The first time we’ve seen the Horizon Knives LYRA it immediately called out to the geek in us. Well, one look at the one-of-a-kind folding mechanism it offers reminded us of the gun blade from Final Fantasy XIII. Not to be confused with the iconic weapon from Final Fantasy VIII, which sported a different design. The way it unfolds bears an uncanny resemblance to how Lightning’s weapon transforms from a sword to a gun. Anyway, other than how it looks, this EDC knife is an outstanding piece of work.

Folding it in leaves you with a very compact 2-inch tool that can fit inside the palm of your hand. However, once open, it offers ample space for an ergonomic four-finger grip. This feature is quite a rare find among EDCs of this size. The unique way that it closes also ensures that the blade is safely out of harm’s way. A special channel keeps whatever is inside your pocket or anything that it might bump into away from the edge.

Durability is the key when it comes to a good EDC tool and the Horizon Knives LYRA knows it. That’s why its sporting 6AL-4V grade 5 titanium linkages and handles. Meanwhile, the Wharncliffe blade uses D2 steel rated at 61 HRC for superior resistance against outdoor and indoor abuse. Another thing that makes the overall grip is the smooth thumb rest on top of the blade. This gives the user absolute control over the knife. We almost forgot to point that you can even use it as a bottle opener, which is so cool.

Check out its Kickstarter page here

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