Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: Unique Microtech ANAX style folder with integral handle

Awesome design
- excellent fit and finish 
- perfectly centered, light stonewashed blade
- high hollow ground for excellent slicing performance
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- ball bearing pivot system
- comfortable one piece integral handle  
- good size and weight (119 g) for every day carry  

- Out of the box the opening and closing felt gritty and stiff but some cleaning and lubrication solved the problem.

Blade length: 3.7" (94 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.154" (3.9 mm)
Blade steel: D2 Stainless Steel (~58-60 HRC)
Open length: 8.58" (218 mm)
Closed length: 4.88" (124 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.5" (12.7 mm)
Weight: 4.19 oz (119 g)
Handle: integral aluminium 
Lock: titanium frame lock with steel insert and hidden lock bar limiter
Carry: right hand tip up

(links updated: 1 Jul. 2018)
You can buy the ANAX on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** (new Green Thorn 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 a lock!
It's the same with the "blood grooves" on the blade.

Integral handle, rounded blade spine:
Dual track bearing washers:

More pics:


  1. Reminds me of a Liong Mah Design #5. (

  2. Is this a front flipper (it looks like one, but would it actually work as one)?
    Is there a version available without the huge groove?

    1. There are two versions of the Anax: plain blade and grooved blade one. At the moment all of the shops sell only the grooved version (but they can only show the pics of the plain blade version).

      The ANAX can be opened one handed by the groove or pushing down the end of the blade spine (thumb opening). It's similar to the opening method of the Boker Exskelibur 1.

  3. If only this had a normal pivot I would seriously consider this. Also anyone have a gif or a video of it opening... It looks tricky to open.

    1. You can use ordinary round nose pliers for the pivot screw.
      There are plenty of videos available on Youtube about the custom ANAX.

    2. Another easy way with those pivots is to pick a piece of wood or plastic and have nails through it at the right spots.

      Generally much easier to handle than the triangle screws/pivots that Microtech uses on other models...

  4. Great photos! and great knife! It looks fantastic. The grooves seem to be very symmetric (a rather difficult feat to achieve, even custom Anax often have asymmetric grinding for those).
    I can't wait to get mine! But it's not even "pre-advised" yet... so I guess won't be until two weeks or so...

    1. Thanks!
      Despite its decent size it feels light weight in the hand.

  5. Is this the first integral aluminium frame on Aliexpress? Hopefully we see more (they are cheap, light, strong and personally I like them).

    1. Yes, this is the first one.
      They used to sell a Lochsa style folder with integral titanium handle but that was quite expensive.

  6. And I received today two other of my many "Christmas/New year" acquisitions. The T-50 and the Two-Sun Tanto Kwaiken. The T-50 is everything you promised, Isti, big, very well finished, very smooth (albeit not "hydraulic" as the Piston, which is improving by the flip and reaching really impressive smoothness). The dark and rough stonewash on the scales is really great, too.
    The Two-Sun, on the other hand is rather disappointing. I love the looks but the grinds are not very good, the sharpness fails to impress and the general level of dirt and grittiness is appalling. It also took the longest time ever to get to me (arrived in France on the 28th of December, got delivered today, because that was a lower grade of postal service).
    So in this case, the low price is really justified ;)
    Still waiting for the Anax clone and a Vespa OTF that I've read plenty of good things about!

    As for Dicoria, I'm a bit worried... The whole shop is no longer showing up in Ali, now!

    1. You can't go wrong with the T50 for sure, that's such a good design.

      What do you think of the Piston after a couple of days? Is it worth the extra cost?
      I've also got tempted since Blade Art has a good discount on the Piston.

      I also like the kwaiken style but I'd go for a Boker Kwaiken or a Rike Knife 1507s. I know they are not in the budget league. :)

      What sort of OTF did you order? Combat Troodon?

      As I know Ben runs another shop under a different name too.

    2. I really love the Piston. It's getting smoother and smoother, and the flipping is fantastic. Fit, finish and all are really at a great level, so yes, given the innovative feature, the quality, the blade steel and the elegance, I feel it was definitely worth the price.

      As for kwaiken, I really love that style and already have the Böker kwaiken in titanium/VG10. Clearly two cuts above the Two-Suns ;)

      The OTF I ordered is sometimes called "Combat Troodon" on Ali but there are no markings and if it draws from Microtech, the model still is more a mix of many different version of Troodons, ultratechs and other. Very classy and clean, with a blade (s35vn) shape not related to any Microtech I've ever seen and from reviews, the quality is identical if not better than what Microtech produces. But it's another 125€ Chinese knife ;)

      As for Ben/Dicoria, yeah, I think I had seen that other shop. But I can't find any other place with the TRE at the moment (which is good, else I'd have probably purchased it asap :) ). I hope it surfaces again in one month, that'd be rad!

  7. Aliexpress changed their policies on knives. All the top sellers have migrated to DHGate. Try a search there for what you're looking for.

    1. That was a quite stupid move from Aliexpress to pass this segment of sales to DHgate.

  8. Hi Isti,

    I'm debating between the 2 versions of this clone, the one you have and the one with lanyard hole here

    Do you know if on the version of the clone that has a lanyard, if the lanyard is removable?

    I know on the original it is but from what I can see from the pics, it doesn't seem like this one is.
    What do you think?

    1. Hi,

      I can't tell because that version has a completely different lanyard hole and even the handle has extra dot patterns (3rd pic). The photos are mixed because the last pic (disassembled folder) is about my version.

    2. Yeah, I liked the new one because of the pattern on the back and no visible lanyard hole.
      I don't use lanyards and would have gone with this one if I knew for sure that I can remove it, but it doesn't seem to be an easy task as I don't see any accessible threaded end to do that.
      I think I'll play it safe and simply get the same that you have reviewed.