Sunday, September 1, 2019

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Knives to get during the 11/11 AliExpress Singles Day Shopping Sale!

*Please notice that the AliExpress sale is now over and the prices for many of the recommended products have increased dramatically (up to 2X). GearBest and DHGate sales are still on.

The 11/11 AliExpress Shopping Sale have finally arrived and I'd like to show some of my picks to get during this awesome sale!

First of all - do you know why the Chinese call this the Singles Day Sale?
Well it is actually pretty simple - due to historical reasons there are a lot of single male folks in China and they needed a holiday to celebrate their pride in being single and the date (11/11) was chosen due to it being consisted of only singles ("1"s).

Please notice - many knives in this sale appear as if they don't have a lock in the seller's description, but in reality the pictures are edited because of the AliExpress regulations (selling locking knives is prohibited on the platform but if the lock is edited out it's apparently OK).

First of all - check out the Official Sanrenmu Store on AliExpress.

They have great selection of (mostly newer) knife models from one of the leading budget knife manufacturers in China.
The same factory also produces knives for several American brands (Spyderco, Kershaw), and also RUIKE, Real Steel, Boker+ and many others, so the quality levels of their products are amazing for the price.
They also have many products for sale in this sale, ship the products fast and have excellent customer service. 

Other Sanrenmu models are also available at Gearbest.

Another store that I recommend to check out on AliExpress is the 
 Tangram Knives Brand..
The budget subsidiary of Kizer Knives have followed their parent company and now also present their knives on the Chinese platform with lower prices and worldwide free shipping on most of their products.
They primarily make knives out of 440 Acuto steel from Japan, polimer handles (also aluminum) and the same awesome quality we already got accustomed to from Kizer's Vanguard series.
BTW - don't forget about the parent - 
 Kizer AliExpress Store., awesome prices and excellent service as well, plus some new models as well.

I'd also like to put a spotlight on one model that is sold at AliExpress - the relatively new and loved Ganzo FH11.
Now they have released an updated version with a reversible clip, so you could carry it on the left side as well, so managed to make it even better.
Definitely check it out, great low prices on it during this sale.

Other great offerings come from the TwoSun brand
These have become very popular lately, partly due to their newer futuristic (original) designs by Night Morning Design and Vitesse Design and partly due to the manufacturing quality, fit and finish.
TwoSun Knives are also available on Amazon.

Moreover - check out the Venom II and other original design models from Kevin John.These are known for their exceptional fit and finish (highest level of CNC, materials and knife manufacturing in total). It really is a thing you need to try to understand.

Other than that - GearBest also have a huge sale on this date, so might be worth it to check the knives they have on sale as well, especially the known and loved Ganzo, Sanrenmu and HX Outdoors models.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fake (Knife) News Ep.1! Spyderco Delica, Benchmade 940 Osborne, 810 Contego

Hi and welcome into our new section - Fake (Knife) News!

In these posts we will talk about the new counterfeit knives that have hit the Chinese platforms (and Wish apparently) so you will be aware that these clones exist and know how to identify them from the genuine knives.

As many of you already know I've been helping folks for a few years now to identify if their knives are in fact fake (or just poor quality genuine ones) so I do have some knowledge in this area.

Today I will present 3 models that haven't been cloned in the past (at least not in this configuration) and are really similar to the genuine knives so will be really hard to recognize, especially from pictures online.
BTW - the listed pics of the fakes are edited to conceal the logos and the trademarks of the geniune knives, as well as the locks (locking folding knives are prohibited on AliExpress).

1. Spyderco C11 Delica - Surprisingly haven't been cloned for a really long time (especially since all the other FRN models from the same series such as the Endura, Matriarch and Dragonfly have been available for a few years now), so from now on we'll have to be careful about the C11 as well.
The tell in this case (just like with all the other FRN models) is the writing on the blade - engraved on the genuine, laser etched on the fake, plus they didn't clone all the available colors, so orange and purple are good to go.
BTW - it seems to be lighter than the genuine (2.25 oz vs 2.5 on the genuine).

Could be seen here:
Fake Spyderco Delica on AliExpress

Fake Spyderco Delica on DHGate
Genuine Spyderco Delica

2. Benchmade 940 Osborne - The CF version (940-1) have been available for quite some time now, but now it's aluminum sister joints it in the fakeland.
The thing with these BM counterfeits is that they are really hard to identify (the 940-1 could be easily identified by the color of the standoff and the positioning of the logo) so you will have to compare it with the pictures of the genuine knife.
Also there will be differences in the finishing and other parts.
The weight seems to be exactly the same though (82g/2.9oz).
Could be seen here:
Fake Benchmade 940 Osborne on AliExpress

Fake Benchmade 940 Osborne on DHGate
Genuine Benchmade 940 Osborne

3. Benchmade 810 Contego - Just like with the 940-1 the blacked out counterfeit of the Contego have been available for a while, but now they've done the Knifeworks exclusive black-blue M390 one as well. Be aware of this fact and compare pics with the genuine knife after you get it.
Weight wise the fake one is heavier (173g vs 167 on the genuine).
Could be seen here:
Fake Benchmade 810 Contego on AliExpress

That's it for the first episode of the Fake (Knife) News.
Please tell me in the comments if you like the concept and I will keep making them if there will be a demand for them.
Cheers and beware!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ganzo Firebird FH11 Unleashed - Moving Forward!

The newest model from Ganzo Firebird - the FH11 have been finally released to the popular Chinese platforms and I wanted to make a quick overview of the model once I got some info on it.

First of all I'd like to state I was really impressed by all the new features that Ganzo Firebird have implemented in the newer model and I believe I got a really good clue to why that was made possible.

Probably the most talked about attribute is the fact that this knife runs on bearings.
I mean Ganzo had numerous knives that had the same pivot system, but this is the first time their knife has the bearings+linerlock combo which is a niche they haven't operated in before, but they've apparently done a good job, as the action of this knife is on par with some of the other budget knives that run on SS bearings.

Next up we have the inset liners build, which I generally prefer over the regular "sandwich" construction as it makes the knife sit more comfortably in the hand (hand touches only one material), smoother surface (no gap at all between the materials) and it also makes the knife lighter (which is great because the liners aren't skeletonized).

Few more updated features include the exposed standoff for the lanyard (which I also prefer to the regular method cause less holes on a blade is generally better) and the deep carry pocket clip, which suspiciously reminds me of the one used by Ruike knives and other members of that group plus other Chinese factories.

And of course they use a new steel that they have never used before - D2 instead of their regular 440C on a drop-point style blade with a flipper tab thin stock and very decent thin grind.

The fact that so many features were updated in this one brings me to the idea that Ganzo have established a partnership with another factory that they have never worked with prior to releasing this model, and these are great news IMO as we could see more of these upgraded Ganzos with a budget price tag and all of our favorite features that we wished for so long to have in our affordable EDC users/beaters.

The knife comes in 3 color/scale options (black G10, blue G10 and CF laminate).

Blade Length: 3.46"/88mm
Overall Length: 8.2"/208mm
Blade thickness: 3.3mm
Weight: 3.95 oz/112g

Check it out here (PayPal friendly): Ganzo Firebird FH11 GearBest
Or here (Free worldwide shipping): Ganzo Firebird FH11 AliExpress
Cheapest so far: Ganzo Firebird FH11 on eBay

Competitive options:

Ruike Hussar
Kershaw Concierge

Friday, August 31, 2018

Knives to get during the AliExpress Shopping Week Sale!

Today is the last day of the AliExpress Shopping Week sale and a last chance to check out some of the knives sold on this site with significant discounts.
Please notice - many knives on this sale appear as if they don't have a lock in the seller's description, but in reality the pictures are edited because of the AliExpress regulations (selling locking knives is prohibited on the platform but if the lock is edited out it's apparently OK).

So, first of all - check out the Kizer AliExpress Store.

Many folks thought it is going to be a Kizer clone store, only to find out it the knives were 100% genuine and have great quality.
Usually prices are similar to US discount prices, but great deals also could be found there during this sale, especially on the budget Vanguard models.
Big plus is the free worldwide shipping, that could be specially attractive for non-US folks.
I already bought a few from them and can state these are genuine new Kizer knives (verified) and will be eligible for Kizer's warranty.

Other great offerings come from the TwoSun brand

These have become very popular lately, partly due to their newer futuristic (original) designs by Night Morning Design and Vitesse Design and partly due to the manufacturing quality, fit and finish.
TwoSun Knives are also available on Amazon.

Also - Check out the Venom 2 and other original design models from Kevin John.These are known for their exceptional fit and finish (highest level of CNC, materials and knife manufacturing in total).It really is a thing you need to try to understand. 

I'd also like to point out the X-750 knife X-650, great new offerings from the Yon Xanadu brand that have great price tag during this sale.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Newest Ganzo Firebird Models FB762 and FB763 have reached Gearbest!

2 newest and highly anticipated Ganzo models - the FB762 and the FB763 have finally reached Gearbest and seem to be even better (IMO) than advertised by Ganzo a while before the release.

First of all they continue the line of original designs (although we can notice some influence from other knives, but that is practically inevitable in today's market), but not enough to be called clones and even homages.

Second of all - they continue to listen to their customers and FINALLY dropped the blue hardware that was kind of annoying at this point (still hope they will master black hardware some day) and installed deep carry pocket clips on the FB762.

And finally - the FB model name theory have been finally confirmed, so they do come with ball bearings in the pivot and have smooth action out of the box.

Check out the knives here (Specs in the lower right corner):

1. Ganzo Firebird FB7621

They have actually released one more model under the Firebird brand which is the Ganzo F713M (indicating that this is a part of their older series).
If you noticed this is actually an OEM version of another knife - the SOG Salute Mini, but without all of the SOG billboarding all over the knife (which is an advantage IMO).
At this point I have no doubt Ganzo are the OEM factory for SOG.
BTW - the full size (SOG Salute) version is also in the works.
Check the knife out here: Ganzo Firebird F713M

Monday, May 28, 2018

Ganzo F755 Design FAIL or Why there aren’t Benchmade Axis Knives with a finger choil?

Sup guys, Atech here and welcome to another video in which I will show you an interesting design flaw I discovered on this knife – The Ganzo Firebird F7551 or the GanzoCleaver.

It is interesting because I saw quite a few knife reviews before I got this knife and I haven’t seen anyone raise this issue up to this date in any of them.

First I want to say a few things about the knife itself:

This is actually an original design from Ganzo, the latest in their original design run (3 in a row now) which are the FB760 and the F761. It has good quality – no bladeplay, smooth action and an interesting overall cleaver style shape.

The lock on it is the G-Lock – this is what Ganzo call their variant of the Benchmade’s AXIS lock, with the term AXIS being trademarked by Benchmade so couldn’t be used by other companies.

As widely known – the lock was also patented and couldn’t be used by other companies, but sadly for Benchmade the patent has expired a couple of years ago, so now every other company could make knives with this style of lock, just couldn’t call it the AXIS lock, with a couple of companies including Hogue and Massdrop already announced they will be making knives with a similar locking system.
I will leave all of the known info about the patent and the expiration in the comment section below.

The F7551 actually functions quite nicely – the blade is centered, no bladeplay, has smooth action on washers, pretty soft lock, so if it wasn’t for that small issue – I’d say it is one of my favorite Ganzo knives to date.

So what is the problem with it you ask.
Please watch the video for the explanation.

Knife is available here: Or here for faster US Shipping: Competitive option: Benchmade 550HG: Info on the Benchmade Patent expiration: Massdrop Perpetua: Hogue HK Line:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sanrenmu Knives - News, Deals and New Models!

Sanrenmu knives are well known to most knife folks.
This is an in-house brand of one of the largest knife producers out of China, which also make knives as an OEM factory for Spyderco, Kershaw, Boker+, Ruike, Real Steel and others.

Rumors are that Sanrenmu will soon discontinue a large part of their models, as they will rebrand the company into SRM Knives - higher end brand that will produce on a higher level, but also increase the prices + make new titanium models.
So many of the beloved Sanrenmu are already out of stock and many more will follow in the near future.
I've concentrated a few models which I think are worth to check out because of the great quality+value (I own most of these) and because I think these are worth to try out (especially if will be discontinued soon).

1) Sanrenmu 7130 - Budget Izula killer, great small all-around knife that will perform both outdoors and as a small EDC blade, is on Flash Sale now for a great price.
Got mine from here: Sanrenmu 7130

Sanrenmu 7130

2) Sanrenmu 910 Plus - Declared by many as the best Sanrenmu knife ever and one of the budget knife Hall-of Famers (which I agree), the Sanrenmu 910 has great quality, action and usability and is on Flash Sale now (only the green version, the black sold out).
Got mine from here: Sanrenmu 910
Chris Reeve Sebenza is available here: Chris Reeve Sebenza
Full review could be found here:

3) Sanrenmu S611 - Another awesome fixed blade knife (I own it as well, will review soon), also is a great budget option, especially for folks with small-medium sized hands.
Got mine from here: Sanrenmu S611

4) Sanrenmu Land 9046 - Great budget utility/rescue knife, one of the best options in this category, has good quality and additional features (glass breaker, locking strop cutter, wrench, safety lock).
I own it and also will review it soon.
Got mine from here: Sanrenmu LAND 9046

5) Sanrenmu S625 - New offering from Sanrenmu, small EDC fixed blade, has interesting original design plus comes with a few good looking color options.
Is available here: Sanrenmu S625

Hope this info will be helpful for you,
Thanks for checking it out.

Monday, April 23, 2018

How Do OTF Knives Switchblades Work?

Sup guys, Atech here and welcome into another post in which I will show you how do OTF automatic knives or switchblades function.

I decided to make this post because many people, especially non knife folks are really surprised by the action of the otf knives when I showed it to them, so they are like – “oh man, that’s so cool, how does it work, what is this magic” and so on.
There are videos online that show these knives in the disassembled state but when disassembled it is really hard to grasp how they actually work.

So for this purpose I got this clear top OTF knife that allows me to show you the action without taking it apart.

There are few types of these mechanisms but most work by the same principle and today I will show you the most common one that is also used in the Microtech Ultratech knives.

Let’s start:
OTF knives are usually built from a few components:
1. The bottom scale – that holds the mechanics - and is generally built out of a light metal, such as aluminum, like in this case.
2. The top scale – which is flat and just presses the mechanics from the top, so could be produced from different materials, such as aluminum, carbon fiber or even clear plastic like in this case.
3. The actuation switch, which rides along the side.
4. The main plate that is moved by the actuation switch and coordinates the function.
5. The spring with hooks that is used for the tension.
6. The latches with springs that hold the blade in the open and closed position
7. And of course the main blade that is fired out of the front of the knife.

So how does it all work:
In the closed position, when we move the switch it in its turn moves the main plate and loads the spring that is connected to the blade by a hook. The blade at this point is held by the bottom latch, so it doesn’t move and tension becomes higher.
The main plate has this curve that moves the bottom latch and just as we get near the end of the path of the switch, it moves the latch all the way to the side, which releases the blade that flies out by inertial force and is locked by the upper latch.

When we close the knife it works just the same but another way around – we pull the switch, it slides the plate down and builds up tension on the spring, the curve in the plate moves the top latch and opens it, and the hook that is connected to the spring pushes the blade down by this nob and is secured down by the bottom latch.

As you can see it is pretty complicated mechanically and all the components have to work in cooperation in order for it to work properly and reliably.
BTW – I really like this cleartop version because I can see if there is any dirt inside and clean it out before it does damage to other components.

Now I would like to show you what happens if we fire a double action automatic knife into a hard object. I will use this pad.

As you can see – because the blade didn’t reach the latch it stopped and now moves freely in the handle, the plate as well.
But it isn’t broken, all you need to do to make it work again – just pull the blade all the way out, it catches the latch and fires just as it should once again.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it interesting – if you did please give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you haven’t already.

Link to the ClearTop OTF: The Mini Version: Original Microtech Ultratech:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Knife Terminology: The difference between Fake, Clone, Replicas and Homage Knives

Hey guys, Atech here and welcome into a post in which we will take a look into the differences between all of the terms that are used to describe knives that resemble other knives and break them into categories.

I want to make it clear from the start that the terminology I’ll be suggesting is based on the one used in the watch community and is just my suggestion to simplify the discussions about and around this subject. If you disagree about something said in this video – you are more than welcome to discuss it in the comment section below.
I also don’t want to get into the whole topic of: “Are clones good or bad?” there will be a separate post on this matter.
Let’s start:
The first category would be this: the fakes/counterfeits/knock-offs.
So these are knives that look exactly like the genuine knives, including the LOGO, which is an important issue. Putting someone else’s trademarked logo and brand name on a product that looks just like the original product is of course 100% illegal.
These knives are made in purpose to deceive uninformed buyers into thinking they are buying a genuine product or in other words scam them.
The quality in many cases (mostly on the cheaper knives) would be sub-par (that includes lock problems, soft screws, bad coating and other fit and finishing details), plus the steel wouldn’t be the same as advertised on the blade (because they copy everything, including the steel name), but a much softer, low grade steel.
But there are also much higher quality counterfeits out there, which include Zero Tolerance, Microtech and Shirogorov fakes and these are much more difficult to distinguish from the genuine knives, because they copy the materials as well as the original markings and are in general very similar to the originals they are copying.
If you have doubt about one of these knives – I’d suggest you take advice from a knife group or forum, but only from people who really know what they are talking about.
I’ll gladly help you out (like I have been doing , just contact me via one of the platforms listed in the description.
BTW – as I’ve mentioned in another video – there will be no feature of fake knives on this channel other than educational - to show the differences from a genuine knife or comparison between them.
Other knives that also are in this category are the ones that don’t copy the design, but do copy the logo of the makers, such as these:
I don’t know exactly the reason for why are they doing this, for me it is the stupidest thing ever but I suspect is because the people who produce these have no clue about knives and think it will help to sell the knife.

Now let’s continue to the next category which is the clone knives or unbranded replicas.
So these are knives that look exactly like other ones and use their design features, but don’t have the maker’s logo on them.
In fact – they don’t have any logos on them, thus these couldn’t be used to scam and deceive other people into thinking these are the originals.
They are usually made by OEM brands such as Kevin John, Green Thorn, Bear Claw and Wild Boar, some of which also produce knives and parts for other knife companies, even Western ones.
The clones usually emulate higher end and expensive knives, are made from high end materials such as genuine titanium, carbon fiber, ceramic bearings and have very good level of quality, fit and finish. Plus they will use decent steels and list the correct steel type on the knife.
Sometimes they even try to change or improve the design, such as the milling on the inside of this Green Thorn F95T.

Replica is a wider term and includes both fakes and clones, so branded replicas would be the fakes and unbranded replicas would be the clones.

Our next category would be the Homages:
These are knives that take some design features from other brands but put their own logo on them, so producing and branding them as their own product.
These include knives from Ganzo, Sanrenmu, Brother and others, which are made in the same OEM factories that produce knives for other companies, like Ganzo who allegedly are made in the same factory as Gerber and Sanrenmu, which are allegedly made in the same one as Spyderco, Kershaw, Boker+ Chinese series, Ruike, Real Steel and others.
These also of course couldn’t be used for scamming and the quality differs from one brand to another, but usually are good quality budget tools.

And last category is of course the genuine or original knives.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post, and it will be useful in future discussions.