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LYRA, the world's best TITANIUM Morphing Nano EDC Knife

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/horizonknives/lyra-the-fascinating-titanium-morphing-everyday-carry-knife?ref=user_menu

 

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Lyra  

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Lyra, inspired by the rhombus shaped constellation of the same name, is a unique morphing EDC knife with the design goal of creating the smallest closed knife possible while still providing a full four finger grip. This is our second morphing knife design and incorporates all of the lessons learned on our first project, the ambitious Eclipse morphing knife, of which we produced over 5000 units. 

The Lyra is a step up in every way from our first design, incorporating better materials, better finishes, and blade steel. There is much more intricate machining involved in this knife and the complexity of the design along with its unique opening mechanism and shape lend for a really interesting and usable show piece. Despite its creative looks it is in fact a very ergonomic and usable EDC knife.

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Mechanism

The unique four bar mechanism to open the Lyra is also what gives it its best feature. On a standard folding knife the handle must be the same length as the blade or vice versa. This is a limitation to nano blade knives because generally the handle is equally as small. Most nano sized knives only offer a 1 or 2 finger grip which limits them to very low force cutting tasks. The Lyra does not have this issue. Its closed length is a mere 2” but when opened it has a full 3.2” length handle (4.7" total open length). This allows for a full 4 finger grip, something rarely seen on a nano sized knife and a true no compromises solution!

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Grip

The benefit of the linkage extension of the Lyra’s handle is apparent by all of the different grips available. The linkages were shaped to create smooth transitions from the handle to the blade and avoid creating any “hot spots” or pressure points when gripping the knife firmly. The result is a secure, comfortable, versatile handle that allows for long periods of continuous use and offering a number of useful grip options to accommodate any task: 

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Blade

The Lyra has an excellent blade. It’s a Wharncliffe shaped blade which is designed for utility use. It is has a scoop along the top edge that adds a cool style to the blade shape but also acts as an ergonomic finger rest for better control of the blade for better precision in cutting tasks. The best feature of this blade, however, is that it is made of super hard D2 tool steelwhich is one of the absolute hardest and most durable blade steels available having a hardness of 61 HRC. The blade is made from a thick 0.120 inch (3mm) stock so it has a very good rigidity but still maintains very good slicing ability due to its flat ground bevel design. There is even an ample sharpening choil present so you can easily maintain the blade sharpness, should you want to. That said, D2 should maintain a nice useable sharp edge for the life of the knife if using it for everyday standard activities. The black blade is DLC coatedwhich is a super hard, scratch resistant coating found on high end military tactical equipment.

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The Lyra also features a completely protected blade design when closed, so your keys wont be able to hit the blade edge ensuring your knife will remain sharp even when carrying it everyday in a busy pocket. It does this with a specifically machined "U" channel that keeps the blade edge out of harms way.

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Utility

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The Lyra is such a usable little knife given its ergonomic handle and utility blade, it really is meant to be a useful every day carry knife that can do more than just the basic stuff if you need it too. By the way.. the bottle opener was a happy accident.. we didn't intend this to have a built in bottle opener but it ended up being the perfect shape.

 

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I already have their earlier Coin-shaped knife, and it is pretty interesting. 

(I mostly use it to cut open packages)

EDC: EveryDay Carry. A knife that according to the TSA's rules should be allowed to in your carry-on lugage, and that the police won't lock you up for carrying on the street. 

(Not that I'd take the risk with the cost of these knives)

I expect this new one to be even more useful.

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Interesting choice of name: A deliberate association with Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of Pullman's "the Subtle Knife"...?

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Looks nice... Why do I have the feeling it's design would be illegal in Canada.? 

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4 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Looks nice... Why do I have the feeling it's design would be illegal in Canada.? 

 

Because it wouldn't be polite to only get one for yourself?

 

 

12 hours ago, paintybeard said:

Interesting choice of name: A deliberate association with Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of Pullman's "the Subtle Knife"...?

 

Sorry to disappoint, but it was just the star constellation.

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2 hours ago, Gadgetman! said:

 

 

Sorry to disappoint, but it was just the star constellation.

 

Yes, I saw that. Another dream shattered.   :upside:

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A nice looking little knife. But my Victorinox silvery pocket knife isn't that much bigger/smaller than this one.

 

Essentially, this gives you a biggish grip for a smallish blade.

 

13 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Looks nice... Why do I have the feeling it's design would be illegal in Canada.? 

Blade length and the ability to open it with gravity, swinging motion (butterfly knives) or spring is what can make it illegal in Canada. Most pocket knives are quite legal. Carrying them on your person on the plane is still iffy.

 

What the authorities really don't like, are knives that can pass off as something else (i.e. credit card knives, belt buckle knives).

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What they mostly look for at airports are blade length and if it locks open. 

 

This doesn't lock completely when open, and the blade length is also well within the official TSA regs. 

I still wouldn't bring it in my carry-on, though, because if a security guard decides that it isn't within regs, you're out of luck.  

 

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9 minutes ago, Gadgetman! said:

What they mostly look for at airports are blade length and if it locks open. 

 

Depends on the airport security regime.

 

US TSA:

 

"In general, you are prohibited from traveling with sharp objects in your carry-on baggage; please pack these items in your checked baggage."

 

There was apparently a proposal to allow small knives again, but that was quashed/withdrawn.

 

ETA: Essentially the same restriction seems to apply for Air India. (Too many countries to check more.)

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