Thursday, January 12, 2012

Enlan EL01B - Back in Black



Pros:
- strong, sturdy folder with an excellent fit and finish
- flipper opening system
- G-10 handle with good ergonomics
- massive blade (thickness: 3.7 mm)
- several jimpings on the handle

Cons:
- you need a special tool or round nose pliers to adjust the pivot
- uneven grind lines towards the tip of the blade
- the black coating on the blade could be more durable

Use the following coupon codes HERE to get a discount.

You can also buy the EL01 at Gearbest.com: ***HERE***
Triangle pivot tool: ***HERE***


You can buy different versions at Fasttech.com too:
                                             
***HERE*** (black handle & black plain edge)
                                             ***HERE*** (black handle & black part serrated edge)

Details:
Blade length: 3.70" (94 mm)
Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel (57-59HRC) same as the entry level Spyderco and Byrd knives
Open length: 8.26" (210 mm)
Closed length: 4.52" (115 mm)
Weight: 5.43 oz  (154 g)
Handle: G-10
Lock: liner lock
Carry: right hand tip up

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Review: Sanrenmu 939 black

Sanrenmu 939 black

Superb, elegant design
Pros:
- nice fit and finish
comfortable, stylish steel handle
- full flat ground blade for excellent slicing capability
- firm  lockup with zero bladeplay

Cons:
- the black coating has some small scratches
- only right hand tip down carry

Have a look at the Sanrenmu knife deals

Exduct: ***HERE***
Use the following coupon codes:
"ISTI6OFF" for 6% off
and a special coupon for customers from the US:
"ISTISAVESUS7OFF" for 7% off 

GearBest: ***HERE***
Aliexpress: ***HERE*** 

Details:
Blade length: 3.46" (88 mm), cutting edge 3.22" (82 mm)
Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel (56-58HRC) same as the entry level Spyderco and Byrd knives
Open length: 7.97" (202 mm)
Closed length: 4.61" (117 mm)
Weight: 4.69 oz  (133 g)
Handle: steel
Lock: frame lock
Carry: right hand tip down

Next to the discontinued silver version:
Sanrenmu 939 black

More pics:
Sanrenmu 939 black
Sanrenmu 939 black
Sanrenmu 939 black

Friday, December 9, 2011

Navy K632




It's a big knife designed for big hands or using it with gloves.

Pros:
- excellent fit and finish
- big full flat ground blade for superior slicing capability
finger choil 
- large, grippy G-10 handle
- innovative compression lock 

Cons:
- the bar of the lock has sharp edges (sandpaper is the solution)
- the cut out of the compression lock could be bigger for the easier closing
- the pivot screw could be bigger  

You can buy it at Exduct: ***HERE***
Use the following coupon codes HERE to get a discount.

You can also buy it at Fasttech.com: ***HERE***

Details:
Blade length: 3.93" (10 mm), cutting edge: 3.34" (85 mm)
Blade steel: 440C Stainless Steel (56-58HRC)
Blade thickness: 0.118" (3 mm) 
Open length: 8.85" (225 mm)
Closed length: 5" (127 mm)
Weight: 4.9 oz  (139 g)
Handle: G-10
Lock: compression lock
Carry: right or left hand tip down only

More pics:

Navy K632 and K502:

Navy K632 and Enlan EL01D:












Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ganzo G710 - the budget version of the Benchmade Rift

Benchmade Rift for the masses! :)

Pros:
- strong, sturdy folder with an excellent fit and finish
- ambidextrous, easy to operate axis-lock
- ergonomic, very grippy textured G-10 handle
- 0.145" (3.7 mm) thick blade !!!
- awesome steril blade without any text  or logo
  (the new batch comes with the Ganzo logo)
- very smooth opening and closing
- solid lock-up with zero blade play

Cons:
- mine came with a slightly rounded tip, nothing serious I'd resharpen it anyway

You can also buy the Ganzo G710:
***HERE*** (Gearbest) or ***HERE*** (Fasttech)

Details:
Blade length: 3.74" (95 mm) cutting edge 3.54" (90 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.145" (3.7 mm)
Blade steel: 440C Stainless Steel (58-60HRC)
Open length: 8.26" (210 mm)
Closed length: 4.6" (117 mm)
Weight: 5.46 oz  (156 g)
Handle: G-10
Lock: axis lock
Carry: right or left hand tip up only

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