Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review: Enlan EL04 micarta handle

Enlan EL04 with micarta handle
Cool snake skin pattern on the handle


Pros:
- sturdy folder with an excellent fit and finish
nice, sculptured micarta handle 
- attractive blade shape with a nice satin finish (Benchmade Ritter Griptilian style)
- smooth opening and closing (the axis lock is smoother than one at the EL02)

Cons:
- you need a special tool or round nose pliers to adjust the pivot

You can buy the Enlan EL-04 G10:
Aliexpress: ***HERE***
GearBest: ***HERE***

Details:
Blade length: 3.38" (86 mm)
Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel  
Blade thickness: 0.122" (3.1 mm)
Open length: 8" (203 mm)
Closed length: 4.6" (117 mm)
Weight: 4.93 oz  (140 g)
Handle: micarta
Lock: axis lock
Carry: right hand tip up

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: Enlan EL04 G10 - The Griptilian Manix :)

A Benchmade Ritter Griptilian with a Spyderco Manix handle. ;)

Pros:
- slim and sturdy folder with an excellent fit and finish
nice, grippy, ergonomic G10 handle 
- attractive blade shape with a nice satin finish
- smooth opening and closing (the axis lock is smoother than one at the EL02)

Cons:
- you need a special tool or round nose pliers to adjust the pivot

You can buy the Enlan EL-04 G10:
Aliexpress: ***HERE***
GearBest: ***HERE***

Details:
Blade length: 3.38" (86 mm)
Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel  
Blade thickness: 0.122" (3.1 mm)
Open length: 8" (203 mm)
Closed length: 4.6" (117 mm)
Weight: 4.74 oz  (134.5 g)
Handle: G10
Lock: axis lock
Carry: right hand tip up

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Enlan EL06 - Scott Cook's Lochsa homage

The camo version
with black blade also looks pretty! :)

Black G10 version with stone washed blade:
One of my favourite budget folders because of the excellent
design and the decent blade steel (9Cr13MoV)

Pros:
- slim and elegant folder with an excellent fit and finish
- nested steel liners under the G10 scales
- nice and grippy G10 handle 
- good blade shape with a nice stonewashed finish

Cons:
- you need a special tool or round nose pliers to adjust the pivot
- the thumbstud could be a bit bigger (the new version comes with an improved thumbstud)
- slightly uneven grind lines near the tip of the blade 

You can buy the EL-06 at the following vendors:
Aliexpress: ***HERE*** (black and camo)
                        Fasttech: ***HERE*** (black) 
                        
Exduct.com: ***HERE*** (camo)
Use the following coupon codes:
"ISTI6OFF" for 6% off
and a special coupon for customers from the US:
"ISTISAVESUS7OFF" for 7% off 
                                       
Details:
Blade length: 3.54" (90 mm)
Blade steel: 9Cr13MoV Stainless Steel  
Blade thickness: 0.1378" (3.5 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.51 (13 mm)
Open length: 8.26" (210 mm)
Closed length: 4.72" (120 mm)
Weight: 4.62 oz  (131 g)
Handle: G10
Lock: liner lock
Carry: right hand tip up

More pics:
the new improved thumbstud:
the previous version:

Old pics:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Enlan EL05

Interesting, unique design
Pros:
- exotic rosewood handle with a nice finish
- unique blade shape with excellent slicing capability
- firm lockup with zero bladeplay
- big lanyard hole

Cons:
- you need a special tool or round nose pliers to adjust the pivot
- mine came with a small gap between one of the rosewood handle scales and the steel liner
- in closed position the edge of the blade can cut into the lanyard string

You can buy the Enlan EL-05:
Aliexpress: ***HERE***
GearBest: ***HERE***

Exduct.com: ***HERE***
Use the following coupon codes:
"ISTI6OFF" for 6% off
and a special coupon for customers from the US:

"ISTISAVESUS7OFF" for 7% off 

Details:
Blade length: 2.87" (73 mm)
Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel (56-58HRC) 
Open length: 7" (178 mm)
Closed length: 4.13" (105 mm)
Weight: 5.55 oz  (157 g)
Handle: rosewood
Lock: liner lock
Carry: right hand tip up

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