Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review: Spyderco Domino replica with ball bearing pivot system

Nice satin finished full flat ground blade
- excellent fit and finish 
- comfortable handle with good ergonomics 
- solid early lock-up without any blade play
- it flips open lightning fast thanks to the ball bearing pivot system
- perfectly centered, nice satin finished blade
- full flat ground blade for the excellent slicing performance
- precise jimpings on the blade spine and on the finger choil 
- compact size and weight (4.2 oz / 119 g) for every day carry

- the flipper must be pushed hard to come over the strong detent
 (this is the price of the lightning fast flipping action)

Blade length: 3.15" (80 mm)
Cutting edge: 2.95" (75 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.134" (3.4 mm)
Open length: 7.68" (195 mm)
Closed length: 4.53" (115 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.41" (10.5 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz (119 g)
Handle: G10 with steel frame lock side 
Lock: frame lock 
Carry: right hand tip up
Updated link (04.2019)
You can buy the Domino on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

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 solid frame-locks!

Ball bearing pivot system:
Solid early lock-up and dead centered blade:
Precise jimpings:
Open back design for easy cleaning:

More pics:


  1. Nice one... tempting, even if I need to calm down on the buying knives!

    1. Fortunately it's not one of those $100+ folders. :)

    2. Have you seen this Manix clone...http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-C95-54-58HRC-folding-knife-outdoor-camping-survivaltool-gift-Tacticalknife/32678295984.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.1.b9cQNP&ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_0,searchweb201602_4_10057_10056_10055_10037_10049_10033_10059_10032_10058_10017_405_404_407_10040_10060,searchweb201603_2&btsid=27fa7323-67fd-4fb9-8f29-1a116d41d38b

    3. As do I, just checking in case you hadn't seen and was interested in it.

  2. bought a full steel one a week ago should be here soon :D

  3. I got the Ti + CF version a few months ago and love it. It has been main main EDC since I got it. Beautiful and solid knife, well constructed and the ergonomics fit my medium size hand perfectly in any grip.
    About having to push hard on the flipper, mine was the same but got better with time.
    The only cons that I had was that this one was the dullest knife I have ever gotten out of the box. I could literally run the blade across my hand and nothing would happen. It took me a while to get it sharp.

    1. It's great to hear that because I'm also thinking about getting the titanium version. :) How much does your folder weight?

    2. It's a bit less than what I though at 130g.

    3. That's not bad at all, thanks!

    4. I just got mine...flipping sucked...Took it apart and turned the bearings over and now she flps like a dream.

    5. Good idea! I can't remember how the bearings were placed at mine but I put the folder togeather the right way when I first disassembled mine.

      As I see you own a CF Lionspy copy too. How do you like it?

    6. Have you seen the Yojimbo 2 clone yet? http://www.dhgate.com/product/2016-newer-spyderco-knife-c85-c85gp2-yojimbo2/387596882.html

    7. Yes, I already have one in the mail. :)
      I hope the overall quality won't disappoint me since I really dig its blade shape.

    8. It's sweet looking so I doubt they're that bad.

  4. I will let you know on Friday when I'll get home and I'll weight it but I find it quite heavy (probably around 150/160g)

  5. Damn! choices, choices ... this? or the fluted Native? hmmm

    1. The fluted Native is a fine folder for sure although the opening/closing feels stiffer than expected. I'm planning to take apart mine to loosen the lock bar tension somehow.

    2. I managed to replace the spring bar with a weaker one. Now opening and closing the folder feels totaly different, much smoother.

  6. Helló Isti,

    do you know of anything like a copy of Boker's Urban Trapper?

    Maybe the price tag is not high enough for a China version (even if it's made there already) but there's also copied RATs out there, so who knows...

    1. Unfortunately I don't know any. I would really enjoy a Green Thorn titanium version of the Urban Trapper. It seems like an excellent slim designed decent sized gentleman style folder.

      At the moment I'm longing for the Boker Plus Caracal folder. :)

    2. this knive is simililar to Urban Trapper for me ....

    3. Wow! Good find, thanks for the link!
      The blade thickness (1.5 mm) seems a bit too thin for me. Might it be a typo?

  7. Oh, that one's a bit hefty for my taste ;)

    But I think you could also like the (for me huge) Boker Manaro Bullseye Grip. It was sent to me by an edcforum friend and is laying disassembled on job. I intend to two-tone anodize it but with 9V batteries the 2 sides get too different colors. Right now I'm thinking if I want to invest $80 into a dc power supply for matching colors, that would mean no new knives for some months...

    If Mr Manaro would make a 3" bladed version of his Boker Stingray then I'd probably get that one, right after the Urban Trapper (in Cocobolo) ;)

    From the same friend I've got the Spyderco Caly 3 and I must admit it's a really fine knife. Of course I had to mod it a bit to my liking and I still think Spyderco knives are butt fugly but it's super smooth without a drop of oil and keeps a fine edge for a long time :)


    1. That Bullseye Grip has a quite unique blade. How does it cut? Does the knife feel bulky holding it in the hand?

      I've just added the Boker Stringray to my wish list, thanks!

      What sort DC PS are you after for? Are you planning to anodize with some unique colors (green) or just the usual colors below 50V DC?

      Nice mods you have there congratulations! The handle of that cleaver turned out really nice!

  8. Thank you :)

    Well, On the Bullsey Grip I want to make purple cutouts and a blue surface but the "bolster" should be the opposite way to correspond with the "interference" behind the pivot area. Not sure if I can achive it or if it will look half as cool as in my head but I'll try.

    An efffect like this would be nice:

    But I'd like a 120V power supply, once I've seen a Ti scale anodized green and bronze at the before stonewashed areas. That's looking like old brass, really cool to me and really difficult to achieve.

    So I was thinking about this machine:


  9. Oh, about the cutting abilities, I'd say it's more a showpiece than anything else (that's why I'd prefer the Stingray in a smaller size). I guess it's good for stabbing and maybe whittling at the straight blade part. The blade is ground very well though, the main bevels look like sanded by hand.
    I guess with a good anodizing it would be perfect for a showcase on the wall but I wouldn't call it an edc knife ;)

    1. That DC PS is a good deal!

      I supposed the same about the Bullseye Grip. The Stingray seems more practical.

    2. Yes, to both statements :)

      I will see towards the end of the month how my bank account will look like and then most likely oder the dc device.

      About budget knives I really like the cheesy look of Gearbest's BAODANLI WL in red. Reminds me of my childhood with the beginning tune "...everybody was Kung-Fu fighting...".
      Mr Carradine would love it if he'd still be around ;)

    3. You can't go wrong for $4.30 (at the moment) with that BAODANLI ! I've got tempted to order one too! :)))

    4. Yeah, not sure, I've got enough budget knives that I never use but I think I'll spend the $4 on a Ti HangKey.
      Of course not the (much better machined and polished) original but the copy from FT:


      The water jet stripes look good when anodized, I've seen that on the Neon's and the Malyshev Gnome's framelock cutouts.

  10. Worth every penny... Its fit and finish is better than the original... The only way you can tell the difference from the original is the carbon fiber scale.

    1. I've added it to my ever growing wishlist. :) Thanks!

  11. The one in the picture I didn't have to do that to it... Its the carbon fiber and titanium version I did it to