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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How are TwoSun Knives? Where to buy them?

"I'm interested to try custom anodizing stuff and given the price and Titanium handles, TwoSun knives seem like an ideal starting point. I also like some of their designs.
But how is the quality? What should I be aware of? And where should I purchase and from whom?"

This was a question I've been asked in one of the forums and I've decided to share my answer with you:

If I could break the TwoSun knives into 2 groups it will be those:
  1. TwoSun started as a company which takes generic Chinese knives, rebrands them (puts their logo) and sells as their own. It's a very common practice in China and it is not a cloning, but more of a marketing strategy.
For example - this knife is branded TwoSun and this knife is not, but those are 2 of the exact same knives, only one has a TwoSun logo on it.
  1. Due to their success with re-branding - they started to produce their own original knives, using designs from a talented Chinese knife designer - Night Morning Design. Those are more high end, have better F&F and very interesting (IMO) lines and features.
Those knives could be bought here:
On AliExpress: Here.
On DhGate (although I don't personally recommend buying there because of the CC security issues and poor customer protection and service): Here.
Or on eBay: Here.
They even could be found on Amazon: Here.
(As you can see - the prices on Amazon could be a lot higher than on other platforms).
The quality of the knives is generally excellent, especially the original designed ones and the Tanto models.
You should be aware that the Tanto model has a version with a steel handle, which is generally sold for less and will be a problem for you to anodize, so make sure it specifically says titanium in the description (not the title).
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BTW - check out this video of my buddy Nico and his profile, he has anodized a lot of the TwoSun knives: https://www.instagram.com/p/BOXTLsBDZoE/?taken-by=nico_edc_collector&hl=en

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lochsa Integral Clone Aluminum Knife Review: Sebenza on steroids!

I got this knife and would like to do a short review of it.

First impressions:

The knife came in a presentation black box.
Out of the box there have been some issues: the action was a bit gritty and the knife wasn't very smooth. There also were a couple of small nicks on the edges of the aluminum handle, burr on the blade tang and the lock was a bit stiff.
Other than that it was great - no lockup issues, blade was centered and came razor sharp.
I immediately disassembled the knife and found out what caused it to be gritty - some dirt inside the pivot area. I cleaned it up with WD-40, lubed it, took off the burr from the tang and assembled it back.
Then I saw what is causing the lock to be stiff - the ti pocket clip pushed on the sub-frame lock bar, so I pushed it back a bit. After all this work (that took about 15 min), the knife started to function awesome!

Pros:

- The materials and features: the knife is made from a solid chunk of aluminum, has a titanium sub-framelock with a steel insert, ti, pocket clip, awesome angled thumb studs, double row steel bearings and a D2 blade with beautiful vertical and horizontal satin finish and a rounded spine. Also comes with a brown genuine leather lanyard.
- The construction: it's actually my first integral knife and I loved this way of making a knife. It also has 3D machining on the aluminium handle and on the lock bar, so the handles aren't flat, but have curves, like on the genuine Lochsa.
- The pocket clip: is made from titanium and has just the right amount of tension. I also liked the fact that it is positioned tip-up, while the genuine Scott Cook Lochsa sometimes comes with a tip-down clip.

- The fit, finish and machining: Except those 2 small nicks on the bottom of the handle (could be because of the seller) the details are great.
- Ergonomics are great, largely because of the shape of the handle and the fact that it has an integral construction.
- I like that although it is a clone, it comes without the logos, and has a slightly different design, so couldn't be considered a counterfeit.
- The price and the bang for the buck.


Cons:

- Proprietary screws: are beautiful and could be turned pretty easily with a pair of pliers, but I still would have preferred usual torx screws.
- The gimping on the spine doesn't really work, but it is about the same way on the original.
- The condition out of the box and 2 small nicks on the handle.

Summary:

- Overall I feel like this is a great knife to have. 
I probably won't ever get a genuine Scott Cook Lochsa (as of now I'm not ready to spend $2K+ on a knife) and even if I will eventually get it - I certainly wouldn't use it. 
This knife provides the opportunity to get a Lochsa style knife that you can actually use and that is a great thing, because trying out an integral handle at work is an awesome experience, that makes you understand why those are being made. 
It also carries very well and is a much better choice to buy than a clone Sebenza.

I got the knife here: Wild Boar Lochsa Integral Clone Knife
Other integral knives are sold here: Knives with an Integral Handle
Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 here: Genuine Chris Reeve Sebenza 21


Lochsa Integral Clone Aluminum Knife Review: Sebenza on steroids!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

LW Knives Boa 2 Bowie Fixed Blade: That's not a knife... THAT'S a knife!

I have received the LW Knives Boa 2 fixed blade knife and would like to share with you my impressions of it.

First impressions:
The knife came in a large plain black cardboard box.
It is really striking and impressive out of the box. The fit and finish are great for a knife at this price point and so is the quality of the sheath. The knife has full tang construction with pretty thick blade stock. Satin finish is done great on the D2 blade.
The flax micarta handle has a pinned construction (with nice embossed pins I might add), providing comfortable grip.
The sheath is made from a thick and hard leather, the knife sits very well, no movement at all (with the latch closed).
There were a few cons out of the box as well with the grind and the sharpening and I will address those in the Cons section.

Pros:

- The looks. The knife is genuinely impressive by it's size, overall style and looks. Really reminds that old Crocodile Dundee saying.

- The style and design. Loved the fact that it has a genuine design and it uses that modified Bowie style blade with elements from other knives, such as the Navaja. Also great to have gimping on the top of the blade, the hidden lanyard hole and that pronounced steel finger guard.
-  The quality, fit and finish. Aside from the grind, there are no quality issues with the knife, almost no gaps at all between components and overall very good execution for the price.
- The ergonomics. The knife's thick flax micarta handle sits very comfortably in hand, provides decent grip and will fit most hands due to it's shape.
- The sheath. Best production leather sheath I ever owned, made from thick and hard leather has dark red-brown color, knife has no movement when the latch is closed and the belt loop is adequate.

Cons:

- The biggest con with the knife is the grind at the tip - it's uneven. Not a huge issue and not very noticeable, but I would prefer it to be symmetric. 
- It also has uneven sharpening at the tip.

Summary:

- Overall I liked the knife very much for its classic looks, the execution and the rugged functionality.
It will excel in the forest (especially after a proper resharpening) and could also endure hard use like batoning and chopping with ease and comfort. The knife will also look awesome attached to a belt and impress even non-knife people when will be shown to them.

Check out the knife here: LW Knives Boa 2 Bowie Knife

Competitive options: Boker Plus Valkyrie Bowie
                               
Ontario 8604 RAT-7 Knife

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Ganzo Firebird G759 F759M Knife Review - Not quite Delica!

I have received this knife along with the G753M1 and want to tell you my thoughts about it.
Right off the bet I will say that this knife reminds a lot another knife - the Byrd Meladowark 2 by Spyderco, which itself is somewhat a budget copy of the Spyderco Delica.

First impressions:

- The knife came in a Firebird branded box along with a microfiber sleeve.
Out of the box it is excellent - razor sharp (along with a thin blade and a sharp angle), no bladeplay, action is smooth, the blade is centered, no F&F issues.


The Good:

- The quality (especially for the price). Almost no issues out of the box (except some uneven sharpening, which can be fixed) is something you can't expect from a ~$10 knife.
- The materials (for the price). Nested FRN scales, skeletonized liners and 440C steel are things you also can't expect from a ~$10 knife.

- The low weight, bright orange color, ergos (full 4 finger grip), smoothness (out of the box), pocket clip are all excellent (again, for the price).

The Great:

- As you've probably already guessed - the Price. The expression "you can't expect that from a $X knife" was made irrelevant by Ganzo so many times that now you kind of expect them these things for that price and that is just awesome.
That, in comparison to other companies that don't even make knives for those prices and their quality is much lower than the Ganzo standard. Don't expect anything from those guys.

The Bad:

- The backlock is smooth and functions great, but has a bit of vertical flex to it (like on some genuine Spyderco backlocks). Not a huge issue, but thought I should mention it.

- As already mentioned - some uneven sharpening on both sides of the knife.
- The blade opens smoothly but could be flicked out only with a wrist flick (because of the backlock and the opening hole).

The Ugly:

- So now to the elephant in the room - the opening eliptic hole. As already being said in the beginning - this knife is a slight adjusted copy of the Meladowark 2, which itself is a slight modified copy of the Spyderco Delica.
So it seems that the Ganzo folks wanted to make it a bit different and changed the shape of the opening hole to an elliptic one, that is not very comfortable, makes flicking a blade out possible only with using a wrist and not very appealing.
I don't understand why they didn't just make it round/more prolonged/used a thumb stud - any one of those would make a much better choice.

Summary:

- So I seem to be a bit torn about this knife, from one side the awesome value and quality level for the price, from the other the thumb hole issue.
I'll say it like this - I appreciate this knife very much, because it dominates the model that it is a copy of and if I had to choose from it or the Byrd (even at the same price) I would choose the G759.
However Spyderco Delica would be my choice if those two were sold at the same price (and I wanted it to dominate that as well).
This knife will make an excellent small and very light EDC knife for light cutting tasks that don't require a long blade and if you always wanted to try a Delica, but didn't want to spend that much, this could easily fill the void.

Check out the knife here: Ganzo Firebird G759 F759M

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Friday, June 30, 2017

New Clone Knives on AliExpress and DHGate (Different price ranges) - Updating post!

Ok, so I have decided to create a post where I will write about new knives that appear on AliExpress and DHGate and update this post as new knives pop up (follow me on Facebook/Google+ to receive updates).

I will also post some pictures and give a few words of information if this will be needed (like info on the logos and locks that might be photoshopped in the pictures), real blade steel, some interesting facts about the knife or the original model, etc. You are also more than invited to give your opinion and ask questions in the comment section.

Please notice that some of the locks in the seller's pictures might be edited out to comply with AliExpress knife selling rules, but most of the knives in the lots have fully functioning locks (I will state otherwise).

Budget clones (under $60):

ZT0350 Clone - New clone, 3 color options.
Genuine Zero Tolerance 0350 could be found here: Genuine ZT0350


ZT0350 Clone - New clone, 3 color options.

Spyderco PITS Clone - New version of this interesting and special knife.
Genuine Spyderco PITS here: Genuine Spyderco PITS

Buck 110 Auto - Great dual action knife! I had one of those (without the filework) and it was excellent.


Fric Bric Clone - A clone of the popular, but unreleased Kickstarter campaign.
The campaign ended over a year ago, but people still haven't received the knives they paid for.


Microtech Nemesis OTF Clone - Single action OTF knife with liner lock and dagger blade.

Microtech Halo IV OTF Clone - Single action OTF knife with button lock and drop point blade.

Premium clones ($60+):

Strider TAD Dauntless Clone
- G10, Titanium and S35VN on the blade.

Strider TAD Dauntless Clone - G10, Titanium and S35VN on the blade.

Discontinued BM 710 CF Knife - The Chinese didn't waste any time and made this as soon at this got discontinued by the manufacturer.

New Versions of the F95 Flipper - New style and color options of the very popular clone.

Carbon Fiber Marfione Starlord - New CF version of the well made clone.
Carbon Fiber Marfione Starlord - New CF version of the well made clone.

Green Thorn Shiro F7 Clone - Very high quality premium knife made by Green Thorn.

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Original Design Knives on AliExpress and DHGate (Different price ranges) - Updating post!

Ok, so I have decided to create a post where I will write about new knives that appear on AliExpress and DHGate and update this post as new knives pop up (follow me on Facebook/Google+ to receive updates).

I will also post some pictures and give a few words of information if this will be needed (like info on the logos and locks that might be photoshopped in the pictures), real blade steel, some interesting facts about the knife or the original model, etc. You are also more than invited to give your opinion and ask questions in the comment section.

Please notice that some of the locks in the seller's pictures might be edited out to comply with AliExpress knife selling rules, but most of the knives in the lots have fully functioning locks (I will state otherwise).

Budget original designs (under $90):

Small Cleaver Ti Flipper - Please notice that the stonewashed version has SP logo on the scale.

Small Cleaver Ti Flipper - Please notice that the stonewashed version has SP logo on the scale.
Noks Style Knife - Back in stock, very interesting concept and construction.

Voltron Knife - Budget sheepsfoot style blade with 2 handle options.

MIKER CF Flipper - Flipper knife, that resembles ZT0850 style.

TwoSun Flipper - Ti scales with CF inlay, D2 blade, designed by Night Morning Design.

TwoSun Flipper - Ti scales with CF inlay, D2 blade, designed by Night Morning Design.
CH Knives CH3501 - New color version of this model.

Premium original designs ($90+):

CH Knives CH3504 - The very anticipated version of this knife without the skull graphics.

District 9 E190 - The design really resembles the older versions of the Carson Griffin. There is also a smaller version in the same store.

District 9 E190 - The design really resembles the older versions of the Carson Griffin. There is also a smaller version in the same store.

District 9 10th Anniversary - Very high quality flipper knife with Carbon Fiber inlays and M390 blade.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

UK Legal Friction/Slipjoint Folder Knife with Wooden Handle Review

This one has arrived a few weeks ago and I feel like I can review it now.

First impressions:
Not great. The action wasn't smooth, it was very stiff and was hard to open. 
In addition it had sort of chemical smell coming from the wooden handles.  
The blade was sharp and centered.
I realized that I will need to disassemble the knife from the start to make it work right and I did.

Disassembly:
The knife's construction is pretty simple - 2 liners (not skeletonized), 2 wooden scales (glued to the liners), 2 bronze washers, 2 screws and pivots, 1 blade, 1 stop pin, 1 standoff.
It has a detent created by the liners (2 bars from both sides) and those were pushing too hard on the blade and that caused the bad action. I bent them out a bit, polished the washers and assembled the knife back. 
The action improved significantly and it became possible to open the knife with all the methods.

Friction/Slipjoint Folder Knife with Wooden Handle Disassembly


Pros:

- Unique looks. It doesn't look like any other blade I've seen before, and it looks great and very special IMO.
- Opening methods - could be opened by the trigger like a friction folder and by the hole in the blade (with a thumb and flicked out with the middle finger). Options are usually good.

- The design. I like the concept that combines the advantages of a friction folder and a slip-joint, that makes it legal to carry in places where locking blades are prohibited, but also keeps the blade in the open position (like a slip-joint).
- Pretty good ergos for my medium sized hand. It is also rounded and wide, so fills the hand nicely.

Cons:

- Like I already noticed, out of the box the knife isn't great. The smell is much weaker now, but is still present.

- No pocket clip.
- Overall not a practical knife (for everyday carry). That is probably the knife's biggest con, starting from the blade shape, the lack of pocket clip, the weight and the very wide handle will make it difficult to carry every day (maybe only in a sheath).

Summary:

Overall it is definitely an interesting looking and functioning knife, that will probably bring joy to knife collectors and users, who have seen it all and used it all. It is different from any other knife I owned and that makes it special.
I wouldn't recommend it for daily carry or for beginners in the knife world (because it will require to work on for a bit to make it function right).

Check out the knife here: Friction/Slipjoint Folder Knife
Similar looking Spyderco Friction Folder here: 
Spyderco Friction Folder Knife 
Other friction folders here: Friction Folder Knives

Friction/Slipjoint Folder Knife with Wooden Handle Review

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ganzo Firebird F753M1 G753M1 - Best Ganzo EDC Knife yet?

This knife has finally reached me (was sent by GearBest through Azerbaijan as part of their new shipping method).

First Impressions:

- Knife have arrived in a standard Firebird box with a microfiber branded pouch. No issues out of the box - centering, lockup, action all close to perfect (definite improvement over other Ganzo Firebird models I had).

The Good:

- Quality out of the box - I was really impressed with this, especially since I had to work on the other ones I had (including the F7533) lube it and tweak the action for them to work right. With this one it feels different, which is great, cause disassembling an Axis Lock knife isn't the most pleasant experience. It is also pretty impressive, since they didn't really changed anything in the basic construction (still 2 washers - 1 nylon and 1 bronze), so either I got a great piece or Ganzo have improved their tolerances and quality levels.

- The action and the Axis Lock - One thing that certainly feels different from the other, larger models is the lesser tension of the omega springs in the lock and the blade tang geometry, which improve the action and the overall experience from this knife and make it feel almost as a genuine Axis lock from Benchmade.
- Other honorable mentions - open-back construction on standoffs and smaller, more comfortable thumb studs.

The Great:

- The fact, that in opposite from some of the major knife brands Ganzo Firebird listen to their customer's requests and finally made a smaller and lighter 3'' version of their larger model,  and that is a beautiful thing IMO.


The Bad;

- One thing I could mention is the satin finished pocket clip. If this one had a black one, or even better a deep carry one, I would love this blade even more.


The Ugly:

- Not going to make stuff up - nothing ugly at all about this blade.


Summary:

- This is hands down the best quality Ganzo knife I ever handled and definitely my most liked one.
It feels different (in a better way) than the larger version that I had (the F7533) and the closest to a genuine Benchmade knife.
The fact that it is significantly smaller and lighter will make it a great option for a budget EDC knife that you will not be afraid to use (because of the low price).
I am excited to see Ganzo improve and will definitely expect more smaller knives in the M series and maybe even some original designs from these guys.


Check out the knife here (
G10 version): Ganzo Firebird G753M1
CF version here: Ganzo Firebird G753M1 CF




Ganzo Firebird F753M1 G753M1 - Best EDC Ganzo yet?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lionsteel KUR G10 D2 Clone Knife Review

Got this knife a while ago and decided to do a short review on it.

First impressions:
- The knife arrived in a Lionsteel branded cardboard box.
Out of the box there were a few issues - the action wasn't smooth and it wasn't 100% centered. Lockup was good and so was the sharpness.
Also, it seems that the person that sharpened this knife missed a bit and sharpened a part of the recasso as well on one side.
I disassembled the knife, cleaned it on the inside and assembled it again, the centering improved and so did the action.
How to tell the clone from the genuine knife:
On the clone the torx screws are on the linerlock side and on the original they are on the show side.

Pros:
- The design. This knife has a great design from Molletta, thus has great ergonomics and looks.
It is designed as a hard use folder and certainly looks up to the task.
- The build. It has very thick 3D shaped G10 scales with nested skeletonized steel liners, thick linerlock and a pretty thick blade, so will definitely could handle hard survival tasks. No blade play whatsoever in any direction.
- Opening is quick and easy with the flipper tab.
- The details. Here are the real advantages of this knife - rounded ti backspacer, rounded spine, gimping, the lock opening, screws and deep carry reversible wire pocket clip - all of those make this knife unique and very interesting.

 Cons:
- Like mentioned before, my knife had an issue where the part of the recasso was sharpened. Not a big issue for a user blade but still a finish problem.
- The action. Although it rides on ceramic bearings and the action improved after the cleaning - it still isn't as smooth as some of the other blades I have that run on bearings (doesn't fall shut).
- The clip has a bit side-to-side play.
- Has original logo and markings.

Summary:
- Overall this isn't a blade to keep on a shelf or in a box with the rest of the collection, this just won't do it justice. It is a blade that is designed and intended to be hard used and abused and I'm sure it will take a licking and keep on ticking.
Because of the build and the ergonomics, this knife became my go-to blade for tasks that require use of force and it has performed very well since.

Check out the knife here: Lionsteel KUR Clone
The original is sold here: Geniune Lionsteel KUR
More Lionsteel knives are sold here: Lionsteel knives