Saturday, February 8, 2020

DIY - TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod


Since I had a couple of 6 x 1.5 mm tritium vials laying around I decided to pimp my TS16 so I could find it easier in the dark. ;) As I suspected the biggest slot in the blade is made for to fit a 6x1.5 mm vial perfectly. I took the knife apart because it was easier to mask the blade with masking tape and clean the excess epoxy after applying the tritium vials that way. I cleaned the blade with alcohol and I applied some crystal clear epoxy to fix the vials in the slots. I'm satisfied with the result. What do you think?

You can buy the TwoSun TS16 on Aliexpress: 
and the tritium vials in different colors on Aliexpress:
on Banggood: ***HERE***

TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod
TwoSun TS16 tritium vial mod

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review - Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade

Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Another stylish, high quality flipper from Sanrenmu with Sandvik 12C27 blade steel, ball bearings and secondary (Beta) lock. Despite of its hefty weight (5.54 oz / 157 g) it carries quite well in the pocket thanks to its slim design.

Pros:
- excellent fit and finish
- superb ergonomics
- solid built quality  
- perfectly centered blade with a nice satin finish
- smooth opening and closing thanks to the ball bearings
- opening by the flipper or the thumb studs
- solid lock-up without any blade play
- the lock bar limiter also serves as a safety lock (Beta-lock)

Cons:
- the out of the box flipping action was average it needed some time to wear in

You can buy the Sanrenmu 9015 in 2 colors at GearBest: ***HERE***
on Aliexpress***HERE*** 

More Sanrenmu and Land knives at GB:

Details:
Blade length: 3.3" (84 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.118" (3 mm)
Blade steel: Sandvik 12C27
Open length: 7.95" (202 mm)
Closed length: 4.64" (118 mm)
Weight: 5.54 oz  (157 g)
Handle: steel
Handle thickness: 0.421" (10.7 mm)
Lock: frame-lock
Pivot: ball bearings
Carry: right or left hand tip up 
Screws: T9 & T6

Nice details:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
You can slide forward the Beta lock in opened position 
to prevent any unintentional releasing of the lock bar: 
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
The pattern on the handle also improves traction:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Comfortable to operate lock bar:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
The extended G10 backspacer saves some weight:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
The flipper tab is nicely chamfered:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Perfectly centered blade and solid lock-up:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Disassembled:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper disassembled
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper disassembled
Size comparison: Sanrenmu 1161, 9015
and 9103 (912):
Sanrenmu 1161, 9015 and 9103 side by side
Sanrenmu 1161, 9015 and 9103 side by side comparison
Sanrenmu 1161, 9015 and 9103 side by side comparison
Sanrenmu 1161, 9015 and 9103 side by side comparison
Sanrenmu 1161, 9015 and 9103 side by side comparison
Sanrenmu 1161, 9015 and 9103 side by side comparison
You can buy the Sanrenmu 1161:
and the Sanrenmu 9103 (912):

Sanrenmu 9015 vs. Real Steel H6-S1:
No, they're not coming from the same factory! ;)
Sanrenmu 9015 vs. Real Steel H6-S1
Sanrenmu 9015 vs. Real Steel H6-S1

More pics:
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade
Sanrenmu 9015 flipper with 12C27 blade

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