Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Shirogorov Tabargan 95 style folder with axis-lock

- excellent fit and finish
- solid lock-up
- smooth opening
- centered full flat ground blade for excellent slicing performance
- comfortable handle with good ergonomics
- easy deployment out of the pocket thanks to the smooth G10 scales

- the initial sharpness was average out of the box, I had to resharpen it 

Blade length: 3.74" (95 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.157" (4 mm)
Blade steel: D2 Steel (~61 HRC)
Open length: 8.85" (225 mm)
Closed length: 5" (127 mm)
Weight: 6.17 oz (175 g)
Handle: G10 scales with steel liners and G10 backspacer
Lock: axis-lock
Carry: right hand tip up

You can buy the Tabargan 95 in different colors on Aliexpress: 
!Updated links!

Because of a stupid rule of Aliexpress the sellers are forced to photoshop the locking mechanism and the "blood grooves" on the folders. So don't worry these folders come with a lock!

KO Shirogorov F3 & Tabargan: 
Enlan EL01 & Tabargan:

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  1. Is the Axis-lock really stiff? or is it pretty loose?

    1. Don't be such negative! :) The tension is just good.

    2. I've got a new one, and a new 110 clone.

      The Tabargan is much easier on the fingers, even with the sharper lock bar, just because the 110 tends to really LOCK itself open if you give it any grease when you open it.

      The Tabargan is no Benchmade in regards to the comfort of the lock, but overall it feels incredible, best $35 knife I have ever owned.

  2. It's unfortunate that they use the Shirogorov markings, because given the generic shape, and the axis lock no longer being under patent, they could put their own markings on it and sell it as their own production, in the way Ganzo emulates Benchmade while still selling Ganzos.

    1. The brand recognition is soo low that only fragments of the people can recognize it anyway.

    2. There is that too. I have to be honest I'd never heard of Shirogorov before seeing the replicas. It would be ironic if the replica had better brand recognition than the original.

  3. Nice looking knife.. But I hate the pocket clip. I like low riding clips so the knife does not show from your pocket.

    1. It's not that terrible. For example the Enlan EL01 sits higher in the pocket.

    2. Thats why I wont carry my EL01 :-/ (finally got this comment to the right place)

  4. Hahah I just have an Enlan Axis style lock and I can hardly open it. I like how this knife uses a flat head for the pivot screw?

  5. How does it compare to the similarly priced F3 that runs on bearings? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_eyED08wd0

    The same guy reviewed the Tabargan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rGWpjiNjpE

    1. Both folders have the same open length but the cutting edge of the F3 is longer (no ricasso and thumb studs).

      The F3 is heavier (+ 20g) and has a thicker handle. I prefer the Tabargan for EDC because it has a slimmer design.

  6. Thanks for the reviews!

    Have you got any tips or additional insights now that summer's over?

    Does it still earn carry time, given your growing collection?

  7. Hi,
    I still like my Tabargan and I EDC it time to time.
    I reprofiled the edge so it became a real slicing machine. :)
    The action got smoother so it's a pleasure to flick it open or to close it.

    1. I'm glad to hear that, mine is starting to feel a little better already.

      The handles on these are exquisite, I love the way the G10 swells into the palm of your hand.