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Tiny Lyra knife uses clever folding linkage to stretch out for a four-finger grip

Tiny Lyra knife uses clever fo...
The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
Horizon Knives is offering its Lyra knife in silver and black
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Horizon Knives is offering its Lyra knife in silver and black
The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The Lyra knife at full stretch
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The Lyra knife at full stretch
The Lyra knife weighs just 1.5 oz (42.5 g)
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The Lyra knife weighs just 1.5 oz (42.5 g)
The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The Lyra knife measures 4.7 in (12 cm) when fully unfurled
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The Lyra knife measures 4.7 in (12 cm) when fully unfurled
The Lyra knife weighs just 1.5 oz (42.5 g)
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The Lyra knife weighs just 1.5 oz (42.5 g)
Horizon Knives is offering its Lyra knife in silver and black
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Horizon Knives is offering its Lyra knife in silver and black
The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The Lyra knife all folded up
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The Lyra knife all folded up
The Lyra knife features a hole so it can be easily looped onto your lanyard, keyring or a carabiner
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The Lyra knife features a hole so it can be easily looped onto your lanyard, keyring or a carabiner
The Lyra knife all folded up
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The Lyra knife all folded up
The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Lyra knife is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign

Knives can come with a user-friendly grip and they can certainly come in small packages, but offering both in the one device is going to take some clever design. This is the task taken on by Horizon Knives, whose Lyra morphing knife is small enough to be keychain-compatible, but uses a nifty folding mechanism to give its users a good handle on the job.

Currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the Lyra knife is billed as the company's best effort to offer the smallest closed knife possible that maintains a four-finger grip. Named after the rhombus-shaped constellation of the same name, the knife when folded up measures just two inches long (5 cm), while the total weight comes in at 1.5 oz (42.5 g).

The Lyra knife all folded up
The Lyra knife all folded up

But using a neat folding mechanism that centers on a set of four linkages connecting the blade to the titanium handle, Lyra is able to unfurl to a full length of 4.7 in (133 g). This is space enough for a full four-finger grip, allowing the user (in theory at least) to tackle their cutting tasks with much more force than they could with a typical tiny knife using a one- or two-finger grip.

The blade meanwhile is made from hard D2 tool steel, and measures 1.2 in (3 cm) in length. A locking mechanism secures the blade in place when the knife is both open and closed in the interests of safety, while the company has also built a gentle scoop into the top of the blade in the interests of ergonomic handling. It additionally features a hole so it can be easily looped onto your lanyard, keyring or a carabiner.

The Lyra knife features a hole so it can be easily looped onto your lanyard, keyring or a carabiner
The Lyra knife features a hole so it can be easily looped onto your lanyard, keyring or a carabiner

Horizon Knives is offering its Lyra knife in silver and black, with early pledges of US$79 available at the time of writing. If the campaign runs as planned, it expects to begin shipping in September 2019.

You can check out the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

LYRA: World's best TITANIUM Morphing Nano EDC Knife

3 comments
NAC
Why? I make knives and have used them as EDC and survival and combat! Why would I spend $79+ for a knife that I can buy for $20? Even as a backup for your backup I would not spend this amount of money on a knife that is only a knife! Last ditch knife as this is being marketed as are cheap knives
NAC
Sorry hit post comment when looking for knife! On Amazon I can get a knife a lot like this one for less then $13! So why pay $79+? Knife name Gerber GDC Zip Blade. Yes understand the knife that is $79 is made of better metal and so on! Yet the $13 knife will do the same thing for what it's needed! Going to spend $79+ on a last ditch knife might I suggest a multi tool better then a single knife! Can do a lot more in a survival situation! Just me maybe?!
mediabeing
Sorry...but it's a bad design. Note that if the hand isn't supporting the blade, the blade will fold back into the body. It should have been set up so that no matter how much force is placed on the blade while cutting, the blade would not give/fold away. I'm amazed this item got this far. It needs major redesign.