Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Review: Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper compared to the Land 910plus, SRM 9001 and 9011

Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Excellent flipper with emergency tools
Pros:
- excellent fit & finish,
- very good ergonomics,
- nice satin finished Sandvik 12C27 blade with outstanding slicing performance
- solid lock-up without any blade play,
- smooth opening & closing thanks to the ball bearings,
- superb flipping action,
- thumb stud or flipper opening,
- deep carry pocket clip,
- extra emergency tools:
bottle opener / flat head screw driver,
seatbelt cutter / philips screwdriver,
window breaker tip 

Cons:
- none

Details:
Blade length: 3.19" (81 mm)
Blade thickness:0.122" (3.1 mm)
Blade steel:  Sandvik 12C27
Open length:7.91" (201 mm)
Closed length: 4.72" (120 mm)
Handle thickness:0.52" (13.2 mm)
Weight: 4.86 oz  (138 g)
Handle: G10 with skeletonized steel liners
Lock: liner-lock
Carry:right hand tip up
Pivot:ball bearings

!! The links are updated !!
You can buy the SRM 9018 on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

 Lovely details:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Polished liners and backspacer:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Comfortable flipper tab:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Window / glass breaker tip:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Bottle operner / flat head screwdriver:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Seatbelt cutter / philips screwdriver:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Perfectly centered blade, solid lock-up:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Disassembled:

Group shots
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus (review here)
SRM 9001,
SRM 9018,
and SRM 9011:
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
You can buy them 
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus: ***HERE***
SRM 9001: ***HERE***
SRM 9011: ***HERE*** 

Quick comparison of these folders:
All of them are excellent, almost same sized, liner-lock folders with smooth opening, G10 handle and Sandvik 12C27 blade. The SRM 9001 and the 9011 are also equipped with a secondary safety lock which is convenient to use (if you want). 
Opening:
The SRM 9001 and the 9018 can be opened by the flipper or the thumb studs while the Land 910 plus and the SRM 9011 come only with thumb studs. 
Pivot:
SRM 9018, SRM 9001 and Land 910 plus: ball bearings
SRM 9011: bronze and teflon washers
Carry:
Land 910 plus, SRM 9001 and 9011 right or left hand tip up
SRM 9018 right hand tip up only
Weight order:
SRM 9001 4.02 oz  (114 g), SRM 9011 4.37 oz  (124 g), Land 910plus  4.48 oz (127 g) and SRM 9018 4.86 oz  (138 g)
Blade length order:
SRM 9018 3.19" (81 mm), Land 910 plus and SRM 9011 3.34" (85 mm), SRM 9001 3.38" (86 mm)

Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011
Sanrenmu Land 910 plus, SRM 9001, 9018 and 9011

More pics:
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper
Sanrenmu SRM 9018 flipper

38 comments:

  1. This is a nice SRM knife but I just spent my knife budget for a while.
    Shot a TS51 on the bay for $43, now I'm waiting for arrival.

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    1. I'm quite happy with these new SRM series. For example the design of the safety lock at the 9001 is superb. This is the best one I've ever seen. CRKT could learn from them.

      Wow, that was a pretty good deal! I'm curious about your first impressions of its handle design.

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    2. YouTube can find good deals on eBay on TwoSun knives. Weirdly I can find many of them with Google but not in their own search engine. One seller goes by twosunknives, the other one as d-win99.

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  2. Really like the looks of the 9011. Hopefully I can catch it on a sale

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    1. That's a nice clean - slim design for sure. I can thumb flick it open easily.

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    2. Gearbest says the 9011 is 203 mm long, the 910 as 201 mm
      On your pictures the 9011 is looking at least 1 cm longer though. What's the correct open length of it?

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    3. The open length of 9011 is exactly 203 mm. As I wrote all of them is almost the same size with 2-3 mm difference. It looks bigger in the pic because of the perspective.

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    4. Ok. Hmm, never liked tanto blades but after using my reground Kwaiken even the 9001s blade grind is looking pretty interesting.

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    5. I'll reprofile the cutting edge of my 9001 after the review so it'll look like a traditional tanto. With only 114 g it's a very good light weight EDC option.

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    6. Seems lighter than the original 910+ even though my CF versions are even lighter :p

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    7. We don't talk about expensive custom built knives here! ;))

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  3. The 9018 with the saw could be a great outdoor knife and a far more robust option than SAK.

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    1. Then the Sanrenmu 9019 is waiting for you! :)
      It's the same as the 9018 but it also has a saw blade.

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  4. That Sanrenmu 9011 looked somewhat familiar to me.
    Go check the SRM 6029 and you know what I mean ;)

    Now they should make some colorful versions of the full sized one, too.

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    1. Thanks God, Sanrenmu started to produce those tiny little folders in a decent size. :)

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    2. I really liked the shape of the SRM 6029 when it had a three-digits code only and had it in my shopping cart more than a few times already.
      Never pulled the trigger as it's too small anyways.
      It's amazing what a nice grind Sanrenmu can make on the new models, esp. if you copare it to this little one. Maybe the better steel helps, too.

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  5. Sanrenmu 910+ is my all time favourite EDC. I only wish it would be slightly lighter but I can live with it. I slightly filed the G10 to make it smoother in hand and.. wow, what an awesome organic design ! Did you notice it actually doesn't have any flat line ?

    These are about twice the price of the 910+, and I am not sure if I like the design as much.
    I see that you are really enthusiastic. Would you say they justify the price difference from the 910+ ?

    In this price range (on Fasttech with the coupon "MAP"), the CH G10 knives are striking hard.

    Please help me, I am trying hard to resist the urge to buy these!

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    1. Yes, the 910+ is still a best buy.

      Time to time GB has some sort of new promotion, daily deal, discount coupons, flash sale etc. so you should keep an eye on them. I guess they are novelties under a different subbrand that makes the list price higher than the 910+.

      Anyway it's great to see Sanrenmu started to release new full sized folders.

      At the moment FT wants to charge me $10 for plain shipping of a single knife so I'm not a big fan of them anymore.

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    2. @uko You must tell SRM that you want a real CF version (no G10/CF laminate)
      My 910+ is around 110g, this way it carries much better

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    3. Life is not easy. All of us has his own problem. :))

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    4. I do keep an eye on GB's discounts. Recently got 2 Fura Titanium for about $15 each and the (very) small titanium+G10 + ceramic bearing Y-STARTs for about $5 each using coupons :)

      If I can get these new SRM knives for about 12 I'll be happy and will definitely try one of each. Black Friday maybe?

      Sorry about your situation with FT :(
      Their prices went up on ports recently, but they are still reducing the cost based on the amount of purchases. Maybe you should try a bundle at some point?
      CH Knives G10 are insane value for the price. Imho similar to 910's but in a bigger higher end range. The CH3001, CH3002 and CH3504 are my favs, they are on the big and heavy range but wow, can we really get so much quality for the price ? The smoothness of action, (esp CH3001) the fit and finnished, the work on the blades, the clicking sound when opening... they are clearly on a different level.
      Quite robust like TS knives but imho with a better finish and smoother feel.

      @Endre: Did you custom it yourself ? Or where did you get it?
      I have seen variations of the 910+ around (especially in germany). Are they special orders for specific retailers ?

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    5. Yes, I made them.

      http://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2018/07/sanrenmu-land-910-and-9104-carbon-fiber.html

      And where do you guys always get coupons? I only find like -10% and stuff. Sometimes a flash sale, like <$7 instead of $12 for the SRM 7129
      I missed the $10 9103 though, too bad.

      For a good discount I'd order this:
      https://www.fasttech.com/products/1901/10019907/9628271-hx-outdoors-outdoor-tactical-survival-folding
      The price is all right considering that the similar Puma-Tec (314205) branded one is $50. For such a small knife I'd like a price around 10-15 bucks though, cos well, I'm spoilt from Chinese prices :P

      By the way, I'd love the CH3001 as well, would be nice with a tricolor anodizing, maybe even with a coa of arms in the middle (the anti-slip rippled surface is making that extra difficult though)

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    6. P.S. There were some special versions of the 9103 and 9104 with engravings which they called 910 Exclusive. I like them but I don't need another 910x for the price of a Ti folder ;)
      Right now my reground Fura Kwaiken is my edc. Didn't like it when I got it but the job student who wanted it didn't pay. With a hollow grind and a "scandi" tip it's really useful and at now 91g it's pretty light for its size (I still wish for some inisde milling)

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    7. The codes were not knives specific, they were a global operation from Gearbest for clearance purpose. Quite a lot of stuff went down to -50% using the codes, and the codes worked on some items that were already in flash sales, leading to up to 75% price cut.

      I considered the FURA Kwaiken as well, but I don't like the thickness of the blade. As it is not so wide, the cutting edge remains quite thick and doesn't slice as smoothly through things.

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    8. Seems my Coupon-Fu is not that good then. A District9 E190 for $40 would be cool ;)
      And yes, the Kwaiken's blade is a tad too thick but with hollow grind and a flat ground Tanto tip it's working pretty well. At 91 grams it's also pretty light. Also a Kwaiken's original role was that of a sidearm for self defense or suicide, not as a food slicer ;)

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    9. Darn, I should read my post before instead of saying the same thing twice. Isti, You can delete these 2 posts :)

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    10. The quality of the District 9 E190 / E170 is almost midtech according to some of the reviewers (Franz can confirm that) so $40 price is a bit unrealistic.

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    11. Sure it is. And I wouldn't know how to tell that difference. Once I handled a Large Sebenza, wasn't impressed, whereas the CF Urban Trapper felt great. We'll see if I'll be impressed by my $40 instead of 70 TwoSun. Oh, btw, would you have guessed they'd sell the 910 series so cheap when you first handled it?

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    12. The Land 910plus is an amazing value even at $20. I bought an extra one as backup just in case when they were on sale. Now I have 2 pcs 910plus, 3 pcs 9103 and 1 pc 9104.
      I have problems I know that. :))

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    13. I missed the 9103 when it was $10 because shipping to me was nearly same much and I didn't have a good idea how to mod it. Tell me about problems :p
      On the other hand, I don't use my CF 910 and 9104 anymore, they are a tad too bulky for my needs but I'm too lazy to eBay it.

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    14. @Isti: If you have a probleme, so do I.
      I got myself 3 black 910+, 1 green, 2 9103 and 2 9104. Oh, and about 15 little 7010 because I couldn't resist the urge when they came on huge discount for 3€ each.

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    15. Wow, that's a serious backup! :)
      I consider these purchases as a safety investment for the forthcoming Mad Max times! ;))

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    16. Yeah, I actually can't resist sales. How not to buy a knife that is already a huge deal around 20 when it drops to 10 ? Who can resist that ?

      And I can't help thinking they are great gifts for the price, too.

      To get back on topic, got a 9011 on the way. Flash sale for 14€ on Gearbest.

      Oh and btw, I'm uko, decided to log in with Google for notifications.

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    17. The 9011 is a nice, slim, EDC friendly folder. I bet you'll like it. :)

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  6. Received my 9011 today. Love it ! Fit and finish feels slightly better than on the 910+ (maybe because of the backspacer and more work on the blade).

    I didn't realize it was on washers. Excellent ones though, very smooth and pleasant to use. And not a problem at all for a liner lock knife (unlike many Ganzos with axis lock that would benefit greatly from bearings).

    Too bad the handle is longer than the 910+'s and the blader shorter. Otherwise extremeply pleasant to use or play with. Again an incredible value for the price, thanks Sanrenmu and Gearbest !

    On a side note, APP price is currently offering huge discounts on Gearbest, over 30% discount. Check on it !
    Got myself a 9018 and a 9015 for 15€ each, and both the latest GANZO FB7621 and FB7631 for 14€ each.

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    1. Congratulations!
      At first I thought my 9011 was running on bearings because of the smooth action. So it was a surprise when I took it apart. :)

      I'll have a look at those deals on the APP, thanks! I have both of the fore-mentioned Ganzos (FB7621 and FB7631). They're sweet folders running on bearings so you won't be disappointed for sure.

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