Sunday, July 31, 2016

Compact EDC folder comparision - Sanrenmu, A2 Knives copy

Left to right: SRM 7098, SRM 7084 and A2 Knives A6 flipper copy

Details: 
Sanrenmu 7098LUE-PH-T5 Sanrenmu 7084LUX-PH A2 Knives A6 flipper copy
Blade length:  2.56" (65 mm) 2.56" (65 mm) 2.95" (75 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.1" (2.5 mm) 0.1" (2.5 mm) 0.13" (3.3 mm)
Blade steel:   Sandvik 12C27 (~58 HRC) Sandvik 12C27 (~58 HRC) 9Cr18MoV (~58 HRC)
Open length: 6.42" (163 mm) 6.37" (162 mm) 7.12" (181 mm)
Closed length:  3.86" (98 mm) 3.82" (97 mm) 4.17" (106 mm)
Weight:  3.46 oz  (98 g) 2.86 oz  (81 g) 4.16 oz  (118 g)
Handle thickness: 0.67" (17 mm) 0.53" (13.5 mm) 0.54" (13.8 mm)
Handle:  FRN with steel liners FRN with steel liners G-10 with steel liners
Lock:  liner lock liner lock liner lock
Carry: right hand tip down right hand tip down right / left hand tip up

You can buy the Sanrenmu folders at GearBest:
***HERE*** (Sanrenmu 7098LUE-PH-T5 black or green)
***HERE*** (Sanrenmu 7084LUX-PH black or grey)

You can buy the A6 flipper on Aliexpress: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Sanrenmu 7098LUE-PH-T5

Pros:
- excellent fit and finish 
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- very good flipping action
- nice dual tone finished blade with a slight recurve
- extra tools 
- compact size for every day carry

Cons:
- no tip up carry option

The Sanrenmu 7098 comes with a couple of extra tools:
- locking saw blade
-belt/rope cutter with philips screwdriver
- bottle/can opener with flat screwdriver
- emergency window braker tip

Sanrenmu 7084LUX-PH


Pros:
- excellent fit and finish 
- comfortable handle design 
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- very smooth opening and closing
- nice dual tone finished blade
- compact size and weight for every day carry

Cons:
- no tip up carry option

Excellent light weight hiking companion:

A2 Knives A6 flipper copy

Pros:
- excellent fit and finish 
- comfortable handle design 
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- very good and smooth flipping action thanks to the IKBS ball bearing pivot system
- hidden blade stop pin
- nice dual tone finished blade with a slight recurve
- compact size for every day carry

Cons:
- the edges of the G10 scales are not rounded (5 min. work with a piece of sand paper)

It makes the morning coffee taste even better! :)
IKBS bearing pivot system:

More pics:
Pretty dual tone finish on the blades:
Only the A6 flipper has a tip up carry option:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

On The Road M3 - Awesome compact flashlight with 920 lm turbo mode



I haven't purchased a new flashlight for years (one addiction is enough at the time :)) until recently. I started with a couple of Convoy S2+ which represent excellent value for the money and they also come in different fancy colors as you can see below.
My Convoy S2+ collection:


I was looking for a compact, easily EDC-able flashlight when I stumbled upon this On The Road M3 model. As I didn't have any 16340 Li-ion batteries I went for the full pack version with battery and charger included. I'm not a flashlight geek (so I won't discuss too much technical details here) but this small light really amazes me by its features and quality so I'm going to share it through my personal point of view. 


Key features for me:
- pocket friendly, compact size (70 x 23mm, 60g with battery)
- 5 brightness level (10 - 150 - 300 - 600 - 920 lm)
- long press turn on/off for preventing accidental activation
- 2 tactical modes: double click for instant access for the 920 lm turbo mode and  triple click for the fast strobe mode
- warm (3800K - 4000K) color temperature 
- water and impact resistant housing (IPX-8, 2m)
- charger and battery included in the full pack version
- pocket clip
- magnetic tail cap   
- low voltage warning

You can buy the On the Road M3 with discount coupons at GearBest:
***HERE*** Full pack with warm color temperature (5C 3800K - 4000K)  coupon: OTRM3
***HERE*** Full pack with cool color temperature (1A 6500K - 7000K)  coupon: OTRM3
***HERE*** Single pack with warm color temperature (5C 3800K - 4000K)  coupon: OTRM3S
***HERE*** Single pack with cool color temperature (1A 6500K - 7000K)  coupon: OTRM3S

Limited time offers for the single pack versions:
***HERE*** Single pack with warm color temperature (5C 3800K - 4000K)  coupon: S5CM3CM
***HERE*** Single pack with cool color temperature (1A 6500K - 7000K)  coupon: S1AM3CM

Full pack:
battery, charger, neoprene pouch, lanyard and spare O rings
Charger with AC or USB input:
Modes:
Magnetic tail cup with unique serial number:
Manual:
Packaging:
Deep carry pocket clip:

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

New aquisitions - Harnds, Ganzo, Enlan

New arrivals left to right: Harnds Blazer, Ganzo G747,
Ganzo G7452, Enlan EL-10, Ganzo G743 and G728

Variety of locking systems: liner lock, button lock, axis lock and frame lock
Variety of opening methods: thumb stud, flipper with manual, assisted and full auto opening

                                         You can buy them:
                                         ***HERE*** Harnds Blazer
                                         ***HERE*** Ganzo G747 switch blade

                                         ***HERE*** Ganzo G7452 (black or orange)
                                         ***HERE*** Enlan EL-10
                                         ***HERE*** Ganzo G743 (satin or stone washed)

                                         ***HERE*** Ganzo G728 with assisted opening 

As you can see the Blazer is a beast! :)

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

New Ganzo folders with wood and CF handle at GearBest

Seller's pics

GANZO G7452-WD1 with ebony handle
and stone washed blade
 You can buy the G7452-WD1: ***HERE***

GANZO G7451-CF with carbon fiber handle
and satin finished blade
You can buy the GANZO G7451-CF: ***HERE***

GANZO G743-2-WD1 with ebony handle
and stone washed blade
You can buy the GANZO G743-2-WD1: ***HERE***

TONIFE Ermine sturdy little fixed blade 
heavily inspired by the Boker Krein Pocket Bowie :)
You can buy the TONIFE Ermine: ***HERE***

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Spyderco Domino replica with ball bearing pivot system

Nice satin finished full flat ground blade
Pros:
- excellent fit and finish 
- comfortable handle with good ergonomics 
- solid early lock-up without any blade play
- it flips open lightning fast thanks to the ball bearing pivot system
- perfectly centered, nice satin finished blade
- full flat ground blade for the excellent slicing performance
- precise jimpings on the blade spine and on the finger choil 
- compact size and weight (4.2 oz / 119 g) for every day carry

Cons:
- the flipper must be pushed hard to come over the strong detent
 (this is the price of the lightning fast flipping action)

Details:
Blade length: 3.15" (80 mm)
Cutting edge: 2.95" (75 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.134" (3.4 mm)
Open length: 7.68" (195 mm)
Closed length: 4.53" (115 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.41" (10.5 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz (119 g)
Handle: G10 with steel frame lock side 
Lock: frame lock 
Carry: right hand tip up

You can buy the Domino on Aliexpress:
                                              ***HERE*** Orange/black G10 versions or
                                              ***HERE*** Orange/black G10 versions
                                              ***HERE*** Orange/black G10 + full steel versions

                                              ***HERE*** Exclusive titanium + carbon fiber version

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 solid frame-locks!

Ball bearing pivot system:
Solid early lock-up and dead centered blade:
Precise jimpings:
Open back design for easy cleaning:

More pics: