Friday, May 1, 2015

Review: AFCK Harley Davidson edition

Enlan EL-01 as size reference:
Cool Harley logo:

Pros:
- perfect fit and finish in every detail
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- comfortable axis lock with smooth opening and closing
- perfectly centered blade with a nice satin finish
- big comfortable handle with very good ergonomics

Cons:
- none 

Details:
Blade length: 3.93" (100 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.149" (3.8 mm)
Blade steel: D2 (59-60 HRC)
Open length: 9.37" (238 mm)
Closed length: 5.43" (138 mm)
Weight: 5.57 oz (158 g)
Handle: G10 with skeletonized steel liners
Lock: axis lock
Carry: right or left hand tip up or down

You can buy it on Aliexpress: ***HERE*** (2 colors)

More pics:
Size comparison with Spyderco Endura and Enlan EL01:
Next to my Enlan EL01:

12 comments:

  1. Mine arrived. As you observed, overall build quality is good. The blade is well centred and locks up solidly. The blade is ok out of the box, but far from the sharpest I've seen. Opening and closing are smooth, but not easy. For me this is a two handed open and close. Also, perhaps I've been spoilt by bearings, but there's a lot of resistance in the movement of the blade. Finally, the handle is not as comfortable as I'd like. The first finger gap is too large, making my hand slip back a little. This leaves my pinky finger often griping uncomfortably at the back. Finally, the pocket clip tends to get in the way. Overall it's a decent knife, but this beats the crap out of it: http://steelreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/total-ko-top-notch-flipper-with-bearing.html

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    1. The original AFCK was a legendary folder and it was out of my price range when it was production. Maybe that's why I appreciate so much this high quality homage. :)

      If you like that KO Shirogorov look-alike have look at the new smaller version with a slightly different blade style.

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  2. It's not that I like it so much, it's heavy and I'd rather get the WB frame lock version. However, for the money, it's very nice. Do you know if the mini version uses bearings? In that size, I'd probably stick with the Neon.

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    1. The smaller version also comes with a ball bearing pivot system.

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  3. Is the steel believed to be actual D2?

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    1. I suppose it's 9Cr18MoV at least.

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  4. I got one from AliExpress just several days ago (black and blue striped G10 handles). Nice quality knife, outside details are very nice. But there are several problems with it but I think all can be fixed easily with a Dremel tool.

    1. the only place were the blade is unfinished is where a the Axis-lock (copy) contacts in opened position. It is simply uneven (raw manufacturing marks on it) and a the locking bar sits at an angle and not straight. Still locks up but I cannot trust it with full confidence.

    2. the pocket clip is extremely hard, cannot use it in factory form, must be weakened.

    3. mostly cosmetics, but I will polish up the sharp edges of the base plate/frame and opening hole to make it softer for my hands.

    Anyway it is a nice knife, especially for those ones who cannot afford an original AFCK but like its outlook. But it needs to be polished up because out of the box it is not perfect.

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    1. I haven't EDCed mine for a while. As I remember I had to adjust the tension of the pocket clip but I can't remember more issues.
      Do you have a link for the store? My old links don't work.

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    2. I have the current link for the knife, but it always disappear and re-appear again and again on different names. I usually find it "d2 knife" and set price between 20-35 dollars (maybe 20-30 should be fine to). Sometimes you can find an other dealer with three colors including the orange one.

      This is the store:
      https://www.aliexpress.com/store/2827082

      And here is the knife presently:
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Custom-Sea-Monster-folding-knife-58-59HRC-D2-steel-outdoor-Camping-Hunting-Tactics-Survival-Knives-Best/32791498097.html

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    3. I've updated the link. Thanks a lot!
      There was also a full flat ground version which I regreted not ordering while it was available.

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