Monday, July 22, 2019

EDC pocket dump #2 (knives, tools, gears, gadgets, watches etc.)

I decided to continue the previous post about my recent EDC combos, gadgets, tools etc. in this new one. Comments are welcome! :)

You can find the previous part #1: ***HERE***
You can find the new part #3:  ***HERE***

CH Knives Nighthawk G10
another superb value flipper from CH with excellent 
flipping action - thanks to the ball bearings -
 and  wicked sharp D2 blade.
Quick action video: ***HERE***
CH Knives Nighthawk G10 flipper
CH Knives Nighthawk G10 flipper
CH Knives Nighthawk G10 flipper
CH Knives Nighthawk G10 flipper
CH Knives Nighthawk G10 flipper
CH Knives Nighthawk G10 flipper
You can buy the CH Nighthawk on Aliexpress***HERE***
Exclusive titanium/CF version with S35VN blade ***HERE***

I couldn't resist so I got one. :)
I don't regret it because it's an excellent EDC friendly folder
with a size between the large and the small Sebenza.
Sanrenmu Land 812
with titanium handle, VG10 blade and ball bearings:
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
Sanrenmu Land 812 titanium - VG10
You can buy the Sanrenmu Land 812 on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***
Limited Stock!

Ganzo Firebird FH61 "Pocket Bowie"
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
Ganzo Firebird FH61 "Pocket Bowie"
Ganzo Firebird FH61 "Pocket Bowie"
Ganzo Firebird FH61 "Pocket Bowie"
Ganzo Firebird FH61 "Pocket Bowie"
Ganzo Firebird FH61 "Pocket Bowie"
Ganzo Firebird FH61 "Pocket Bowie"
You can buy the Ganzo Firebird FH61 on Aliexpress***HERE***

Xiaomi Youpin - NexTool 15 in 1 multi-tool
with full sized scissors:
Xiaomi Youpin - NexTool 15 in 1 multi-tool
Victorinox Swiss Tool vs. Xiaomi Youpin - NexTool:
Victorinox Swiss Tool vs. Xiaomi Youpin - NexTool multi-tool
You can buy the Xiaomi multi-tool
***HERE***  or ***HERE*** It's on flash Sale!

Ganzo Firebird FH12 flipper
with D2 blade and ball bearings
& SKMEI "G-Shock":
Ganzo Firebird FH12 flipper & SKMEI 1496 red "G-Shock"
Ganzo Firebird FH12 flipper & SKMEI 1496 red "G-Shock"
You can buy the Ganzo Firebird FH12:
Aliexpress***HERE***
GearBest: ***HERE*** 
Fasttech: ***HERE***
and the SKMEI 1496: ***HERE***

My favourite Ganzo at the moment:
lightweight (3.56 oz / 101 g) with superb ergonomics.
Ganzo Firebird FH41 flipper
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
Ganzo Firebird FH41 flipper
Ganzo Firebird FH41 flipper
Ganzo Firebird FH41 flipper
Ganzo Firebird FH41 flipper
You can buy the Ganzo Firebird FH41:
Aliexpress***HERE***
GearBest: ***HERE*** 
Fasttech: ***HERE***

Super lightweight (2.64 / 2.78 oz)
Benchmade BM 940 & 943 clones
with FRN handle, D2 blade and copper washers:
Benchmade BM 940 & 943 clones
Benchmade BM 940 & 943 clones
Benchmade BM 940 & 943 clones
Benchmade BM 940 FRN clone
Benchmade BM 943 clone
You can buy the BM940 & 943 on Aliexpress:***HERE***

BM581 axis-assisted Barrage***HERE***
BM485 Valet with titanium handle: ***HERE*** 
BM781 Anthem with alu handle: ***HERE***
!! NEW !!
BM781 Anthem 
with M390 blade & integral titanium handle: ***HERE***

Kizer Domin
Another excellent EDC friendly design
from Kizer Knives with VG10 blade:
Kizer Domin
Kizer Domin
You can buy the Domin on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***
New Mini Domin:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Fura Gear Orbit front flipper
with D2 blade, detent "lock" and ball bearings.
It's a quite unique design:
Fura Gear Serge Orbit style front flipper
Fura Gear Serge Orbit style front flipper
Fura Gear Serge Orbit style front flipper
You can buy the Orbit on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** (without branding)

New SKMEI 1496 G-Shock wannabe:
SKMEI 1496 G-Shock wannabe
SKMEI 1496 G-Shock wannabe
SKMEI 1299, 1496 and 1456:
SKMEI 1299, 1496 and 1456 Full Metal
You can buy them on Aliexpress:
SKMEI 1299: ***HERE***
SKMEI 1496: ***HERE***
SKMEI 1456: ***HERE***

New SKMEI 1278 retro budget watch:
SKMEI 1278 retro budget watch
You can buy the FH51 on Aliexpress***HERE***
More SKMEI watches:
at Banggood: ***HERE***
at GearBest: ***HERE***
at Fasttech: ***HERE***

Ganzo Firebird FH51
an excellent compact, EDC friendly sized flipper 
with super smooth flipping action, D2 blade and ball bearings:
Ganzo Firebird FH51 compact flipper
Ganzo Firebird FH51 compact flipper
Ganzo Firebird FH51 compact flipper
Ganzo Firebird FH51 compact flipper
You can buy the FH51 on Aliexpress***HERE***

GearBest***HERE***

Real Steel H6-S1
with Sandvik 14C28N blade:
Real Steel H6-S1
Real Steel H6-S1
You can buy the H6-S1 at Messer&Co***HERE***

Real Steel Terra in coyote brown
with Sandvik 14C28N blade:
Real Steel Terra in coyote brown
Real Steel Terra in coyote brown
Real Steel Terra in coyote brown
Real Steel Terra in coyote brown
You can buy the Terra at Messer&Co***HERE***

Jufule Benchmade BM485 black LE clone
with titanium handle, steel liners and D2 blade:
Jufule Benchmade BM485 black LE limited edition clone
Jufule Benchmade BM485 black LE limited edition clone
Jufule Benchmade BM485 black LE limited edition clone
Jufule Benchmade BM485 black LE limited edition clone
Jufule Benchmade BM485 black LE limited edition clone
You can buy the BM485 LE clone on Aliexpress:
***HERE***

Go Comma compact flipper
with G10 handle, D2 blade and ball bearings.
It's an amazing value for the money!
Go Comma G10 D2 flipper
Go Comma G10 D2 flipper
You can buy this Go Comma flipper at GearBest***HERE***

My EDC flashlight collection
Zanflare F3, Astrolux A01, Nitecore TIP and Zanflare F6:
Zanflare F3, Astrolux A01, Nitecore TIP and Zanflare F6
Zanflare F3, Astrolux A01, Nitecore TIP and Zanflare F6
You can buy the Zanflare F3: ***HERE***
Astrolux A01: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
Nitecore TIP: ***HERE***
Zanflare flashlights at GB: ***HERE***

My freshly arrived budget friendly Mini Buster
with steel handle, D2 blade and ball bearings:
SNECX Mini Buster with D2 blade & SKMEI 1456 Full Metal
SNECX Mini Buster with D2 blade
You can buy the Mini Buster on Aliexpress 
with steel handle: ***HERE***
with G10 handle: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal" in 5 colors on Aliexpress:

A couple of my favourite compact titanium
frame-lock folders top to bottom
SBKF, CH Knife CH3003 and X4 flipper:
Borka style SBKF, CH Knife CH3003 and X4 flipper
Borka style SBKF, CH Knife CH3003 and X4 flipper
Borka style SBKF, CH Knife CH3003 and X4 flipper
Borka style SBKF, CH Knife CH3003 and X4 flipper
Full sized CH3504 "Skull", CH3003 and X4 flipper:
CH Knife CH3504 "Skull", CH3003 and X4 flipper
CH Knife CH3504 "Skull", CH3003 and X4 flipper
You can buy them on Aliexpress 
SBKF: ***HERE***
CH3003 in 3 colors: ***HERE***
X4 flipper in 3 colors: ***HERE***

More CH3504 variants: ***HERE*** 
Full sized Green Thorn SBKF: ***HERE***

EDCing the Ganzo G734
while doing some chainsaw work with my Stihl. :)
Ganzo G734 - the liner-lock Stretch
Ganzo G734 - the liner-lock Stretch
Ganzo G734 - the liner-lock Stretch
You can buy the Ganzo G734 
at GearBest: ***HERE***
at Fasttech: ***HERE***

More Ganzo models: 
***HERE*** and ***HERE*** and ***HERE***

Ganzo Firebird G729 (review here)
with axis-lock and satin finished blade:
Ganzo Firebird G729 - the axis-lock PM2
Ganzo Firebird G729 - the axis-lock PM2
You can buy the Ganzo G729 at GearBest: ***HERE***
More Ganzo models: ***HERE*** and ***HERE***

Carpe diem! :)
Ganzo Firebird F7041 CF (review here)
with satin finished blade:
Ganzo Firebird F7041 CF
Ganzo Firebird F7041 CF
You can buy the Ganzo F7041 CF at GearBest: ***HERE***
More F704 variants: ***HERE*** and ***HERE***
CF credit card holder at Banggood: ***HERE***

Kizer Mini Sheepdog flipper
with G10 handle, VG10 blade and ball bearings:
Kizer Mini Sheepdog flipper
Kizer Mini Sheepdog flipper
You can buy the Kizer Mini Sheepdog on Aliexpress: 
***HERE*** or ***HERE***  
Large titanium frame-lock version: ***HERE***
More Kizer knives: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Zieba G2 style front flipper
with G10 handle, 9Cr18MoV blade and ball bearings:
Zieba G2 style front flipper
Zieba G2 style front flipper
Zieba G2 style front flipper
You can buy the G2 front flipper on Aliexpress: 
***HERE*** or ***HERE***  
frame-lock version with steel handle: ***HERE***
titanium version: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

CH Knife CH3505 G10 flipper
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
CH Knife CH3505 G10 flipper
CH Knife CH3505 G10 flipper
CH Knife CH3505 G10 flipper
CH Knife CH3505 G10 flipper
You can buy the CH3505 on Aliexpress:
***HERE***  or ***HERE***
Exclusive titanium version with S35VN blade: 
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Kershaw 1960 Drone
assisted opening (AO) flipper with 8Cr13MoV blade:
Kershaw 1960 Drone AO flipper
Kershaw 1960 Drone AO flipper
You can buy the Kershaw Drone on Aliexpress: ***HERE***
Syma X25Pro GPS drone at GB: ***HERE***

Eafengrow EF70 Kwaiken
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
Eafengrow EF70 Kwaiken
Eafengrow EF70 Kwaiken
Eafengrow EF70 Kwaiken
Eafengrow EF70 Kwaiken
You can buy the EF70 Kwaiken on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

Shirogorov Tabargan 110 copy 
with 4" (100 mm) D2 blade, axis-lock and ball bearings:
Shirogorov Tabargan 110 clone
Shirogorov Tabargan 110 clone
Shirogorov Tabargan 110 clone
Shirogorov Tabargan 110 clone
You can buy the Tabargan 110 in 3 colors on Aliexpress***HERE***

Sanrenmu Land 811 / 8104 
(the compact version of the 9103/9104 series)
with my super cool OZ Machine Company titanium prybar:
Sanrenmu Land 811 / 8104 with OZ prybar
Sanrenmu Land 811 / 8104 with OZ prybar
Sanrenmu Land 811 / 8104 with OZ prybar
You can buy the Land 8104 on Aliexpress: ***HERE***

Awesome blade with smooth flicking action:
Spyderco C239 Subvert clone 
with 4.14" (105 mm) 9Cr14MoV blade and ball bearings. 
Despite the full steel liners it weights only 6.73 oz / 191 g
 (original: 6.2 oz / 176 g).
Have a look at my preview video: ***HERE***
Spyderco C239 Subvert clone
Spyderco C239 Subvert clone
You can buy the Subvert in 3 colors on  Aliexpress:

Carpe diem! :))
Ganzo Firebird FH21 light weight flipper
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
Ganzo Firebird FH21 EDC
Ganzo Firebird FH21 EDC
You can buy the FH21 in 3 colors:
 Aliexpress: ***HERE***
GearBest: ***HERE***
Nitecore TIP: ***HERE*** 

Bushcrafting at professional level! :))
CH Knife CH3504 G10 flipper
with D2 blade and ball bearings:
CH Knife CH3504 G10 flipper
CH Knife CH3504 G10 flipper
CH Knife CH3504 G10 flipper
You can buy the CH3504 G10 in different colors:
 GearBest: ***HERE*** 
Aliexpress: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

The elegant Sanrenmu 9165-KB slip joint folder
with hidden locking feature,
CF scales and Sandvik 12C27 blade:
Sanrenmu 9165-KB slip joint folder with CF scales
Excellent pocket clip:
Sanrenmu 9165-KB slip joint folder with CF scales
Sanrenmu 9165-KB slip joint folder with CF scales
Sanrenmu 9165-KB slip joint folder with CF scales
The hidden lock pin removed from the back of the handle:
Sanrenmu 9165-KB slip joint folder with CF scales
The blade is locked by the inserted pin: 
Sanrenmu 9165-KB slip joint folder with CF scales
You can buy the Sanrenmu 9165 on Aliexpress:

Any color you like as long as it's black! :)
Classic Sanrenmu 7010LUI-SH1 in black with flower logo
with molle clips/buckles:
Sanrenmu 7010LUI-SH1 in black with flower logo
Sanrenmu 7010LUI-SH1 in black with flower logo
Sanrenmu 7010LUI-SH1 in black with flower logo
Sanrenmu 7010LUI-SH1 in black with flower logo
Sanrenmu 7010LUI-SH1 in black with flower logo
Sanrenmu 7010LUI-SH1 in black with flower logo
You can buy the Sanrenmu 7010 at GearBest: ***HERE***
and on Aliexpress: ***HERE*** 

Hx Outdoors TD-09 Bushcraft fixed blade knife
with HD2 blade, fire steel and diamond sharpener on the sheath:
Hx Outdoors TD-09 Bushcraft fixed blade knife
Hx Outdoors TD-09 Bushcraft fixed blade knife
Hx Outdoors TD-09 Bushcraft fixed blade knife
Hx Outdoors TD-09 Bushcraft fixed blade knife
The fire steel is removed from the handle:
Hx Outdoors TD-09 Bushcraft fixed blade knife
Mora Allround, Hx Outdoors Bushcraft and Sanrenmu S708:
Mora Allround, Hx Outdoors Bushcraft and Sanrenmu S708
Mora Allround, Hx Outdoors Bushcraft and Sanrenmu S708
You can buy the Hx Outdoors TD-09 at GearBest: ***HERE***
and the SRM S708 on Aliexpress: ***HERE*** 

Compact Mechanical Karambit
with FRN handle and 440 blade:
Mechanical Karambit  with FRN handle
Mechanical Karambit  with FRN handle
Mechanical Karambit  with FRN handle
Mechanical Karambit  with FRN handle
Mechanical Karambit  with FRN handle
Mechanical Karambit  with FRN handle
Mechanical Karambit  with FRN handle
You can buy the Mechanical Karambit on Aliexpress
***HERE*** or ***HERE***
Have a look at the other versions:

Fat Dragon Dead Silence sub frame-lock flipper with 
G10 handle, titanium lock-bar, backspacer, pocket clip, 
notch in the backspacer for a tritium vial,
VG-10 blade and ball bearings:
Fat Dragon Dead Silence G10 flipper
Fat Dragon Dead Silence G10 flipper
Fat Dragon Dead Silence G10 flipper
Fat Dragon Dead Silence G10 flipper
Fat Dragon Dead Silence G10 flipper
Fat Dragon Dead Silence G10 flipper
You can buy the Dead Silence flippers on Aliexpress:

Strolling in the woods with my new SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper.
It comes with a bada$$ 0.157" (4 mm) thick Sandvik 14C28 blade, 
G10 handle, window breaker tip, safety lock and ball bearings:
SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper by Sanrenmu
SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper by Sanrenmu
SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper by Sanrenmu
Mirror polished edge out of the box:
SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper by Sanrenmu
SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper by Sanrenmu
SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper by Sanrenmu
SRM 1006 heavy duty flipper by Sanrenmu
You can buy the SRM 1006 on Aliexpress:

Two Sun TS80 titanium frame-lock folder with 
CF handle insets & thumb studs, D2 blade and ball bearings.
This knife is stunning, holding it in the hand it feels like $150+ folder. 
Two Sun TS80 titanium frame-lock folder
Two Sun TS80 titanium frame-lock folder
Two Sun TS80 titanium frame-lock folder
Two Sun TS80 titanium frame-lock folder
Two Sun TS80 titanium frame-lock folder
You can buy the TwoSun TS80 on Aliexpress:

Sanrenmu S628 compact fixed blade knife
with G10 handle and 8Cr14MoV blade:
Sanrenmu S628 compact fixed blade knife + SKMEI watch
Sanrenmu S628 compact fixed blade knife + SKMEI watch
Sanrenmu S628 compact fixed blade knife + SKMEI watch
High quality plastic sheath with leather belt loop:
Sanrenmu S628 compact fixed blade knife
Sanrenmu S628 compact fixed blade knife
Sanrenmu S628 vs. Sanrenmu 7130 (review here):
Sanrenmu S628 vs. Sanrenmu 7130
Sanrenmu S628 vs. Sanrenmu 7130
Sanrenmu S628 vs. Sanrenmu 7130
Sanrenmu S628 vs. Sanrenmu 7130
You can buy the SRM S628: ***HERE*** (Aliexpress)
SRM 7130: ***HERE***  (Ali) or ***HERE*** (GearBest)
SKMEI watches at GearBest: 
***HERE*** (1299) or ***HERE*** (1335)

101 comments:

  1. You were thinking about anodizing the TS80, but I think this dark grey fits the knife perfectly and give it its more refined look.
    Can't wait to get mine.

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    1. I changed my mind. It's as good as it gets. :)

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    2. Jeez. I saw some Youtube reviews of this one. It's really unique and bigger than I thought. Internal stop pins on the blade, yeah! I think I'll grab one at Y-Start for $64. Is the action as "hydraulic" as some other TwoSuns? I don't mind buying clones, but it's just more fun to discover really great original designs.

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    3. Yes, it has a very smooth "hydraulic" action with almost free falling blade at closing. The detent is strong enough so you can thumb flick it open easily. The pocket clip is also good.

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    4. So I've had my TS80 for a few weeks.

      I love the look of the knife, the manufacturing is well done, it's extremely smooth, flicks open like a rocket, blades closes free-falling shut, feels much more expensive that what it is, etc, etc... however it won't be seeing much of pocket time (if I want to still have pockets in my jeans!) at least for now as something needs to be fixed.

      This darn pocket clip looks really good but the design is plain awful!!! I wonder if the designer has ever tried to slide one on a pair of jeans (and it's a bit heavy for dress pants).
      First, there isn't muck clearance if you wear normal pair of jeans.
      Second, it's fairly stiff.
      Third and most importantly, it's extremely hard to get in and out of the pocket and on top of that, it destroys the pocket!.
      The bad design choice seem to be that the part that actually clips between the knife and the pocket is flat, there is no ramp to make it easier for the knife to slide either in or out, so basically, you have a flat piece of metal hitting the fabric and getting stuck.
      That combined with the stiffness and low clearance destroys the pants and makes it almost impossible to use.

      So for now, it won't be an EDC for me, at least until I find some time and some courage to try to mess around with it and try to create 2 ramps with a dremel for IN and Out of the pocket without actually destroying the pocket clip.

      Another thing that I'm not keen on is the strange finish of the scales. I love the color and the milled lines but looking closer, there are a whole bunch of what looks like scratches.
      I'm not sure if it's scratches or a stonewash, but if it's a stonewash, that's one of the most poorly made stonewash I've ever seen, because like I said, it looks like a bunch of long scratches.
      Is yours finished that way to?

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    5. I've just tried mine with thicker fabric trousers and the pocket clip drags the pocket badly. I'll round the bottom of the clip tomorrow. I think it doesn't need a dremel, a file and a couple of sandpapers will do.

      Actually I like that stone washed like finish on the handle.

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    6. If you get a result you're happy with, would you mind taking pictures so I get an idea of what needs to be done? A before/after for example. Thanks.

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    7. The pocket clip got fixed! :)
      Here are the pics: Photo 1 and Photo 2

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    8. Nice! How does it work now?
      What did you end up doing to fix it?

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    9. It's much better now especially the removing.
      I used a flat diamond file then I wrapped different grit sandpapers around the file for the finishing touch. I also wrapped the clip in masking tape.

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    10. Yeah, your ramp seems steeper on the side that you remove the knife than the side that you insert it. Maybe you could have a steeper angle there too?
      Anyway, very cool, I might give it a try some day on mine. Thanks.

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    11. That's the beauty of the hand made work. ;) It works fine for me so I won't mod it any further. This type of pocket clips never will be as smooth as the simple bent ones.

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  2. Ok. Maybe next month. I couldn't resist the Kizer Dukes (light grey version) and Lancer 2 (both 51% discount) with extra 10% discount...I'm still in love with my Sealion (ok, I'm not going to say that to non-knifepeople) Hands down the most beautiful medium sized edc in my rotation.

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    1. I also got tempted by the Lancer 2. As I see it's almost the same size as the Sea Lion. Now I have to find an excuse to buy one! :)

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  3. Because it looks smooth ;) Great edc I think and the recurve looks nice. Nowadays I slightly prefer these office friendly sized folders over larger ones. But that can change over a month.

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  4. Btw, after the green SRM 910+ became the 911, the 9103 became the 912 and the 9104 now the 913 I was wondering if they'd relable the black G10 version, too.
    But surprise surprise, it's still the 910Plus ;)
    Of all these 4 knives only the 912/9103 had slightly imperfect centering but the rest was better than some $60 knives I had from Boker, CRKT, Kershaw and the like.
    So where's the best place to get a cheap black 810? I need to make a CF scale for that model ;)

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    1. I also received two black Land 910 plus folders lately. So I can also confirm that the name didn't change. Neither the quality which is still amazing.

      You can find the Land 8102 / 8103 on Aliexpress HERE and at Exduct.com HERE. Exduct coupon codes: "ISTI6OFF" for 6% off and a special coupon for customers from the US: "ISTISAVESUS7OFF" for 7% off.

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    2. I guess I give it a try. I hope you get a good provision ;)

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    3. If you order at least 10 or more! ;)

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    4. Sorry, but no as long as I don't get a big order on CF scales ;)

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    5. If you don't try to sell your mods you'll never find out the demand for them. :)

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    6. Maybe, but afaik the casters are sold and I am told to make more.
      I can speak about that next week.
      I sold this one:
      http://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2018/04/blog-post.html
      with the help of the friends who sells the casters.
      Too bad he's not in the Co. anymore, I've sold him some stuff, some to his friends. Now maybe with the leather stuff ;)
      I just don't really want to sell the the 9104-CF.
      Too much work to get a too low price and too much work without a cnc to do it again. I've gifted the 910+CF by the way, so it's all right ;)

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    7. So I'll just get a black 810, mod it and then I'll see if there's demand for it. It's just difficult to ask for a reasonable price of handiwork on any knife that's less than $200 MSRP
      But I have an idea for the huge Fox Deimos already, I'm curious how it turns out...

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    8. I agree. You could charge much more for custom scales for the Spy PM2 for example.

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    9. I'll try to make a stamped leather scale for the Deimos. At least it will be unique :p

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    10. Sure, but for that I would have to buy one first.
      On the other hand I don't like the pressure to finish something in a given time. That's not working with family and my silly working hours.

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  5. So is it possible to open that karambit with the right hand in normal cutting position?

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    1. No. I think the standard position of these karambits is the reverse grip. By right hand I can open it in reverse grip and by left in the normal cutting position.

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    2. Well then I'm waiting for the leftie version so that the MallNinjas can use them in Akimbo style.

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  6. Problematic AcanthusDecember 9, 2018 at 8:31 PM

    I'd really like to know what you think of the G10 version of the mechanical karambit ... the version I picked up (https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32937106773.html) is a disappointment.

    Why? When locked open it has a lot of up-and-down play - maybe 3 or 4 mm of travel at the tip of the blade. I can't tell if it's caused by a bad design choice or just poor workmanship, but I think it's a serious flaw.

    (I notified the seller but literally their entire response has been: "If you are not satisfied, you can only refund. I hope you have good feedback." I've asked how to do that; no reply to that. Does anyone know how the refund process works, and/or whether it's worth the trouble for a $30 item? Not a great experience so far, and I'm only glad it didn't involve a more expensive item. "Well ... such is life.")

    The other knife I bought from the same seller is fine, as far as I can tell - a Yojimbo clone; I've never handled the real thing. It cost less than half of the mechanical k I chose, but seems to be a much better knife.

    Does the G10 version lock up solidly, or is there a lot of play?

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    1. I have the FRN version (the handle is not made of G10). Mine also has a sort of "lock" but it's a kind of slip joint design with some blade play. It doesn't bother me because this design doesn't need a lock at all (you "lock" the blade in place when you grab the knife). Anyway the blade can't fold over your fingers as the blade of a standard folding knife.

      You can open an dispute at "my orders" and you can ask for a full or a partial refund if you're not satisfied. Usually they accept a partial refund easily and you can keep the product.

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  7. Problematic AcanthusDecember 10, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Sorry, yes, FRN of course.

    Thanks for your thoughts on the blade-play issue. You're right that it can't close on the fingers, so the lock's not really critical. I guess that if I think of it as a friction folder, I may feel more friendly toward it. An interesting design, at any rate.

    Does the FRN handle feel strong or rigid enough to take any lateral stress that might be part of routine use?

    Thanks again...

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    1. You're welcome. :)
      The FRN handle is quite rigid thanks to the 8 mm (0.315") thickness.

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  8. Got my ts65 and ts66 integrals today.. ts65 had a slight imperfection on the machining job. But this is just nitpickingly small imperfection. The ts65 is on the other hand was flawless and I really tried to look! Both came screaming sharp and the action on both is really like hydraulic butter. Detent on both is perfect. The ts 65 is my favourite but both are simply stunning for the money I paid for them! Only cons are: the ts66 has a little too stiff pocket clip and they both came swimming in oil.

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    1. Congratulations! I also like the elegant lines of the TS65. I guess the TS66 would be too chunky for my taste.

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  9. There was another con on the ts65. The cf inlay was loose so I glued it with a good glue. Now it is solid. The ts66 still is without a flaw.

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  10. Nice review on the SRM 9165. Now I have to make my colleague to order one in AL ;)

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    1. Thanks to its nice slim & light weight design the 9165 finds its way to my pocket easily. I will post my full review as soon as I manage to take more decent photos outdoor.

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  11. Can you remove the thumbscrew on the Sanrenmu 9165? It could be a great modern two hand opening slipjoint.

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    1. The thumbstuds are big enough so I think they're removable (two parts screwed together). I don't want to fiddle with them because I might scratch them.

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    2. On the 910 series the thumb studs are screwed together in a D shaped hole with the screwable part on the showside. Even without loctite you'd always screw it back while opening the knife.

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  12. Fat Dragon Dead Silence - Firebird FH21 = brothers or simple Ganzofication of a nice design?

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    1. I have no info about their cooperation so it might be a homage by Ganzo. :)

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    2. The FH21 is on my list for sure. Just have to wait until that one and the SRM 9165 are listed on gb or ft.

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    3. I won't promote FT till they want to charge me $10 for shipping knives under their "world wide free sipping" policy. They can kiss my.....

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  13. Does the Sanrenmu 9165 have any blade play with the lock pin engaged? Also looking forward to a review of the 1006 if I didn't miss it somehow. Is the detent on the weak side like most SRM/Real Steel/Ruike knives?

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    1. The 9165 has some vertical "blade play" with the lock pin engaged but I can live with that.
      The SRM 1006 is a smooth (slow) flipper what I prefer to a finger breaking snappy one. The detent is on the weak side as you mentioned. I'm planning to review the 1006 as soon as the weather gets better. I take my photos outdoors and I'm not keen on doing that when the temperature is below zero with some wind. :)

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  14. Maybe you're interested, update on the molding test (not succesful) and some more leather stuff (rather satisfied)
    https://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2019/01/sanrenmu-813-and-other-stuff.html
    I've also put a new pivot with two screws into my Vepsa Neon as the original screw always got lose, loctite or not.
    https://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2018/05/anodized-titanium.html

    It wasn't my first choice but the one I liked more was only available when I order 100 pc... I like this one nonetheless.

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    1. That CF mold looks like those old school acrylic scales! :) On the other hand the leather products look really nice.

      That pivot screw is quite unique. Do you need a special tool for it?

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    2. Well, it's better if the slot driver has rounded ends, that's all ;)
      And yes, for a liner lock knife that would work if I could get rid of the bubbles but it's not rigid enough without vacuum and pressing it afterwards. We'll see when I'll make some cf, too many other projects in the line ;)

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    3. Well, that's what I tried with the mold :p

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    4. I also received my black Sanrenmu 8104 marked as 811. Although it was quite stiff out of the box it wasn't a challange to make it smooth. Now I can thumb flick it open.

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    5. Yes, a little polishing made mine smooth, too. How about machining marks or burrs?

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    6. There was a little burr inside of the handle around the pivot hole. Other than that it's perfect. If I can find a cheap source for 4 mm thick CF sheet I'll make a custom scale for it. :)

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    7. If you do so, please bost the pics.
      I'm still not sure about that project.
      Maybe I'll make CF for it, maybe not, too many other things to play with atm ;)

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    8. I'm still on my quest for finding a cheap source of CF. :)

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    9. Skulls anyone? http://adahnsplace.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-punisher.html

      And you can contact me on this gmail adress I guess, even though I'm not sure how it's working. I could also send you my adress if you don't publish that specific post, then we can talk about your CF.

      You can see the types I've used so far on my blog. Some shiny, some matte if cleaned with acetone, some blueish. The material of such a size is scrap in our profession but it has a slightly visible core of fiberglass.
      That only really matters on facets and my "blackwood" CF, it's looking a bit more like tree bark.

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    10. That's really cool with the GITD eyes! :)

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  15. Cloned already??? Didn't the Subvert just come out? I'm almost tempted to get it based on its impracticality alone LOL!

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    1. There's no impossible in China! :)
      The Black Snow Custom Sabotage was always on the top of my wish list so I took the plunge when I saw these the first time. Impractility? Not really. Indeed it's a quite good slicer - cutter. This is that kind of knife which puts a grin on your face every time you flick it open. :)

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    2. I made a preview video about the action of the Subvert HERE.

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  16. I really like that EF Kwaken.
    With that pattern of a bolster and stag it offers a lot of retro-chic.
    With that in mind it should be a lockback but with the release in the middle.

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    1. I also like the retro look of the handle. I prefer liner-locks to lock-backs so it's just perfect for me.

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    2. I'm with you about the usability of a liner lock but a lockback would look better on this one ;)

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  17. I'm waiting for the Ganzo FH51 to appear on ft or gb.
    For $20 I'd get one but the question is, which color??

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    1. I went for the light green "grass" color. It looks like a decenet EDC friendly flipper.

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    2. I think I'd go for the blue one. I liked that color on the FH21 already but I refused to order it. I've had a green Kershaw/Emerson and really hated the color ;)

      Soon I'll finish my cf scale for the SRM 813 and tomorrow I'll get my KPS1202D at my german shipping address. Next week our electronics geek has to check it for safety then I can do some more exact anodizing.
      Still thinking about putting a rock pattern on my TwoSun's handles but I'm not certain if that's looking good on the TS51.

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    3. As I remember Kershaw uses dark "British racing" green coloured G10, this geass green is brighter. For me that greyish blue looks quite depressing. ;)

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    4. Anyway post some high voltage anodized colors as soon as possible! :)

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    5. But not purple or some lame blue please! :))

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    6. I was thinking about reanodizing the noname Kwaiken to green, adding some grooves, ano them purple, add more grooves in violet, then same in gold, blue and bronze. Camouflage rock pattern, we'll see if it's working that way ;)

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    7. That sounds quite promising!
      Don't you want to try stencil anodizing on a different knife?

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    8. I wasn't lucky with my last attempt. I got a gumbear punch from my little son's Kindergarten. Made some stickers and spray painted the TiLock's handle. The result was blotchy and i don't have another Ti knife where the design would be matching. I think it's working better with sandblasting.

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    9. I've just watched a video tutorial about the process where a sandblaster was being used to transfer the pattern to the handle.

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    10. I'd experiment with that but I don't want a sandblaster atm.
      My co-worker likes the idea to buy a cheap one in Lidl, maybe someday I'll play with that one ;)

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  18. I'm quite happy that you picked the FH51's color that I like the least :p

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    1. I thought you hated the British racing green the most! :))

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    2. I like BR green on a Triumph or MG but I haven't seen a good looking green G10 as of yet.

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  19. I just tried my new power supply for anodizing. My test piece that coul become a little pry bar took the green quite well but without etching it's more translucent than opaque, maybe it's also due to the T2 alloy.
    The $62 was a good investment even though I have no clue what to do with 13 pc. 9V batteries...

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    1. Do you still have enough Wink?
      $62 was a very good price for that PS! Last time when I checked I couldn't find it cheaper than $80.

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    2. It was the first one I've seen for less than $85. I think i gave you the link to it, right? And i also used a $5 coupon, shop price is $67 incl p+p.

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  20. I also have to try carbidizing on my Zieba folder. Batoning was a bad idea :(

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    1. What do you want to carbidize? The lock-bar or the blade?

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    2. Lockface. Otherwise I could try to peen out the stop pin from the blade and put in a slightly larger one. More difficult option though...

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    3. Finding out the correct size of the new stop pin is not easy for sure.
      What's about bending the handle slightly? I heard somewhere that might work too.

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    4. Well, in open position it will rattle a bit. If I bend the locking arm a bit more it would lock but at 80% or so.
      If I'd change the pin I'd just use one that's 0.2mm wider than the existing one. I hope carbidizing will be enough though.
      The blade is well centered atm so I won't try bending the scales ;)

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    5. Let me know about your carbidizing experiment please. It sounds like a good solution for lock-bars but I'm not convinced about its usefulness on blades.

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    6. Oh, maybe I wrote it wrong. I mean I'd carbidize the steel insert, not the blade, that won't work well I guess.
      A new insert would be the best solution but that's too much and too exact metalworks for me.

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    7. I talked about carbidizing the blade/edge in general. I think that`s only a new hype.

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    8. Well, I'd try that if I had to cut a lot of rope or such on a daily basis.
      Carbidizing one side of the blade makes sense when the secondary bevel is only on the other side. When the steel is getting worn away the harder carbide cristals remain and give a toothy edge. I prefer hair popping sharpness so that's not for me. But it can look damn good on a Ti blade.
      Speaking about hypes, who really needs folding cleavers? :P

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    9. Fortunately Ganzo copied only the outlook of a cleaver and kept the slicing abilities of the blade. :)

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  21. Btw, do you know if the new Ganzo FH41 is a copy of an existing model? Its looking familiar, RayLacinico-ish I'd say...

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    1. I can't recall any donors at the moment.

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  22. I just received my BM485 clone... I bought it for the ball bearing, but there is non. Just brass washers, and after checking on the product page they don't advertise ball bearing. Man what a deception :'-(

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    1. I haven't taken mine apart to check that. My 485 arrived with a very smooth action out of the box so I didn't notice it had brass washers instead of ball bearings. As long as its action is at smooth as it is at the moment, I'm not worried about that.

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  23. Couldn't find your post where we were discussing that the Samier Sigil didn't have the steel that was advertised by Samier.
    This is not about the Sigil, but about another Samier knife, the Skike.
    Check out around 11 min
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHkSCrLub48

    I don't mind the steels not being S35VN, M390, CTS-HXP, but not when premium prices are charged like for Samier.
    Samier will not get no more of my business.

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    1. That's quite disappointing. I could live with even a 9Cr18MoV blade if the price was right. Fortunately there are plenty of much better alternatives like Green Thorn, Kevin John, CH Knives, TwoSun, Lovocoo etc.

      What do you think of the CKF Fif23? I hope there will be a Green Thorn version too! :)

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  24. Looks interesting, an unusual front flipper.
    I'd go for a GT D2 version for $60/$70.

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