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Sunday, September 11, 2016

New folders on Aliexpress part 4

(Seller's pics)

Scott Cook Lochsa style folders with one piece alu handle
 and titanium subframe lock and pocket clip:
You can buy the Lochsa on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***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 lock!

Titanium Boker Kwaiken style folder with real M390 blade:
You can buy the Kwaiken on Aliexpress: ***HERE*** 

Exclusive LionSteel TiSpine style folder with one piece titanium handle
and real M390 blade:
You can buy the TiSpine on Aliexpress: ***HERE*** 

Awesome Microtech Combat Troodon style double action OTF folders:
You can buy the Combat Troodons on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

Spyderco LionSpy style folder with titanium + CF handle:
You can buy the CF LionSpy on Aliexpress: ***HERE***  

36 comments:

  1. If anybody has a chance to buy the Lionspy, it's well worth the money... I really love mine and compared to the original, you can't tell the difference

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  2. Some very interesting pieces here... Indeed, the Lionspy is really great! The aluminium Lochsa is quite tempting, and I'm sure that before long I'll hit the "buy" button. I'll try to resist for some time, though, as I've received quite a few knives recently and still have some more in the mail.

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    1. The Lochsa and the LionSpy are very tempting for me too and I wouldn't refuse the Kwaiken either if I was gifted one for sure! :)))

      What sort of blades have you received?

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    2. Ah, and I was forgetting the TRE in carbon, the Zieba G2 and the coin claw...

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  3. I already have the Lionspy (in G10) and a "real" titanium Kwaiken.
    The blades I'm waiting for are: the clone of the Yojimbo2 and the "spydie memory inspired" Ti framelock with a little cf insert. I'm also waiting on a Klecker by Kizer Ki4436. And I've received recently (real) Spyderco double bevel, Böker Bullpup and Böker Stingray (which is in my pocket at the moment... large and elegant, I love that!)

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    1. Wow! It sounds like Christmas! :))
      That "spydie memory inspired" frame lock was heavily inspired by the Serge Shriker. ;)

      How do you like the Bullpup?

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    2. You're right, now that I've looked it up, it's clearly Shriker inspired. Now the Shriker clearly has Spyderco Memory influence in it, too...

      The Bullpup is great, it's been in my pocket for most of August, pushing aside the double bevel with ease. It's smooth, very well put together, small-ish but fits the hand very nicely, and the shape of the blade makes it a very good "all purpose knife". Those bolsters in Ti and sides in layered micarta makes it really feel and look like a "budget custom knife".

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    3. Thanks for the feedback, I've added the Bullpup to my ever growing wishlist! :)

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    4. Just received the Shriker/Memory... It really is a nice knife, rather small, but solid nonetheless, very smooth, early lock-up, sharp blade with a very nice finish (quite similar to that on the light cavalry blade). Hop, in my pocket!

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    5. How does it feel holding it in the hand compared to the LionSteel T.R.E.?

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    6. It's larger, thicker, squarer, heavier. So it feels definitely more substantial. The size might not be massively different, it feels like you have more knife in the hand. It also feels smoother. But more "rough"/industrial.
      So more knife and more of a "hard use" knife, to something more refined and that almost vanishes in the pocket and in the hand.

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  4. I'm really really weak. Last knife until Christmas, I hope... Well, I've ordered the Lochsa in grey...

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    1. I'm still hesitating between the grey and the funky red version.

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    2. I hesitated between those same two (the black is a bit too close to the Anax I have). Then the red was maybe a bit too "not Lochsa" while the grey was looking a bit "dark titanium", so I went for it...
      But again red anodised aluminium does have a strong appeal, it's one of the colours that work the best with that process.

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    3. I went with a red one :)
      Hopefully I wont regret it.

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    4. I think I'll order a red one too. In Ben's pics they look stunning.

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  5. No Lochsa for me this year, for €40 I couldn't say No to the Griffin ;)

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Real-Steel-Griffin-E775-neu-/00/s/ODcxWDE1ODc=/z/-4cAAOSwCGVX2pbc/$_57.JPG

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    1. That's a correct folder at good price, congratulations! :)

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    2. Thank you.
      I hope everything will be all right when/till I have it.

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    3. Let me know about its edge retention when you get it.

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    4. I guess that could take some time, I don't see it as a heavy user, for that I have my Caly. But I guess it's on par with Ganzo's 440C, I hope better at least than the usual 8Cr13Mov or OKC's Aus-8 on my RAT 2.

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  6. Got the Lochsa style folder in red today. Nice looking, pretty smooth alu handle with great anodising. The Blade is well grind and hair shaving sharp out of the box, it's well centred, too. Unfortunately, two things come together at least in my knife: a really strong detent and a sharp and not very thump friendly thump stud. I opened the knife three times and my thump literally started bleeding from under the nail. Ouch. For me this is not a one hand opening knife, at least not with this thump stud. The action is otherwise OK but not that smooth. Maybe the pivot screw could benefit from loosening up a little bit. Unfortunately, again, it isn’t a torx but something proprietary. Well, maybe there'll be some kind of solution later on, that's just my first impression.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback!
      Can't you use needle nose pliers for the holes in the pivot screw on the lock side to take the knife apart for cleaning/oiling?
      Regarding the thumbstuds I would try to make them smoother by a piece of sandpaper. You should tape the blade and the handle before that to avoid scratches.

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    2. Since I have to counter the other side of the pivot screw with just another tool I probably would end up scratching the screw and the handle. And it wouldn't change the strong detent. The one sided thumb stud has its own screw (well done) and I already tried to make it smoother. Unfortunately, it is so small, you just end up making it even smaller and more slippery. Maybe I try to find another, bigger, thump stud that fits or I exchange the thump stud with a blind screw and use the knife as a two hand opening knife. At least this way it could be a legal to carry knife in Germany, where you are usually not allowed to carry one hand opening knives in public.

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    3. You could try to hold the other side of the pivot in place with a piece of rubber.
      The new version of the Enlan EL-06 comes with a quite useable thumbstud. Maybe you could try to replace the thumbstuds.

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    4. That's disappointing to hear. My red Lochsa should arrive today. I might have to come up with something for the pivot if it's not smooth. I'll update this when it's in my hands.

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  7. Just got the red Lochsa in my hands. The detent is too strong. The issue is not in the pivot as it is on bearings, and the blade drops freely when the lockbar is disengaged. I bent the lockbar out a little, and the detent is better. I can flick the knife open now, but there is lock slip. It's really too bad as the knife looks great. I do not recommend this knife until they fix the detent and lock issue. It is OK as a collectable, but not safe or fun to use.

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    1. Did the lock slip occur after bending the lockbar or did you notice that out of the box too?

      Have you tried to chamfer the edge of the detent hole?


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    2. Lock slip was after I bent the lockbar, but initial lockbar tension is very high so I can't say for sure whether lock slip would have happen if I tried to push harder against the back of the blade. Plus, I didn't want to cut myself. I did try to chamfer the detent hole with a small cone shaped stone from a Dremel kit. It did not help much as the detent ball is fully seated inside the detent hole. The lockbar literally feels and looks like it was being pulled along with the blade during opening. I believe that the execution of the detent is flawed. I have accepted that it is a collectable piece only.

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  8. After 1 week of use and reading about the Lochsa here I can say, get yourself a Real Steel Griffing before buying the Lochsa.
    The aluminum handles are a bit sleek which is not so good when grabbing the knife, the clip holds in tight in your pocket.
    Other than that it's a a great knife. The machining is very good, every screw is flush with the handle, opening/cosing is smoother than on any knife with ball bearings I've handled, these needle bearings (sounds silly) feel like washers when it's about smoothness but the blade falls out when pushing the button like on the usual ball bearings.
    The blade was the sharpest one I've ever handled out of the box, I should've tried to whittle a hair when I've got it. Also the stonewashing is the best one I know, I wish I could do it like this.
    Anyways, if you don't need M390 or S35VN from sources that you can't really trust in the first place, try the E775. For €40 like mine it's a no brainer but from my experience witb my clones and the Caly 3 I'd say it's well worth the 55-60 Euros they ask for. If there was a Boker Plus logo on it I think they could sell it for more than the Urban Trapper or similar knives.
    The only thing I'd change on it was milled liners, maybe someday I'll do that myself, no need for anodising on the inside anyways, black spray paint will do, too ;)

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    1. What's about its edge retention? Can you feel any difference compared to the steels used in the sub $20 budget category (8Cr13MoV, 9Cr18MoV, 440C)?

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    2. It's amazing to say the least. I use it as my edc knife which means I'm cutting EVA and other foam matials, some containing silicates and other minerals which makes them quite abrasive. I've only stroped it s far and it's still going through 3mm rawhide like only my Vespa Neon and my Caly 3 (which is superior because of the thin blade grind).
      Right now I can say it's way better than any 8Cr13Mov I've tested so far (SRM 710, 720, M1; Kershaw Cryo and others). I guess I'd carry my Ontario RAT 2 again if it had a blade with the specs of the Griffin, I just got bored of sharpening it every week.
      Maybe they just got the heat treatment better for my needs as the guys from OKC.
      Still the only thing I'd add is some milling of the handles to reduce weight. The paint on the clip seems to be rather soft, stonewashing will take care of it some day ;)

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  9. And I too received my Lochsa... Grey one, this time ;) which is rather dark and a bit brown, more like patina'd bronze.
    Well, in my case there are also some problems with overall smoothness, but not the same as with others.
    The detent is spot on, there's no lock slip whatsoever, the thumb stud is "aggressive" but not to the point of hurting (possibly because the detent isn't as strong). My problem (limited, I can still thumb-flick the knife with ease) is that the pivot as possibly been over-tightened and the balls in the bearings have let divots where they were so the travel feels a bit bumpy. Nothing major, though, except that I don't like messing with the pivots of integrals as they can be a pain to re-assemble (I spent a good long time on the Anax... ).
    But it's beautiful, sharp, well ground, locking superbly, with no play, a perfectly centred blade... A beauty and great user. It's just a bit sad that it's not as perfect as it could be because of that pivot issue (or maybe lack of decent steel washers under the bearings?). Anyway, it's in my pocket now, and I'm very happy with mine... I'll still perhaps disassemble it some day to take care of the problem (possibly just un-tightening the pivot could do the trick, provided that doesn't un-centre the blade too much).

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    1. I'm glad to hear that there are "Lochas" out there with perfect detent too! :)
      Regarding the smoothness I had a similar problem with my Wild Boar Anax. I took it apart and I figured out that the pivot was overtightened which caused small deformations on the surface of the washers. Switching the sides of the washers solved the problem.

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    2. I'll probably look into that pivot adjustment this WE... If I can find the right set of pliers to open it.
      By the way, parsing AE, I found that the g10 version of the PoluchOtkiy exists in jade... had to buy one despite having the Ti version since it came out!

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