Thursday, October 30, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DAMM – Awesome titanium flipper with ball bearing pivot system


This folder represents an incredible value package at a budget price: excellent design, absolutely perfect fit&finish, titanium frame lock with steel insert, ball bearing pivot system and Bohler N690 blade steel.  The same package would cost ~3 times more from an American manufacturer. 

Pros:
- perfect fit and finish in every detail
- solid early lock up
- titanium frame lock with steel lock-bar insert and hidden lock-bar limiter
- ball bearing pivot system
- comfortable titanium/G10 handle with good ergonomics
- hidden pocket clip screws and lanyard hole
- hidden blade stop 
- slot in the flipper for glow in the dark tritium vials   

Cons:
- in open position the detent hole is slightly visible on the blade

Details:
Blade length: 3.74" (95 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.149" (3.8 mm)
Blade steel: Bohler N690 Stainless Steel (59-61 HRC)
Open length: 8.77" (223 mm)
Closed length: 5" (127 mm)
Weight: 5.25 oz (149g)
Handle: titanium and G10
Lock: frame lock
Carry: right hand tip up

You can buy the G10 version in different colors (black, green, orange, red) at a reliable seller:  ***HERE***

You can buy the high-end full titanium version: ***HERE***

                                  1. steel lock bar insert
                                          2. hidden lock bar limiter
                                          3. slot for glow in the dark tritium vial
                                          4. hidden blade stop
                                          5. hidden pocket clip screws
                                          6. hidden lanyard hole



More pics:
with my modded EL01: 
in direct sun light:























Sunday, September 28, 2014

New outstanding Y-Start folders



After testing an awesome fixed blade from Y-Start I decided to try their new folders too. It was a good decision because they managed to produce unique high quality folders at a budget price.

Pros:
- stylish & sturdy folders with an excellent fit and finish
- solid lock-up without any blade play 
- comfortable micarta handle with good ergonomics
- useful bladeshape with a nice stone washed or satin finish
- definite jimping on the blade spine
- symmetrical blade grinds (which is not common in this price range)

Cons:
- I rounded the edge of the liner-lock bar with my Dremel to make it more comfortable to unlock
- The satin version needed a couple of days to break in (smooth opening / closing)

I found the clip on the stone washed version too shiny for my taste so I modded it. I think a mat grey clip suits this version better.

Details:
Blade length: 3.5" (89 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.157" (4 mm)
Blade steel: AUS-8A Stainless Steel (58-60 HRC)
Open length: 8.26" (210 mm)
Closed length: 4.72" (120 mm)
Weight: 7.05 oz  (200 g)  satin version with steel bolsters
Weight: 6.1 oz (173g) stone washed version with G10 bolsters 
Handle: micarta with steel liners and G10 or steel bolsters
Lock: liner lock
Carry: right hand tip up

You can buy the satin version at a reliable seller:  ***HERE***
                                     and a stone washed version: ***HERE***

NEW grooved G10 version in 3 colors (black, khaki, green): ***HERE***

More pics:
The stone washed version with the original clip:
and with my modded clip:

More pics about the stone washed version: