Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Brother 1601 - the budget version of the Spyderco Manix 2 XL

Manix 2 XL for the masses! :)
- excellent fit and finish
- dead centered satin finished full flat ground blade which excells in slicing
- precise jimpings on the blade spine and on the figer choil
smooth opening and closing
- solid lock-up
- unlocking the blade is comfortable thanks to "cage" of the lock
- big, slim and comfortable handle
- oversized lanyard hole with lanyard tube
- extra pocket clip screws on the opposite side of the handle

- cheesy "one knife one life" text on the backspacer
- the satin finish is slightly inconsistent on one side of the blade (hardly visible)

Blade length: 3.78" (96 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.126" (3.2 mm)
Blade steel: 440C Stainless Steel (58-60 HRC)
Open length: 8.86" (225 mm)
Closed length: 5.08" (129 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.45" (11.5 mm)
Weight: 5.89 oz (167 g)
Handle: G10 scales with steel liners
Lock: caged ball lock
Carry: right or left hand tip up

You can buy the Brother 1601 at Gearbest: ***HERE***
More Brother folders: ***HERE***

It comes with extra pocket clip screws:
Convenient lock:
Jimpings on the blade spine and on the handle:
Compared to the Enlan EL01:
Brother 1601, Ganzo G7391-CF
 and Sanrenmu 7084 LUX-PH:
You can buy the Ganzo G7392-CF (stone washed blade): ***HERE***
and the Sanrenmu 7084 LUX-PH***HERE***

More pics:


  1. This is very cool to me. Love any spyderco style knife. But man it's a huge knife.

    1. It's big but it carries well thanks to its slim design.

  2. I was a bit hesitant in getting this one since I'm not familiar with the manufacturer.
    But I ended up ordering it on Saturday as GB had a flash sale which brought it down to $18.xx.
    I'm glad it seems to be OK.
    Your pic with the EL01 makes me realize that it's bigger than I thought
    That engraving on the spine though... urgggg! Hopefully, it is not too deep and can be sanded of.

    1. I'm also planning to sand the backspacer to remove the text.

  3. I just had to order this one. Under 19$ so I can overlook the normal pocket clip :)

    1. That's a good price for it! I bought mine for $22.

    2. I just recieved mine...I had a bunch of coupons at DHGate so I only ended up paying alittle over $9... What a great knife huh?

    3. Wow! That was a good deal!

  4. You had me falling again... My, my, my... Just the very day I also joined for the Kershaw Blur at Massdrop. Two knives a day, that's a bit too high a rate ;)
    But this "manix for the poor" at $18.29 on which I also used some GB points I had... well, I couldn't pass it (I was very much pondering which "real" manix to get)

    1. I managed to handle a Manix 2 Lightweight in a local shop.
      That also would be a nice EDC folder, unfortunately it's quite pricey...

  5. Still waiting for mine. That "ONE KNIFE ONE LIFE" is silly. Why on earth would they put that on there? Reminds me of the stonewashed Sanrenmu 7010 with the flaming panther. Lose it.

    1. Yes, it's silly and it's definetely not true for me! :)))

  6. You mean stonewashed flaming panther like this one?
    I actually liked it this way and I should have acid etched it a bit longer as the acid didn't eat away the laser etched pattern.


    And with that slogan they maybe mean One life for one knife? :P

  7. Received today.
    My 1601 wont stand straight


    And g10 has an uneven part


  8. Just got mine.
    Very impressed, at least on par if not better than my Ganzons Sanrenmus and Enlans. Perfect fit an finish, centered blade and really smooth action.
    Itsy, did you ever open yours? I'm just wondering if special attentions needs to be paid as I'm not familiar with this type of locking mechanism??? I want to sand this "one knife one life" (could potentially be done without disassembling the knife), and if I end up opening the knife, I might stonewash the blade, we'll see.

    1. Congratulations! :)
      I usually disassemble all of my new folders for cleaning and oiling (and for curiosity :) ). My Brother didn't need any special attention. I oiled the pivot area and the blade tang (contacting surface of the ball lock) and adjusted the pivot screw. That was all. Now mine opens smoothly and locks up without any blade play. The blade is also dead centered.
      I'm also planning to sand off that lame text on the backspacer but I'll leave the blade as it is because I really like the brushed satin finish on it.

    2. OK Thanks. So nothing to worry about springs popping out or loose ball bearing falling etc..., good.

  9. Easy to disassemble. The spring wont jump off. You guys got a perfect one, I got a slightly defected one, as you can see from the pictures. Got the blade pretty centered but not fully. Opens really smoothly and lock is rock solid.. Wont stand straight on it's back and has a sanding defect on the g10 scale and an uneven backspacer.

    1. Have you ever tried GB's return service?

  10. Shipping A knife to china from finland will cost an arm and a leg. GB does not provide the best customer satisfactory experience..

    For 19$ the knife is still good and useable. It does not bother me that it has it's flaws. I'm gonna make it a user for fishing etc.

  11. Mine finally came in after a 27 day wait. It sure is a wide knife. Mine was slightly off centered and has a touch of blade play. I go back and forth with the blade being too tight or too lose. I did notice how thin the scales are. Thinner than the scales on my Ganzo knives. Kind of smooth too. Best thing about it (and most important) is the blade. It is very sharp, sharpest knife I have.

  12. I'm waiting for mine to make it to me...I hate waiting...lol

  13. i have the 1502 lockback and i cant bleive how well its made and the quality materials. love to get som e more of their other knives!!!

    1. Brother makes pretty good folders for sure. The price - quality ratio is outstanding. I have the previous version of the 1502 (the discontinued Kershaw Gentleman Folder) which was made by Navy, it's a decent design for sure.