Monday, November 10, 2014

Total KO. - Top notch flipper with bearing pivot system

Unbelievable quality at a budget price.

Pros:
- perfect fit and finish in every detail
- solid early lock up
- cool Shirogorov style full flat ground blade for excellent slicing performance
- ball bearing pivot system
- comfortable G10 handle with good ergonomics
- the steel liners and the lock bar has nice rounded edges
- hidden lanyard hole

Cons:
- nothing 

Details:
Blade length: 3.85" (98 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.149" (3.8 mm)
Blade steel: 9Cr18MoV Stainless Steel (58-60 HRC)
Open length: 8.85" (225 mm)
Closed length: 5.11" (130 mm)
Weight: 6.91 oz (196g)
Handle: G10 with steel liners
Lock: liner lock
Carry: right hand tip up

You can buy different versions of this folder on Aliexpress:

Full sized F3 with smooth G10 handle:                      ***HERE***
Full sized F3 with grooved G10 handle:                     ***HERE***
Full sized F3 with wave pattern G10 handle:             ***HERE*** (3 colors)

!!New!! 
Smaller F3 mini with 3.2" (82 mm) blade: ***HERE*** or ***HERE*** 

Because of a stupid rule of Aliexpress the sellers are forced to photoshop the locking mechanism on the folders. So don't worry these folders come with a solid liner lock!
                                                                                  
More pics:
With my Enlan EL01:

11 comments:

  1. Had to get the blue /w stonewash. Bearing pivot with that price!?! Love your blog, keep up the good work.

    Konsta from Finland

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    1. Hi Konsta

      Thanks for your comment! :)
      I think sooner or later I'll order the blue/black version with stonewashed blade too.
      Let me know about your thoughts when you get yours.

      Have a great weekend,
      Isti

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  2. I'll tell you my insights about the knife as soon as I get it. Have a nice weekend too :)

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  3. A good looking knife - a pity they do not ship to Australia.

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  4. Got the knife today. Really impressive! Blade grind is flawless and finish is superb! Beautiful knife. Bearing pivot works pretty smoothly but needs some breaking in. Blade was really sharp out of the box too. It is a heavy knife but it is big too :) pocket clip was way too stiff but fixed it and now it works like it should. For the price it is a super good deal. Thanks for reviewing this knife, I love it.

    T:Konsta

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    1. Hi Konsta

      Welcome to the Club! :)
      If you have time please post a few outdoor pics of your folder. I'm interested in the stonewashed version too.

      Use it in good health!

      Isti

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  5. I also picked one of these up. The pivot is pretty stiff, but other than that, it's very good indeed. Thanks for featuring it :)

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    1. Your welcome! :)
      I disassembled mine cleaned & oiled it. That saved me a lot of breaking in time.

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