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Thursday, June 11, 2015

RJ Martin Overkill style full titanium flipper


Pros:
- excellent fit and finish
- titanium frame lock with solid early lock-up
- comfortable unlocking
- excellent flipping action thanks to the ball bearing pivot system
- gorgeous dual tone (satin and stonewashed) perfectly centered blade
- stylish titanium handle and pocket clip with very good ergonomics
- good size - weight ratio

Cons:
- none  

Details:
Blade length: 3.62" (92 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.157" (4 mm)
Blade steel: D2 Steel (59-60 HRC)
Open length: 8.26" (210 mm)
Closed length: 4.64" (118 mm)
Weight: 4.86 oz (138 g)
Handle: titanium with G10 backspacer
Lock: frame lock
Carry: right hand tip up

Ball bearing pivot system with extra steel washers
 on the titanium side: 

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12 comments:

  1. Interesting. One of these was sent to me by accident and I didn't like it at all. I agree with many of your points, good fit and finish, smooth flipping, but it didn't feel good in my hand, is pretty blunt and just felt cheap.

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  2. I'm a big fan of RJ Martin and I have several Kershaw folders designed by him. One of my favourite is the Kershaw Groove which is very similar to the custom Overkill.
    So this replica really fits the bill for me:
    - it's lighter and more compact than the Shirogorov F95;
    - slightly recurved blade;
    - good ergonomics for me;
    - good price.

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  3. Not a super fan of the blade shape, but still... from what you say, that might be another winner.
    I put in on my list for the future !

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  4. Do you have any of the Sebenza clones? Like the wild boar version? I really obviously would like to get a sebenza someday, but at this time it's to much. So I'm thinking about getting one of the nicer sebenza clones to try out the size and style. Was wondering if you've tried them out yet?

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    1. I had a couple of the early Sebenza clones (21, Starbenza, Umnumzaan). At that time they had average quality and I got interested in models with ball bearing pivot system so I stopped buying them.

      If you don't want to invest into a more expensive Kevin John version give this improved DC version a try. According to the feedbacks it's better then the Wild Boar version.

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    2. I have that exact Sebenza 25 clone you show in the link. It's rather good after a bit of smoothing (there was dirt on the detent/locking ball on mine) and rather firm compared to some of the ball bearing models, but smooth and came super sharp.
      I also have a Kevin John 21, and I can't say the KJ is really noticeably better than that 25. Maybe a touch smoother? The only real up is the steel in the blade: D2 for the 25 and S35vn for the 21.

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    3. Thanks for your feedback.
      I'm afraid one of those DC version Sebenza 25s will end up in my knife chest too. :)
      They should really make a Sebenza copy with ball bearing pivot system. That would be awesome! :)

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  5. This one seems like the most highly rated 21 style version and is the one I was also considering. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wild-boar-Chris-Reeve-Large-Sebenza-21-style-folding-knife-D2-blade-with-stone-washed-TC4/1941859702.html

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  6. also thank you for the advice!!! I've seen that version and now it's between that version of the 25 and the 21.

    Have you ever considered doing a clone roundup? Or like your top five favorite clone knives etc. I know I always enjoying seeing them all together.

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    1. You're welcome.

      The Overkill, the Shirogorov F95 and the Neon are in my top five for sure.
      Sooner or later I'll do a roundup too.

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  7. This knife is an un-authorized, illegal copy of one of my designs. Please DO NOT support this company.

    RJ Martin

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