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Monday, March 19, 2018

Brother 1501G Knife Review - Big Disappointment!

Well, after one of my all-time favorite knives from China - here comes one of the most disappointing ones - the Brother 1501G.

I was really impressed with its smaller brother (the Brother 1502), so I decided to try it out as well.

First impressions:

First impressions were actually OK - the knife came in the standard Brother branded cardboard box, blade was centered, reasonably sharp, good lockup, fit and finish.

The only problem (like with many other Brother knives) - it was very dirty inside which made the action mediocre at best.

I was expecting that, so I cleaned it up and that improved the action a lot.

So, I could tell you the Pros and the Cons of this knife, but I feel it would be redundant, as the knife has 2 flaws that make it unusable for me:

1. The knife has pinned construction and the pins started coming apart at some point causing horizontal blade play and making it unsafe to use.

2. While closing the blade hits the steel backspacer, dulling a pretty large portion of the blade.

Well, I could try to fix these issues, but I think it just wouldn't be worth it, so I'll probably just turn it into a fixed blade and call it a day.

I do know there are other folks who got theirs and haven't experienced these issues, but this is the case with my knife and it is important to share it IMO.

Summary: Not recommended due to the issues listed above.

Link to the knife: Brother 1501G

Thursday, March 15, 2018

First Voice Video + New Knives + Channel update!

So this is going to be my first voice video and probably my first video over 5 minutes in length.

First of all I’d like to thank everyone who supported me and helped me reach 1000 subs in order to beat YouTube’s new partner program criteria, I really appreciate it you guys.

Second of all – I’d like to apologize for my bad English –  as many of you already know - it is not my first language and I honestly didn’t think it is going to be this hard for me to make these videos.

So, without further ado - The purpose of this video is going to be – tell you a bit about myself, give you an update on the direction the channel is heading, show you some of the newer and the older stuff that I got and to ask about your opinions and recommendations.

BTW – I will do a GAW soon to help me celebrate 1K subs and I would like to ask you a few questions about that. I already got a few options for the prize, but these are still unreviewed, so it will take a while till I’ll make a GAW video.

1. Few words about myself – First of all – Atech isn’t my real name obviously it is an abbreviation from A which is the first letter of my name and the word technology so it was supposed to be A-Tech – Reviews.

I study at a university so obviously don’t have lot’s of free time, live with my girlfriend and my dog Charlie.

If you follow my Instagram you’ve probably seen him – he also likes knives and gear very much and I will probably feature him on some of my videos as well.

Well I think this is enough information for now, I will probably tell you a bit more on the go.

OK, so let’s talk a bit about the direction of the channel:

I have tried for a really long time to make these voice videos, but it just didn’t seem natural to me, especially the “talking to the camera” part.

Well, gotta say – writing a script really helps that and makes it a lot easier, so if you are planning to make those in the future – consider at least writing the points that you want to talk  about and that will make your speech much more fluent.

Now – how do I see the channel.

Atech Reviews will be primarily a gear review channel, mostly knives and EDC related gear, but not only.

My intent is to make a series of videos about the knife hobby that aren’t really reviews but more on the philosophical side

I already have a few topics lined up, such as:

1. Knife Economics series – we’ll talk about the powers that shift the knife world, such as the marketing, pricing, value of knives over time, secondary market and more – really basic stuff, non academic, it is just going to be more of a conversation where I will state my own opinion backed up by some info and graphs and we will discuss it in the comments.

2. I will do a much postponed knife collection update with short explanations about every knife and not a silent one this time.

I really do have a lot of new knives, so I’d like to make a video before I let some of them go.

3. Of course we’ll talk about the fakes, clones as in more expensive clones, less expensive clones, homages, replicas and in between.
I just want to state that I’ve stepped back from the fakes as in I no longer order knives that have logos and names of other companies written on the knife and that could be mistaken for the  genuine knife and could be used to scam other less experienced users to thinking they are buying the real deal.

I’ll tell you about why in the video.
4. I’d also like to talk with you about such knife related issues as Knife Maintenance and sharpening and the tools we use to do these things as in sharpeners, bits, compounds, etc.

5. Knife steels – there definitely be a video about knife steels and their importance, I’ll probably talk about that when I’ll do the review of this bad boy – remind you that it is an undisputed champion of rope cutting.

6. Budget knives – oh, there is definitely be a video about that, especially about budget knives from the big brands and why I’m not really gaga over them.

7. There will be reviews of platforms that sell knives, such as eBay, GearBest ,AliExpress, DHGate and more – including tips and tricks that I’ve learned while shopping at these.
8. I maybe will do some Knife News bits that will focus on the Chinese and budget news – basically stuff you don’t see in the traditional news

9. I will try to regularly show EDC updates and Pocket Dumps, maybe some other dumps, I don’t know, just kidding, to show you what I carry and how I carry it.

10. Maybe some bits about knife reviews and other reviewers.

11. Oh yeah – Last but not least - definitely do a story about my first knife, how and why did I start with knives and review of the knife hobby in general.

Other than that – I hope I will get the chance to review some other gear as well such as :
- Other types of knives and bladed stuff

- flashlights
- watches (Do not get into watches ehh)
- vaping and how it helped me quit smoking
- My cellphone and other gadgets I use.
- maybe some pens and more

So, I hope you like this new format. If you do – please like this video, if no and you want to see the older silent version – please dislike this video and please write in the comment section under the video – What other topics would you like to see on the channel or what topic are you most interested in from the ones I’ve mentioned?
Plus – I’d like to hear your feedback on this video – video quality, lighting, my voice, my hands – everything that comes to mind – also please write down below and I’ll really appreciate it.

If you are still not subscribed – please do that by hitting the subscribe button and the small bell next to it to get updates on the videos, I remind you that there will be a GAW coming soon.

I will also leave links to my website, Instagram, Facebook and other social platforms in the video description.

Thanks so much for watching guys and I will see you soon on the next videos!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sanrenmu 7130 EDC Fixed Blade - ESEE Izula Killer?

Today we will have a review of one of my favorite knives of recent time - the Sanrenmu 7130.
Sorry for the delay in the reviews - have been caught up with everyday life.
And as always - knives I like the most take me the longest period of time to review (got this knife a few months ago).

First impressions:
- The Sanrenmu 7130 comes in a branded cardboard presentation box (really worth mentioning this packaging - could suit for a gift).
Quality out of the box is excellent - no issues at all - it came sharp, symmetrical bevels, no fit and finish issues and had great retention in the sheath.

- The sheath. Has great retention, gimping in the right places and a great rotatable clip.
The same clip could be seen on the more expensive RUIKE fixed blades.
Much better than a Tek Lock for EDC IMO.
- 8Cr14MoV Steel - Not the most impressive steel out there, but could be easily sharpened and Sanrenmu really know how to heat treat it well (so take this steel to the max).
I am pleased with the edge retention and from the corrosion resistance.
- The design. From the first glance it does remind the Izula a lot, but has a different shape of the handle, the cutouts and the sheath, so although sharing similar concept - isn't a clone IMO.
- Great quality, fit and finish out of the box and in general.
- Awesome packaging. Comes with a neck chain as well.
- Price and incredible value.

- No gimping on the spine of the blade. Will add it myself or glue a piece of skateboard tape.
- Sanrenmu doesn't make G10/Micarta scales for it and I really think they should. Could make it even better.  Meanwhile I wrapped it with paracord to provide a better grip (works really well).
- The clip on the sheath is excellent, but makes the whole construction pretty thick.

- Overall this is an excellent option for a small budget EDC fixed blade (but could also be used in the outdoors).
The build quality and the concept give it a great value and you couldn't be wrong with one IMO.
Could also fit folks that wanted to try the Izula but passed due to the relatively high price.

Knife could be found here: Sanrenmu 7130 FUF-SF
There is also a black version available: Black Sanrenmu 7130
Also available on Amazon (faster US shipping): Sanrenmu 7130 on Amazon
Competitive option:
ESEE Izula

Video demo:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tekut Tough EDC Knife Review - If Mora made folders!

Today I'll be doing something I haven't done in a long time and that is reviewing a new knife.

This time it's the Tough - budget EDC blade by Tekut.

To those who never heard about the brand - just like Sanrenmu, Tekut is a veteran OEM maker out of China that is producing knives for other companies and make a few models of their own.

Lately they had a breakthrough with an excellent EDC knife - the Tekut Zero (previously reviewed) and this is their later model.

Blade length: 3.5" / 91 mm
Full Length: 8.2" / 209 mm
Weight: 4.7oz / 134g

First impressions:
The Tough came in a see through plastic tube, great presentation.
Was sharp out of the box, no F&F problems, smooth and had great lockup.

- Great quality, fit and finish out of the box.
- Solid lockup in both directions (with tweaking).
- Great ergos (including thumb dent and gimping).
- Nice hydraulic action on washers (not bearings).
- Strong thick tip.
- G10 with a nice traction but not pant ripping texture.
- Sandvik 12C27 blade (the same one SS Moras are made from).
- Price.

Best quality:
- The best quality of this model is the ultra deep carry pocket clip (see demo in the video below).
Great original feature that was developed by Tekut.

- Blade centering is off in mine. I could tweak it to be centered, but then there will be a bit horizontal bladeplay. One of the most common cons of knives with washers.
- The flipper tub is pointy and sticking out too much IMO. Truly a "pocket pecker".
- Sating finish on the blade, I would prefer a stonewash that will hide scratches.
- Biggest con IMO is the fact that all the screws on the knife are locktited that means it will be difficult to disassemble.

This one is a great high value budget blade with some unique and uncommon features that help it stand out in the crowd.
It really feels like a tool rather than a collectors piece with its simple but useful shape and build, a reliable tool that you could rely on.
That, in addition to the shape make me associate it with Mora knives, so if you were in the market for a folding Mora knife - this one could be a great option.

Knife is available here: Tekut Tough

15% off with promocode OUT15OFF
Check it out on Amazon for faster US shipping: Tekut Tough on Amazon
Or on BladeHQ: Tekut Knives on BladeHQ

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

RAD Knives Cleaver Mini Style Clone - New Budget "EDC" Version!

There is a new Budget "EDC" version of the Field Cleavers!
The difference is in the width of the scales (slimmer than on the previous versions) and thus make the knife lighter (7.4 oz (210g) instead of the previous 8.25 (234 g).
It will also be slimmer in the pocket.
Plus those are much more affordable than the previous version.
I already own one and confirm this info.

Check them out here: RAD Knives EDC Version
Also check out many small Cleavers from Fura: FURA Mini Cleavers

Details about the knives:
They have the same overall size and weight as the previous models:

Overall : 220 mm
Blade length 90mm
Handle length : 130 mm
Blade width : 40 mm ( widest point )
Blade thickness : 4mm 
Blade material : D2
Weight: 210 g ( without packaging )

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CIMA 1 Survival Knife Review - Sheath Happens!

This time it's the turn of one of the most popular budget knives out there - the CIMA 1.

First impressions:

The knife arrived in a CIMA branded cardboard box.
Out of the box it was reasonably sharp, but had a few issued with the sheath - it had some scratches on it (even a small crack) and had pretty bad retention.
Plus I really hated the clip CIMA 1 came with (springy steel clip) - it made the knife heavy and uncomfortable.
So I took it off and put a tek lok on it (the key was to use the long screws of the original clip).
Plus I glued a piece of rubber inside to fix the retention.
The knife felt much better after that.

- Blade length: 3.85"/9.8 cm.
- Cutting edge: 3.75"/9.5 cm

- Total length: 8.26"/21 cm
- Weight with the sheath: 10 oz/284 g
- Weight without the sheath: 7.26 oz/206.6 g

1. The condition of the sheath and the clip it came with.
2. Pretty thick grind and uneven sharpening.
3. 7Cr17MoV steel.
4. The CIMA 1 is relatively heavy for the size and the balance is off.
5. The design was borrowed from ESEE/ONTARIO RAT series.

1. Genuine Micarta handle - best quality and a reason to buy this knife.
Micarta handle is pleasant to touch and provides great grip (even when the hand is wet).
It also absorbs moisture.
2. The looks - are great IMO (kudos to ESEE).
3. Awesome ergos, including the gimping and the finger choil.
4. The blade coating is quite durable (not cheap paint).
5. Full tang construction with a skull crusher/window breaker at the end.
6. Price.

I admit I expected more from this knife. Maybe I just got a lemon.
But still - I think the CIMA 1 is worth the price (after the improvements to the sheath) as it will perform and you wouldn't feel sorry for it.
Plus that micarta handle is awesome.

Check out the CIMA 1 here: CIMA 1 Survival Knife
Or on Amazon for faster US shipping: CIMA 1 on Amazon

Competitive option:

Ontario RAT 3: Ontario RAT 3 Survival Knife

Video demo:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Interesting Knives on AliExpress!

Decided to do something I haven't done in a while and that is to show and tell about some of the newest and most interesting knives that have recently appeared on the Chinese platform.

1. Small Bushcraft knife - Nice small budget friendly knife.
Loved the way it looks and for the price it was a no brainer for me.
Supposedly features D2 steel, wooden handle and leather sheath.

Competitive option: Mora Eldris

2. Check out Kizer's AliExpress Outlet Store - great prices for awesome knives + free worldwide shipping.

3. Two Sun TS52 - New Dagger style flipper from Two Sun. Features stonewashed handle, ti clip, ball bearings and D2 blade (sharpened on one side). Like this design!

4. New small CF fixed blade from Dicoria - 2 steel options (VG10, Damascus) and a kydex sheath.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Maxace Red Queen Review - The Queen of Mean!

I got this knife over a year ago and am now ready to do a review on it.
The reason it took so long is because I haven't used it much during this period of time and I'll explain why during this review (in the Cons section).

First impressions:

The knife came in a branded black presentation box.
Was sharp out of the box and had no issues at all with centering, lockup and action (very smooth out of the box).

- The quality out of the box. Fit, finish, lockup, centering - all close to perfection.
- The materials - anodized aluminum handles + backspacer, nested steel liners, G10 inlays, bearings in the pivot and blackwashed 10Cr15CoMoV blade (which is like 8Cr13 on steroids with added Carbon and Cobalt).
- Great ergonomics that will fit most hand sizes + awesome added gimping and finger choil.
- Options - this knife comes in 6 color options (3 colors of handles and inlays and blackwashed/stonewashed blade). Options are always great.
- Very smooth action and deployment (added fidgeting factor).
- Very budget price point for what you are getting.

Best quality:
- Definitely the design. The looks, the tactile feel, the locking method (hidden blade stops), the sound of deployment, even the hardware - all make it feel like a much higher end knife than the price it sells for. 
The looks are also very charismatic - the knife looks mean (with that hawkbill blade and very sharp pointy tip) and reminds of an antagonist in a book or a movie, which is actually awesome and really cool.

- The knife is quite hefty (has non skeletonized liners) but the balance is right where it is supposed to be (under the finger groove), so feels much lighter than it is.

- The steel pocket clip is quite low and stiff. Although it doesn't interfere with the ergos and is usable it is quite complicated to put on the pocket. Taking out is much easier and works fine that way.
- The hawkbill blade - cool as hell, but other than self defence (which I do not support) and opening packages - this knife has almost no other practical use. I mean you could slice with it, but it is quite uncomfortable in comparison to other blades I have.

I like this knife a lot. Although I didn't get much slicing use out of it - I still enjoy very much to own it and use it for what is possible (like opening packages and letters).
I'm sure it is suitable for self defence, but I don't practice that (self defence with a knife).
The quality, the design, the looks, the materials and the charisma - all are definitely there and like I stated - I'm happy it is part of my collection.

Check out the knife here (premium Ti version is also available): Maxace Red Queen

And even cheaper on Amazon: Maxace Red Queen on Amazon
Maxace Knives are also sold here: Maxace Knives
Video demo of the knife:

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Brother 1502 Knife - Your Grandpa's Folder!

So, this one arrived as well and it is time to make a short review of it.
I actually won this knife in a GAW, so didn't order it myself.
It arrived from China in less than 3 weeks (before the holidays).

First impressions:

The Brother 1502 came in a plain cardboard box, pretty dirty inside (that is usually the case with Brother Knives, at least from my experience), blade was centered and sharp, no bladeplay.

I cleaned it and it became very smooth (blade drops if you disengage the lock).

- Great classic looks (is very similar to the now discontinued Kershaw Gentleman's folder).
- Good fit and finish of the polished 3D G10 scales.
- No bladeplay at all and the lock is pretty soft (for a lockback) and could be even used one-handed.
- Became very smooth after cleaning.
- Is thin and light (3.76 oz/106.8 g) for easy carry inside the pocket.
- Has strong tip that won't break during EDC tasks + 440C stainless steel.
- Nice ergos for my middle sized hand (because of the 3D scales).

- Two-handed opening.
- Pinned constructon (couldn't be disassembled).
- Sharpening wasn't even and pretty thick grind.
- Cutting edge length is pretty short (2.75" with 3.14" blade). Full length is 7.25".
- Small finish problems: lanyard hole isn't perfectly round and some scratches on the pivot pin.
- No pocket clip.

This is a classic Grandpa Knife (meaning similar to a knife our grandpas EDCed back in the day).
IMO - this isn't a knife for knife aficionados and collectors, but more for actual use for non-knife people.
The simple and strong construction make it virtually "dumbass proof" (couldn't be screwed up by dumbasses) so it will make an awesome loaner knife and a cool inexpensive gift for non-knife folks.

Check out the knife here:
Brother 1502 Knife
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Competitive options: 
Buck 112: Buck 112 Knife
Schrade Old Timer: Schrade Old Timer

Video Demo: