Friday, April 10, 2020

Review - TwoSun TS127 vs. TS81-G10 vs. CH Knives CH3530-G10

TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
Top to bottom: TS81-G10, TS127 and CH3530 "Swiss Cheese" :)
If you're on the market for an affordable, decent budget flipper
 you should check these out.

You can buy them on Aliexpress:
TwoSun TS81-G10:  ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
Titanium / S90V versions:  ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
TwoSun TS127:  ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
CH3530-G10:  ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
They still ship to North-America & Europe.

Details:

TwoSun TS81-G10 TwoSun TS127 CH3530-G10
Blade length:  3.86" (98 mm) 3.74" (95 mm) 3.54" (90 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.154" (3.9 mm) 0.15" (3.8 mm) 0.138" (3.5 mm)
Blade steel:   D2 Sandvik 14C28N D2
Open length: 8.86" (225 mm) 8.66" (220 mm) 8.27" (210 mm)
Closed length:  4.96" (126 mm) 4.92" (125 mm) 4.76" (121 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.67" (17 mm) 0.68" (17.3 mm) 0.555" (14.1 mm)
Weight:  4.55 oz (129 g) 4.7 oz (133 g) 3.96 oz  (112 g)
Handle:  G10 with skeletonized steel liners G10 with skeletonized steel liners G10 with skeletonized steel liners
Lock:  liner-lock liner-lock liner-lock
Carry: right hand tip up right hand tip up right hand tip up
Pivot: ball bearings ball bearings ball bearings
Opening: flipper flipper / opening hole flipper / opening hole
Screws: T8 T8 T8, T7

Overall:
All of them are excellent quality folders from the $30 - $40 price range
 with great price - value ratio.
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10

Blade:
While the TS81 and the CH3530 come with D2 blade, the TS127 features the recent budget super star the Sandvik 14C28N steel. (If that's an aspect for you 14C28N is more rust resistant than D2.) The TwoSuns come with a more pointy blade style which is characteristic of Wong Design.  All 3 showed great cutting & slicing performance during every day cutting chores without any significant difference.
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10

Size & ergonomics:
The main difference is in size & dimensions. The CH3530 is the most compact & slimest of them so it suits small and mid sized hands better and it also weights less.

The TS127 and the TS81 are bigger & thicker than the CH3530, they suit even large hands. Although the by dimensions TS81 is bigger than the TS127, the TS127 feels considerably bigger in my mid sized hands because the handle scales of the TS127 are less contoured than the scales of the TS81.
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10

Carry:
All of them have only tip up right hand carry option. The TwoSuns have deep carry pocket clips. The CH3530 has a normal pocket clip and it carries better in the pocket thanks to its slim lines & compact size. Since the G10 sclales have a smooth surfuce under the pocket clip wearing out the pocket is not a problem any of these folders.
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10

Flipping action:
All of them come with superb flipping action thanks to the ball bearings and the proper detent strength. The flipper tab has jimpings and it's comfortable at all of them.
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10

Lock-up and centering:
All 3 come with solid, early lock-up and perfectly centered blade.

TwoSun TS81-G10:
TwoSun TS81-G10
TwoSun TS127-G10:
TwoSun TS127
CH3530-G10:
CH Knives CH3530-G10

Backspacer & lanyard hole:
The CH3530 has an open back construction while the TwoSuns come with partial backspacers made of G10. The TS81 doesn't have a lanyard hole.
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10

More pics:
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10
TwoSun TS127, TS81-G10 and CH Knives CH3530-G10

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