Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Ganzo G7511 & G7491 - excellent flippers running on ball bearings

Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Stylish folders with an excellent fit & finish 

G7511
Pros:
- good ergonomics with excellent fit and finish
- very smooth opening and closing thanks to the ball bearings
- good flipping action
- glow in the dark stripes on the handle
- perfectly centered shaving sharp bowie blade with a nice satin finish
- solid early lock-up
- micro fiber pouch

Cons:
- although it flips nicely the detent could be stronger

G7491
Pros:
- good ergonomics with excellent fit and finish
- smooth opening and closing thanks to the ball bearings
- good flipping action
- deep carry pocket clip
- perfectly centered shaving sharp blade with a nice satin finish
- solid early lock-up
- slim handle
- micro fiber pouch

Cons:
- none

Details:
Ganzo G7511 Ganzo G7491
Blade length:  3.58" (91 mm) 3.46" (88 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.126" (3.2 mm) 0.126" (3.2 mm)
Blade steel:   440C 440C
Open length: 8.27" (210 mm) 8.15" (207 mm)
Closed length:  4.68" (119 mm) 4.68" (119 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.54" (13.7 mm) 0.47" (12 mm)
Weight:  5.29 oz  (150 g) 5.15 oz  (146 g)
Handle:  G10 with skeletonized
steel liners
G10 with skeletonized
steel liners
Lock:  liner lock liner lock
Carry: right or left hand tip up right hand tip up or down
Pivot: ball bearings ball bearings

You can buy them in 3 colors at GearBest:
 ***HERE*** (Ganzo Firebird G7511)
***HERE*** (Ganzo Firebird G7513 CF)
and
***HERE*** (Ganzo Firebird G7491 satin blade)
***HERE*** (Ganzo Firebird G7492 stone washed blade)

Nice details, excellent fit & finish:
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)

Deep carry and normal pocket clip:
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Perfectly centered blades:
Ganzo G7511 (left )G7491 (right)
Solid, early lock-up:
The mysterious "adidas stripes":

Group shots #1:
Ganzo Firebird G7511,
Ganzo Firebird G7491, 
and Enlan EL01 (review ***HERE***):
Ganzo G7511, G7491 and Enlan EL01
Ganzo G7511, G7491 and Enlan EL01
You can buy the Enlan EL01: ***HERE*** 

Group shots #2:
Ganzo Firebird G7511,
Ganzo Firebird G7491, 
and Sanrenmu 910+ (review ***HERE***):
Ganzo G7511, G7491 and Sanrenmu 910+
Ganzo G7511, G7491 and Sanrenmu 910+
You can buy the Sanrenmu 910 plus: ***HERE*** 

More pics:
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7511
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)
Ganzo G7491 (top)  & G7511 (bottom)

32 comments:

  1. I've been holding on the 7491 for a while now in the hope that they would come up with a carbon fiber version. It doesn't look like they will :(

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    1. Ask Endre, he might make a pair of custom CF scales for you. :)

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    2. I would never make cf scales for the G-7491...

      ...without making a cf clip insert.

      That recess with the 2 holes is looking nasty to me, if I ever get a SRM 9104 I'd have to make an insert, too.

      I don't have fresh pics of my modded SRM 9055 but this selfmade blackwood cf (a friend called it edgewise or upright cf, similar ideas I guess) could look good on the 7491:

      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Sanrenmu/SRM%209055/2017-01-09-623_zpsicn6trhf.jpg

      On my recent cf scales I wash off the surface with acetone which gives a dry woodlike (or ABS plastics-like) not so slippery surface. The SRM 910+ is acetonized, too. I edc it and it shows no wear so far:

      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Sanrenmu/SRM%20Land%20910%20Plus/2017-06-10-948_zpswfvxxlly.jpg

      The only thing I woulnd't know how to make is a deep-carry cf clip but the holes on this one sit very close to the butt so a non-deep-carry clip could be ok, too.

      If you can't see the photophucket pictures, try this:
      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/photobucket-fix/

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    3. You don't have to worry about the recessed pocket clip mounting if you switch the clip to tip down carry. :)

      Under Chrome I could see the 1st pic but not the 2nd one.

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    4. Weird, for me the fix is working, but I use firefox. Since I manually downloaded the 64 bit version it's running smooth again.

      By the way, tip-down? On a flipper knife? Definitely a no-go ;)

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    5. I just wanted to make your job easier! :))
      I don't like tip down carry either.

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    6. Btw, how in the world can gearbest sell the green 910+ for $9.99 (email only price)? I should get another one but I'm in aphase of - I don't need another knife - so soon ;)

      Maybe you can check these, it's kinda difficult to catch the fibers...
      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Sanrenmu/SRM%209055/SRM9055front_zpshxp8xxmo.jpg
      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Sanrenmu/SRM%209055/SRM9055clipside_zps7bpmg9f1.jpg
      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Sanrenmu/SRM%209055/SRM9055backspacer_zpsooibrqr8.jpg

      Front and backspacer are matte acetone washed, the backside with the clip are polished. I like the looks of the polished side more but the washed side feels grippy like wood or sanded G10.

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    7. Wow, awesome! It looks like a high-end folder with those CF scales.
      Was it a hard job?

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    8. Ha, you bet it was. I took a non-locking folder cos I thought it's easier than say, an axis lock folder, but the liners are screwed together before the scales come to place.
      Meaning I had to mill recesses for the screw heads on the inside which was fun because on the first try I've made that at the end producing holes at the side. I drilled through the hole, took a little block of cf, drilled it clamped in in a hand drill and closed the hole.
      Making the cf was time consuming as hell and I've made many mistakes, but as you guess, it was fun to do and I learned a lot.
      Those work in progress pics with the karambit blade (a friend wanted it for mushrooming) has those gitd dots because I drilled a clip hole into the wrong scale and decided to make it a pattern :P
      My daddy carries that knife in Germany, I'm wondering how he'll like its little brother ;)
      Maybe someday I want to make another clip with the same woodlike cf, it could look cool as it would grow out of the scale.
      The clip sits in a milled pocket because well, I managed to lose all 3 long clip screws even though I used only 2 for the cf clip.
      Had to use black screws and turn their heads smaller to fit...


      One day I'll make a bigger piece of cf, shape it like a stone and use it as a hand warmer, cf stores heat for such a long time...

      Btw, if you need more stuff to read, maybe you like http://www.europeanblades.com/
      I'm not so sure about it, yet, but I'll read a bit further I guess.

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    9. As a very good friend of mine says: it's never easy. :))
      Every DIY project I start turns out to be more complicated than I thought. :)

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    10. Exactly. But it's part of the fun to see if you can make the things real that are wandering through your head. At least a small percentage of all the ideas that occur ;)

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    11. Yes, it's like a challenge especially with a limited number of tools. :)

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    12. Indeed. A CNC machine would be cool but without knowlegde about it it's just a hunk of junk anyways. Well, the best thing is to make the best of the stuff you find at home, on job, where ever...

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  2. I have the G7432 flipper (stiletto shape) which was a disappointment because the detent was too weak to flip. It's a shame because I prefer liner/frame locks for the most part. I like the G10 over the lockbar, I think it's a cool design. I'd love to get either of these models but don't know if I could handle another knife with weak detent. It's so anticlimactic after waiting 2-3 weeks for a knife from China!

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    1. So why don't you disassemble the knife, bend the lockbar a bit, reassemble it and have more fun with your knife?
      Of course you should be careful but at least it's not titanium where you would have to heat it up first (and get ugly discoloration).

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    2. The G7432 comes with normal washers. Ball bearing flippers are less sensitive to detent strength.

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    3. I took it apart and bent the lockbar as well as polishing the washers, blade tang and liners with 1200 grit sandpaper and lubricating. Alas, still a poor flipper :(

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    4. I have two G743x. None of them can be flipped open without a wirst flick. I'll try to fine tune the one with the stronger detent and we'll see.

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    5. Well then some knives are not meant to be flippers, I guess they only made this one to give a more legal version to their switchblades in the same design.
      But hell, if I knew how to drill hardened steel and make a seperate flipper tab then I'd love to add one to my TiLock clone. Same as I felt about it when I got it I've seen a youtube vid mentioning that the Hawks wanted to make it a flipper but Mr Reeve hates them. With the double row ball bearings it would flip so well but such a kind of metal works is way beyond me but the guys that made the Sebenza flipper should really have a look at it, maybe even like the LionSteel TRE with removable flipper tabs.

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  3. I wonder what happened to the titanium ganzo prototype..

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    1. Lost in translation. :)
      I suppose selling tons of budget folders is more profitable and certain than challenging the opponents (Y-Start, Two Sun, CH Knife, Green Thorn, Bear Claw) in the $50 - $80 category.

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    2. I guess you are right.. The competition is fierce!

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  4. By the way, I forgot to mention, I really like that timelapse shot with the glowing stripes. I don't really like those stripes though, they should've used their slightly communistic looking Ganzo logo.
    Kinda sad they replaced it with this generic firebird stuff. That puma or w/e in the fireball on the SRM 710s wasn't looking that good either imo.

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    1. Thank you! :)
      I was always wondering about those not so pretty stripes on the G10 handled Ganzos. Finially I managed to test them on the G7511. It would be funny to replace those GITD stripes with tritium vials. I would be the proud owner of the very first $100 value Ganzo folder! :))

      Yes, the fireball-puma logo on some of the SRM 710s is quite cheesy too. :)

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    2. I think it would be enough to replace their material with gitd powder+epoxy that you can buy on ebay.
      The stuff I bought is getting bright and lasts a full night.
      I always put the rest of my epoxy into a tiny glass bottle which I put on the lamp at the bathroom cabinet. It shines enough that I don't need to turn on the light when "in need" :P

      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Carbon%20fiber/glowbottle_zpsw9bpl45f.jpg
      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Carbon%20fiber/Anhaumlnger3_zpsasl2njud.jpg
      http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/e_sutus/Carbon%20fiber/Anhaumlnger2_zpsruu04eff.jpg

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    3. That medal (?) looks really nice. Is that your work?
      Do you have a link to the GITD powder you use?

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    4. That's a jewelry pendant and yes, I made it.
      My wife likes it more than I do as it's a prototype and I want to make another one soon but she already created a rant in her fb profile.
      An "old friend" was mentioning how cheap it is/looks compared to "real" jewelry, my wife and others defended it for being original, unique and well, self-made :)
      Kinda cool, I'm still amazed and shocked a little to create such a mess ;)
      About the powder I'm sorry, seems I've bought it before 2015 and ebay won't remember that long. Stuff is laying around for years till I finally use it, if ever ;)
      The stuff is called strontium aluminate and the color is Aqua.
      Green is the color that's best visible for human eyes so even if red is same bright as green, we always see green better.
      The aqua was said to be the brightest and I guess it is even though a color mix would be cool, too (even a sand picture).
      Something like this should do it:
      www.ebay.com/itm/Aqua-glow-in-the-dark-pigment-powder-/251266884809
      The bigger the particles the longer and brighter they glow but they smaller ones seem to be better for my needs, indeed my powder is a bit dense for the pendant, someday I get some gitd nailpolish.
      Also the pigments are abrasive so a finer powder would be easier to work with.
      Next step will be to add some biro ink (maybe red) to the epoxy and see if it wouldn't dull the shine too much.

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    5. I like that pendant, it's a unique design.
      Thanks for the info I'll keep an eye on the GITD powders although like as you I have several other projects in my mind. :)

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    6. Thank you, and well, maybe there will be another one soon, but first I have to repair the broken front ring of a $10 scope. I got a full refund so it's a nice new free project. The cf ring is cut already, now I just have to glue and pin it. Only glue won't work as it's really difficult to glue PP/PE or whatever it is.
      What's the projects on your mind if I may ask?

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    7. I have a couple! :)
      I bought a cheap belt sander. I'd like to convert it into something like the Work Sharp sharpener to save time.
      Making a couple of custom handle scales using exotic hard wood.
      Building a coffee table using recycled (pallet) wood.
      Building new drawers for my ever growing knife collection. :)
      Etc.

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    8. Sounds like great plans, maybe you can post some pics of any of your stuff then :)

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