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***

36 comments:

  1. What is with that weird stop pin(?) that swings out on the Fifa knife? If you click the link where it is sold and scroll right to the 5th picture you will see what I am talking about.

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    1. It's a sort of safety switch.

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    2. Google CRKT LAWKS
      It's a safety for the lockarm. Usually people with such knives want to know how to remove it. The only knife where I have a use for such things is on my Real Steel Griffin button lock folder.

      Anyways, how can a Co. that spells like "Why-START"? can make a memorial knife for a sports event. Why start? To win! Or what's the message behind this silly name? (Ok, "Real Steel" isn't better at all. Or Firebird. Wtf)

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    3. Oh, and btw, that CH3515... When I see this I hear Nick Shabazz's voice trying to figure out if this is plain ugly or somewhat cool.
      The more I look at those cut-outs the more shapes I see, animals, heads, whatnot. Maybe even better when on drugs, if there wasn't this tiny safety issue to use sharp tools when intoxicated ;)

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    4. Pretty sure the cutouts are meant to look like half skeleton heads, the skeleton pattern can also be seen on the pocket clip.
      Personally not for me. I like the way he did it on the CH3504, but not on this one.

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    5. Now that you say it, it's two half skulls.
      And now I like it even less.
      Another now, go check the Toblerone sign and find the bear in the mountain.
      Once found you can never "unsee" it again.

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    6. Holy crap, it is 2 half skulls. I could not figure that out. Seems a little creepy, actually.

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    7. Does anyone know what is supposed to be represented on the CH 3501? Check it out here. I always thought it was like a map of some location in China.

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    8. That's another riddle to solve. :)

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  2. The CH3515 looks like animals on the handle. The animal cracker knife in S35VN.

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    1. I thought that at first, like dinosaurs or something, but it doesn't quite work.

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  3. I really hope they'll drop a D2 version of the Snecx Buster, it's a little too pricey for me at this point. But gorgeous. Unfortunately CH is losing me a bit when it comes to design. They were doing well with the 3509 and 3510. Sigil blade in a otf is just terrible imo. The Y-Start looks interesting, but that logo...and if it's really an auto-lawks system: no thanks.

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  4. I like the new CH3516. It's a nice, rounded, classy lookig folder with premium materials (titanium liners with CF scales, S35VN blade, machined titanium pocket clip and thumb studs).

    The handle of the CH3515 was designed according to the Rorschach test. So I'm waiting for more answers about the shapes. ;)

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  5. Ok, the 3516 is an exception. Although the thumb studs aren't really necessary and more cosmetic I think(unless they acted as blade stops)

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    1. The thumb studs will come handy if I decide to grind off the flipper tab. :)

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  6. For those who don't like football/soccer, they just released a version of the Y-START knife without the World Cup logos and it has flame anodized tiger stripes on the handle instead of the hexagonal pattern.


    I ordered a Cypher with the smooth handle which should be entering the country any day now. It's interesting that they decided to make the MK7 the "popular" model and in such bright colors. I wish they'd make the Microtech OTFs in the colors that the real ones come in. I'd love to get an OD green Ultratech or Troodon. The new Vespa Halo VI comes in a nice forest green color.


    I decided to get the mini Cannabis Vegas but I will probably get the Buster next. I have a few pieces I can sacrifice to achieve that goal. I just think it is an awesome knife, and it appears that Green Thorn did a very good job in reproducing it. They went so far as to copy the milled pockets on the inside of the show side handle. With such a large blade it might very well be able to have a very nice action on PB washers.

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    1. Which blade style of the Cypher did your order?
      I have a Bat Paladin P98 in the mail. I'm curious how it compares to the similar priced MT clones.

      I vote for the Zombie Tech and Bounty Hunter color schemes for the next "ChinaTech" OTF batch. :) I also like the new green Vespa HALO VI but it's out of my budget at the moment.

      Which version of the Cannabis did you go for? I keep the one with bronze inlays on my wishlist. :)

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    2. I went for the drop point Cypher. I like double-edged OTFs but sharpening them seems like a headache. As for the Cannabis, I went back and forth between the smooth handle and the wavy lines handle but ultimately went for the smooth handle. I like the bronze inlays but they seem to add quite a bit of weight (130g vs 100g).

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    3. I like the blade shape on the Bat Paladin. I was thinking of getting the Horizon/Andy Sentry but now I can't find it for less than $100.

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  7. Really like the CH3516, I wish they would have put the blue back spacer and thumb stud on the silver scales. Not fond of the pink :$
    The other 2 CH don't do it for me.
    REALLY like the GT Snecx Buster but out of my price range. Really hope for a cheaper D2 version, although I'm not holding my breath as I've been waiting for a D2 version of the F7 for like 2 years LOL!
    The District 9 is nice too but also out of my price range.

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    1. You can have the thumb studs and the backspacer anodized on the silver version.

      There's still hope! They released two D2 versions of the Jeans too! :)

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  8. With such a small flipper tab, I'm wondering if the Snecx Buster would have benefited from ball bearings??? I wonder how well it will flip (even though GT is known to have amazing action)
    Also, I'm alway a little annoyed when I see a nice knife but then it has this gap (between the blade and the scale where the blade meets the sop pin) when in the close position. I guess it's part of my OCD LOL!

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    1. The flipper was designed to be as small as possible while remaining functional. The handle is chamfered on either side creating a pocket, which probably helps. Part of what makes Snecx designs so neat is that he can achieve a very smooth action with washers. Look at his videos on YouTube or Instagram and the action is truly impressive on the IFS-20 and the Buster. I'm waiting for a video review of the Buster, but they just refreshed the "Libing Mechanic" clone of the IFS-20 (no screw construction) and in this review, at least, the action seems pretty great. I didn't want that model before but the newer iteration seems like a real winner.

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    2. It's all about the design. Get yourself a Kershaw Chill and you'll see how a $20 flipper on washers can be as smooth as some ball bearing knives, minus the dust collector feature in these bearings (maybe you have to polish the washers).
      It's a pity though that there's only a 8Cr13MoV version and that most of RJ Martin's other budget designs made by Kershaw are assisted openers.

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  9. I love the District 9 Paladin... But they've become a tad too expensive for me (and I'm a on bunch of Massdrop collabs already.. The Bharucha Prism, which I'll get soon, the Brad Zinker Dogtooth -that's for September- and the Gavko Thresher Pelagic... December this time. None of them cheap in absolute terms even if for quasi midtechs made by WE for the most part, the prices were quite good). The CH3516 I'll get, that's for sure... Probably in "silver" as the pink/green is a bit garish for that shape albeit I love dearly my CH3513 in those colours...

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    1. That Gavco Thresher is nice, possibly the best Massdrop/WE production to date. Which color are you going for? My guess is the green :)

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    2. Wow! That Bharucha Prism looks awesome!
      I was about to take a break and avoiding new knives for a while but as soon as the CH3516 get cheaper I'll have one too. :) I guess I'll go for the purple one and I'll deanodize the liners. It depends on the shade of the color in real life.

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    3. @D Kim You've guessed right... I totally went for the "Aqua" colour! And the Prism, I've got it in blue/stonewash.

      @Isti I think the colours on the 3516 are going to be exactly those of the version I have of the 3513... Same purple-ish green and brown-ish pink/purple. As for the Prism... I'll post pictures on instagram and/or my blog as soon as i'm reunited with it!

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  10. Looks like they updated the "Libing Mechanic" Snecx IFS-20 clone under the Lovocoo brand as the Mechanic Teacher. The most obvious change is the proper thumb hole in the blade like the original, and if the Russian reviewers are to be believed a tighter overall construction. Interestingly one reviewer says that Libing commissioned the build from Kevin John. At least that's what I think he's saying as I have to interpret Youtube's translations...an art form in and of itself. The action appears to be pretty awesome for bronze washers in part thanks to a bushing pivot like on the Sebenza. I've convinced myself I have to have this knife and the Buster which means liquidating a few nicer pieces. Maybe I'll come to my senses first...

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    1. According to the videos the quality is superb. Will you go for the latest version with the opening hole?

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    2. Yes, that would be the version I'd like to get. We'll see if I can sell a few pieces I no longer feel the need to keep anymore. I hope I can talk one of the sellers into at least a 10% discount from the list price, or maybe I can catch it on a big sale.

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    3. Once things that is interested is that, according to what I can read, the maker only made 5 of the IFS-20. He kept 3 and 2 sold in auctions for something like 9K and 12K.
      Which brings the question: how did the cloners managed to clone it? What? just based on pics and youtube videos? LOL!

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    4. If they'd just make it based on pictures there'd be slight differences, improvements, mistakes, human error. Maybe they just bought the CNC files. Quick money without the hassle of giving warranty, service and crap.

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    5. I don't know but in the video review I posted they show 2 sets of plastic pieces for the knife. Who knows, maybe someone scanned the pieces of the real knife somehow. There must be some very accurate scanning equipment. Or maybe they just have some very talented people who can make the CAD files. I don't think the knife is identical to the original but in this second version it seems like they've further refined the design so the fit of the pieces is excellent. I find it impressive for a replica in m390.

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  11. I received my Buster yesterday, which I think sets the record at only 8 days from order to delivery. The first thing to note is that the knife is even bigger than I expected. I believe they photoshop the pictures of the knife next to a ruler like they do with some fixed blades to keep the blade length less than 10cm. The cutting edge is slightly over 10cm and the entire blade is more like 10.5cm. Overall length is about 24.5cm. This thing is an absolute beast. The handle is thicker than average and it fills the hand nicely, it feels very secure. Overall fit and finish of the knife is virtually perfect. The pivot is buttery smooth on phosphor bronze washers. The novel pin detent/lockbar insert works flawlessly. There is no blade play whatsoever. The blade is made from 5mm stock but it thins out nicely behind the edge and slices paper against the grain easily. This knife is a triumph for Green Thorn--it is not necessarily the best knife for EDC and it probably isn't for everyone, but it shows once again that Green Thorn is capable of producing an almost 1:1 replica of a sophisticated design.

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    1. Congratulations! :)
      How does it feel holding in the hand? I mean size - weight wise.

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