LionSTEEL Knives Myto Review “molletta edition” K390 Blackwashed
Last Update 06-04-2021
LionSTEEL Knives Myto is Michele’s (aka molletta) new design in the folder series.
It’s a high tech folder, presenting high end materials and finishes all coupled with LionSteel’s long quality tradition.
In the last few years they have acquired market leading knowledge, design, materials together with high end machinery.
The Myto is a medium sized folder, great for EDC but also for camping, camp chores and for heavy work.
This version is made entirely of titanium with an old black/blackwashed finish, the parts are first covered with a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) a very hard and resistant vaccum applied film. After receiving the PVD treatment (which is shiny, very shiny), the parts get stonewashed pretty heaviliy, receiving an “old worn” look, which hides scuffs, protects from oxydation and improves grip.
On this special “molletta edition” Mik asked to have the blades made of 4mm thick (4mm yeah!) K390 powdered steel, a very high wear resistance cold work steel with good toughness, a 2,5%C content, low Cr content with added Mo and high percentage of Vn. Of course the blade received the same treatment of the titanium scales.
The hardness to which it has been HT’d is 64HRC, higher than the M390 counterpart.
I have extensively used the smaller T.R.E. model in the same steel, it has a really high edge holding ability remaining fairly easy to sharpen.
To complete the package we find a removable flipper, a glass breaker that can be substitute with a normal bolt, a SOLID titanium clip (made from a single piece of CNC machined Ti) and a lockbar insert and stabilizer.
Here are some Specs from the factory:
Lenght: 201 mm. – 7.91 in.
Blade Lenght: 83 mm. – 3.27 in.
Blade Thickness: 4 mm. – 0.16 in.
Weight: 96 gr. – 3.39 oz.
Steel : Bohler Uddenholm PM K390 steel 64HRC
Finish: old black/blackwash stonewashed PVD
Lock: Frame lock with steel insert and stabilizer
Handles: 6AI4V titanium
Package: cardboard box, entirely recyclable
I got the knife a few days ago, so, due to covid restriction no action or use shots have been yet taken, i’m sure this is NOT going to be a safe queen!
And now, some pictures:
The Myto K390 arrives in a simple, yet, elegant full cardboard box.
When I first opened the box, I was stunned!
There are only like 10 pieces of this model around! (in K390 Steel)
I think it fits the old worn look of this old factory I found very well no?
K390, what else? with a Blackwashed finish, bliss!
The handle is made of 6AI4V Titanium, with the same Blackwash finish
SOLID® Clip and glassbreaker carbide tip bolt
The Lion Steel Myto comes with a tool to remove the flipper, remove the glassbreaker, take the knife apart and change side of the reversible clip.
the multi-hook is the strangest tool Victorinox offers, they call it the “multihook”, i’ve only used it to tie strings and to carry plastic bags, without cutting your fingers.
The Myto is just a bit smaller than the Chris Reeve Knives CRK Umnumzaan.
Although in the pictures it seems much bigger, the difference is minimal.
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Titanium/G10 & K390 63hrc
– CRK Small Sebenza 2010
S30V & Titanium
Action Shots for all reviews will be added during time, not easy to test everything with coronavirus…check back soon!
Last Words and Conclusions:
A great knife made in Maniago Italy, high end materials and finish.
What I like:
- GREAT finish and quality
- Excellent materials
- Good grip, perfect lock and smooth action
- arrives sharp and well sharpened
What I DON’T like:
- nothing else in particular
- a lanyard bead would have been a nice addition given the relatively high price.
- given the outdoor backing idea a sheath would be a nice option to have
the knife was bought with my own money, i was not paid for the review
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