Monday, August 7, 2017

New Spyderco clones (Battlestation, Magnitude, Mamba etc.) on Aliexpress part 49

(Seller's pics)

Spyderco C196 Mamba copy in new colors
with ball bearings:
Spyderco C196 Mamba copy
Spyderco C196 Mamba copy
 You can buy the Mamba on Aliexpress: 
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** 

Because of a stupid rule of Aliexpress the sellers are forced to photoshop
 the locking mechanism and the "blood grooves" on the folders.

Improved Spyderco C168GP Battlestation 
 with flipper, liner-lock, D2 blade and ball bearings:
Spyderco C168GP Battlestation copy

Spyderco C168GP Battlestation copy
Spyderco C168GP Battlestation copy
 You can buy the Battlestation on Aliexpress: ***HERE***  

Spyderco C212CFP Magnitude copy
with ball bearings:
Spyderco C212CFP Magnitude copy
Spyderco C212CFP Magnitude copy
Spyderco C212CFP Magnitude copy
You can buy the Magnitude on Aliexpress: 
***HERE*** or ***HERE***


Spyderco C174 Double Bevel on steroids! :)
Black, orange or jade G10 handle,
 3.74" (95 mm) D2 blade, flipper opening and ball bearings: 
Spyderco C174 Double Bevel 3 colors
Spyderco C174 Double Bevel black and jade G10
Unique blade grinds:
Unique blade grinds
Solid liner-lock:
Spyderco C174 Double Bevel
 You can buy the Double Bevel: ***HERE*** 

Spyderco C170GP Karahawk 
folding karambit copy with G10 handle:
Spyderco C170GP Karahawk copy
The back-lock is photoshopped:
Spyderco C170GP Karahawk copy
You can buy the Karahawk on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

20 comments:

  1. Hum...
    Battlestation, magnitude and "steroid taking double bevel" might well find a way to my home. They look well made and not too expensive.

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    1. It's quite interesting that after the Double Bevel they redesigned the Battlestation too and IMO they managed to improve both of them.

      I already have a Rubicon copy so I'll skip the Magnitude.

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  2. Side note @Isti

    Did you get your Swindle already? And I've repaired my blue Zieba clone.
    Working well and is nice to use but I wouldn't spend $80 on the Ti version.
    But I'd love to handle one ;)

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    1. My "Swindle" arrived a couple of days ago. The quality and the flipping action are pretty good. I'm not sure about its balance because the steel backspacer and the pocket clip make it butt heavy. I agree that this design begs for titanium!

      Was it difficult to fix the Zieba?

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    2. Well, not that much. I've clamped a diamond bit into the company's drill press, fixed the handle with 2 strong magnets from a disassembled hard drive and milled the arc while adding some drill fluid. Then I used a diamond bit that was slightly bigger than the detent hole to widen it and now everything's fine :)

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    3. Using magnets was a brilliant idea! Otherwise it could be a PITA to mill the arc precisely.

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    4. Yes, those strong magnets came in handy.
      It's also great to fix the blade for drilling the detent hole.
      But if you try that remember to put a piece of tape on those magnets, otherwise they can scratch the blade or the handle.
      So yeah, this time it was good that handle was made of steel instead of Ti ;)

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  3. I never understood the benefits of a double bevel in a single knife. Too gimmicky to sharpen. I would love to get the CH 3507 but I dont find the tantoish blade practical. I would also like to see some cut tests of ch knives s35vn and m390 blade steels

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    1. I'm not sure about the usefulness of the mixed blade grinds but they look cool for sure! :)

      Franz and Bruno might inform you about the edge retention of their CH3507.

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    2. That would be awesome! I have the skull knife but have not used it that much so I cant say about the edge retention. Seems to hold up at least in light tasks.. Too light to say IMO

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    3. Double bevel is kinda useful for multipurpose knife (typical EDC, I'd say). Front par is thin and doesn't have much width behind the edge so it's perfect for perforating things and slicing (cardboard, paper, etc). The back part is thicker and will therefore cut less but chip less and stand to more demanding cutting tasks (hard wood carving, thick rope). So you carry a single knife that handles well both the fine cutting and the harder materials. As for sharpening, I don't think you should (and I certainly don't) do that "by parts". You sharpen it normally, same angle for the whole thing and the geometry and thickness of steel behind the edge takes care of the difference in cutting performances/properties.

      Regarding the CH3507, I haven't use it for more than cutting paper/cardboard, some food prepping, and the occasional stick sharpening... So far so good, but given how many knives I have and the low demands of my normal use, it's not massively telling. Seems to hold a bit better than Spyderco's S30v for what I see, but that's really just an impression.

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    4. Being afraid that Canada Customs would keep the knife (they've kept a few from me), I got the CH3507 and the Bear Claw F95 S-pattern shipped to a family member in the USA with whom I will be next week in Europe. So I don't have it in my hands yet.
      However, similar to Franz, my daily EDC usage tend to be light cutting tasks so it might take a while before I see a significant difference with other knives I have.
      I think I have mentioned it in the past but, living in a major city and working in an office, my knives don't see that heavy work that benefits better steels. Honestly, I buy a knife more for its design rather than the steel material.

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    5. I usually buy a knife for it's design too. I'm not crazy about the shape of the böade on CH 3507 but the handle is pretty sweet. Also I'm dying to try m390. I tend to use my better knives for urban cutting tasks and Ganzos and Moras for fishing and camping tasks. JIN02 has sliced many pikeperch throats and has cutted fluorcarbon for leaders and is still really sharp. The edge retention is really good on JIN02

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    6. The Y-start JIN02 and the Sanrenmu 910+, 9103, 9104 are the best buys in the budget category at the moment IMO. It's good to hear that you're satisfied with the edge retention of the JIN02. That's another sign that the blade steel is D2 (or something very similar).

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    7. I am pretty sure that jin02 has a blade made of D2 or similar chinese substitute because of the edge retention cababilities and it's prone for rusting.

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    8. I finally got my CH3507 and what an awesome knife it is, well worth the price and more.
      I really love the gree/ blue warn out anodization, very unique.
      Fit and finish are perfect, great looking blade, awesome steel.
      It's very good for us but I am still very surprised this compant hasn't broken through the US market. IMO, their quality vs prices are way above Kizer.

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    9. I think the CH3507 and the CH3504 are the best designs of CH Knives. I really like the matching lines of the blade and the handle in open position of the CH3507. That's a very nice detail in my eyes. I wish they also designed the pocket clip to match the main lines of the handle. That way it would be 100% perfect regarding the aesthetics. I'm afraid I'll pull the trigger on a green one soon! :)

      I received my first Kizer folder, the Sheepdog recently. I'm blown away by its overall quality, f&f and professional packaging but that's a $200+ folder.

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  4. I've received my "Double Bevel on steroids" today! :) It's absolutely stunning!
    - butter smooth flipping action
    - awesome blade grinds with satin finish
    - no markings or logo
    - it weights 169 g (5.95 oz.) with solid steel liners

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  5. I went with a green and black Mamba and will probably get a Battlestation in jade--it's a pretty unique design and as noted a good deal. Only the Jufule seller claims D2 blade and everyone else says 9Cr18MoV. Another seller said they're all the same and that it's not D2...I guess in the end it doesn't matter so much as it's designed to be a defensive blade.

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  6. The improved Battlestation/C168 is on sale on DHgate for less than $18 for those looking for a deal...or an excuse to get one like me :)

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