving the concept to get a better working clip in the future as I do like the feature.
    It was extremely stiff when I got it. The flipper and frame lock hurt my fingers when fidling with the knife, but I'm glad to say that right now it's become pretty smooth. I did open up the knife and cleaned it (except for the stopping pin, not sure how to remove that in this knife, it's my first integral and didn't feel like messing about too much). The action isn't as great as my We Knives or Reate but it isn't the worst either. Interestingly, the knife flips out with more authority when using my left hand it seems. No idea why that is.

    So yeah, on day one I though this knife was going to be thrown into a case not to be used that much because of the action on it. But I remembered when I first got a Sebenza and it hurting my thumbs and how smooth it is now.
    I quite love the knife at this point. It just feels great in the hand ergonomically. The action could be a bit smoother still but it's good enough. The clip could certainly have better retention and I'd like to see the clip fit completely flush in the frame. Maybe add a bit of gimping on the flipper, also it doesn't need to be removable for me. I love the looks of it and the size. I tend to carry smaller more gentlemenly folders. It's pretty big but a tad smaller than most bigger knives and an excellent fit for me.

    Ill add a quick video of me flipping the knife with my weaker left hand for reference I guess

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  13. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    Well to be fair, it would be pretty difficult for every major company to come up with something like this every single year.
  14. NWEash


    Jan 9, 2018
    Just wanted to reiterate how strong the lockbar action is on my standard Ti model. Finger was very sore after two days of frequent deployment. Thumb also gets sore trying to open the lockside to close the knife. Action has mildly smoothed out but the lockbar on mine just has that Ronnie Coleman strength. I tried adding some oil to the detent with minimal benefit.
    Seems like there’s just not enough cutaway on the lockbar relief. There’s also some burrs and unfinished tool marks on the inside of the handle.

    Clip is like reported, very weak. Knife is heavy and I’m not sure what activity would do it but running or something could definitely make it fall out. There’s nothing on the inside of the clip to grip your pants. I’m sure it’s fine for 90% of us regardless.

    Blade shape and steel are awesome. No complaints. Cut open some cardboard with relative ease. Might have too thick of a bladestock for more slicing tasks.

    The knife is literally a rock in your hands. It’s as solid as any knife can feel when deployed.

    The sound, if that matters to you is very muted. You’re not going to get any sort of Rassenti Integral handle lockup sound if that’s what you’re hoping for. (I was). It’s about 50% as loud as my average frame locking knife.

    I’m still on the fence. I love the design and aesthetics of the knife but the deployment is bumming me out so far. Hopefully it breaks in more. I’ll be sure to update if it does.

    I’m also curious if any aluminum users have an easier time With their deployment.
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  15. molletta

    molletta Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    Silicone spray on button.
  16. mikeh85


    Feb 5, 2019
    I really like the way this knife looks, especially the Damascus blade. Don't really like damasteel performance compared to m390. Weird description on Lionsteel website says the Damascus model is also m390. I have never heard of that, so I'm guessing it's standard damasteel. M390 Damascus would be sweet though...

    Am I right thinking that if I'm actually going to use this knife I'd be better off with the m390? The grey titanium one looks pretty nice in pictures, how does it look in hand?

    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019
  17. NWEash


    Jan 9, 2018



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  18. mikeh85


    Feb 5, 2019
    Looks good to me! You happy with it? I see your review. But would you buy it again?
  19. morvlorv

    morvlorv Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2014
    why did this have to come out in a year i vowed only to buy fixed blade knives.
    The humanity......
  20. NicoColt1911


    Mar 17, 2017
    Well it was presented last year so maybe there is a loophole in your vow? ;)

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