For years, I have been looking for a compact, solid, well-made, and beautifully designed fixed-blade knife. This search has consumed many hours of internet wanderings. I have oscillated between the Benchmade Bushcrafter, the Bark River Bravo-1, the Helle Udvaer, the Vulture Knifeworks Cholera, and many others. Then, a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a beautifully designed blog called Pivot and Tang that is dedicated to the celebration of well-made, exquisite knives. Even if you do not care about knives at all, this website is still worth checking out. Its design is just about as wonderful as the design of the knives it showcases.
But I digress… On Pivot and Tang, I discovered a knife that I had never heard of, from a company I had never heard of: the Lionsteel M2. Lionsteel is a small, but relatively well-known Italian knife manufacturer whose work is simply stunning. Their M2 offering turned out to be just the knife I was looking for, so I jumped at my opportunity to secure my own. They are not necessarily that hard to find, but they are European and are in relatively short supply.
I am optimistic that my search for the perfect fixed-blade is at an end, but I have not yet put this knife through all of my standard tests. I will do a full write up once I have done so!