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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).


Pros:
- 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.




Neutral:
- 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.

Cons:
- 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.



Summary:
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgzwGDaxuw4

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).

Pros:
- 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).





Cons:
- 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.

Summary:
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
15% off all outdoor gear (including knives and lights) with coupon code 
out15off 20% off all knives (that aren't on a flash sale) - knives20off
Competitive options: 
Buck 112: Buck 112 Knife
Schrade Old Timer: Schrade Old Timer

Video Demo:

Friday, December 29, 2017

How to tell a fake Shirogorov 110b clone knife from the real one

First and most important tell is the female of the pivot screw - the real one is flat (or slightly raised), while the fake one has the screw in the middle that controls the pivot screw (system that could be found on other Shiro knives). Second tell is the steel - Green Thorn 110b clones were made only with M390 blade steel, so if it has Cronidur 30 or other mark of steel - it is probably genuine. Plus, Greet Thorn only made CF versions, so if the knife has G10 scales - you are probably good to go. Most genuine 110b's will have logo on the blade in adition to the logo on the bolster (which the clone doesn't have). Don't expect to distinguish the clone from the genuine judging by the quality alone - it is just as good as the genuine Shirogorov (almost 1:1). Knife is sold here: Green Thorn Fake 110B Genuine Shirogorov knives here: Genuine Shirogorov Knives



Saturday, December 23, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BUDGET TOOLS: Leatherman Wingman vs GANZO G302B!

The Leatherman tool is almost twice the price of the Ganzo (on flash sale), but has a great 25 year warranty.  So, I've got this tools for a long time and used both extensively through all of this time for DIY projects, gardening and moving.  

I can say that this combo worked the best for me as those tools seem to complete each other's flaws, such as the different driver bits (like them more than the Leatherman flat ones), locking tools, larger (thicker) pliers and removable cutter blades on the Ganzo and the large scissors, smaller size, lower weight and better sheath on the Leatherman.  

Leatherman Wingman is available here: Leatherman Wingman The Ganzo G302B here: Ganzo G302B
So I chose to own and use them both, which one would you choose? 

Video comparison of the 2:





Friday, December 15, 2017

Ganzo F7551 GanzoCleaver have finally reached GearBest!

Sorry for the long absence guys, have been a bit busy lately, so posted mostly on the social media.

Follow me on the social platforms (links are in the first post of the blog) to catch the latest releases and news.

Today just a quick update on the newest Ganzo model that have been around for a while in the US, but has just reached one of the largest knife retailers out of China - Gearbest, which always seem to have the best prices for most knives that come out of China.

So, the new Cleaver model has original design (as much as a cleaver knife could be different from other cleavers), but still has a G-Lock, so is probably the first Cleaver to come with that lock or a similar one.

It also has a generous finger choil for choking up on the blade, blued thumb studs and hardware.

It comes in 4 colors: black, OD green and orange G10 + CF laminate.

Check it out here: Ganzo F7551 GanzoCleaver
Coupon to get 15% off all knives from the site: GBKnives15off

Also, check out Ganzo Knives on Amazon for faster US shipping: Ganzo Knives on Amazon

Cheers!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Bear Claw Parrot - Strongest Slip Joint Knife Ever?

Nice little slip joint knife with a hawkbill blade, ball bearings in the pivot (!), sculpted G10 handles and a very strong spring. The opening is 2 handed and so is the closing. The thing closes like a guillotine. Check it out and if you would like to read a full review on it - please write that down in the comments. Link to the Bear Claw Parrot here: Bear Claw Parrot Competitive option: Lansky World Legal Knife

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ganzo Firebird FB7601 - Probably my favorite Ganzo ever!

Got this knife a while ago and am now ready (even long overdue) to write a review on it.

So, this time I ordered 2 versions of the same Ganzo knife in order to compare between the different versions - the black G10 variant and the CF laminate one.

Both were very similar in terms of quality, so this review will refer to both.

Gotta admit - the G10 knife was traded with a friend of mine, that liked it so much that he was willing to trade the much more expensive Kershaw Induction (with a Hawk lock) for it.



First impressions:
The Ganzo FB7601 comes with a standard Ganzo Firebird branded box with a microfiber cloth.
The quality out of the box was excellent with both - no fit and finish screwups, no bladeplay, centered blade, sharp edge (was made even sharper using a strop) and the best part - very smooth action on bearings and soft lock springs, that make it feel like a much higher class knife.

I disassemble almost every knife I get in order to clean it inside and make it smoother - but didn't feel like I need to do that with this one and in fact I haven't disassembled it till this day.

The Good:

- Fit and finish: amazing overall quality considering the price.
- Good ergonomics that will fit most hand sizes.
- Skeletonized liners for weight reduction.
- The looks are pretty great (considering this is an original Ganzo design).
- The price, considering the qualities.
- Steel is Ganzo's 440c, nothing fancy, but a decent budget steel.

The Great:

- The action: very smooth and has great opening and closing (uses ball bearings in the pivot).
Falls shut when the G-Lock is disengaged.
- The lock springs are much less stiff (out of the box) comparing to the older Ganzo Firebird models and could be operated with using one finger.
(Have to make a remark here: I ordered another FB7601CF to give away in a GAW and the springs were stiffer than on the first 2 I got (got better with time though). So this can change from batch to batch).
- A deep carry pocket clip that has great stiffness and doesn't look like the BM one.
- Finally - a Ganzo Firebird that isn't a direct copy of any model known to me.
Some could even say - ORIGINAL DESIGN.
Many of us wanted it - and now - here it is!




The Bad:

- The stop pin consists of 2 parts - the actual stop pin and a metal tube that goes over it.
I would prefer it to be one single part.
- Not a con, but more of a suggestion for improvement - Ganzo, please consider coating the thumb studs, the hardware, the pocket clip and the G-Lock tab in black, that could really take your knives to the next level. I like the blue, but would like to see something new.
- The clip couldn't be reversed for left-handed carry.

The Ugly:

Nothing.




Summary:
- Like I stated in the headline - this is probably my favorite Ganzo Firebird knife ever (those who follow my blog know I had lots of those coming through my hands), so it means something.
I like it the most probably due to the fact they implemented many features that me and other Ganzo knife fans have been telling them for a long time now (deep carry pocket clip, bearings with a G-Lock and to come up with original designs) and it feels so nice to see that a knife company has listened to what you wish for in a knife and act accordingly.

Knife could be found here: Ganzo Firebird FB7601
Discount price with a coupon GZFB7601 $14.99 (CF version only).

Ganzo Knives on Amazon with cheaper US shipping: Ganzo Knives on Amazon

Competitive option: Benchmade Griptilian

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mini EDC Knives 5-in-1 Compilation Review!

So I'm back from my trip to Northern Italy and am really behind on my knife reviews, so will do a few short review compilations to catch up.

For this compilation I chose all of the mini knives I have got a while ago but haven't reviewed yet.

All of those are budget knives that cost less than $30 and could fit comfortably in the small jeans pocket.



1. FricBric clone - pretty interesting story behind this one.
The original was announced a while ago on Kickstarter and as far as I know people haven't received their knives till this day.
The Chinese got the blueprints somehow and actually made it before the original knives seen light.
As to the knife itself - it can be flipped out, the bottle opener is usable (although not the best opener I ever used), the detent is created by a spring powered detent and there are ball bearings in the pivot.
I disassembled the knife and cleaned the insides to make it work smoother and better.
The pocket clip is very stiff (almost unusable) and the grind is pretty thick.
The good part is the Fric Bric clone is non-locking and will be legal for UK carry.
Overall loved the design, the unique freatures and carried it quite a bit.

Also available on GearBest: Fura FricBric Clone


2. FURA Flipper Cleaver.
Another interesting little knife.
Loved the surprising ergos, the action, lots of deployment methods, the execution and the quality out of the box.
Also the stonewashed copper finish on the handle is pretty interesting.
Disliked the fact that they used SP logo, although he doesn't even has a knife like this in his lineup, the sharp pivot (solved in under a minute with a file) and the fact that it comes without the pocket clip.
Overall cool knife, but I wish I got it with a frag pattern (without the SP logo).




3. FURA Friction Box Cutter.
Nice keychain knife.
I was unpleasantly surprised to see this knife doesn't has a lock, but is a pure friction folder that needs to be held open when used.
Other than that cool design, nice execution, is sharp out of the box and carries well on a keychain.
Would prefer it to be locking knife though.


4. Y Start LK5009 knife:
This one actually pleasantly surprised me as I was expecting worse.
I thought the knife only opens using the thumb hole (not the most comfortable method on such a small knife), but it is actually a hidden flipper.
All that is needed is to push on the blade tang and the knife flies out.
The frame lock also functions great (although doesn't have the steel insert) - no lock stick or blade play whatsoever.
The quality out of the box is also great, wasn't even needed to disassemble it.
Pocket clip is usable and it also comes with a leather sleeve in the box.
Overall pretty cool usable little knife (used it quite a bit while moving, including assembling IKEA furniture).

5. Small Higonokami Peanut Style blade:
Another cool small knife I got because I was interested by the design and the concept.
It is pretty smooth (could be flicked out like a front flipper) and has a liner lock for secure lockup.
The handles are made from stabilized wood and it utilizes triangular proprietary screws.
Comes with a plastic case for a safe carry on a keychain.
Overall I like it very much, especially for the price.




Video demo of all of those knives:



If you have any questions about these knives or want to know details I haven't mentioned - please write those down in the comment section and I will do my best to try to answer all of them.