Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: new outstanding Y-Start folders

The budget version of the Rexford Epicenter 

After testing an awesome fixed blade from Y-Start I decided to try their new folders too. It was a good decision because they managed to produce unique high quality folders at a budget price.

- stylish & sturdy folders with an excellent fit and finish
- solid lock-up without any blade play 
- comfortable micarta handle with good ergonomics
- useful bladeshape with a nice stone washed or satin finish
- definite jimping on the blade spine
- symmetrical blade grinds (which is not common in this price range)

- I rounded the edge of the liner-lock bar with my Dremel to make it more comfortable to unlock
- The satin version needed a couple of days to break in (smooth opening / closing)

I found the clip on the stone washed version too shiny for my taste so I modded it. I think a mat grey clip suits this version better.

Blade length: 3.5" (89 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.157" (4 mm)
Blade steel: AUS-8A Stainless Steel (58-60 HRC)
Open length: 8.26" (210 mm)
Closed length: 4.72" (120 mm)
Weight: 7.05 oz  (200 g)  satin version with steel bolsters
Weight: 6.1 oz (173g) stone washed version with G10 bolsters 
Handle: micarta with steel liners and G10 or steel bolsters
Lock: liner lock
Carry: right hand tip up

You can buy it at a reliable seller on Aliexpress:  ***HERE*** (satin)
                                                                                     ***HERE*** (stone washed)

NEW grooved G10 version in 3 colors (black, khaki, green): ***HERE***
                                                                    All black version: ***HERE***

More pics:
The stone washed version with the original clip:
and with my modded clip:

More pics about the stone washed version:


  1. Beautiful looking knife for the price. I´ve just ordered one

  2. You won't be disappointed I'm sure.

  3. Man there isn't a knife you haven't reviewed! Thanks for having the best pictures of this knife on the web! This one caught my eye on DHGate after a search for "Rexford" and indeed the blade has Rexford on it. I like the steel bolster but the G10 is significantly lighter. Decisions...

    1. Thanks! :)
      They used to sell these first with Y-start logo then with Rexford logo on Aliexpress. I guess because it's heavily influenced by the Rexford Epicenter. :)

  4. Oh BTW, how did you mod that clip? It's a perfect matte gray but looks like it would wear nicely like a black wash...

    1. Yes, that's my work. It's quite easy just search for tutorials about acid etching on youtube. It's very similar to a bead blasted finish so sooner or later it will show snail trails.

  5. I see! That's very cool. I might have to give that a try because I'm also not a fan of shiny polished clips. Thanks for the insight.