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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sanrenmu 7033 LUI-PH with flipper & carabiner


Pros:
- cool little folder with an excellent fit and finish
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- comfortable handle with good ergonomics
- flipper opening
carabiner

Cons:
- because of the small blade size the flipping action is average, it needs a wirst flick to fully open 

Details:
Blade length: 2.55" (65 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.094" (2.4 mm)
Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel (56-58 HRC)
Open length: 6.45" (164 mm)
Closed length: 3.89" (99 mm)
Weight: 2.52 oz  (71.5 g)
Handle: plastic with steel liners
Lock: liner lock
Carry: carabiner

You can buy it at Fasttech: ***HERE***
Fasttech also has the all steel version with black blade & frame lock: ***HERE***

Exduct sells the all steel version with satin blade & frame lock: ***HERE***
Use the following coupon codes HERE to get a discount.

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5 comments:

  1. I'd say the plastic isn't fiber reinforced - and they had problems with cracked scales on their prototypes, hence the discs to spread the pressure from the pivot screw.^^

    I own the SS version of the 733, and the flipper geometry on this model just sucks, don't blame that on the small blade. ;)
    734 & 735 flick open without a problem after some finetuning to the lock bar tension, but the 733 will stay gooey.
    Also, the thumb hole feels a bit awkward with its asymmetry and rough edges (I wonder if the latter is less present in the coated versions?).

    The rest of the design isn't bad at all, it looks exotic, but not too exotic, and the scales on the new version give it a quite grown-up look.
    It's more of a knife for people that don't use their knives as a gout boosting toy.
    Everything is fine, except for the short moment of opening/closing the blade.
    If they come up with a nicer material, I'm in for another one.

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  2. I think they managed to improve the quality of the opening hole because I don't have any problem with mine (no rough edges). I can't comment on the strength of the plastic scales but they feel good in the hand.

    At smaller folders with flipper I prefer the liner lock to the frame lock because you don't have to worry about pushing the lock bar during flipping them.

    What's your opinion about the SRM 734? That bump on the spine seems strange to me...

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  3. Yep, that bump is the 734's weak point, making it pretty uncomfortable for big hands with a less flexible thumb.
    That's a general problem with every thumb ramp, they can be helpful, but they're also a big minus if the user's hand doesn't fit.
    (Same thing with the 733; my thumb sits quite comfortable in the choil between the camel humps, but I can see that this design might be a no-go for other people.)

    The 734 had been unavailable when I saw for the first time, I somehow really liked the look of it (although I expected it to have rather bad ergonomics, and I don't like SRM's coating), but had to wait more than 2yrs till I finally got my hands on a GC4-734 (black coating, black & blue G10) - and if the blade wasn't coated, I would have cut this damn bump on the spine off the very same day I received this knife.^^
    And I'd round the pointy butt to keep it from poking my pinky finger.

    Aside from that, it's a very nice knife that doesn't give you the feeling the design might be somewhat unfinished; they even milled a small recess into the scale, so there's enough clearance for the lock bar.
    The holes in the handle actually go through the liners (unlike the dust collectors on the new 7034, or on CRKT's M16 versions with liner lock), flipping action is very good, the clip sits flush with the scale, and its rather lightweight.

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  4. There's an uncoated version with translucent grey plastic scales of the SRM 734 (7034LUC-PK). I'm contemplating to buy it for modding. I would remove that bump with my dremel for sure! :)

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  5. Hehe, I've bookmarked the same version - for the same reason.
    Should be an easy job, at least if the thumb studs are screwed, not bolted.

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