Short knife reviews, only the point is here! :)
I have never heard of the BROTHER brand of knives. Do you have any information on them? Chinese brand? Additional models to the ones shown?
They are also new to me.Since I always wanted a Manix 2 I guess I'll take the plunge and order the 1601.
I just ordered a Brother 1601, along with a Ganzo G7321-BK, and a Sanrenmu 7056 LUC-SK. Curiosity got the better of me about this 1601/Manix XL. After getting the Ganzo G7291/Paramilitary, now my favorite knife, I just had to give this new 1601 a go. Hope the quality is at least on par with the Ganzo knives.
I also have a Brother 1601 in the mail. :)I have the Sanrenmu 7056 LUC-SK, the golden color thumb studs give it a nice character.My Lionsteel Daghetta style G746 has arrived. It's a nice addition to my collection by its unique design.
I've ordered the G746 too. I notice that it not only resembles the Lion Steel Daghetta, but also the Emerson A-100.
My own G746 just arrived in the mail and exceeds my expectations. This is such a good knife that I'm surprised it isn't better known in the knife community. An elegantly simple design that, while perfectly fine as is, practically begs to be modified. This knife wasn't even on my radar until you mentioned in this blog. Thanks.
I hope they'll release a CF version of the G746.That would be a really nice gentleman's folder.
It would be a really easy mod to replace the G10 scales with something a little more upscale, like CF.
Ganzo just keeps coming out with more and more models that I want! The brother manix does look really interesting. I'll be watching to see what you think of the quality, if you buy one. I had the spyderco Manix 2 lightweight. But I sold it because I didn't care for the cheap feeling of the handle. This one wouldn't suffer from that problem.
The Spyderco Manix XL clone (I truly believe that close a design is a clone not an inspired design) is interesting. Haven't heard about Brother before though so don't know what the quality of construction is like or the steel quality (Ganzo and the more expensive ones tend to be pretty good).
The Brother 1502 seems to be a rebranded Navy K611 which is a copy of the Kershaw Gentleman's knife. Also most (maybe all) of the Navy knives are Spyderco copies/clones. So there's a good chance Navy and Brother knives are made at the same factory.Afaik Navy knives can be good knives but the QC is a bit worse than the one of SRM, Ganzo or Enlan so you have a better chance to get a lemon.At least it's nothing close to the horrible SR Columbia knives...
Navy also copied Benchmade, Al Mar and Böker. They had a couple of genuine design too for example K-627, K-632, K-510 and K-502.
Well, those 4 models all look like Spyderco/Byrd models to me, just like 90% of the Navy models I know.Maybe Brother has nothing to do with them but their first 2 knives give me that impression.Do you own any Navy knives, if so, how do you like them?
Yes, if you associate every opening hole with Spyderco. :)I have a couple of Navy folders, just browse through my early posts in the blog. ;)I'm pleased with their fit & finish although sometimes the edge retention could be better.
Yeah, edge retention with 8Cr13MoV and the like is really not that good once you tried D2 or S35VN.I'm still impressed with the Vespa Neon, it's my workday edc knife and holds an edge longer than any other knife I own and I cut edge eating stuff like EVA foam material (with sand-like crystals in it for stability) and 3mm rawhide. Don't know if it's S35VN or not but I still don't regret the purchase that I wouldn't have made without your blog. Ok, it's also the most expensive knife I own after the TiLock so it should offer a good blade ;)
The Neon is a very good design. I hope the cheaper D2 version will be available again or I'll have to buy the S35VN version too. :)
But don't you have a D2 Neon already?And when I think $70 or $100 for the better version then I'd do it same way as before and take the $100 version ;)
I was hasty and I sold it unfortunately.
I see. I don't even know who could I sell a knife to finance another one, I'm the only knife nut around :PAnd if you'd get the S35VN version it would be interesting if the blade grind is the same rough as it was on mine before polishing it with a strop...
I've never been disappointed with the several Navy knives I own: K-628,K-607, and the K-502--I used the K-502 today for rough gardening work without worrying about damaging it. I've ordered both of the Brother knives and hope they are on a par with Ganzo and Navy knives.
I have the Brother 1601 in the mail I hope it'll arrive next week.I didn't order the 1502 since I already have the Navy K-611 so please let me know about your thoughts when you receive yours.
The Navy K-611 went out of production before I could obtain one, so I jumped on the 1502. I would like to see a re-issue, or copy, of the similar Kershaw 3180. Some obvious copies,such as the Slysz Bowie clone, are only available for a short time (I suspect legal pressure from Spyderco) and I wouldn't be surprised if the same were true of the 1601 Manix 2 XL clone.
I just received my Brother 1502 and first impressions are favorable. Good fit and finish, although the lanyard hole is somewhat constricted and will probably have to be drilled out a bit. Like most low cost knives there are some sharp edges that would benefit from a little light sanding to smooth things up. It's razor sharp out of the box, and opens and closes with a satisfying snap. Lock-up is solid with no blade play and the lock operates easily and smoothly. It is quite heavy for this type of knife, but also feels solid and well made. It's an okay knife and I like it, but, for what it is, it's overly heavy. I'm not exactly disappointed with the purchase, but I don't think I would buy another one, if you know what I mean.
How much does it weight?My Navy K-611 is 3.74 oz (106g).
Almost exactly the same, 105g. I'm giving the one I have away as a gift and despite what I said before I just might have to buy another one.
The discontinued Kershaw Gentleman's Folder was around 88 g (3.1 oz) as I know.Anyway if you stumble upon a nice leather belt sheath please let me know! :)
The 1502 would be outstanding at 3.1 ounces. Ah, well.
I'd love to read your thoughts on the 1601.
I wish someone would reintroduce the Navy K-628, one of my favorite knives. I own both the Spyderco Native and the K-628. I probably won't buy another Native, but I can see myself buying several more K-628 for modifying and for gifts.
Donno if you'll ever read this but maybe you want to check out this link for the K-628 for $20.http://www.wacx.net/goods.php?id=496
I have the Kershaw 3180, it's a very nice traditional style folder for the money.My Brother 1601 has arrived today! :)I'm really impressed it has excellent ergonomics. I'll write my review soon.
Yes, that's a nice one, too.I just really dig the brass liners on the Brother 1502 like I did on his "predecessors". Maybe next month...By the way, I managed to lose the Neon's clip after anodizing and stonewashing.I contacted some AliEx sellers and also the now empty Kevin John store where I bought it and got some replies that they'll try to get it from the maker. I have no big hopes and i guess it would work well without a clip, too, but then I have to make a slip sheath for it I guess...Wish me luck to get it anyways, or maybe I should contact Shirogorov Knives? :P
How did you destroy the clip?! :)
Oh, if i can't get the clip, there was a G10 version for $20-30 iirc, I'm sure you can point me the right direction ;)Really, if I had the funds I'd buy a custom Neon, I really like the size and shape that much.
I can't remember any G10 version of the Neon sorry.
I think it was not the Neon but hmm, F3 mini or something like that, a Shirogorov design iirc with around the same dimensions as the Neon.I didn't destroy the clip btw, I just had it in my work shirt's pocket together with the backspacer (still have it, would be easier to replace with carbon fiber) when I had to go to the child's doc with my 1.5 yo son. Somehow I must've lost it when he was on my arm, didn't find it at the car park or at the doc's place :(Anyways, I'll find a way, slip sheath or making a clip, the hardest part would be to drill and tap the blind hole and then to grind it from the (considering the clip) big piece of Ti that I got.Too bad I forgot to take pics of the Ti letter opener that I made for my dad when I was there lately, next time I'll bring my anodizing equipment and colorize it if he lets me do it, golden blade and blue handle could be nice...
You might find that clip somewhere but in case of emergency you can find a couple of Shirogorov F3 mini versions HERE. :)
Thank you, I saved the link for Justin Case.It's about the Neon's dimensions, most other nice knives tend to be too big for edc, 20cm total length is really enough for most everything :P (and even that is a lie in most cases :P)The apple green is looking really... extreme, I kinda like it.I'm just wondering how it would look after some use and if it's possible to keep it clean...