Tuesday, September 1, 2020

My Social Networks + Favorite Knife and Gear Stores!

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My favorite stores to buy knives and gear from:

AliExpress stores:
Ben's Knife Shop
Vespa High End EDC
Fenguang Feng
China High End EDC

US Residents:
Knives on Amazon
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Best stores to get knives and gear during the AliExpress 10th Anniversary Sale

Like every year AliExpress are celebrating their anniversary and this time it is even more special because its been 10 years since the company was established so they seem to be giving even more coupons and deals than usual.

If you're looking for the best deals please visit their Coupon Center where you could pick some individually matched coupons based on your purchase and search history and go thorough a Time Capsule which gives you some data about your purchases on the platform and the ability to get a gift in the end of the process (I got $5 off a $35 purchase which I used to get a Kizer Mini Sheepdog).

Other than that I'd like to recommend some stores which participate in this sale and have some great discounts on knives and other EDC gear:

1. Kizer Knife Store: Trusted and proven store which sells genuine Kizer knives cheaper than their usual price at other popular platforms (KnifeCenter, BladeHQ) and always take part in the sales.
I've bought several knives from them and most have been top notch (one was defected but replaced via their warranty).

2. TwoSun Cutlery Store: Large selection of TwoSun knives with good prices if you don't want to bid for them on eBay but also pens and other EDC gear most made out of titanium.

3. Tangram Official Store: Just like the big brother Kizer, Tangram offer their knives cheaper than in US (not including coupons) and with free worldwide shipping. Also tested and worth to take a look.

4. ROFIS store: Sell large selection of Nitecore flashlight for great prices

5. NitecoreLight & FenixLight Distributor Store: Nitecore and Fenix flashlights with good discounts

6. Knife Center Store: Have no connection to the US knife giant but have a large selection of Brother Knives which have resurrected from the dead with many new fixed blades and classic style knives (slipjoints and lockbacks).

 7. CN Knives Store: Have large selection of less knoan but nevertheless good quality and high value brands who design their own knives such as CH Knives, Yon Xanadu and Petrified Fish.

8. NY EDC Store: Good selection of (mainly titanium) EDC tools, beads, tritium probes and other cool every day carry accessories.

Other honerable mentions: Sanrenmu Store, Ganzo Store

Have any additional stores you shop from and  would like to recommend?
Please add them in the comments below.
Happy shopping and stay safe!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Ganzo Firebird FH81 - Step back?!

Ganzo have released yet another new model in their newer FH series - the Ganzo Firebird FH81.
ganzo knife fh81
This is their first knife which features a "wave" feature (allows a folding knife to be drawn and opened in one motion using a hook on the top of the blade which catches the end of the pocket) and second knife with a cleaver (DAO) style blade.

Other than that it's pretty much standard for Ganzo at this point - 3D milled G10 handle (4 color options including a new grey one), steel liners and a linerlock, D2 steel (tested and proved), and a deep carry pocket clip.

Well, color me unimpressed.

This is of course my own opinion but I'm kinda disappointed in Ganzo over this.

They had a great run with the FH series making original designs with great value and quality and now they go and screw it all up to make a Krudo style knife?!

I mean nothing personal against Krudo Knives but that is probably the most Gas Station, Mall Ninja knife style out there and it would be the last on my list to clone (not a direct copy but definitely the same style).

My advise to Ganzo - you don't have to copy anything that is made in your China factory, stick to original designs, you were doing very well so far, don't screw it up!

So although I do believe this model will find its fans within the gear community (heck, someone out there buying M-Techs, Z-Hunters etc) but I personally hope Ganzo will change their advisers and fix this with their next model.

Knife is available here: http://got.by/4kun01

Krudo knives here: https://amzn.to/2vsDQAb
More (probably better) knives with a wave feature here: https://shrsl.com/267ma

Friday, January 10, 2020

Adimanti - New knife by Ganzo Firebird have finally reached the stores (AliExpress, Amazon, Gearbest)

Adimanti - the newest Ganzo Firebird model have finally reached the various platforms.
It apparently was designed by a somewhat famous Ukrainian YouTuber - Skimen Ruslan, who publishes knife reviews and knife repair videos among other content.

The features of the Adimanti are D2 blade steel (although "China D2" have been a joke for some time now, independent tests showed Ganzo's D2 is the real deal chemically plus had been properly heat treated and matches the published  ~60 HRC (hmmm Benchmade)), G10 handle in 4 colors (including the new purple color) as well as a laminated Carbon Fiber version.
The flipping action is made fast and smooth by bearings and it also has a deep carry pocket clip which is attached to the handle using a glass breaker screw.
The biggest question about the new model is the material of the frame side which also has the (frame) lock cut out of it.
It's definitely metallic but the insert screw and the low overall weight of the knife indicate it might be made out of titanium rather than the heavier stainless steel.

Overall from the first glance the Adimanti looks pretty different from other recent Ganzo models such as the FH series and might be worth a look if you like the looks and the concept of the new model.

Ganzo Firebird Adimanti is available here:
- AliExpress: http://ali.pub/4ci93w

Friday, December 27, 2019

Unboxing and first impressions of the Yon Xanadu YX751

In this video I'll unbox a very interesting new model from Yon Xanadu knives - the YX751.
It is a budget version of their YX750 which has a titanium handle and VG10 blade.
The knife is quite large and has a 4" blade made from 14C28N Sandvik steel.
From first impressions the pros are relatively low weight (for the size), smooth action, nice grippy handle material (contoured micarta) with good ergonomics and thin straight symmetrical grind.
The cons are a high position of the pocket clip and limited access to disengage the liner lock.
If you liked the video please give it a like and comment your thoughts on this blade and Yon Xanadu knives in general.

Link to the knife: http://ali.pub/41rd0j
Comparable option: https://amzn.to/3633mJt
Other Micarta handled folders: http://shrsl.com/217o4

Thanks for watching and I'll see you on the next one, cheers!

Monday, November 11, 2019

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

Well, it's that time of the year again and AliExpress are having a Singles Day Sale!
It takes place on the 11/11 (because this date consists only of 1's or singles).
I'd like to tell about and show you some of my knife and gear picks for this year.

My top brand for this sale is the Yon Xanadu which started from making a few original and interesting designs (mostly out of titanium) but have since expanded into the budget segment as well making models out of G10 and even micarta.
More than welcome to check them out.

As always, the TwoSun store that has great prices and variety of models in stock (so you don't have to bid for them on eBay).
Check out their newer knives and EDC gear as well (such as pens).

Also there is a great sale on the Vespa Ripper.
One of the first original premium OTF designs out of China and I'm really excited to get one of these.
It features aluminum body, M390 blade, carbon fiber and tritium inserts and a ti pocket clip.
I'll be picking one of these as well to try out and review.
Also available at 
DHGate's Vespa Store.

As for budget blades - we've got a comeback from Enlan Blades.
These knives were really popular a few years ago and now are again available for sale.
Don't expect really high quality or fit&finish like we got used to by Sanrenmu and Ganzo latest models, but some of the models are definitely interesting and unique so it's a good opportunity for a vintage pickup.
They even sell the key for that annoying Enlan tri-wing pivot screw now and added titanium and fixed blade offerings.
Also available here (faster US Shipping): 
Enlan Knives on Amazon.

Since GearBest have given up on them - Ganzo Firebird FH models are now a huge hit on AE since they are proven to be great value knives with high quality levels and made from real D2 steel although aren't sold with big discounts during this sale.

As for the flashlights - check out the sale on Nitecore flashlights.
I just got the Nitecore TIP from this store and it is now my go-to EDC keychain light.

Also check out the knives I recommended in my previous AliExpress sale posts:

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.

And of course the Kevin John Venom models are also sold with significant discounts during this period.
2 new models are now available - the Harpoon (with unique pivot tightening solution) and the Bone Doctor.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Glock case EDC kit: knives pens flashlights etc

This is the way I keep all my smaller EDC items nowadays. The advantages of this system are: 1. Relatively compact and lightweight plus easily portable and capacious. 2. All the items are stored safely and securely even if the case is dropped. 3. Has a large durable handle. Disadvantages: 1. Had to cut a piece of foam for the upper side of the case (check out the link above to see how these come from the factory). For now I'm pretty satisfied with the looks and the functionality of this EDC case. If you liked the video please give it a thumbs up (really helps the channel) and comment down below how do you store your grab-n-go EDC stuff and what would you put inside a Glock case if you had one. Thanks for watching and I'll see you on the next one. Cheers! Glock case is available here: https://amzn.to/2qdpMYz Items list: Victorinox SAK Alox Farmer: https://amzn.to/2IGeMGU Kizer Dukes: https://goo.gl/1xBBxe Pens: Fisher Space Pen: https://amzn.to/2Bvl0HE Zebra F1: https://amzn.to/2Bys85Z Flashights: Nitecore Tube: https://tinyurl.com/nitecoretube Olight i3s: https://amzn.to/2BudVHp Pocket Tool: CRKT Vox Snailor: https://amzn.to/2LsM5zH Beard Comb: BlueZoo: https://goo.gl/uxRaur Watch: Victorinox Maverick: https://amzn.to/2RZE4FC

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Brother Knives 1503 and F005 - Unboxing and first impressions

Links to the knives:
1503: http://ali.pub/3j1coj
F005: http://ali.pub/3m9x8o
Comparable options:
Case Micarta Mini Trapper: https://amzn.to/3384U3N
Mora Kansbol: https://amzn.to/2YGNurF
In this video I'll unbox and give my first impressions of 2 budget knives made by Brother Knives:
1503 which is a small backlock with VG10 blade, carbon fiber handle, smooth action and classic looks and the F005 - a tough fixed blade with Micarta handle, D2 blade, zero scandi grind and a kydex sheath.
How do you like them? Write it down in the comments.
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Thanks for watching and I'll see you on the next ones, cheers!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Amazon Prime Day: Budget (Chinese) knives on sale!

Hey guys,

Just like with every other sale we try to bring you some of the best deals out there and the one happening right now (Amazon Prime Day sale) is no exception.

We'll naturally try to focus on the budget/Chinese made knives as it is our goal over here.
Without further ado - lets get into it:

Kizer Knives:
These are represented by 3 models (both versions of Kesmec and the Vanguard Sovereign).
$15-25 off discount (I guess depends on the price).
Check them out here: https://amzn.to/2lNTEbG
You could also compare prices with the official Kizer AliExpress Store.

Tangram Knives:
Not really surprised Tangram are on sale as well as they are Kizer's subsidiary.
The prices aren't crazy low (fe the Vector for 31.50) but still way lower than usual so are true deals.
Check them out here: https://amzn.to/2jNIUcC
As with Kizer - prices could be compared with the official 
 Tangram Knives AliExpress Store.

Stedemon Knives:
Seems like Stedemon have taken a step back lately but their knives are still well made and have interesting original designs.
Discounts are significant on some items (up to 35%)
Check them out here: https://amzn.to/2lgsxWm

Other entries include NOC Knives and some Chinese made Kershaws.

From what I see these aren't crazy Black Friday deals but still a few bucks could be saved here, especially if you join Prime for free for 30 days and then cancel.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ganzo Firebird FH61 Pocket Bowie: Unboxing and first impressions

Link to the knife (International shipping): http://ali.pub/3gld7w
Ganzo Firebird FH61 (US shipping): https://amzn.to/2jSYh3r

In this video I'll unbox and give my first impressions of the new Ganzo Firebird FH61 EDC knife (got the nickname Pocket Bowie) with G10 handle, linerlock, deep carry pocket clip and D2 blade.

Blade Length: 2.75"/70 mm
Total Length: 6.7"/170.2 mm
Weight: 3.48 oz/98.7 g
Blade thickness: 3mm

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