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Budget knives dealers all in one

I noticed that many also like to collect knives.

Can someone well educated post a list of good vendors?

I know only these carrying knives:

DX, MF, www.exduct.com, ebay.

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The 900 series of Sanrenmu knives (the larger ones - non EDC) are going out of production (probably due to changed Chinese knife laws), so if you are interested get them while you can. (I will buy 909,908,905 the next days)

Take into account your local knife laws before you order. (UK,Canada, Germany and others) 

Let me pull out my knife tab on Firefox (with focus on Sanrenmu knives - the "Romisen of knives"):

Shops:

 exduct  (also has BEE, Enlan, Navy, Ganzo knives - no free shipping, but often special limited products , There is a special BLF discount for 5% off available now and you can win a $20 coupon by using it. )

Manafont  (they recently upgraded their selection, thanks)

bestofferbuy

Tinydeal there is a 5% discount code floating around

Priceangels  there is a 3% discount code floating around

Merryfine  

Ebay

Aliexpress  and especially Daniel's Shop and David's Shop (unfortunatly they don't take PP anymore, but you can ask the sellers for personal PP accounts)

Meritline

KD 

Focal Price 

Hoursbuying discoverybargain (good prices... also has BEE,Navy and Ganzo knives - mixed experiences here and there)

edc-depot (especially interesting for USians)

Dino Direct has some SRM Enlan and Navy knives but their search function doesn't work. The are all "folding knives". They have some rare ones, even though their prices are a little on the high side.

greatwalloutdoor (now has "flatrate" shipping, prices are usually higher than normal, but they have some rare ones))

NGShopping (Price Comparison Site)

DX has no SRM,BEE or Enlan Knives but recently added some Tekut knives.

 

Discounts: www.retailmenot.com is a good site to look up general discounts.

 

Manufacturers:

Sanrenmu (LAND) homepage  (good for recognizing the different types of knives Sanrenmu/SRM/LAND) Update: According to varies sources that's not the factories homepage.

 The "Athletic series" on this site are in fact not Sanrenmu knives but Enlan/Bees.

Enlan/Bee homepage

Navy Knives homepage (Many of their knives resemble Spyderco/Byrd knives... what a coincidence Wink )

Tekut knives and multi-tools homepage

Ganzo knives and multi-tools homepage (it's time to update your Chinese Wink )

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The only SRM I have is a silver 710. How do the 900s compare, apart from being longer?

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My guess would be thicker,longer,heavier blades and the same steel as the 710 (8Cr13MoV). The larger blades have a liner lock instead of the integral lock (also called "frame lock") on the 710. My favourite blade shape is full flat ground for cutting and food preparation. I also like removable single sided thumbstuds, because when I remove them the knives are legal here in Germany to carry them in public. (they can be locking or one-handed-openable but not both and have to be under 12cm blade length)

Youtube videos (not mine , I just list them here!)

SRM 905,939

SRM 710, 702 & 962

SRM 763 & 785

SRM 728, 4730 & 1723

SRM 909

SRM 908

SRM 738 & AOH02

Enlan EL02 & EL02B

Enlan EL02 (new axis lock knife, advertised as the successor of the SRM 962)

Enlan EL06

Ganzo G704

SRM 702

SRM 605

SRM 710

SRM 763

SRM 681

Bee L05

Bee L05-1

Bee L03-2

Bee L02 my EDC atm.

Enlan EL-01A & Bee L02, L06-1, L05-1

Enlan EL-08

If flipper knives aren't forbidden (or forbidden in public) in your country you should also look at the Bee EL-01 (R) The Bee L05-1 (R) with double thumbstuds is also nice.

DX has only knives with inferior steel.  The "new" Tekut knives from DX seem to be of reasonable quality.

 

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anduril wrote:

The only SRM I have is a silver 710. How do the 900s compare, apart from being longer?

Larger and heavier, they also have thicker blades and thicker pivots than most of the 700 series.  The 900 series knife that people went nuts over was the 962, as it has a shaped blue-black micarta handle and a pretty good implementation of the Axis lock.  Unfortunately, it's been discontinued and is stupid difficult to find now.  I had one, the fit and finish were very good, but I sold it a while back as it was simply too large for me.  I'm kind of annoyed that I did.  I carry a 763 now.

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I'm having troubles locating a SRM 962. Any advice?

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962 - pretty much sold out - best alternatives with axis lock but smaller blades are SRM 763 (G10 handle) or the SRM 6261 (wooden handle) . In case you want bigger blades and axis lock... look at the Ganzo Folding Knives .

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Thanks vecrex. Very good reccomendations! Like both! So little money to spare.

http://www.exduct.com/Ganzo-Knife-Multi-Tools/G704-Ganzo-Folding-Knife.html <- very likeable!

Also the axis block is a nice feature i miss on this one (the only kife i have currently but serves me well):

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/mini-steel-manual-release-folding-knife-20c...

Fot the price i can't say anything foul obout it. Maybe the blade could be made from stronger steel and the lockout if not done with a fair force isn't reliable.

I disassembled it and grinded the blade a bit where the lockout is and managed to make it more reliable without adding any unwanted side play.

Pretty satified with it. Came reasonably sharp that i did not bother (yet) to sharpen it. Will do in the future when i get a suitable set of stones to make it razor sharp.

It is not a thing i qualify as EDC even if our law enforcement is not overly tedious for such knives (automatics and daggers are forbidden) but you might have some explaining to do if cought with one. Most often the reson why you carry one.

I can legally carry any single edge sharpened blade whose size is equal or less than an average 4 hand fingers which translates to under 7,5cm.

I really like this one:

http://www.exduct.com/Navy-Knives/K603-Navy-Folding-Knife.html

But getting one is asking for trouble. Also i have no real necessity for one like that but isn't the same with many flashlights we own? Smile

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I have this one, it is cheap and not bad at all, but the SRM, Bee, Enlan, Ganzo and Navy knives should be more than 2-3 steps up in quality. SRM is producing for the major western brands like Buck. The steel used in SRM knives is also used by Spyderco (Tenacious... a 50$ knife), Buck and others.

 

Shouldn't your knives be bigger with a name like anduril than a SRM 710 ? Wink

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Vectrex wrote:

Shouldn't your knives be bigger with a name like anduril than a SRM 710 ? Wink

 

I doubt anywhere in the EU would permit what Anduril carried. Round here mere possession of that could get you 5 years to forever in prison. But I'll not rant about our current and previous governments.

 

Liberty, they've heard of it. And said, @$%%$^ that!

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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In Germany you can, if you have a reason like a theater play, a knife show or something similar. Anduril is not the guy (Aragorn) it IS the sword:

"I am Andúril who was Narsil, the sword of Elendil. Let the thralls of Mordor flee me."

A female Ecuadorian friend of mine has a nice collection of training Kung-Fu swords, staffs, daggers and so on, with which she practices in the local city park. She does get some raised eyebrows from others over her extensive martial arts weapon collection when she is shadow fighting in public, but she didn't have any problems so far.  

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Just a really quick heads up since life is keeping me pretty busy at the moment: it looks like Meritline is having a sale on some knives at the moment. Nothing too exciting, but there's a 763 for $10 shipped, which looks pretty good to me and a 704 for $7, which is still an okay deal in my book.

Stay away from the knock-off Mant*s Chaos clone though. I got a couple from the first batch and those are okay but from what I hear, the second and later batches turned out to be crap. The one ML has on their website appears to be one of those because mine look different.

Disclaimer: haven't ordered from them before but it looks like they're legit.

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I'd love to buy some sanrenmu knives but I'm afraid customs would take them.

 

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums

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I would like one like this:

http://www.exduct.com/Navy-Knives/K603-Navy-Folding-Knife.html

But with axis lock. So far not found anything at a reasonable price.

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A friend just got his SRM 905 in about ~10 days from tinydeals... very nice, very impressed with the high quality so far.... way better than my DX knife (see above).... I ordered the same from priceangels.... still waiting...I got 905,908,909 in the pipeline... might do a little review when they arrive, if someone is interested..

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I'd be interested.

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I'd be interested.

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Me too! If you do make sure there are some flashlights around when you take pictures or someone might complain. Smile

Any good deals on the SRM 763? Would love getting one.

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Will do Wink

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Budgeteer wrote:

Any good deals on the SRM 763? Would love getting one.

You may have missed it but Meritline (see my post above) has the sand colored 763 on sale for $10, including free shipping. You're probably not going to find it any cheaper than that unless you buy in bulk. I have two and now I have another two on the way. HTH. Smile

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Nah i saw the post and recognized it but dont like the color but that does not matter since meritline does not like to ship in my country. Strange becasue it does ship on the top of Kilimanjaro if you so desire. :/

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Check this once in a way : http://www.exduct.com/Monthly-Special-Limited-Products.html

If you register you get a e-mail with this info few days in advance. 710s (just $4.98 + shipping) get sold out quickly.

exduct charges approx $1.70 for shipping. For eg., 908 (still available) would cost you US$7.59 + 1.70 .

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Hmm cheap SRM 763... this one maybe.... didn't display shipping cost (+0.00 for Europe)... but looks like a wholesale site.... you might have to try it yourself.

That seller also seems to have many Sanrenmu, Bee and Ganzo knives.... anyone got experience with them?

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Thanks for the link, Vectrex.  I just sent an order for a BEE EL01B Knife (Black):

http://www.discoverybargain.com/product/HT00441B/BEE_EL01B_Knife_(Black)_29728.html

$11.99 and free shipping to the U.S. looks like a great deal.

I have some T6 & T10 screwdrivers on their way from eBay; now all I'm missing are snap ring pliers.

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That is really cheap for such a well built knife... if only they were legal to carry here... might get one anyway... just as a collectors item.... I am allowed to own them.

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Anyone got tinydeal coupon code working? If so how?

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Did you create an account?

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Best buy one of the 900 series (or larger Bee) they are the only ones from Sanmeru suitable for larger hands (handle must be +11cm for four finger grip)

if you find 3 (1/2) fingers is enough then the rest is also ok (typing with a 710 in front of me (I am a fan and the steel is sweeet)

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I have a 902, a 939 and a 702 in my pockets as I type this.

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I think the 900 series is great value for the money, but if you search an edck a 710 or 763 might be more suitable. I am even thinking about getting one of the minis like the GR5-605 or the PR-603 as an edc.

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LOL... and i felt being a bit weird with a C3 SS in my pocket at home. Still have it the time of writing this.

What do you use knives for anyway? I use them when i go camping, vacation, skiing (multitool knife, for tightening the bindings on snowboard)...

I do not carry knife on a daily basis, very occasionaly. I like them tough... especially Japanese style blades of any type.

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