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A Utility Folder Like No Other

The Helion Flip is pushing the boundaries of conventional folding knife design.  Crafted around the ubiquitous utility blade and incorporating a fundamentally innovative magnetic detent and tool-less blade change system, the Helion is elevating the standards of what a utility folder should be.  

We've integrated advanced carbon fiber composites with the exotic look of Kirinite­™, both paired with a precision CNC milled solid G10 frame to create an unforgettable and stunning design aesthetic unlike any other utility knife.  Ronin designed and produced from the bottom-up, the Helion will command attention and turn heads wherever you use it, but most importantly it will be one of the most useful tools in your daily carry.

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 *** Scroll down to find STRETCH GOALS & BONUSES ***

Save $40 by pledging for a Helion 2-Pack
NEW G10 color options!
The Helion Flip is 100% made in Canada

Powered by Magnets 

When operating a flip knife, the "detent" refers to the mechanism which provides the frictional tension which must be overcome for the blade to snap open.  In conventional flip knives this is commonly a solid ball-bearing in physical contact with the rotating element or frame. 

Advancing Flip Knife Technology 

The Helion Flip instead utilizes a unique contactless magnetic detent which secures the blade housing both open and closed purely with magnetic fields without requiring wear-prone physical mechanisms.  The continuous attraction of the specially aligned magnetic fields provides the constant tension needed to keep the blade secure in both the open and closed positions.

We designed the rotating blade frame to have a high moment-of-inertia by distributing the heavier magnets towards the outer edges of the lightweight G10 frame, also compensating for the lightness of the utility blade. This effect gives the Helion an incredibly solid and satisfying "feel" when flipping open and closed.  Finally, we incorporated a custom machined low-friction, delrin ring bushing which stabilizes the pivot mechanism. 

Easy one-handed operation!

Rapid Tool-less Blade Changes

The majority of common utility knives have loose, insecure blades which tend to rattle around making it difficult to make precise, stable cuts. We designed the Helion to end the conventional trade-off between blade security and quick-change ability by incorporating powerful magnets to securely clamp and prevent unsafe blade slippage, yet still allow for fast and easy blade replacements.

  • High grade N52 Magnets keep the blade secure with over 20 lbs of magnetic force.  No more rattling.
  • No conventional fasteners or screws needed to clamp blade.
  • Over 80% of the cutting edge remains exposed and available to cut with. 
  • Compatible with both standard STANLEY® 1992® Heavy duty or high quality 11-700, 11-800 FATMAX® utility blades.
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 The Design

The Helion Flip is designed with a function-first industrial aesthetic that is rugged, capable and aggressive.  The solid G10 composite and carbon fiber frame make this knife ideal for tough, everyday use while still looking like a standout.  The open-face style of the Helion Flip lets you customize your knife with a set of unique laser-annealed blade designs.

Who said utility knives had to be boring...  

Carbon Fiber Pocket Clip

The deep carry pocket clip and lanyard attachment is designed for discrete yet easy-to-access carry.  The clip is made from pure carbon fiber plate, so it is both strong and flexible.  Two screws secure the clip tightly into expanding press-fit metallic inserts embedded into the composite frame to prevent the clip from loosening over time.  

Ergonomically Designed

The large grip ring allows for a tight, secure hold even with gloved hands and its compact overall size makes it easy to incorporate into your everyday carry.  The contours of the spine of the knife are comfortable and designed to fit the natural curves of your hand.  

Flat front surface to precisely index long cuts.

Technical Specifications:

  • Open Length:173mm
  • Body length: 115mm
  • Weight: 83g
  • Body Type: G10 Composite
  • Blade Type: STANLEY® 1992® Heavy duty or high quality 11-700, 11-800 FATMAX®  utility blades
  • Blade Thickness: 0.024" (0.61mm)
  • Blade Length: 46mm
  • Pivot: Low-friction Delrin bushing
  • Hardware: Black-oxide stainless steel

Stretch Goals & Bonuses

All Levels

  • FREE box-knot lanyards with matching bead
  • FREE hardwood maple "catch-all" gift boxes

More to come!

FREE lanyard & bead with every Helion
FREE maple "catch-all" gift box with every Helion

Why Carry a High-Grade Utility Knife?

Most utility knives are made for frequent, daily use and are perfect for those common everyday tasks where you don't want to wear out the blade of a nicer, larger knife.  A utility knife helps you avoid the hassle of constant edge re-sharpening and the potential safety hazard of using the dulled blade of a normal knife.  

The problem is, many common utility knives tend to be made from cheap materials and of poor construction which can lead to unsafe and frustrating operation.

The Helion Flip is a high-grade utility knife, one that has a one-of-a-kind aesthetic style and a solid, rugged design that can take a beating and keep on going. The Helion can handle every cutting task you throw at it, from slicing drywall to delicate craftmaking and everything in-between.  The best part is, when you're finished cutting, you can swap in a fresh, new blade in seconds.  

No tools. No hassle. Always sharp. 

Fiber Laser-Annealed Custom Blades 

Customize Your Knife in Seconds 

We use our in-shop galvo scanning fiber laser to anneal smooth, durable and permanent oxide patterns onto standard utility blades turning each one into a unique artistic piece.  The process of laser annealing requires precisely chosen laser frequencies which, when modulated corrected, are able to produce striking multi-colored oxide layers on the steel surface.

The laser-annealed oxide layers are completely smooth to the touch which keeps all slicing action smooth and unhindered.

Every Blade an Artistic Piece...

On top of the 13 patterns we currently have, there are even more designs still in development and we'd love to hear your ideas.  Blade packs will be available to add-on through BackerKit at the conclusion of the campaign when the designs are finalized.

"Damasteel" styled blade pattern
A laser-annealed ACU camo blade pattern paired with the "Patriot" Kirinite­™ style.

G10 & Carbon Fiber Helion  

~$89 USD

  • Matte Black
  • Olive Drab 

*** New G10 Colors ***

  • "Imperial" White
  • "Magma" Red 
  • "Jade" Green
Matte Black G10
OD Green G10
"Imperial" White G10
"Magma" Red G10
"Jade" Green G10

Kirinite™ and Carbon Fiber Helion 

~$119 USD

  • Sunspot Orange
  • Patriot Blue
  • Toxic Green
  • Desert Camo
  • True Blood Red
  • Aqua Marine
  • Atomic Pink
  • Wicked Purple
"Sunspot" Orange
"Patriot" Blue
"Toxic Green"
"Desert Camo"
"True Blood" Red
"Aqua Marine"
"Atomic Pink"
"Wicked Purple"

2-Pack Helion (Kirinite™ & Carbon Fiber or G10) 

~$199 USD (Save $40)

Mix & Match ANY Helion Design 

Designed, engineered and manufactured under one roof. Production ready at launch.

These are the standards we have adhered to for all of our previous campaigns and the Helion Flip is no different.  We pride ourselves in following DFM (Design for Manufacturability) principles in all our projects so the Helion Flip has been designed in such a way as to be CNC manufactured quickly, accurately and with little material waste in order to keep production efficiency as high as possible.

We're able to quickly adapt to any production issues that may arise as we are a fully-operational composite machine shop and keep 100%  of our manufacturing in-house; unlike many other product designs which may rely on unreliable overseas manufacturers to produce their products for them.

We are pre-stocked with enough material for a few hundred units and we will work throughout the duration of the campaign to make as many units as possible to get a head-start on shipping rewards. 

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Previous Successful Projects

A sample of some of our past successfully completed and delivered projects.

Praetor Pocketblade

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Arceo Wallet

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The amazing feedback from our supporters on the PRAETOR directly influenced the development of the HELION FLIP. Thank you to everyone!

Risks and challenges

THANK YOU for stopping by to check out the Helion Flip! After CNC milling and hand-finishing, every completed knife is checked for quality before heading out the door as part of our production process.

MANUFACTURING RISK: We are fully equipped composite machine shop, and are able to respond to any manufacturing issues that may arise during production. We've made many test batches of the Helion Flip prior to launching to ensure you aren't simply backing a concept or an idea but a completed product that is ready for full production. As with all of our previous campaigns, we manufacture our own products without outsourcing therefore are able to adapt to any problems that may arise without delay.

SUPPLY CHAIN RISK: There are always certain risks involved in shipping in materials, but we have in place solid material suppliers we have developed a relationship with since 2015 and a reliable, tested supply chain from our previous four Kickstarter campaigns, so we are very confident in our ability to deliver this project and get some incredible knives into your hands!

- Alex & the Ronin Team -

Safety/Legal disclaimer: This is a tool and not a toy, so it should never be in the reach or possession of any children or minors. Tools can be dangerous and we do not accept any responsible for any harm, damage, illegal activity, injury, etc. while using this tool. You are responsible for checking your local laws for legality. You must be at least 18 years old to order. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to obey all applicable Federal, State, and Local Laws regarding possession and use of item(s) sold herein. Consult your Federal, State, and Local Laws before ordering. By placing an order the buyer certifies that: he or she is of legal age; and that the item(s) will be used only in a lawful manner. The buyer is liable and responsible for any loss, damage or expense of any kind, arising from the use or misuse of any item sold herein.

Ronin Energetics is a Registered Trademark of Ronin Energetics Inc.

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Long-lasting design

All of our product designs are primarily composed of highly durable fiber composite materials like G10 and carbon fiber which are not prone to breaking down, rusting or oxidizing like many low-quality injection molded plastics and cheap metals. Our products are made to last.

Reusability and recyclability

We utilize locally-sourced Canadian hardwoods in all of our packaging, which we also produce completely in-house. Better yet, our boxed packaging is designed to double as attractive desk storage trays so there is no need to throw them away!

Environmentally friendly factories

All of our products are manufactured 100% locally in our Canadian shop, no aspect of our designs are outsourced to overseas manufacturers which would otherwise greatly increase their environmental impact due to cross-border or ocean transportation.

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