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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Knives To Get in the 11/11 Aliexpress Singles Day Sale - Original designs!

After the Gearbest article it is time to present my picks for the original designed knives that could be bought on AliExpress during the 11/11 Singles Day Sale.



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.
Some prices are similar to US discount prices, but great deals also could be found there, especially on the budget models.
Big plus is the free worldwide shipping, that could be specially attractive for non-US folks.
I already bought a few from them today.




Other great offerings come from the TwoSun brand.

I especially like their newer futuristic designs by Night Morning Design.
Stupid name, but really is a talented guy.
TwoSun Knives are also available on Amazon.
And eBay.



Also - Check out Genuine Maxace Knives here: Maxace Knives

Other than the CH Knives latest designs, I'd like to point out the X-750 knife, X-650 and the new offerings from Lovocoo store.
Finally they are starting to listen and using those great CNC machines to produce original designs instead of the clones.

Happy shopping!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Knives and Flashlights To Buy in the 11/11 Gearbest Sale + Coupons!

So, the 11/11 sale is happening tomorrow and this is the chance to present you some of the best deals and coupons for this sale from one of my favorite sites to buy knives and other gear from - GearBest.com.

The reasons I like this site are that it is PayPal friendly, gives good consistent Customer Service and of course has the best prices in comparison to most it's competitors.
Plus, they embrace and support the gear community

GearBest managers have made a promotion page for knives: GearBest Knife SaleMost of the promotions and coupons are active now, more will become active on the date itself (11/11).

GearBest 11/11 Knife Sale
List of coupons that could save you a few bucks:

15% off all knivesGB11.11Knives
12% off all flashlights
GB17LED
35% all outdoor gear
GB11.11Camp

Now to my picks:

1) Ganzo FB7601 - Knife so nice I got it twice - the CF version and the G10 one.
Awesome original design from Ganzo, bearings in the pivot (very smooth) and finally a great deep carry pocket clip.
Coupon code - 
GZFB7601 (CF version only)
FB7603 (coated blade version) is also available.



2) Sanrenmu 7130 - The Izula Killer - great small EDC fixed blade, made from 8Cr14MoV and that great Sanrenmu quality and QC.
My guess this knife is going the next big hit!
Coupon code - 
SRM7130
Check it out!

3) Ganzo FB7611 - Another new original design offering from Ganzo Firebird.
Is going to be my next purchase cause I have to check out this handle shape.

4) Zanflare F1 Flashlight - Got this one for dog walks and enjoy it a lot.
1200+ lumens, multiple modes including strobe at a push of a button, glass breaker and is rechargeable via standard micro USB port.
Great offering and I highly recommend it!
Now on flash sale.

5) Xiaomi Wiha 24 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Kit - Great kit for knife disassembly and maintenance.
Made by Wiha, which bits are popular for their durability and overall quality.
A must-have for any knife enthusiast.
Notice that the price during the sale is $18.99.



6) Harnds Talisman - Awesome knife I reviewed on the blog now for the lowest price ever - $19.99 on a flash sale!

Also, I could recommend checking out the Xiaomi products page - great company that produces high quality items for great low prices.
I use a phone made by them, a laptop, some lamps, bought Mi Bands for gifts and I enjoy all of them.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zanflare F1 18650 EDC Tactical Flashlight - Great practical user!

So I got this flashlight and would like to tell you my thoughts about it.


First of all I got to say I'm not really a flashlight guy - I have 2 flashlights strictly for use.
My first one is an EDC flashlight - Olight i3s I got a while ago and carried it regularly.
I was very pleased with it, but I recently moved to a new apartment and started to walk the dog in a much darker park (luckily will be renovated in 1 year).
So I've tried to use my Olight AAA flashlight during the walks and it didn't give me enough light and wasn't very comfortable for 1 handed use.
Plus - I wanted a tailclick flashlight with an accessible strobe mode (for obvious reasons) and a rechargeable one for comfort.

After checking out some options (reading and watching reviews), I chose the Zanflare F1, mostly because of the qualities I needed - it has them all and more.
Second factor was its value. All the other options with similar parameters cost a lot more.

First impressions (Video of the unboxing):



The Good:
- The overall quality: The Zanflare F1 feels really solid and well made. The anodizing, the milling of the handle and the details, the fit and the finish all are done very well without any screw-ups.
- One handed operation (tailclick power button (very positive click) and the mode button is accessible with the pinky finger).

- The added accesories - comes with a very decent pocket clip (semi deep and has good retention), adjustable lanyard, zippered case and spare O-rings. Just the kit you need.
- Comes even with a glass breaker. Haven't tested it, but seems to be usable and useful.
- Ergos are good and so is the grip (provides good non slippery purchase).



The Great:
- The fact that its rechargeable with a built in micro USB port.
No need to take the battery out, just expose the protected port, connect the USB cable and it starts to charge.
That is a great idea and execution.

- The price - best value for the qualities among its competitors IMO.

The Bad:
- Comes without a battery, so need to buy those separately.

- When shaken hard, I could hear a small rattle inside for no visible reason.
- Has pretty substantial size and weight (for and EDC light) - almost 5.5" long and 5.31 oz (150 g) of weight (with the battery).

The Ugly:
- Me, for not using all the pro flashlight terms :).





Summary:
Again, this is an amateur flashlight review, focusing only on the practical side of the Zanflare F1.
For my use (walking the dog each evening in a dark park and occasional camping/blackout light) it is very suitable and more than enough.
The fact that it is rechargeable (through a built in USB port) gives it an advantage over other 18650 lights and the price makes it a great value purchase.
I am very glad I got it and could recommend it.

Check it out here: Zanflare F1 18650 Flashlight


Competitive option:
Atactical A1S

Monday, November 6, 2017

New CH Knives Models on AliExpress!

Hey gang!

Just a quick update on few new cool blades that are available on AliExpress:

CH Knives Gentleman Knives


Small 
2.2" blade made from Damascus steel, anodized ti handle (2 colors), numbered and come without the pocket clip.
Frame lock (edited out in the pics).
Cool new offering that would look great in any EDC setup.

Competitive options:
Pocket Samurai


CH Knives 3510 CF:

Cool looking linerlock blade with CF scales, 2 blade finish options (including a mirror polish), ball bearings and VG10 blade.

Competitive options:




Good week to all!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Newest original design Ganzo Firebird FB7611 have reached GearBest!

So I just recently got the Ganzo FB7601, and the newest model have already reached the online retailer GearBest and is available for purchase.

Must say I love this new direction from Ganzo - making knives with their great quality but with original designs that don't look like any other models on the market.

So, the FB7611 comes with a standard Ganzo clip, ball bearing washers, handle with a pistol grip and a wide blade with satin finish.

The knife comes in 4 color variations: black, OD green, camo and their signature CF laminate.

Check it out here: Ganzo Firebird FB7611

Don't forget the coupon code that gives %15 off all knives on site: 
GB11.11Knives



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ganzo G745 G7452 EDC Orange Knife Review

I got this one a while ago and am more than ready to do a quick review of it.

First impressions:

The knife came in a Ganzo branded black cardboard box.
Condition out of the box was excellent - no issues whatsoever with centering, lockup, action or lock stiffness. 
Now, I don't know if I got a great piece - but this was one of the best quality Ganzos I ever got.
Please notice this is an old-school Ganzo and not one of the new Firebird line.

Dimensions:
Full length: 8.25"/21 cm
Blade lenght: 3.6"/9.2 cm
Weight: 4.97oz/ 140.8g


Pros:


- As mentioned before - the quality.
- The action. I had just to tweak the Ganzo G7452 a bit and put a bit of oil inside and the knife became as smooth as the Benchmade Griptilian I had. The omega springs also are a lot softer than in other Ganzo models and become even softer with time (break in).
-  I actually like the silver hardware (as opposed to the blue screws on the newer Firebird ones) and the stonewashed finish on the blade, give it an utilitarian look.
- The ergonomics are probably the best part of the 
Ganzo G7452 for me. The handle is pretty thick (and wide) and fills the hand well in regular and reverse grips. G10 is textured and provides good grip.
Big plus is that the ergos will be comfortable for most hand sizes.
Must give credit to the now discontinued HK Axis knife the Ganzo G7452 is based on.

- The construction is also awesome (very strong). The fact that the blade stop pin is fixed with screws (and not pressed in) eliminates lock problems and gives the knife more rigidity.
- Ganzo's 440c performs well as usual and the grind is flat and high, so the knife is a pretty good slicer.

- Little details - gimping, oversized lanyard hole, pocket clip - all work very well.
- The price - competitive as always.

Cons:

- According to Ganzo's tradition - the liners aren't skeletonized to reduce weight.
Not a terribly heavy knife, but something to consider.

- The tip is thinner than I would like for this type of knife.

Summary:

- Overall the Ganzo G7452 an excellent user knife from Ganzo. 
They have a lot of EDC models now, but this seems to be one that is more intended for harder use and outdoors (just like the RAT 1 from Ontario/Cold Steel Pro Lite).
The ergos make it pretty comfortable for extended cutting and the grind is great for slicing.
I got to use it a bit when I moved and must say I was very impressed with it.
If you look for a no-nonsense budget usable blade - the 
Ganzo G7452 might do the trick.

Check out the knife here: Ganzo G7452
All versions of the Ganzo G745
Now 15% off with the coupon code 
GB11.11Knives

Competitive options:
Cold Steel Pro Lite

Benchmade Griptilian

Video demo of the knife: 




Friday, October 20, 2017

Sanrenmu 7046 LTX Poor Man's Razel Knife Review

I got this knife a while ago and am now ready to review it.
I got it directly from China and the package arrived in ~3 weeks.

First impression:
The Sanrenmu 7046 arrived in a Sanrenmu branded plain paper box, nothing fancy there.
The condition out of the box is near perfect - no blade play, blade dead centered, very smooth action (Sebenza like) on bronze washers and hair shaving sharp.


Pros:
- The Sanrenmu quality and QC - this knife feels better than many other knives in the category and even higher priced ones. Really have to try it to appreciate.
- The original design from Liang Gang and the looks. Great job LG!
- The action and the smoothness.
- The extra features such as a wrench, bottle opener and the glass breaker in the end of the handle.

- Fit and finish.
- Materials for the price - 8Cr13MoV steel that keeps a good edge and aluminum handle.

- The fact that it could serve as a Poor Man's version of the Graham Razel.
- The price, especially considering the quality.


Neutral:
- The knife has a reversible deep carry pocket clip. but it rides too high for my taste in the tip down position.

- The Sanrenmu 7046 has a chisel ground blade which is sharpened from one side only.
Could be unusual to cut with and to sharpen.

Cons:
- The ergos are fine for my middle sized hand, but could be unfit for people with larger hands (3 finger grip only for them, could be solved with a lanyard though).

- I would love for the thumb plate to be just a bit bigger and it would be more comfortable to flick the blade out.
EDIT: One of the guys, Saelyre, suggested to reverse the direction of the thumb plate to solve the problem. I did and now it works much better - have much better purchase and could even middle finger flick it.
Thanks man!





Summary:
- The Sanrenmu 7046 feels a lot like a small multitool and I think that could be the best purpose for it - a small beater blade or a work knife. It could also serve as a great present, even for non knife folks, cause everyone could enjoy it's quality and extra features.
The fact that it could serve as a budget Razel gives it extra cool points IMO, but also give a stronger tip and more versability. I could really see it used on a construction site.
Anyway - I really like this knife and happy I got it.

The knife is available here: Sanrenmu 7046 LTX

Competitive options:
Mora Craftline Chisel

Kershaw Shuffle




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CH Knives CH3505 3505 EDC Flipper Knife Review!

I have received this knife as well and would like to tell you my thoughts about it.

First impressions:

The knife came in a CH branded black cardboard presentation box wrapped in a nylon sleeve.
It was great out of the box - blade dead centered, no blade play whatsoever (feels like a fixed blade), early but safe lockup, action was smooth and became even smoother with a drop of oil on the ceramic detent ball.
One thing that wasn't perfect about it was the sharpening  - straight but felt a bit unfinished.
I took out my Lansky Turn Box and just with few slides on the ceramic rod and a quick stropping it became as sharp as a freaking Lightsaber!


The knife didn't require disassembly, but I did it anyway (was curious about the construction).
What can I say - you can add the CH 3505 to the CRKT Homefront line, cause it took me just a few seconds to disassemble it (2 screws and the thing was done).
It has a very pretty unique construction (as can be seen in the picture) - internal stop pin that slides in the milled cutouts (the best kind of internal stop pin IMO), only the pivot screw is shown on the presentation side, the back side of the knife is held by the pocket clip screw that goes inside the backspacer that is anchored to the scale. Plus ceramic bearings in a metal cage and steel washers with pre-milled grooves in them to separate the bearings from the titanium. Definitely not a level of construction I've ever seen on a Chinese knife before (maybe only on a Rike knife).



The Good:
- Quality out of the box and in general.

- The overall shape (concept) and the looks.
- The details - such as the bronze colored washers under the pivot screws, sterile (only pivot screw is shown) presentation side, hidden steel insert, true open back construction and the lanyard hole.
- The ti pocket clip is excellent.
- Overall level of manufacturing, milling and anodizing.
- The additional guard - gives an unique look to the knife, adds some character, acts as a guard and even can be used to deploy the knife using the thumb (not waveable though).

The Great:
- The blade profile and the sharpness (after touchup) - the CH 3505 has a great profile for cutting and a thin flat grind that makes it an excellent cutting instrument.
- EDCability - the knife rides very well in the pocket, has slim profile and relatively low weight (95.4g /3.36 oz) for a 3.5" (91mm) blade. Overall length is 202 mm or 8".
- S35VN steel - keeps a great edge with that thin grind and I have no reason to suspect it isn't that steel.
- Action - very smooth on ball bearings (even better after disassembly, cleaning and lubing), flips fast and hard due to the right detent. Could be lightswitched and pushbuttoned.
- Price - for all those great features and the fact that the knife has original design. the price is more than adequate.

The Neutral:
- The pattern on the presentation side - made well but I'm not gaga over it.
- The fact that they started to number their knives on the pocket clip - good idea. but could have chosen a different, more subtle place to do so.

The Bad:
- The pocket clip has some discoloration on the tip due to carry.
- The ergos - are OK, but like with many other Kwaiken style knives are lacking due to the straight shape of the handle.

Ugly:
- Nothing.

Summary:
- I like this knife a lot, more that I thought I would. There are knives that are better in person than on the picture and this is one of them. The build quality and engineering are top notch, real thought and design were used here and it really shows (no corner cutting like on many other Chinese knives unfortunately).
I'm also excited to see what CH Knives will come up with next.

Check out the knife here: CH Knives CH3505


Competitive options:
Kizer Tomcat Splinter
Boker Plus Ti Kwaiken




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Daggerr Knives Urban Dagger Knife Review - Optimistic Dissonance!

First of all - sorry for my long absence from the blog guys.
For all those who asked - I'm fine, just life happened and I needed time to move into a new apartment and traveled to China immediately after, but now I'm back at full speed!

So, I finally found the time to do a review of this knife I got more than 2 months ago.
If you missed their posts on IG - it is a knife that was designed in Russia but manufactured in China
It was sent directly by the company Daggerr Knives (in Moscow, Russia) and arrived pretty fast (~ a week and a half) with tracking.




First impressions:
- The knife arrived in a black cardboard box, branded with company's name.
The quality out of the box wasn't the best to say the least: the knife was centered and had good lockup, but had a pretty stiff deployment, play in the detent and crooked, uneven sharpening.
I got the knife apart and worked on the action (cleaned it and polished the washers), but the action didn't improve dramatically (like it should have) and that is due to the tolerances and overall fit the knife was built with.
Then I tried to replace the large bronze washer with a teflon one (Ganzo Style! :) ) and it worked beautifully! Now the knife is significantly smoother and deploys easily with one hand.

The Bad:
- I will start with the bad on this one and the reason is the overall quality of the fit and finish on this knife. It really leaves a bad taste (especially out of the box) if you have already tried higher end knives and know how those are supposed to work and operate.
The good side of the bad finish is the feeling that the knife was hand built in Medieval times (which it of course wasn't, maybe hand built by the Chinese), in times when people cared that the knife or other tool/weapon works more than the fit and finish, smoothness of the action and other First World Knife problems.
- I would also like to point out the pocket clip (knife rides too high on the pocket).


The Ugly:
- The uneven sharpening (like it was made by a blind and drunk ape). No way around it - it is just ugly.

The Good:
- The Design (it was the reason I got it in the first place). The knife is pretty different from the usual mass and stands out in the crowd. I can't really put my finger on it (it may be the fact it isn't trying to be the best EDC knife out there, but made for thrusting or that dagger bladeshape on a folder, slim profile with a medieval style to it), but I liked it from the moment I saw it. I think using blackwash on the blade was a wise choice, just like choosing liner lock and the materials.
- The ergos - are both good and unusual. I also liked the choil and the thumb ramp with gimping.

- The deployment (after washer exchange and breaking in) - the knife became much smoother, although the detent play didn't go away, but is now hardly noticeable. I also appreciate that the company didn't copy Spyderco's round hole but altered it to the shape of a skull/mushroom. This gives the same advantages of a thumb hole - doesn't get in the way while cutting and could be flicked out with a middle finger.

The Great:
- I liked the fact that the company acknowledges the fact it got screwed by the manufacturing company over quality and QC and being honest about it (also learned their lesson and the next batch will be made in Russia with premium materials).

Summary:
- It has been a while since I felt this much dissonance between the quality of the knife and the design.
I think the latter has an upper hand, as the design is very charismatic and unique and I am excited and optimistic that the company will improve and make this design with a better quality in the future.

Daggerr Knives on IG: https://www.instagram.com/daggerrknives/?hl=en
Competitive options: 
Spyderco Tenacious

CRKT Tighe Dye Dagger