Thursday, November 1, 2018

EDC pocket dump (knives, tools, gears, gadgets, watches etc.)

I decided to start this pinned post about my recent EDC combos, gadgets, tools etc.
Comments are welcome! :)


You can find the new
Part #2:  ***HERE***
Part #3:  ***HERE***
Part #4:  ***HERE***
Part #5:  ***HERE***
Part #6: ***HERE***

Sanrenmu 6050 multi tool with
carabiner, LED light, window breaker,
belt cutter, wrench, screw driver etc. 
 and EDC key chain tools / pry bars:
Sanrenmu 6050 carabiner multi tool with EDC key chain pry bars
Sanrenmu 6050 carabiner multi tool with EDC key chain pry bars
Sanrenmu 6050 carabiner multi tool with EDC key chain pry bars
You can buy the SRM 6050 at Gearbest***HERE***
SRM key chain tool: ***HERE***

Kershaw 7200 Launch 2 auto clone
with D2 blade and aluminium handle.
Excellent fit & finish, very good ergonomics, 
snappy action and solid lock-up: 
Kershaw 7200 Launch 2 auto clone
Kershaw 7200 Launch 2 auto clone
Kershaw 7200 Launch 2 auto clone
Kershaw 7200 Launch 2 auto clone
You can buy the Launch 2 copy on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
Zanflare F6 brass EDC flashlight at GB: ***HERE***

The first Ganzo with D2 blade!
Ganzo Firebird FH11 updated version with my new CF card holder.
I'm very pleased with the FH11: excellent, light weight flipper
with excellent cutting ability, D2 blade and ball bearings:
Ganzo Firebird FH11 updated version with my new CF card holder
Ganzo Firebird FH11 updated version with my new CF card holder
Ganzo Firebird FH11 updated version with my new CF card holder
Side by side with the Sanrenmu Land 910 plus 
and the SRM 9001:
Sanrenmu Land 910+, Ganzo Firebird FH11 and SRM 9001
You can buy them at GearBest:
Ganzo FH11 kwaiken flippers***HERE***
Use the coupon code "GBFH11-YY
for an additional discount for the CF version.
CF card holder wallet: ***HERE***

Another excellent titanium frame-lock flipper by Fura Gear
with warhound style D2 blade and ball bearings: 
Fura Gear Warhound titanium flipper
Fura Gear Warhound titanium flipper
You can buy the Fura Gear Warhound at GearBest: ***HERE***
More Fura Gear folders: ***HERE***

New arrival! :)
Sanrenmu S708
new Mora style fixed blade with Sandvik 12C27 blade:
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
Excellent plastic sheath with firm retention:
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu S708  with Sandvik 12C27 blade
You can buy the SRM S708: ***HERE*** 

My Bounty Hunter setup :) 
with MT Ultratech BH clone, SKMEI 1299 watch and Convoy S2+:
MT Ultratech "Boba Fett" Bounty Hunter OTF clone
MT Ultratech "Boba Fett" Bounty Hunter OTF clone
MT Ultratech "Boba Fett" Bounty Hunter OTF clone
MT Ultratech "Boba Fett" Bounty Hunter OTF clone
You can buy the Bounty Hunter OTF on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***
More Ultratech versions***HERE***
SKMEI watches at GearBest: 
***HERE*** (1299) or ***HERE*** (1335)
Convoy S2+ flashlights at GB: ***HERE***

RICARDO5271's almost fully Chinese EDC:
- AIM Collection card holder: I love to keep my wallet simple. 
(The quality of this one is amazing)
- Fossil Decker
You're welcome to send me your EDC photo for a repost.

Harnds CK7201 Disguiser 
(review here) massive frame-lock folder
with G10 handle and 9Cr18MoV blade:
Harnds CK7201 Disguiser
Harnds CK7201 Disguiser
Harnds CK7201 Disguiser
Harnds CK7201 Disguiser
You can buy the Harnds CK7201 Disguiser at GearBest: ***HERE***
More Harnds folders: ***HERE***

Xiaomi Amazfit Pace fitness / smartwatch on velcro strap
in October sunshine. :)
It comes with nice features like always on display, built in GPS,
 WiFi, 4GB storage, ceramic bezel and lugs etc.
Xiaomi Amazfit Pace
Xiaomi Amazfit Pace
 You can buy the Amazfit Pace
 on Aliexpress***HERE***
at GearBest: ***HERE***

New fixed blade arrived! :)  
Sanrenmu S731 full tang construction
with G10 handle scales and 8Cr14MoV blade:
Sanrenmu S731, SwissTech multi tool and Vostok Komandirskie
Sanrenmu S731, SwissTech multi tool and Vostok Komandirskie
Sanrenmu S731 fixed blade
Sanrenmu S731 fixed blade
Sanrenmu S731, KS66 front flipper and Vostok Komandirskie
You can buy the SRM S731: ***HERE*** 
KS66 front flipper: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
SwissTech multitool: ***HERE***

New arrival! 
It replaced the CH3504 in my pocket. :)
Kesiwo KS66 titanium frame-lock front flipper
with CF inlay, D2 blade and ball bearings:
Kesiwo KS66 titanium frame-lock front flipper with CF inlay
Kesiwo KS66 titanium frame-lock front flipper with CF inlay
You can buy the KS66 front flipper:

CH Knife CH3504 "Green Skull"
superb titanium frame-lock flipper
with S35VN blade and ball bearings:
CH Knife CH3504 "Green Skull" S35VN
CH Knife CH3504 "Green Skull" S35VN
CH Knife CH3504 "Green Skull" S35VN
You can buy the CH3504 on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
Small version with AUS8 blade:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***
G10 version with D2 blade:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Lovely compact titanium frame-lock flipper
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
EDC friendly titanium flipper with D2 blade
EDC friendly titanium flipper with D2 blade
EDC friendly titanium flipper with D2 blade
EDC friendly titanium flipper with D2 blade
EDC friendly titanium flipper with D2 blade
You can buy this flipper on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Fura Gear "Slimfoot" titanium frame-lock flipper
with D2 blade and ball bearings.
I love its ergonomics, unique flipper design
 and the flipping action: 
Fura Gear "Slimfoot" titanium frame-lock flipper
Fura Gear "Slimfoot" titanium frame-lock flipper
Fura Gear "Slimfoot" titanium frame-lock flipper
Steel lock-bar insert, hidden stop pin and steel washers
 between the titanium handle slabs and the ball bearings:
Fura Gear "Slimfoot" titanium frame-lock flipper disassembled
It could also be a perfect pocket clip donor for my 
Mosquito Tactical Puppy (review here): 
Mosquito Tactical Puppy pocket clip mod
You can buy the Fura Gear Slimfoot at GearBest***HERE***

TwoSun TS07 titanium frame-lock front flipper
(D2 blade and ball bearings)
with my new SKMEI 1299 budget watch:
Two Sun TS07, SKMEI budget watch and Nitecore TIP
Two Sun TS07, SKMEI budget watch and Nitecore TIP
More SKMEI options :)
Two Sun TS07, SKMEI budget watch and Nitecore TIP
You can buy them:
  TwoSun TS07 on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
SKMEI watches at GearBest: 
***HERE*** (1299) or ***HERE*** (1335)
Nitecore TIP keychain flashlight : ***HERE***

Y-Start LK5012
titanium frame-lock flipper with VG10 blade
 and ball bearings. Amazing colors:
Y-Start LK5012 titanium flipper with VG10 blade
Y-Start LK5012 titanium flipper with VG10 blade
Y-Start LK5012 titanium flipper with VG10 blade
You can buy the Y-Start LK5012: 
Aliexpress: ***HERE*** 
(tritium vials are available for the slots at the flipper tab)
GearBest: ***HERE***

Green Thorn Shirogorov Jeans
titanium frame-lock flipper
with D2 blade and ceramic ball bearings:
Green Thorn Shirogorov Jeans with D2 blade
You can buy the D2 Jeans at Aliexpress:
Green Thorn version: ***HERE***
Lovocoo version: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
High-end M390 version: 

New gadget to play with :)
Xiaomi Amazfit Pace fitness / smartwatch
with always on display, built in GPS, ceramic bezel and lugs:
Xiaomi Amazfit Pace smartwatch
 You can buy the Amazfit Pace for the best price on Aliexpress***HERE***
(Fast shipping from Spain / France to the EU is also available)
 on Aliexpress***HERE***

at GearBest: ***HERE***

My slightly modded (flipper tab) 
TwoSun TS85SW "Tank":
TwoSun TS85SW "Tank", Zanflare F6
TwoSun TS85SW "Tank"
TwoSun TS85SW "Tank", Zanflare F6
TwoSun TS85SW "Tank"
You can buy them:
TwoSun TS85 Tank: ***HERE***
More TwoSun folders: ***HERE***
Fura Gear mini detent-lock folder in 3 colors: ***HERE***
Zanflare F6 brass EDC flashlight: ***HERE***

My new Ganzo Firebird F713M compact lockback folder:
Ganzo Firebird F713M compact lockback folder
Ganzo Firebird F713M compact lockback folder
Ganzo Firebird F713M compact lockback folder
You can buy them:
Ganzo Firebird F713M***HERE***
MG Knives titanium - CF card holder: ***HERE***
Xduoo X2 MP3/Flac audio player: ***HERE***
VE Monk plus earbuds: ***HERE***

Lovocoo SF001 titanium frame-lock folder
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
Lovocoo SF001 titanium frame-lock folder
Lovocoo SF001 titanium frame-lock folder
Disassembled:
- ball bearings with steel washers on the titanium side,
- ceramic detent ball,
- steel lock-bar insert with hidden lock-bar limiter
Lovocoo SF001 titanium frame-lock folder taken apart
You can buy them:
Lovocoo SF001 in 3 colors: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
Sanrenmu mini key chain prybar: ***HERE***
Zanflare F6 brass EDC flashlight: ***HERE***

CH Knives CH3507 (M390) and CH3002 (D2) make a nice pair.
My recent favourite is the new CH3002, it's such a refined 
high quality gentleman's folder:
CH Knives CH3507 (M390) and CH3002 (D2)
CH Knives CH3507 (M390) and CH3002 (D2)
You can buy them on Aliexpress:
CH3507 M390: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
CH3002 D2: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
CH3002 S35VN: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Mosquito Tactical Puppy
 titanium frame-lock front flipper with M390 blade:
You can buy the Puppy with stone washed
 or satin finished blade on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

Fura Gear titanium frame-lock flipper
with D2 blade, ball bearings and milled titanium pocket clip:
Fura Gear titanium flipper, Mini Fricbric, SRM prybar, Zanflare F6
Fura Gear titanium flipper, Mini Fricbric, SRM prybar, Zanflare F6
You can buy them at GearBest:
Fura Gear titanium flipper in 3 colors: ***HERE***
Fura Gear mini detent-lock folder in 3 colors: ***HERE***
Sanrenmu mini key chain prybar: ***HERE***
Zanflare F6 brass EDC flashlight: ***HERE***

"Zebra" Zieba MS2 style gentleman's flipper:
"Zebra" Zieba MS2 style gentleman's flipper
Lock side:
"Zebra" Zieba MS2 style gentleman's flipper
Taken apart:
"Zebra" Zieba MS2 style gentleman's flipper
Next to the Sanrenmu Land 9104 (review HERE):
"Zebra" Zieba MS2 style gentleman's flipper and Sanrenmu Land 9104
You can buy the "Zebra" flipper on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Enlan M08 elegant super cheap frame-lock folder:
You can buy them at GearBest:
Enlan M08: ***HERE***
Nitecore TIP keychain flashlight : ***HERE***
Sanrenmu mini key chain prybar: ***HERE***

Bear Claw Flying Shark kickstop flipper with S35VN blade:
You can buy them: 
Bear Claw Flying Shark on Aliexpress:
Zanflare F6 brass edc flashlight at GearBest: ***HERE***

TwoSun TS07 and Vostok Komandirskie diver combo:
You can buy the TwoSun TS07 flipper on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

TwoSun TS22 and HX Outdoors SAK EDC combo:
You can buy them:
Nitecore TIP keychain flashlight at GearBest: ***HERE***
TwoSun TS22 flipper on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

CH3504 small flipper and "Monte Carlo" slip joint:
You can buy them: 
FURA bolt action titanium tactical pen at GearBest: ***HERE***
CH Knife CH3504 small version with AUS8 blade on Aliexpress: ***HERE***
Anso Monte Carlo style titanium "slip joint" with S35VN blade
Fura Gear version at GearBest: ***HERE***
Zanflare F6 brass edc flashlight at GearBest: ***HERE***

203 comments:

  1. Ist the clip on the pen made of steel or titanium?

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    1. It's a nice little folder with a usable size. The grind lines are slightly asymmetrical near the tip other than that the fit & finish is excellent.

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    2. I've received mine too. Isti, how is the detent on yours? It is almost non-existent on mine. Other than that, very nice slip joint.

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    3. The detent is perfect at my unbranded version, it's not too strong neither too weak. Do you have the Fura version?

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    4. Yep, Fura branded from FastTech.

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  3. Good idea ! Now I'm almost sold on the Monte Carlo (I still feel like it's too small).
    Seems that posts are no longer going through (I try one last time, maybe that'll work for this one).
    I guess most/all comments did arrive in a sort of spam bin.

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    1. Hi Franz,
      Thanks a lot for leting me know about the message problem. Since that new EU regulation I haven't received any notifications about the new comments. I must browse through the settings and find a solution.
      The "Monte Carlo" is bigger than the usual mini folders. Its open length is 135 mm (5.31") so that makes a difference compared to the tiny ones.

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    2. Great! By the way, have you noticed that this post is dated from June 2, 2050!
      I've received the Vouking T05 today, and really it's a great little knife. I just regret that the still is the "inferior" 12C27N and not the newer/better 14C28N and that the lock bar is rather stiff. Other than that, it's really well made, light, great looking (the lightly stonewashed anodized titanium on the scales is absolutely gorgeous); a perfect EDC knife.

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    3. I would say I discovered time travelling but that edited date serves to keep this post at the top. :)

      Which color did you receive?

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    4. I went for blue... It's about my favourite colour. Thinking of it, I also went for the blue in the Tashi Bharucha x Massdrop (Prism) and the Brad Zinker x Massdrop (Dogtooth)... But these are for the "distant future".

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    5. Wow! A lot of new stuffs! :)
      Don't forget to snap a couple of pics! :)

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    6. Hi Franz,
      I also received my TwoSun TS07! :) I'm quite impressed by the design. This is my favourite TwoSun folder so far. The only thing I'd change is the placement of the pocket clip. It would benefit a bigger gap between the front and the handle for a more convenient placing into the pocket.

      Ps.: I hope they will fix the comment problems at blogspot.com soon because it's getting very annoying.

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  4. The anodized Sinkevich ZT clone

    http://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2018/06/sinkevich-inspired-unlabeled-zt-clone.html

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    1. Nice, although I can hardly see the blue shade. :)

      Would a bead blasted surface be better for anodizing? At least that wouldn't show finger prints as easiliy as an anodized polish surface I guess.

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    2. With this surface fingerprints are not visible, on a flat handle that would be the case though.
      My Vespa Neon has etched handles, the colors show very nicely, although I should have polished the wavey rainbow and only etch the flat area...

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    3. Etching titanium is the same as etching steel?
      Do you still use nail polish for masking the handle befor anodizing?
      I'm preparing for the pimping of my incoming RFT D2. :)

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    4. Rft Link?
      Etching Ti is only working with the expensive MultiEtch or with hydrofluoric acid as in Whink Rust And Stain Remover. HF acid is nasty but manageable in that Whink stuff with 1-2% acid. I think I've put a YouTube link into my Neon's anodizing post where a guy's showing how it works.

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    5. Thanks for the info!
      You can find D2 version of the RFT HERE at Lovocoo or HERE at Dicoria. It's on sale at the moment.

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  5. That's a nice folder but way too big for me. Still eyeing the TwoSun TS51, on eBay which usually sells for around $40 or the CH3001 for the same amount. This month is pretty tight though, I plan to put the SRM9104CF for sale maybe I'll make enough to rationalize another purchase ;)

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    1. I'm curious the price of such a unique mod. Will you offer it for an auction or fix price?

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    2. I'm curious, too, that's why it will be an auction. Haven't sold anything since ages, will take some time to create the offer:s

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  6. So you got the grey flying shark? How do you like it? Smooth as mine?

    By the way, after a day of opening/closing, and pressing the bar in opposite direction, the detent on the Stitch has softened enough that I now can "spydie flick" it 90% of the time (the 10% failure rate probably comes down more to me not being so proficient at the technique yet) as it's a way in which finger don't touch the lock bar and therefore do no add additional pressure. I've managed 2 or 3 thumb flicks while positioning my fingers carefully and deliberately holding the knife very softly, but that's still hard on the thumb and not guaranteed success. I'll stick to "spydie flicking" (thank God for the hole on the blade ;) )

    That Stitch also had the same problem as the Jeans... some screws were not very tight, and clearly none was loctited. I guess people have complained about "un-openable" knives and now the good level Chinese producers go for better hardware, not over-tight and with little to no glue when they used super-tight, generously dipped in glue, lower quality hardware before.

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    1. Yes, my Flying Shark arrived a couple of weeks ago.
      I'm quite happy with it:
      - super smooth flipping action,
      - great egonomics,
      - good detent (not too strong nor weak).
      It would be hard to choose between my D2 Piston and the Flying Shark. :) Both folder have that super smooth, "hydraulic" action.

      I don't like glued screws. After taking my folders apart and reassembling them I usually use some thread locker on the pivot screw that's enough for me.

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    2. Hi Franz,
      Jufule Knife Store was listening to your opening problems about the Stitch.
      HERE comes the solution: new Microtech Stitch Automatic with alu handle. :))

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    3. Oops, had not seen this message... but I've ordered the Stitch-A in the mean time... And with the right spydie-flick technique, opening the Stitch is now a breath!

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  7. Thanks for showing the disassembled Zieba clone.
    Won't get this one, too much work to make it the way I like it and I definitely won't do milled handles without CNC :P
    But what about molding? Nah, better no new projects atm :P

    But the more often I see that TS07 the more I feel that I'll hunt that one on the bay instead of the TS51. Can't have both too soon but the 07 is looking more interesting for anodizing...

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  8. And when I see stuff like this:

    https://www.fasttech.com/products/1901/10050811/9652548-ef-outdoor-portable-d2-steel-folding-knife

    I feel like: titanium scales, milled clip with a hidden screw and (maybe) D2 steel for 30 bucks? Seriously? How the hell are they doing that?
    The quality of the Fura knives was pretty good for this sum, some years ago they would've charged $60-$80 for the same knife.

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    1. GearBest is selling those flippers under the Fura Gear brand HERE. They also list them with real photos.
      I'm planning to order one of those during GB's Mid Year Sale (starting tomorrow, I'll post the details later). They seem exceptional value for the money. You couldn't see milled clips in this price category so far.

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    2. I don't understand the first reviewer on this GB knife.
      High praise in the text, 4/5 stars. Weird.
      Right now I'm hunting for a traditional fejesgörbe on the bay, next ones on the list are the TS07, TS51, CH3001,EF902 or Zieba G2 Ti.
      Too many choices, too small budget :P

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    3. I noticed that too. Fantastic flipper and only 4 stars...

      Here's another flipper to your list: small Zieba G2 Ti S35VN.
      This fejesgörbe is waiting for you! :)

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    4. That small Zieba is nice, I'll look at it closer when ft sells it, too. $50 is just a bit too much atm.
      And yes, I like that Révész fejesgörbe, maybe my parents bring me one this summer, the shop is right between Balaton where there are on holidays and Kecskemét where my dad comes from.
      What a coincidence :P

      The ones on ebay are vintage, the cheaper one with stag, not my favorite, the other one with wood starting at €39. I hope nobody will bid and he'll put it back in cheaper :)

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    5. I also don't know if sub-15cm isn't a bit too small for a front flipper with such a small tab. The G2 is fine, I imagine an 18cm long version would be the smallest usable length for me.

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    6. I'm planning to order a Révész folder too but I'm afraid I'll go for a stag handled one because the horn versions are quite pricey.

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    7. Looking forward to see what you went for.
      Just consider that they make it on order so you should be willing to wait up to three months.
      Well, just like ordering from China someties :P

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    8. They have a couple of products in stock too. So I have to choose between ordering an expensive horn version from stock now or waiting for a smooth stag one for months.

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    9. Wow, I've never seen so many knives in stock, even a large fejesgörbe, not that I could afford it atm :P
      What model do you like? They have a maskara which has caught my eyes

      http://www.bicska.hu/shop/kiskozep-maskara-szaru-nyellel-2-alpakka-paklival/

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    10. You could take a stag one and sand it down yourself :P

      I like this one besides the large fejesgörbe:

      http://www.bicska.hu/shop/kiskozep-maskara-szaru-nyellel-2-alpakka-paklival/

      If you want something cheaper (but also lower quality) just to try out shapes you could maybe try this:

      https://kezmuvesajandek.com/spl/569503/Magyar-bicskak

      With as I'd assume better quality here:
      http://www.magyarkesek.hu/keskeszitok-termekei

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    11. I'm planning to buy a maskara but in a bigger size (20 or 22 cm overal length).
      The brownish horn with the brass bolsters looks awesome! I like it better than the black/silver combo.

      I'm not prepared for sanding a stag handle on a finished folder. I may scratch the bolsters. I'm not sure about the pins either: they are fixed with epoxy or the ends are "pressed".

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    12. I think the pins are only peened with a hammer so the scales would be exchangeable (for a pro). Usually traditional makers don't use epoxy even though it's a good way to prevent warping and dirt getting under the scales.
      Still wondering if my parents bring me something from the Révész shop, wish me luck ;)
      The stag handles are usually a bit thicker than the bolsters, you can often see that on side pics. If you ever have to work on them just tape the bolsters and you should be save.

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    13. Yes, I suppose I could manage sanding the stag somehow, but these folders aren't cheap so for that money I don't want to tinker at them. I'd like to handle one of those Révész traditional folders in person first before I spend such amount of money. I tried a couple of cheaper models from different makers and I wasn't amazed.

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    14. I've only handled some Laguioles so far and my impression was the same. It was just not well made for the price.
      The closest thing to a traditional knife was an Antonini Old Bear L that I gave as a present to my father in law. He likes it, I don't think I would have carried it though.
      My sense for budget quality is destroyed by Sanrenmu, so yes, I like to handle such an expensive piece before paying for it.
      But I kinda regret that I had the chance to handle a Boker Urban Trapper CF, that knife just felt like made for me ;)

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    15. Sanrenmu raised the bar for sure! :)

      Have you seen the Boker Wasabi? That's also a fine gentleman's folder. I hope they'll release a locking version sooner or later too.

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    16. Looking interesting but only if it has at least the double detent (non)lock and a tip-uo carry option. Still the UT appeals more to me with that finer blade.

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    17. When it's about slipjoints I maybe just have to try the Brother 1502
      At least it's cheaper than such a handmade one ;)

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  9. Too bad, the nicer Szankovits fejesgörbe is gone, somebody was giving the first bid 6 seconds before the end of the auction.
    Bad luck I guess.

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  10. Do you have a side picture of the zebra closed? None of the pictures I’ve seen show the profile of what it looks like closed.

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  11. I've received the Zebra knife from GearBest today. It's quite nice, very sleek and thin, but rather heavy for its size. I like the design and fit and finish.

    However it seems that the detent ball on the frame lock is either missing or too deep in. How hard it is to replace the ball, any ideas?

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    1. Mine came from Aliexpress. It weights 102 g which is not bad for a steel frame-lock folder in this size. The detent is perfect at mine.

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    2. If the ball is in too deep your only realistic chance might be etching with ferric chloride as long as it's not a ceramic one. Then you must measure the hole and get a stainless steel ball, either from a knifemaker shop or the bay. Cheap ones can come with a low hardness so they get rubbed off quicker. To press it in I'd lay the knife onto a piece of wood, place the ball, put a piece of aluminum or brass on it and gently hammer it in. Better disassemble/reassemble once more than put it in too deep. I replaced the ball on my srm7129 after I didn't cover it well enough which gave me a hole like a volcano's caldera but on that one the hole is drilled thru so I could pin out the damaged ball.

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    3. I've disassembled the knife and it is now clear that the detent ball is in place, but too deep – completely flat with the frame lock.

      Here are some pics and video:
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/ArwRwTsA7sBTAhvW6

      Great tip with the ferric chloride, Endere! I just happen to have a bottle lying around for my black stonewashing projects ;). How should I proceed, make small barrier around the hole with plasticene and drop a little ferric chloride in it?

      I do have some ceramic ZrO2 / SI3N4 bearing balls I bought as replacements for steel balls in my bearings. The smallest ones are 1.588mm in diameter though – bigger than the original one.

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    4. I never tried to etch a steel ball out of a steel lockbar, only had to do that on my Malyshev Gnome after blowtorching it to give it an apocalyptic finish. Seems it destroyed the heat treatment on the tiny ball :P
      So your idea sounds good, but you could also put spay paint onto the whole part and only scatch if off at the ball's place and then hang it into the FC. On the Gnome it took only 10 minutes to dissolve enough for the rest to fall out.
      I would definitely send a pic to the seller and ask for a refund though. This is just a uselss knife as it is, even at this price it should've never left a factory.

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  12. Isti, what's your opinion on the Lovocoo from the first pic? Thinking about getting one from FT for $30....
    Does it run on bearings? is it smooth? fit and finish good?
    A milled pocket clip would have been welcomed like on the Fura :(

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    1. The fit & finish is excellent and it runs on bearings so the action is very smooth. It was designed for thumb flick opening wich works fine but it's less convenient to open it the traditional way. So it's a nice compact folder with superb ergonomics. I would buy it again.

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    2. Cool, thanks.
      FT will most likely have a sale next week for the American Independence day, should be around $25/$27 and I'll buy it then (and hopefully Canada Customs will not seize it!)

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  13. I was looking at SF001 several times, but i cant find any photo that shows if there is steel insert under ball bearings. Anyone knows ?

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    1. I'll take mine apart tomorrow and we'll see.

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    2. I added the photo of my disassembled SF001.
      The bearings run on steel washers on the titanium side.

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  14. Nice one, that SF001. Doesn't look so small on your pics.
    By the way, I've just received my Stitch-A, and I'm really pleasantly surprised. It's my best switch-blade auto by miles. Not a bit of play either closed or opened, strong action but not strong enough to make it jump in your hands. The handle is really well made and solid looking. Only tiny thing, the blade isn't that well centred (far from bad, though) and clearly not m390. I'd guess D2 or 9Cr18MoV... I just wish I had waited a bit and ordered the "unbranded one" as the blade is really a billboard of sorts!

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    1. The handle of SF001 offers plenty of place in spite of the compact size because there's no flipper tab in the way. I think this is the perfect EDC size for me. Just keep in mind it was designed for thumb flick opening.

      Congratulations to the Stitch-A. :) According to the seller it comes with D2 blade.

      I also received my D2 GT Jeans. It's a fine folder but the tip of the flipper tab could be more rounded.

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    2. Well that's a brief footnote about the Jeans (maybe I've missed something), but seriously? I don't think the shiro's can get any better than this (f95 still favourite though). Great brand. Unfortunately I didn't support them directly...oh well, most parts were manufactured in China anyway ;)

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    3. I grabbed a diamond file along with a piece of sandpaper, I took the GT Jeans apart and I rounded the tip of flipper tab. Now it's really awesome! :)
      I was lucky to order one because the seller stopped selling these. At least I can't find any of them on Ali.

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    4. Lol, you're right. We're lucky indeed. I also have the Polutchetkiy from the same shop. Similar to the m390 versions but way cheaper ;)

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  15. What are the little pliers / multitool thing in the first image? Love your work especially the NZ key fob :)

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    1. Hi Tom,
      The little multitool thingy is some sort of Swiss Tech copy.
      I can't remember where I bought mine but you can find a similar one HERE.

      That NZ key fob reminds me the great times I spent there. Drink a Tuatara APAI pale ale to my health and I'll drink a Pilsner Urquell to yours. :)

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  16. Wow, that anodizing on the Y-Start LK5012 is looking much better on your picture than on the ones on Gearbest. Congrats :)

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    1. Thank you! It needed some effort because I was about to get a heatstroke in the sun. So I had to drink the beer right after these shots. :)

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    2. Well done. Yes, strong light can change the appearance of the anodized layer, what's the color in more natural light? Btw, I like the second shot the best.

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    3. Do you mean in the shade? It's similar but the purple is less vibrant with less golden hue.
      GB must have worked really hard to take those ugly pics. :))

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    4. Seems so, that's why they had to sell it in a flash sale ;)

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    5. Somehow that TS07 had a different shade on your earlier pics, is that possible? A bit like magenta or so iirc?

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    6. It has a nice greyish - silver color. We're having a cloudy - rainy weather today so these "high precision" outdoor - back yard photos show a more greyish shade. :)

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  17. I see. Still a pity that they always put the lockbar relief at the outside and make the clip quite useless this way. Those stock photos with that pink/purple shade look good though, maybe I'll make myself a magenta TS51 ;)

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  18. Wow, a knife with a blade longer than the total length.
    Must be multi-dimensional mathematics.
    https://img.fasttechcdn.com/966/9666598/9666598-1.jpg

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    1. Have you seen the new Real Steel Cormorant neck knife with the extra foldable handle section?

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    2. Donno how useful that could be and I have no need for fixed blades except in the kitchen.
      Still that knife has a bigger overall lenght than blade length ;)

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    3. Just because Real Steel doesn't know the trick about multi dimensional (4+) knife designing! :))

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    4. Wow, the trailer is looking much smaller from the outside!
      Yes, that's because it's bigger on the inside.

      No true quote, but I guess you know Loaded Weapon 1?

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  19. What's that front flipper that got the Slimfoot's blue clip?
    I like that one by the way, but I guess I'd make the tip a bit pointier, maybe like yout TS07.

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    1. That's my Puppy! :)

      I suppose the sheep foot blade is part of the design.

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    2. Nothing speaks against a more pointy tip to turn it into a more Wharncliffe style. There was that coffin shaped CH knife with a bowie-like blade where a dagger blade would fit better with the symmetrical design.

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    3. Btw, I've modded my TS51 already. Added a false edge at the tip like on an Insingo blade and anodized it to bronze after breaking the edge at the lockbar relief. Now I wish I had a bead blaster...

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    4. I prefer my CH with the bowie blade because dagger style blades look nice but they are far from practical.

      Did you post pics about your TS51 mod?

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    5. No pictures taken, yet. I should also take shots of the tools I made on job but that camera part is the one I dislike the most ;)

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    6. We should figure out how to build a budget bead blaster! :)

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    7. Sometimes you can find cheap ones at Aldi or Lidl.
      I've heard about ice blasting with dry ice. That would at least take away the need to catch and re-use the blasting medium. But I have no clue if it's good on Ti or only to remove paint.

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  20. Fat Dragon anyone? I saw the g10/vg10 specimens and thought the m390 version was a full ti frame lock. Turns out that they have a carbon fiber m390 version too! Very very nice. 10cm full flat grind and 110 grams...Kizer store made me an offer (20% off) for a Nomad and Critical (thumb studs for a change). I can't decide. I only need one of these knives.

    This month ;)

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    1. The M390/CF version of the Dead Silent looks like a decent flipper especially with the titanium sub frame-lock.

      I prefer the Critical to the Nomad. The pocket clip of the Nomad looks quite simple to me.

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  21. Yes indeed. Because it's framelockflipper all the way these days, I'm tending towards nonflipper thumb stud kinda shit. In the end I'll order the long cf m390 death (sic) silent. Those hefty overbuilt knives are great, but they don't get enough pocket time eventually. Not in my pants, oh no.

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    1. I started to like front flippers and flippers with separated flipper tabs so in opened position there's nothing in the way.

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    2. Maybe you could make a comparison of the front flippers you tried/ own/ed?

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    3. Sooner or later. :) Now I'm quite busy with painting doors in our house. :/
      By the way I took the plunge and I bought the G10 version of the "Zebra" Zieba style front flipper. I started to like its sleek design.

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    4. Yes, I've had the all steel version and I liked it a lot. Sold it to a friend who broke off the edge while using it as a thowing knife. I clipped the tip so it0s usable again but I didn't take a shot of that job.
      The ZIeba I'd only get in Titanium again but there's too many knives on the list and too little budget for that.

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    5. I went for the G10 version because of the liner-lock and the dirt cheap price. :)
      For narrow handles like this I prefer liner-lock to frame-lock.

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    6. True. I just wanted to try to do a rock pattern on this one and it looked cool in its initial blue color.
      On the Fura Kwaiken (Quartermaster style) the framelock is easy to use and my fingers are not getting in the way. I'd like a Ti knife with a set-in locking liner though. Or at least more colorful G10. Or GITD, w/e but not always black or olive green.

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    7. Surprisingly the "QM" Fura Kwaiken works perfectly for me too. I guess because of the handle geometry.

      As I know even Spyderco failed with the GITD handle scales at the EDCforums exclusive moonglow Manix 2.

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    8. Don't remember that one, but the glowing Queen slipjoint was so bad, they had to replace half of them. Edcf seems to be pretty dead to me but I haven't found a better place neither. Had a long conversation with Chad Los Banos there but he disappeared like many others. Folks said they moved to edcplanet, but that's same dead.

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    9. The scales of the moonglow Manix turned out to be quite brittle.

      Chad Los Banos has a couple of very cool and unique designs. I really like my Boker Plus Trance designed by him.

      It's not easy to find a good forum for sure. For example I left the mainstream forums years ago because I didn't tolerate the intensive censorship overthere.

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    10. I got 2 warnings on edcf when I posted picture links from ebay. After many folks like SMaj disappeared it got quite boring

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  22. http://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2018/09/twosun-ts51-anodized.html

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    1. That's a pretty transition from purple to blue!

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    2. I planned to give it multicolored stripes but the 2 scales behave very differently when anodized. The front scale is looking pale whereas the locking one gets a more vivid color, even when both of them are sanded and etched the same way :s

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    3. Have you ever started to play with your TS45?
      iirc you wanted to add carbon fiber inlays?

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    4. I don't have a TS45 but I have THIS Detonation compact flipper with S35VN blade and ball bearings which I was planning to upgrade with CF inlays.
      I changed my mind about the CF and I modded it as follows:
      - adding a satin finish to the blade,
      - chamfering the flipper tab (and the handle a couple of places),
      - rounding the pocket clip,
      - and finally anodizing the handle.
      Before and after. :)

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    5. I also reprofiled the edge finishing on a #3000 ruby stone. So it's pretty sharp. :)

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    6. Ok, then I mixed them up. Those big pockets would make inlays easier though. How about a two tone finish? You could paint the holes or the higher areas and anodize it to blue or gold maybe. Would be interesting to see the difference between gold and bronze I guess.

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    7. How many 9V batteries do I need for blue and gold?

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    8. You should get bronze with 2, purple with 3, dark blue 4, light blue 5, gold with six, then magenta with 7-8
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Eut-Bu4Mpw

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    9. Thanks for the link!
      I managed to achieve bronze color by two, although the locking side got some purple hue somehow. This was my very first try with anodization. I'll aim some fancy colors my next project. :)

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    10. With batteries it can be tricky. The locking side has less material but is probably heat treated. The easiest thing to anodize was the TiLock, 2 scales of the same size an mass. The worst was the TS51, pale front scale. I like that knife but the clip should be closer to the spine. If I could make it myself I'd like the same dimensions and materials but as a slipjoint or lockback without a clip but with a slim pouch. Chef's Travel Folder ;)

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    11. I was wondering whether anodizing both handle slabs at the same time would help or not to achieve a uniform color.

      I think cleaning a folding chef's knife without an open back would be a PITA. So consider that at your future folder designs. :)

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    12. The TS51 has a backspacer nearly as long as the handle already due to the wide blade.
      https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0NNhm7WKmlw/W4-55iekWrI/AAAAAAAAAc4/cAPO1VtY7W4iOUK1yQjvdyEus_CPaZAHQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_20180905_130030.jpg
      Cleaning under rannung water with some soap and letting it dry was never a problem for SAKs, of course I wouldn't use brass liners, those tend to turn green. Green anodized Ti is better ;)
      I never tried to anodize 2 scales at the same time. My Ti hook is not big enough for that and I'm not sure if my anode is big enough. I doubt it would give a uniform color anyways, no proof, just my feelings about it ;)

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  23. New Knife: Green thorn F111 3D

    https://www.dhgate.com/product/green-thorn-f111-3d-bearing-folding-folding/423082341.html

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    1. Very nice, elegant design!
      They also arrived to Aliexpress HERE.

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    2. Nice indeed! I've been waiting for a 111 carbon fiber and they're finally selling them (listed ad "Dicoria made" and s35vn). $145.And I saw a Green Thorn Hati in D2 with the high end hardware...this is not good for my wallet :(

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    3. Oh, that CF F111 will most definitely make its way to me, probably during the 11.11 sale.
      I love the GT F111 3D, but same story as the GT F7 ...... too much money for my wallet :(
      My top favorite knives I'd love to acquire atm are the GT F111 3D, GT F7, Snecx IFS20 and Snecx Buster but are all too damn expensive.
      I mean, at $250/$300, you're in ZT, We knives, etc... territory that at least you can resell for good value if the need arises.
      Even though I don't doubt the quality of those clones, it's hard to justify this price tag, at least to me, and latelt GT has been going off the charts.
      God I miss those days of good looking designs in Ti/D2 for 70 bucks ....

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    4. BTW, GT also has a gorgeous version of the F111 with marbled carbon fiber... stunning knife ... buy yeah, $280 :( so I guess for half of the price, I'll have to stick to the Dicoria version with regular CF and an ever so slightly inferior steel.
      Which it comes back to my previous comment about GT going through the roof with their prices. I don't think a slightly better steel and the CF being marbled justifies double the price (but damn it looks sexy :D )

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    5. I haven't seen that one yet. But yeah, twice the price is a little too much, it's a clone after all. However, 11.11 sale is near ;) GT sure is expensive nowadays. I remember grabbing a cf m390 Tabargan for about $120 2 years ago. On the downside all the screws were superglued. Talking about carbon fiber: I received the CH 3516 today and I must say, I never handled a knife with this level of quality for the price I've paid. CH is getting better and better every knife.

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  24. Yeah, I got the GT Tabargan S35VN for a bit less than that.
    Good old days.....
    Here's what you get from GT for a similar knife 2 years later LOL!
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Green-thorn-F111-folding-knife-M390-blade-carbon-fiber-handle-outdoor-camping-hunting-pocket-knife-practical/32924315828.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.326.1cca9a2b8T0NMd&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10130_10547_10059_10884_10548_10887_10696_100031_10084_10083_10103_10618_10139_10307,searchweb201603_60,ppcSwitch_7&algo_expid=1ec728f4-3920-44ab-9b78-579005dec1e3-47&algo_pvid=1ec728f4-3920-44ab-9b78-579005dec1e3&priceBeautifyAB=0

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  25. There's also some size difference! :) The new GT F111 is a huge folder with 250 mm (9.84") overall length and 111 mm (4.37") blade length. More material = more money! ;)

    HERE are all of the new Green Thorn Shirogorov F111 versions. Which one is your favourite? :)

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    1. Yeah, 1cm more blade, double the price LOL!
      Honestly, they are all good looking knives, but I would have a hard time choosing between the marbled CF and the tantoish version with Ti inlay.

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    2. I guess I'd go for the bottom one HERE. It also has a unique "XXX" pattern on its backspacer. The dual tone tanto would be a bit too fancy for my taste.

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  26. That tanto with inlays is a beauty...drool.

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  27. The clone aspect was pushing me more towards TwoSun knives. Thos Night Morning designs are very nice to me and I doubt quality stands behind those GT clones.
    At least that's my impression from my TS51 and the things I've read about them.

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    1. They are not in the same class. TwoSun still has to improve a lot to reach the level of Green Thorn or CH Knife.

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    2. Indeed? Ok, I must believe you as I can't test it at the moment ;)

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    3. I second TwoSun still having a long(ish) way to go. While you will certainly find some nice details on the current models (e.g. inclined grove in the blade's lockface/side for the detent ball to glide smoothly instead of jump/pop; rubber O-rings to secure the pivot screw/nut; nice machined screws for the most part instead of lens heads), there are some QC issues to say the least.

      I've had several TwoSuns (different models) with non-hardened lockbar inserts. Not a big deal if you know -- with such small piece of metal, even a lighter (jet flame type) or a small torch and a bit of water would do the trick. I've also seen several pieces of one particular model where the O-rings where missing (thing is: the groves for the O-rings to fit into where still there ... looks and feels crappy once spotted). Sometimes things went wrong in assembly and you would have to take it apart to recenter the blade (check if ball bearing washers have the same thickness and -- if not -- whether they're on the correct side). A lot* of my TwoSun knives came with late lock up close to 100%. And so on and so forth ...

      * As you might guess, knowing all that, I still buy them from time to time -- just for all the new designs they crank out like crazy. Lately, you could find quite some nice slim designs labelled "Wong design". Check them out :D

      To sum it up: Exiting designs and something new every month or so, BUT these are still knives for tinkerers. You might need to take them apart, check here and there, readjust this or that and so on. More often than with some others (GT was mentioned). So, if you buy them, buy them with that in mind. Sadly prices on ebay seem to have gone up lately.

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    4. For me $43 for the TS51 was a good buy. Disassembled and anodized it twice already, still centered. With missing o-rings or bad washers I'd contact the eBay seller, twosunknives seems to be the same one as who runs their Instagram presence. So yes, it's perfect knives for tinkerers, just like the $30-$40 Furas but with nicer details imo (like the detent ramp and the pivot that doesn't need loctite). If I had a laser etching/milling machine (w/e the correct term is) I'd etching in their sun logo into the pivot.
      Next thing I'll try is blackening the Fura Kwaiken's clip with WD-40 and a torch then stonewash and anodizing. If it turns out well I'll redo my TS51 the same way. EisW me luck.

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    5. TwoSun should put more effort in the designing of the pocket clips.
      Anyway the TS80 looks badass! :)

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    6. I like their milled pocket clips, but there is one particular clip (of the bend sheet metal variety) that you'll find on like 20 totally different knives (not all of them branded TwoSun) -- and there is not a single one where that clip actually fits in with the design; it looks like shit, always! :D

      One recent example, the otherwise rather good looking TS05: https://image.dhgate.com/0x0s/f2-albu-g7-M00-54-91-rBVaSVsaMomAb8g5AAT_1zf_QyI371.jpg/two-sun-ts05-flipper-ball-brearing-folding.jpg

      It's like there is containers full of that particular pocket clip, made way back in the past for who knows what, but never got used in the end, and now they constantly try to slab it onto random knives.

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    7. I have to agree on the TS80. TBH, the majority of the TwoSun designs never really appealed to me but this one really does.
      To bad Vitesse Design was unsuccessful in getting his Morpheus produced by We knives. Really good looking and unusual front flipper, if anything, it was missing some jimping on the flipper part, but I guess he did favor style over functionality on that.
      In the end, I guess people were not willing to pay the price for a knife from a not well known designer.
      Personally, I like his style and I hope TwoSun brings more of his designs (including maybe a Morpheus in D2 and reasonably priced?)

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    8. @Fass ohne Hoden
      At least those ugly pocket clips are usable! :) Some of their over decorated, fancy pants pocket clips are so awkward to use.
      I also agree that their style is quite eclectic. :)

      @Bruno F
      Bear Claw or Lovocoo should make a Morpheus homage. I really like the wharncliffe blade with the big finger choil.

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  28. Okay. I've ordered the Dicoria 111 with hole and copper ring. Even got $11 discount at Kesiwo ;)

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    1. Please, make sure to come back with your impressions when you get it :)

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    2. @Deks_76
      Did you grab yours HERE?
      How could you get $11 discount? I can see only a $5 store coupon.

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    3. My 111 from Feng should be arriving in a day or two. Like I posted earlier he will give a discount...in this case I paid $120. Today I got the GT Hati D2 w/blue anodized frame (ordered after the 111, but arrived first) and it is great. Pretty close to the M390 version, and the new jimping is like the M390 jimping just with the very shallow cutouts like on real Shiro 3-bears editions. It's fine but very effective IMO. The clip is slightly different and a little stiffer than the M390 clip but not as stiff as the original clips. Overall I'd say it's a tremendous value, the CF is very nice and the ano looks great. I really want the D2 95T but that will have to wait. I

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    4. I'm curious about that recessed pocket clip on the Dicoria F111 CF.
      That GT Hati CF-D2 is on my wish list too. Since I already have an Icebreaker I would go for the light grey version.

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    5. My Dicoria 111 arrived yesterday. My first impression is that it is a well executed knife. The pocket clip is pretty tight ,but if I lift the tip it slides onto the pocket. I like the fact that it is very secure, but to remove it again lifting the tip makes it much easier. Reminds me of the clip on my micarta Cannabis clone but that one is even flatter.
      The handle is a little blockier than I expected, and while I think they could have chamfered the edges better in a couple spots it's still comfortable. I think it is pretty close to the original 111.
      The blade came very sharp and seems to be quite thin behind the edge. The edge bevel is quite thin and it slices copy paper against the "grain" easily. The Hati D2 is also very thin behind the edge. I'm glad they pay attention to this detail which is so vital to cutting performance. We can thank the Russians for obsessing about it :)
      Flipping performance is great, the detent is perfect. I haven't taken the knife apart but I can see it has metal cages for what I believe are triple-row bearings. The action is very smooth, no complaints there. Overall I'm pleased to add this design to my "poor man's Shiro collection". I hope it satisfies the itch and I can ignore the Green Thorn models which haunt me...

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    6. Thanks a lot for your feedback! :)
      I think I'd be happier with a bulkier but easy to use pocket clip.

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    7. No problem, that's what we do here--share feedback and information. I want to comment on the carbon fiber on the 111. It is definitely carbon fiber, but for some reason it feels kind of like G10 in my hand, maybe due to the weight. I am not saying that I think it is inferior or cheaper because I don't know anything about carbon fiber. I do know that there are no voids or pits in the CF on the 111 and I can see the distinctive carbon fibers at the edges. The surface is milled and you can see the fibers at several layers. Also I don't have a knife with carbon fiber as thick and large as on the 111. Nor do I have a knife that has a full CF handle. The Green Thorn CF 111 weighs about the same as the Dicoria and it also has thick slabs of CF. So I think it's just that the overall weight of the knife and the sheer amount of CF on the Dicoria fool my brain into thinking it's not carbon fiber when all signs point to CF. The only thing I can think of is that it uses the same sort of resin as G10 and maybe it is not as dense of a CF, but I really don't know.

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    8. It might be the sheer amount of CF. According to the pics the CF slabs look quite thick.

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    9. In a very unscientific comparison the weight of CF and G10 behaves like titanium steel. Titanium is around 40% lighter than steel, CF something like 30 to 40% lighter than G10 (up to the compositon).
      An Ti folder without milling on the inside is nearly same heavy as a steel folder with milling, a fat slab of CF still is a fat slab of CF.
      By the way, if you've ever ground CF you'll see that it's a very bad at heat spreading (just like CF, unlike steel), that's why it feels warm right away. But CF also stores heat a long time, so if you put your fat CF slabbed blade at a warm spot in winter then it will serve you well as a "pocket stove" against cold hands ;)

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    10. I'll try CF as pocket hand warmer as soon as possible. :)

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    11. That is a very interesting comparison of material densities. I think the CF on the Dicoria is legit as they just released a G10/D2 version and it weighs more. I am just not used to handling a full CF knife and therefore my brain relates it to all the G10 knives I have. The 111 is heavier than most of the knives I handle, but for its size it is actually quite light. It is perfectly balanced where the index finger sits when holding it. After the initial "newness" of handling the 111 it actually doesn't feel so heavy. In fact it feels lighter than my CH3504 G10 model.

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    12. Which budget version of the F111 would you go for? Dicoria G10/D2 with titanium back spacer and pocket clip or the GT aluminium/D2 ?
      The Dicoria version seems like a better deal. I don't know how this silver anodized aluminium would look like in real life.

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    13. I guess it comes down to whether you want G10 or metal, and which overall handle style you like. You can see some pics of the GT here and on YouTube I think.

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    14. Thanks for the link. The GT alu looks really tempting in those pics.

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  29. Ghehe, check the s35vn Hati at this store...several 111's are listed too if you skip. 5% off (and $5 store discount). Yes, I'm Dutch ;)

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  30. So do you if there is a KS66 variant without the CF insert? And will you make a review of it?

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    1. I'll let you know as soon as I find one without the CF insert.
      I'll review it soon. It's a very promising folder and it also cuts quite well thanks to the FFG blade. So there's no need for regrind. :)

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    2. Here's the front flipper with holes on show side, blue or gray color. Also drop point option with reinforced tip grind. I am very interested in this one, but my previous experience with Fura qwaikens was that the blade was too darn thick. But like you say, it's FFG and at least it is 3.5mm thick and not 4mm.

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    3. As I see it's the same as my CF version but with holes in the handle.

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    4. The drop point version would make a nice pair with my CF tanto. :)

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    5. P.s. This would be a good replacement knife for the Boker Urban Trapper CF that I can't afford anyways :p

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    6. After having my CF version even Real Steel seems heavily over priced to me. So I won't buy an Urban Trapper any time soon for sure. :)

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    7. What RealSteel version are you talking about? The Boker version is well overpriced, especially with the prices from China but I've handled one and that felt like it was made for me.

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    8. I was about to order a Real Steel Precision 3001 (Poltergeist Works collaboration) for $45 but I changed my mind. I'm fond of the design but I can get a titanium frame-lock with ball bearings for less.

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    9. Link please? For less you usually don't get internal milling and I learned to like that on my Vespa Neon but I miss it on the TS51 and the Furas.

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    10. Found it. Looking cool in orange. Not bad for €40 from Germany incl. warranty. But I don't compare it with a 910+ directly from China, rather with a Kershaw, CRKT or Boker+

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    11. Yes, Poltergeist Works has a couple of quite interesting designs.

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  31. That holey handled drop point knife is looking really nice. It's also looking ground out thinner so I wouldn't have to hollow grind the blade like on my Fura Kwaiken ;)

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    1. I like the drop point too. I think the price will drop as more sellers start to carry it.

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    2. @Endre
      They copied your Fura Kwaiken regrind well. :)

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    3. @D Kim
      I'll pull the trigger around $35 for sure. :)

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    4. I guess I must claim IP compensation ;) But I've ground it to a single bevel at the tip.
      I'd order it from fasttech for 30something with free shipping and PayPal payment. My card company charges too much.

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  32. Hi Isti,
    Any good recommendation on a nice bolt action pen?
    Would the Fura in your picture be the one your recommend?

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    1. Hi Bruno,
      I have these two Fura budget bolt action tactical pens:
      Fura titanium and Fura aluminium. They are nice for the money especially the titanium one.
      These Two Sun pens are also on my wish list. I suppose sooner or later they will find their way to my pocket. :)

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    2. Thanks.

      The Fura Ti seems like a really good value, but for some reason, I can't stand the clip on it, I find it not going well with the knife at all.
      I guess I could always remove it and use it as a desk pen.

      Those TwoSun are nice, but yeah, not cheap.
      If you have the patience for it, you could always try to place a bid on Ebay, you should be able to get them for cheaper. Just look for TwoSun TSPEN-02 and you'll find it.

      Funny you mentioned TwoSun. I was just looking this morning for a small Titanium pen to carry on my Keychain and came across the TwoSun TSPEN-03 on Ebay. The one from this morning sold for $27, which I guess is not bad.

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    3. Yes, the clip is plain steel on the Fura titanium. They had to cut the cost somewhere...

      Those Two Suns look nice. I think I'll let them stay on my wish list for a while. I have to raise funds for new cutting instruments like THIS. :)

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    4. If anyone is looking for a small Titanium keychain pen, I came across this one:
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Tiartisan-Titanium-pen-signature-pen-metal-ballpoint-pen-mini-portable-outdoor-book-writing-portable-carrying-notes/32907618129.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.38912e0eGk3ace

      Regularly sells for $25/$30, on sale right now for $15. Comes with 4 refills.
      I just ordered one.

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    5. Got my Titanium Keychain pen yesterday, definitely worth the $15.
      Obviously, it doesn't have the comfort of a full size pen, but it's small, light, well built, looks good, writes fine and came with 4 extra refills that should last me a lifetime since I'm not planning on using it as a main pain, but just as a backup if I'm out and about and need to write something (I don't EDC a pen).
      Basically, it's everything I was looking for on a keychain pen and for a reasonable price.

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    6. Is it light weight enough for key chain carry?

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    7. At 14g, it's light enough for me ;) My van keyfob weighs at least twice that much.

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    8. Well, I had Victorinox classic on my keys for so many years that weigh more than that and that I never ended up using since I always carry another knife. This pen simply replaced it and I might actually end up using it.

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  33. How do you like the VE Monk plus earbuds? I ordered some along with a KZ ATE. I'm hoping both are decent but seems like I can only get a few months out of any earbuds.

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    1. The VE Monk plus is my favorite at the moment. They're very comfortable with a decent sound, I usually grab these for watching movies on my notebook too. They don't sound as good as my KZ ZS3 in-ears (less bass) but for some reason I find all of these in-ears uncomfortable so the VE Monk Plus works better for me.

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  34. I like that fixed blade, it reminds me of a crappy knife that my wife used to like. It held a knife from sharpening until spreading butter with it but she still liked it a lot. After a while the handle broke and I could get rid of it.
    This one has a similar blade shape but I'm not sure if I like the handle and 2.5mm is maybe a bit thick for a kitchen knife but who knows, maybe she'd like the sheath and an option :P

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    1. It weights only 78 g without the sheath. I'll test it in the kitchen the following days. It's a good apple slicer for sure! :)

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    2. Definitely seems like an homage to Morakniv.

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    3. I'm planning to compare it to my Mora Craftline.

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    4. That will be very interesting!

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  35. I like that green Ganzo, too.
    Can you make a comparison with a knife from Sanrenmu's 910 line?
    And how's the color compared to the usual ugly green G10?

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    1. The official description is "greenish blue" but for me it's more of a British racing green. It weights only 111 g with the full nested steel liners and it's also a pretty good slicer thanks to the high grinds.

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    2. I've just added a photo with the Sanrenmu Land 910 plus and the SRM 9001 side by side from my forthcoming review. :)

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  36. Col, thank you. It seems a bit too big for my taste. Also the green on the gearbest shots looks more interesting. My now leather handled Kershaw CQC-5k had such ugly green G10 scales, no need for another one.

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  37. Are you sure that that Kershaw Auto is a clone and not OEM like many other Kershaw and CRKT knives on Ali?

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    1. You can find plenty of OEM Kershaw folders on Ali but I think this one is a clone (Made in USA, CPM154). Other than those suspicious texts it's top notch.

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  38. Problematic AcanthusOctober 29, 2018 at 9:05 PM

    I'm looking to pick up a knife, or maybe a few knives, on AliExpress. Never bought anything there before and was wondering if there are a few "trusted dealers" that could be recommended - or for that matter, any to be avoided.

    The main thing I'm looking at is a karambit with an unusual mechanism (https://aliexpress.com/item/32935019133.html) and I'm curious about it mostly for that reason. It's in several stores in various steels - claimed D2, 9Cr18, and on down from there ...

    I might get a couple of others as well; just thought ppl might find that one interesting.

    Any pointers for a first Ali transaction?

    Thanks!

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    1. Unfortunately your link doesn't work (page not found).
      Do you mean THIS folding karambit? Nighthawk Knive Store is e decent seller. I bought a couple of folders from them without any problem.

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  39. Problematic AcanthusOctober 29, 2018 at 11:50 PM

    Yep, that's the one. (I think I see how the URL went wrong - apologies!) I like odd locking mechanisms generally, and I've never owned a karambit before, so it looks attractive to me.

    Thanks again!

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  40. Thanks for the heads up on the Kershaw Launch 2 clone and the Green Thorn F111 in CF. I ordered the Launch clone, looks like fun. The F111 is sweet, if it were in D2 and 1/3 the price I might have got that as well.

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    1. That Launch 2 is a fine auto folder for sure but be prepared for the immense amount of oil covering it! :)
      The G10 - D2 version of the F111 is cheaper although it's not 1/3 the price.

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