Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: Unique Microtech ANAX style folder with integral handle

Awesome design
Pros:
- excellent fit and finish 
- perfectly centered, light stonewashed blade
- high hollow ground for excellent slicing performance
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- ball bearing pivot system
- comfortable one piece integral handle  
- good size and weight (119 g) for every day carry  

Cons:
- Out of the box the opening and closing felt gritty and stiff but some cleaning and lubrication solved the problem.

Details:
Blade length: 3.7" (94 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.154" (3.9 mm)
Blade steel: D2 Stainless Steel (~58-60 HRC)
Open length: 8.58" (218 mm)
Closed length: 4.88" (124 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.5" (12.7 mm)
Weight: 4.19 oz (119 g)
Handle: integral aluminium 
Lock: titanium frame lock with steel insert and hidden lock bar limiter
Carry: right hand tip up

(links updated: 1 Jul. 2018)
You can buy the ANAX on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** (new Green Thorn version)

Because of a stupid rule of Aliexpress the sellers are forced to photoshop the locking mechanism on the folders. So don't worry these folders come with a lock!
It's the same with the "blood grooves" on the blade.

Integral handle, rounded blade spine:
Dual track bearing washers:

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Godzilla is here - extra large Shirogorov 110 style folder

It's not for the faint-hearted :)
Pros:
- excellent fit and finish in every detail 
- perfectly centered, elegant 4.33" (110 mm) light stonewashed blade
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- smooth opening and closing thanks to the ball bearing pivot system
- despite the XL size its weight is moderate (skeletonized steel liners)
- it's a good conversation starter for the right person ;) 

Cons:
- the lock comes with quite strong omega springs

Details:
Blade length: 4.33" (110 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.15" (3.8 mm)
Blade steel: D2 Stainless Steel (~61 HRC)
Open length: 9.8" (249 mm)
Closed length: 5.47" (139 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.67" (17 mm)
Weight: 7.02 oz (199 g)
Handle: G10 + skeletonized steel liners
Lock: axis-lock
Carry: right hand tip up

You can buy Shirogorov 110 with thumb studs on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** (green with logo)
***HERE*** (green without logo)
more green versions ***HERE*** and ***HERE***

Because of a stupid rule of Aliexpress the sellers are forced to photoshop the locking mechanism on the folders. So don't worry these folders come with axis-locks!

Have a look at my review of the Shirogorov 110 grooved blade version with steel bolsters: ***HERE***

The grooves are photoshopped in the seller's pics but here is the real one:

Shirogorov 110 and Decepticon 2:

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Splendid Spyderco Slysz Bowie style folder

Excellent edc friendly slim design by Marcin Slysz

Pros:
- perfect fit and finish in every detail (even the inside of the opening hole is polished)
- solid titanium frame lock without any blade play
- perfectly centered light stone washed blade with semi rounded blade spine
- slim titanium handle with very good ergonomics
- despite the absence of ball bearings the opening and closing is smooth enough
- excellent pocket friendly size and weight for every day carry
- unobtrusive wire clip 

Cons:
- no steel lock bar insert
 (edit: after more than 10 months the lock-up is still rock solid at  25%)
- I'd prefer a titanium wire clip

Details:
Blade length: 3.35" (85 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.137" (3.5 mm)
Blade steel: D2 Stainless Steel (~60 HRC)
Open length: 7.8" (198 mm)
Closed length: 4.45" (113 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.44" (11.3 mm)
Weight: 4.16 oz (118 g)
Handle: titanium
Lock: frame lock
Carry: right or left hand tip up

You can buy the Slysz Bowie at a reliable seller on Aliexpress:
If you like the Slysz Bowie have a look at the C158 Techno too! :)
Or the big brother, the C185 Farid K2: ***HERE***

More titanium Spyderco copies:
C36 Military: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
C81 Paramilitary 2: ***HERE*** or ***HERE***

Alexey Konygin T50 and Slysz Bowie:

You can buy the T50 with S35VN blade on Aliexpress:

Enlan EL01 and Slysz Bowie:

Nice semi rounded blade spine:

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