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

22 comments:

  1. Do you think there's a chance they'd make a small version like in the size of the SRM 910 series?

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    1. I wouldn't hold my breath till that. I think their small flipper model is the LK5013 what you also bought with damascus blade.

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    2. Agreed with Isti. I wish they would make a smaller one as I love the design but find it a bit bulky and heavy for an EDC.

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  2. I think it does not worth its price.

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    1. I think it does as well. I am a big fan of the JIN01 (and the JIAHENG versions as well, which offer more colours and ball bearings).
      This one looks awesome.

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  3. I have a JIN02 and the blade does not seem to dull at all. I use it on fishing chores and I fish a lot. It just keeps on going and going. Love that little knife!

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    1. With 200 mm (8") full length the JIN02 is the perfect EDC size for me.

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    2. That's the size I'd like for that CH3516 But it will be out of my price range anyways

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  4. What would you recommend, the Jin02 or one of the AXIS Ganzos on ball bearings?

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    1. The lock of the latest axis-lock Ganzos is slightly easier to operate thanks to the rounded ends of the axis. If you don't have sensitive, piano player fingers the JIN02 will work for you just as good offering a better blade steel. :)

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    2. I guess if I'd ever buy another Ganzo then it would be something like the F753M1, at least size-wise

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    3. I don't know who used the design first, but I was pretty sure it was a copy of a Boker Magnum design:
      https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO01SC948/boker-magnum-bb-folding-knife-358-drop-point-blade-blackblue-g10-handles

      For me, the size and weight are still the main issues with this knife. 140g and 9.5cm blade is a bit much for a pocket.
      I wish they would also go for thinner blades. But that's related to my personal usage, as I don't plan on going through a zombie apocalypse with it, but rather open packages or cut food.

      Yet I love the new design and will probably get one.

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    4. The handle of the Jin 01 is based on the wood handle of the Rockstead Higo (https://imgur.com/xiQOwtl). Besides the obvious shape and the way the handle scales are cut to show the liners, the jimping and the concentric arcs on the lockbar give it away. Boker Magnum is undoubtedly made in China and Y-START (and other Chinese knife makers) do OEM work for companies. Perhaps the Boker was made first but I think it's interesting that Boker would release a knife with a handle that is a direct ripoff of a Rockstead. Seeing as how Boker also has Sanrenmu knives I think perhaps the Chinese company will come up with and propose a design. I could be wrong about it, it's sort of chicken and egg, but for these budget lines I don't think they want to spend much money on the design aspect and if their Chinese OEM has an original design they can slap their brand on it and sell it since it will seem to be an original design outside the Chinese knife world.

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    5. This wouldn't be the first time for Boker Magnum selling rebranded Chinese folders under their logo (Enlan EL-01, Sanrenmu "SAK" etc.).

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  5. This is a very cool evolution from Y-START. It's like they took all the cons from the JIN 01 and fixed them. It turns out the handle from these models appears to be based on the wood handle of the Rockstead Higo.

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    1. Thanks for the hint about the handle design.
      Y-Start should release premium titanium versions based on this handle design with a better blade steel. For example the JIN01 would be awesome with titanium liners, CF scales, deep carry titanium pocket clip and S35VN blade. :)

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    2. I'd they could keep it under 125g or so that'd be awesome.

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    3. Such a Ti JIN1 could be pretty close to the Rocksteady knife it borrowed the design from. I'd be happy with a Real Steel G5 Metamorph without the branding for $40 or so.

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    4. The G5 Metamorph would be over priced even at $40.

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    5. Well, judging from my RSK Griffin which I got for 40 EUR I'd say $40 sounds pretty fair for that offer. Maybe Ti would be nicer but I like that rose colored one, impossible on Ti ;)

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