Saturday, July 28, 2018

Review: Y-Start LK5016 flipper - the improved successor of the JIN01

Y-Start LK5016 flipper, Nitecore TIP, Swiss Tech keychain tool
Excellent, full sized flipper with nice details

After the JIN01 Y-Start came out with a new, upgraded, similar sized, pretty slick budget flipper with ball bearings and deep carry pocket clip. They also manged to make the new model more EDC friendly by reducing the weight by almost a full ounce (5 oz (142 g) vs. 5.96 (169 g)). 

Pros:
- good ergonomics with excellent fit and finish
- elegant, sleek design
- nice to touch chamfared - rounded steel liners, opening hole and G10 scales
- very smooth opening and closing thanks to the ball bearings
- superb flipping action
- comfortable, squared off flipper tab
- perfectly centered, full flat ground blade with a nice satin finish
- good slicing performance
- comfortable to operate lock-bar with solid, early lock-up
- blind screwed deep carry pocket clip
- hidden stop pin
- T6 torx driver as gift (from YangJiang YSTART Store)

Cons:
- the exposed corner of the lock-bar is not chamfered (it can be fixed easily by a file or a piece of sandpaper) 

Details:
Blade length: 3.82" (97 mm)
Blade thickness:0.146" (3.7 mm)
Blade steel:  440C (58 -59 HRC)
Open length:8.74" (222 mm)
Closed length: 4.92" (125 mm)
Handle thickness:0.64" (16.3 mm)
Weight: 5 oz  (142 g)
Handle: G10 with skeletonized steel liners
Lock: liner-lock
Carry:right hand tip up
Pivot:ball bearings

You can buy the Y-Start LK5016 flippers in 3 colors

on Aliexpress: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
and at GearBest: ***HERE***

Y-Start JIN01 in 3 colors at GearBest: ***HERE***
or Fasttech:  ***HERE***

Have a look at my review about the JIN02 as a smaller alternative:***HERE***

 Nice details, excellent fit & finish:
Y-Start LK5016 flipper
Y-Start LK5016 flipper
Y-Start LK5016 flipper
Perfect blade centering and lock-up:
Y-Start LK5016 flipper
Simple packaging with a T6 torx driver as gift:
Y-Start LK5016 flipper

Group shot
The main differences compared to the Y-Start JIN01:
- flipper or thumb hole opening
- ball bearings
- pocket clip
- thinner liners
- reduced weight
- hidden stop pin
Y-Start LK5016 flipper and JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01
Y-Start LK5016 flipper vs. JIN01

More pics:
Y-Start LK5016 flipper, Nitecore TIP, Swiss Tech keychain tool
Y-Start LK5016 flipper
Y-Start LK5016 flipper

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New knife & folder deals on Aliexpress (Green Thorn Buster, CH Knife, MT Cypher Sigil, HALO VI, District 9, Y-Start ) part 81

Green Thorn SNECX BUSTER titanium frame-lock flipper  
with M390 blade:
You can buy the Buster on Aliexpress***HERE***

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


CH Knife CH3515 titanium frame-lock flipper  
with S35VN blade and ball bearings:
You can buy the CH3515


CH Knife CH3516 titanium - CF liner-lock flipper  
with S35VN blade and ball bearings:
You can buy the CH3516

CH Knife CH3519 titanium frame-lock flipper  
with S35VN blade, CF inlays and ball bearings:
You can buy the CH3519

MT Sigil Cypher III style OTF/automatics  
with alu handle and D2 blade:
You can buy the Cypher III on Aliexpress

MT HALO VI style OTF/automatics  
with alu handle and D2 drop point blade:
(the switch is photoshopped)
You can buy the MT HALO VI on Aliexpress***HERE***

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

Y-START 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup memorial knife LK5018
 titanium frame-lock flipper
with VG10 blade and ball bearings:
You can buy the Y-Start LK5018***HERE***

Monday, July 23, 2018

Deal alert: new knife and folder deals at GearBest (Y-Start, Ganzo, HX Outdoors)

!!! Y-Start Super Deal !!!

Y-START LK5012 titanium flipper in purple
 with VG10 blade, tritium slots and ball bearings
for $37.99:
! Limited quantity !
Y-START LK5012 titanium flipper
You can buy the Y-START LK5012 at GearBest: ***HERE***

Compact sized, EDC friendly Ganzo Firebird F753M1-BK folder
with 440C blade and axis-lock
for $12.99 (coupon code: IT$OSF753M1):
Ganzo Firebird F753M1-BK
You can buy the Ganzo F753M1-BK at GearBest: ***HERE***

Ganzo G302-H multi tool pliers
for $25.99 (coupon code: IT$OSG302H):
You can buy the Ganzo G302-H multi tool at GearBest: ***HERE***

HX OUTDOORS D-170 fixed blade knife 
 with D2 blade and kydex sheath 
for $29.99 (coupon code: IT$OSD170):
You can buy the HX OUTDOORS D-170 at GearBest: ***HERE***

HX OUTDOORS E3 liner-lock folder
 with 9Cr18MoV blade and aluminium handle
for $17.99 (coupon: IT$OSHXE3):
You can buy the HX OUTDOORS E3: ***HERE***

GEARBEST Knife Gear Sale

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Review: Ganzo Firebird F7621 (FB7621) G10 - the 2nd axis-lock Ganzo with ball bearings

Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK & Zanflare F3 flashlight
Elegant, EDC friendly full sized folder

After the excellent  FB7601 Ganzo offers the same main features in a slimmed down, more EDC friendly package. This time you get bright colored backspacers instead of blued hardwares. :) 

Pros:
- good ergonomics with excellent fit and finish
- eye-appealing elegant design
- very smooth opening and closing thanks to the ball bearings
- it can be flicked open easily
- perfectly centered shaving sharp blade with a nice satin finish
- improved axis-lock with comfortable smooth ended axle
- solid lock-up
- EDC friendly size
- micro fiber pouch

Cons:
- in closed position if you shake the knife the stop pin rattles a bit (a little grease can fix it)

Details:
Blade length: 3.46" (88 mm)
Blade thickness:0.126" (3.2 mm)
Blade steel:  440C
Open length:7.95" (202 mm)
Closed length: 4.53" (115 mm)
Handle thickness:0.51" (12.9 mm)
Weight: 3.77 oz  (107 g)
Handle: G10 with skeletonized steel liners
Lock: axis-lock
Carry:right hand tip up
Pivot:ball bearings

You can buy the F7621 (FB7621)  in 4 colors at GearBest: ***HERE***

NEW CF version: ***HERE***

Ganzo FB7601 G10 / CF (satin blade): ***HERE***
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus: ***HERE***
Zanflare F3 EDC flashlight: ***HERE***

 Nice details, excellent fit & finish:
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK
Nice packaging:
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK
Perfectly centered blade:
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK

Group shot
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK,
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus
Ganzo Firebird FB7601, FB7621-BK  & Sanrenmu Land 910 plus

More pics:
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK & Zanflare F3 flashlight
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK & Zanflare F3 flashlight
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK & Zanflare F3 flashlight
Ganzo Firebird FB7621-BK & Zanflare F3 flashlight