Monday, January 27, 2020

Review - Steel Dive Seiko Tuna homage from Aliexpress

Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage


Awesome Seiko Tuna homage by Steel Dive 
Despite of its massive size it wears quite small like a 42-43 mm watch and it feels comfortable even on my 7 1/4" wrist thanks to the short lug to lug distance. Fit and finish is absolutely stunning, I dig its superb brushed finish and the dual tone lume. The bezel action is also excellent and the bezel is nicely lined up with the indices on the chapter ring and the dial. For less than $140 shipped it's an amazing deal.


Pros:
- excellent fit and finish
- Seiko NH35 automatic movement
- sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating
- bright C3 lume on the hands and the dial
- full lumed ceramic bezel
- black date wheel
- drilled lugs & signed crown
- 300 m / 30 ATM water resistance
- bracelet with solid links
- excellent packaging
- very good price

Cons:
- the clasp on the bracelet feels a but clumsy out of the box, it needs time to break in

You can buy the Steel Dive SD1975 Tuna in 2 colors
with all sort of straps with or without logo on Aliexpress:

Details:
Diameter of the case at the bottom: 47.3 mm
Diameter of the case at the top: 43.5 mm
Thickness: 14.6 mm
Diameter of the crown: 7.2 mm 
Total weight with the resized bracelet: 179 g / 6.3 oz 
- signed screw in crown
- 120 click unidirectional bezel with full lumed ceramic insert

Full lumed ceramic bezel:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Lume shot:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage lume shot
Superb fit & finish:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Signed crown and drilled lugs:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Nice case back with the Steel Dive logo:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
The clasp with micro adjustment:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Classic diver style hand set:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Excellent packaging:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Simple link removal tool as gift:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
It sits comfortable on my 7 1/4" wrist:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage

More pics:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review - Extrema Ratio BD0 R mini folder from Aliexpress

Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
The BD0 R is an interesting small and light weight folder with friction folder style opening method. Despite of its small size I can have a full four finger grip on its handle (I have mid sized hands).

Pros:
- excellent fit and finish
- full flat ground, perfectly centered blade
- smooth opening and closing
- solid early lock-up without any blade play
- EDC friendly weight & size
- easy disassembly
- good price

Cons:
- the pocket clip is quite stiff out of the box, it needs some adjustment
- slightly asymmetric edge lines near the tip

You can buy the ER BD0 R in 4 colors on Aliexpress:

More Extrema Ratio clones:

Details:
Blade length: 2.28" (58 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.098" (2.5 mm)
Blade steel: N690 (?)
Open length: 5.67" (144 mm)
Closed length: 3.82" (97 mm)
Weight: 1.83 oz  (52 g)
Handle: FRN with steel liners
Handle thickness: 0.47" (12 mm)
Lock: liner-lock
Pivot: teflon washers
Carry: right or left hand tip up 
Screws: T8

Full 4 finger grip:
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Perfectly centered blade and solid lock-up:
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Taken apart:
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone disassembled

Size comparison:
ER BD0 R
Sanrenmu 7010, Extrema Ratio BD0 R and BM Proper  clone
Sanrenmu 7010, Extrema Ratio BD0 R and BM Proper  clone
Sanrenmu 7010, Extrema Ratio BD0 R and BM Proper  clone
Sanrenmu 7010, Extrema Ratio BD0 R and BM Proper  clone
Sanrenmu 7010, Extrema Ratio BD0 R and BM Proper  clone
Sanrenmu 7010, Extrema Ratio BD0 R and BM Proper  clone
You can buy the 
SRM 7010: ***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
BM Proper copy: ***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

More pics:
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone
Extrema Ratio ER BD0 R clone

Sunday, January 19, 2020

What's new on Aliexpress? (GT Lochsa, Pena Trapper, Shirogorov Neon Zero, Kizer Ginesis - Shamshir - Harpoon etc.) - January 2020

Green Thorn Lochsa
titanium integral frame-lock folder with S90V blade:
You can buy the GT Lochsa on Aliexpress:

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

Green Thorn Quantum
titanium frame-lock flipper
with D2 blade and ceramic ball bearings:
You can buy the GT Quantum on Aliexpress:

Pena Trapper X-Series by SMKE
titanium bolster-lock front flippers
with D2 or Damascus blade, micarta handle
and ceramic ball bearings:
You can buy the Pena Trapper***HERE***

Cultrotech Svarn 2 by SMKE
titanium liner-lock flippers
with M390 blade, CF handle
and ceramic ball bearings:
You can buy the Cultrotech Svarn 2***HERE***

Kanedeiia Shirogorov Neon Zero style
titanium frame-lock flippers
with D2 blade and ceramic ball bearings.
It weights less than the Neon Light and has a longer blade.
You can buy the Neon Zero on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Kanedeiia Small Sebenza style
titanium frame-lock folders
with S35VN blade and bronze washers:
You can buy the Small Sebenza:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Kanedeiia Dolphin axis-lock folder
with titanium-CF handle, S35VN blade
and ceramic ball bearings:
You can buy the Kanedeiia Dolphin:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Kizer KI4518 Ginesis
titanium frame-lock flipper
with S35VN blade and ceramic ball bearings:
You can buy the Kizer Ginesis:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Kizer Shamshir compact
titanium frame-lock folder with S35VN blade:
You can buy the Kizer Shamshir:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Kizer 1040 Harpoon fixed blade knife
with 1095 blade and micarta handle:
You can buy the Kizer Harpoon:
***HERE*** or ***HERE***

LOVOCOO Microtech style
titanium frame-lock flipper
with D2 blade and ceramic ball bearings:
You can buy the Lovocoo flipper***HERE***


HIFINDER Microtech Ultratech style OTFs
with skull pattern alu handle and D2 blade.
All sort of blade styles:
You can buy the Hifinder UT OTFs***HERE***