Sunday, June 24, 2018

New knife & folder deals on Aliexpress (Turen, TwoSun integral, BM485, District 9, QM, Y-Start etc.) part 79

Turen Break of Dawn  exclusive fixed blade knife 
 with carbon fiber / CF handle and M390 blade:
You can buy the Turen Break of Dawn***HERE***

TwoSun TS65 integral titanium frame-lock flipper  
with CF handle inlays, M390 blade and ball bearings:
One piece titanium handle:
You can buy the TwoSun TS65 on Aliexpress

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

TwoSun TS88 titanium frame-lock flipper no screw
construction with M390 blade and ball bearings:
You can buy the TwoSun TS88 on Aliexpress
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

TwoSun TS41 mini titanium frame-lock flipper  
with M390 blade and ball bearings:
You can buy the TwoSun TS41 on Aliexpress***HERE***

Exclusive BM485  style titanium axis-lock
gentelman's folders with Damasteel damascus blade:
Polished damascus blade:
You can buy the BM485 on Aliexpress
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Quartermaster style titanium frame-lock folding karambits
 with M390 blade and ceramic ball bearings:
You can buy the QM Karambits on Aliexpress:

District 9 Paladin titanium frame-lock flipper  
with M390 blade and ball bearings:
You can buy the District 9 Paladin
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Y-Start Swordfish fixed blade knife 
 with micarta handle and  AUS-8 blade:
You can buy the Y-Start Swordfish***HERE***

52 comments:

  1. A high end framelock karambit, finally! I'll wait untill the price drops a bit. The size of the handle/hole is always a gamble if you have large(r) hands. That Turen Break of Dawn is on my wishlist too. Very nice and slim. And it doesn't add much weight to my backpack. Just came back from holiday and found the SSE (great), a Voyager Vaquero serrated clone (scary) and finally the second parcel with the Vespa Combat Troodon parts (wow, just wow!) in my mailbox. The Vespa rocks! Stunning otf. I think I'm going for the m390 Cypher too ;)

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    1. Christmas in June! :))
      That Turen caught my eyes too. It's very pleasing for the eyes especially the blade.
      I also have the XL Vaquero clone but with plain edge. It's so wicked that it's a pleasure to whip it open every time! :)

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  2. I somewhat like that knife that you can disassemble without tools, or well, with that little thingy on the pics. Can you attach that like a window breaker at the butt of the handle?
    Well, still too expensive for my tastes but more interesting than the Homefront or that $300 knife that falls into hundred parts.

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    1. One of the original versions of that "$300 knife" was sold for $8,100 !! :)

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    2. And there were people paying the price of a house for a piece of toast that has shown Bart Simpson's face burnt into it (or w/e it was).
      I somewhat liked that knife, too, I just mean this way it's much smarter where you don't have so many pieces to puzzle back together and it's still working as a knife.
      Keep it simple, stupid ;)

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  3. Yes. Absolutely over the top, just like the Spartan and Rajah 2. I never carry them but they're awesome. And the build quality is very good for clones (except for those substandard screws). As for fixed blades, the recon tanto clone is still one of my favourites. The only genuine CS I own is a 4 inch Counter Point. The cts bd1 isn't that much better than the clones' steel. Great folding dagger though. Btw, my gf already hates my new Vespa lol (although it's relatively quiet).

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    1. I edc my Voyager XLs with my Recon Tanto clone in the garden usually. :)
      Your girlfriend should be happy that you didn't go for a HALO V. That opens like a gun shot! :)

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    2. How do you like your Rajah 2 clone?

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  4. Haha, don't even mention...mine has been in the kydex sheath for a while. But like you've said a couple of posts ago, a single action with safety button is the way to go. I'd love to see a higher end clone of those, or even better, an original design. In the end, I haven't bought the Andy (with safety). I don't like the holes and I've read the safety slide is flimsy. Great concept though.

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    1. Andy made full titanium versions of the HALO V even with damascus blade. I guess those are higher end versions. :)) There was also a Vespa version around $150 years ago.

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  5. Turen is also here for slightly better price. https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/TUREN-CPM-M390-Steel-Fixed-Knife-Carbon-Fiber-Handle-Full-Tang-Straight-Knife-High-Hardness-Outdoor/2948201_32886303346.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.73f8240aB0yr5g

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  6. It is nice to see more knives portrayed as M390. I just would not pay for those as if they were really M390. It is the same for many that claim to be D2. Experience shows me that you are doing great if you get properly heat treated 8CR13MoV.

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    1. Without an XRF metal analyzer it's hard to tell for sure but I have a Manly Peak folder with S90V blade steel and it cost me less than $100 although it's made in the EU. The same configuration from Spyderco or Benchmade would cost me an arm and a leg.

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  7. There’s a video of a Russian guy somewhere with the Samier Evil Eyes SnG hooked up to a thing that tests the steel. Turns out it was actually m390. Still doesn’t mean squat if they aren’t heat treating it properly.

    At one time every cheap Chinese knife claimed to be 440c. Now they all claim that they’re d2, s35vn or m390. Simehow I have my doubts and I wish they would advertise which steel they are actually using. I want to know I am atleast getting 8cr13Mov

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    1. That's good to hear because I'm seriously tempted by an integral Evil Eyes SNG M390. :) Bohler describes the heat treatmnet process for M390 so if they have the proper equipments they can heat treat it.

      I read somewhere that the Chinese D2 is not the same as the one known in the USA or Europe. If it's marked as GB-D2 that's the one we know.

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  8. Hi Isti,

    Not in the subject of this post, but do you have any recommendation on some good quality straight edge budget steak knives?
    I remember a while back you had a post about some kitchen knives you got from China, but can't remember if there were steak knives included and I can't find the post.

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Bruno,
      I have only a mid sized damascus style kitchen knife from Ali but a friend of mine has THIS steak knife set and he's very satisfied with them (it's a fixed blade set).

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    2. Not (my) budget, but still nice to look at:

      https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/TUREN-Swedish-Powder-Steel-Damascus-Folding-Knife-Wooden-Handle-M390-Steel-Pocket-Knives-High-Hardness-Sharp/2948201_32883700372.html

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    3. Didn't know China was also cloning French kitchen knives LOL!
      I'm more looking for plain edge that I can easily sharpen when needed, but thanks anyway.

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    4. I'm afraid plain edged knives will dull quickly on ceramic plates.

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    5. @Endre
      Melon samplers in M390 and Damasteel? :))

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    6. I see it more as a steak knife but it's way too expensive for that ;)

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  9. New Kevin John Tilock clone released. I wasn't aware of the original Tilock so I had to look at a video to see how the mechanism works. Pretty ambitious for a clone, but then again these days it seems there isn't anything the Chinese can't do.

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    1. That's looking exactly like my Kevin John TiLock except that on mine the arc at the front is polished and the blade has a satin finish.
      A good finish actually which makes it a bit of a waste to stonewash it.
      Oh and mine was $140 four years ago, slight increase I'd say.

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    2. This new version comes with M390 blade so the price difference can be justified more or less. Is the ti-lock convenient to use in practice?

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    3. Mine has S35VN, more than enough I'd say and probably the same steel anyways. And your question is difficult to answer. It's nice to play with but not as fidgety as an Axis lock. I've turned mine into a slipjoint so I have a pretty knife for legal carry in Germany.
      If I could drill into hardened steel and add a flipper tab like on the Moletta TRE then it would be a cool knife though, this way it feels a bit castrated. What I love is the super long edge compared to the handle.

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    4. Isn't it hard to clean after cutting camembert? :))

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    5. I don't eat so much cheese but I also don't like holes in a blade, so that's that. It's men's jewelry I'd say...

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    6. I didn't know Kevin John already made this years ago. I personally would be fine with S35VN for $140 in all these more premium models, but for some reason it's gotta be M390 for everything. I watched a video about the original Tilock and indeed the arc at the front was polished...the guy said it was steel though.
      I'd like to check out this knife or the KJ Chibenza 24 to see what the hype is all about. I get the impression that the quality is at least approaching a real Chris Reeve? Or is that blasphemy?

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    7. @Endre
      If it's not camembert or at least cheddar compatible I won't buy it! ;)

      @D Kim
      The pocket clip of the Tilock is also quite unique. I used to have an inexpensive folder with the same clip design and I liked the idea of the effortless removing from the pocket.

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    8. About the clip... It's pretty but not very useful.
      First off the sharp tip at the butt can make hurtfful contact with your wrist when you wear it in your pocket.
      The other end is not really better as there's no real tension on it. I've corrected both issues by removing material.

      Sharp tip
      https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z_iXNcfITy8/WvM34hakVwI/AAAAAAAAAPc/L1k4zE1ekA8yfiRLl4r9L4HxlbkDII-UACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_3705.JPG

      Rounded tip
      https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BjQ5k0PF6_I/WvM37Ss0w2I/AAAAAAAAAPw/Rmb3ox-LjVEmaVy3lhFbtb7v2KhqwOlEQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_3819.JPG

      Cut out or w/e to hold better
      https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TObcwHP93UQ/WzZwpzsXilI/AAAAAAAAAXM/Fpf6UolDv4Ew5VUiWqmiM2_8VHWGwA9tQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_3942.JPG


      More pictures (I should have made a special TiLock post)
      http://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2018/05/anodized-titanium.html


      I still like the knife, even more after my modifications (I also had to regrind the arc for smoother closing) but on the other hand I maybe wouldn't care as much if it was perfect in the first place.

      Guess I'm just a tinkerer ;)

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    9. Oh, and I'd really love to compare my CRK (Chinese Ripoff Knife ;) ) to the "real thing". When I handled a large Sebenza last year I was not impressed but I guess 25 years ago it was top notch...

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    10. Not only the prestigious Chinese makers but even you give CRK a hard time! ;)

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    11. I'd still like to handle newer stuff, a Mnandi or a TiLock for example. But I don't think it will blow me away like that Boker Urban Trapper CF did. Not such a "special" brand but that one felt really great in my hands...

      Btw, maybe they've come up with a new TiLock clone because the CRK version just got discontinued. Free advertisement for cloners I'd say ;)

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  10. And another addendum: In the description it says Flipper.
    Boy I wish they'd make a flipper version. As I was reading G&G Hawk were planning this as a flipper knife, that's why it was the only CR knife running on bearings. The lock would work well this way, even smoother then a detent ball scratching its arc into the blade...

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  11. Wow, I came across a very interesting knife. The designer/brand is Fat Dragon, which if I recall correctly is the "brand" for the Nimo integral kwaiken. This one is called "Dead Silence" and appears to be a G10 handle with titanium subframe lock. Blade steel is VG10. It comes in some wild colors and has a blade shape and overall profile that I love. I'm tempted to buy one now but I should probably wait for it to make its way fully into the market before pulling the trigger.

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    1. I knew it was Fat Dragon! :))
      It's a nice, big folder for sure. As I see they also have an M390 variant.

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    2. The G10 version looks more unique imo. Very nice indeed. It's from the same store where I ordered the green Stitch yesterday. Haven't seen them anywhere else yet, so I probably paid too much...but it just looks so cool ;)

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    3. You must have missed the sale price on the Stitch, but at any price it looks amazing. I'm tempted to sell my black one and get the green.
      I haven't seen the M390 version of the Dead Silence yet, but I think the G10 looks pretty good.

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  12. Btw, I like fixed blades too, they tend to get smaller while I'm getting older...but my current favourite whitout a doubt is the bolte Rock. What an excellent blade! Grip is excellent, the steel as well. I bought it for like $28. A bargain!

    http://deks76.blogspot.com/2018/07/blog-post.html?m=1

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    1. That was a great deal! I would also buy one at that discount price.

      I have THIS bada$$, full sized DC53 bowie on the way to me.

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    2. wow, that's awesome! I that one of the dicoria/john's offerings? Can you send a link?

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    3. HERE you are! :) I like this one better than the curved one.

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  13. Sorry for showing off...if you're a knife addict, the not so subtle blades from Cold Steel are a must too. The 6 (retard unit) T-lite is my favourite. Along with the trench hawk (above) and my custom throwing tomahawk (under construction, I have only 1 hickory handle left :(

    http://deks76.blogspot.com/2018/07/blog-post_3.html?m=1

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    1. I also have the first 3! :)
      Is that the XL 6 inch ti-lite? How is the lock-up?

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    2. Correct, it's very very solid. No blade play whatsoever. But it's huge. I almost never carry it, except when I wear cargopants... By the way, the "small" machete is not a Cold Steel, but a SOG jungle canopy, my bad.

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    3. What do you think about the big Rajah 2 copy? I read mixed feedbacks about it. Does it have a solid lock-up?

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  14. Not really...not at all. I could slightly fix it with, beleive it or not, with superglue on the front (non adjustable) pins. The screws are made from some kind of buttermetal. Most screws are stripped. I think it's a unique design from CS. The execution of the clone is poorly done unfortunately.

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    1. It's a pity! Since I handled a real one I've been keeping my eyes on the Rajah 2.

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    2. A budget version of the Frenzy would be also great! :)

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  15. Yes! I was in doubt if I should buy the original from Lamnia in Finland, but €180 is a pretty hefty price tag. Because the folder is larger than 27 cm it's not available in my country. Also US import is no option because of taxes, custom clearence etc. It's a stunning blade though. The clone should be high(er) end, I don't mind paying €50 - €80 in that case ;)

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