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I have a couple of Land 910+'s and I love them. and yes I can see what others have said about the weight but I don't mind it ...I'm never left wondering which pocket it's in !

The go,comma might be worth having a crack at. 

I believe flippers aren't the problem for AU customs, the issue might be that it's 'assisted'. It'd be nice if the sellers could disable the feature for us to just re-enable it when they arrive.

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I also love that GoCommas and can recommend them.

Can someone recommend a tool to sharpen knives?
Something not too expensive…

I don’t know if it will break your bank but the best I’ve found for an all arounder is the Spyderco Sharpmaker.
I don’t have one, but I have heard the Spyderco is very good.

I have stones, but I rarely use them now.

I have some crock sticks similar to these…

They work well & were relatively cheap compared to the Spyderco.

I have a couple of Lansky kits that I use if I need to reprofile an edge. It works well if you take it slow & pay attention to what your doing.

You can check out YouTube & see some how some people use finer grits of wet/dry sandpaper with great results. I have used this and it also works well.

You will probably laugh, but when I just need to touch up an edge; I just grap a dinner plate that has an unglazed edge on the bottom & use that.

If your not familiar with sharpening, whatever system you choose; the main thing is practice. Get an old kitchen knife & practice with it. Practice holding your chosen angle correctly. Practice until you can make that bad boy hair popping sharp. Then… graduate to your better knives.

Sooner or later you’ll be able to use the bottom edge of a dinner plate to bring back a hair popping edge on any knife. Wink

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Yeah, practice is best when it comes to knife sharpening. Another important thing is to do regular maintenance so as not to have a need for more work later on. Less aggressive removal of material, no need to kill the blade.

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Found the RAT2 for $50AUD locally so it might just be worth avoiding the hassle of customs and go local.

https://www.knifewarehouse.com.au/rat-ii-black-handle-black-blade-folder...

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Thank you Relampago

I will probably go for Spyderco.

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Hmmm, I guess that boils down to personal preference. My hands are not even close to “small” & I find the size of ESEE handles just fine.

Different strokes for different folks I guess. Thumbs Up

I find that the ESEE 3 is a 3 finger knife and its a tough squeeze to get 4 on the ESEE 4. Once you move up to the 5 its a little better. But if I were wearing gloves I just can’t seem to get grip that I find secure enough on most of the smaller ESEEs.

But everyone has different hands and I am sure that many people find that the ESEEs have plenty large enough handles.

Really?? You must have big hands??
I actually do not like the shape of the handles on the original 3 or 4. I was glad when they came out with the ESEE-3HM & ESEE-4HM. I like these handles really well. Picture of the ESEE-3HM below.
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I also love that GoCommas and can recommend them.

Can someone recommend a tool to sharpen knives?
Something not too expensive…

I use these compact and inexpensive Lansky crock sticks:

https://lansky.com/products/4-rod-turn-box/

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What I love about ceramic and carbide sticks is that I can get a working edge with like 5 passes.

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Family picture :

Land (SRM) changed the name of some of their knives  (like the 9104 became 913, green 910 became 911, ...) a few monthes ago.

All of them are pretty good knives with a good finish and sharp enough out of the box.

 The small one on the top is my edc. I got several of the same kind on GB while they where on sale and no "washed" 7010 was available. I didn't like the shiny black coating too much and the sharp edges (frame, blade back) were very uncomfortable on such a small knife so i decided to soften everything with fine sand paper and steel wool and i am very pleased with the result (reflexion on the picture makes it look more "white" than it is for real).

I don't know what steel it is made of but i am using it everyday for food, cardbox, whatever and need to sharpen it less than once a month.

The 9xxx are pretty big knives and that's why i love them (i used to carry an INRON MY802 as edc for long time) but because of  terrorism paranoia there is now too much a chance to get in trouble carrying such knife where i live so i eventually went with the 7010 : still supposed not to be allowed (no lock allowed) but the smaller size and nice look (hey flowers !) makes it easier to carry and less frightening.

I have not used the 811 "for real" enough to have an opinion so all i can say is it looks as good as the others.

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/\ Nice “family picture”, thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up

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@ Adahn Very nice work!! Shocked . Thumbs Up . I bet that was a job getting that all lined up correctly….

You bet right Wink

But it was worth it

Now I’m thinking about making a scale for my SRM 813. Not sure if I’ll make it before I tried my dc supply for anodizing

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@ Adahn… Thanks for the pictures. And again…. great work!! Beer

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Wow impressive work! The knife is really light now and still with a solid steel frame-lock. Big Smile

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very nice work adahn Beer

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That cheap sharpener on No1 frame.

I’ve used a version of that for a few yrs now.
The only difference being I bought a set of DMT Diamond Plates (that fit) in leiu of the “stones.
Does a great job so far.
Just kept the purple stone for polishing.

Gives a nice even grind for kitchen but a little iffy for smaller blades.
I still do them, with the plates. By hand. Made up a angle “L“plate with base and several holes in vertical to give grind angles.

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Big Smile Big Smile Facepalm . That did sound like a commercial didn’t it? Big Smile

But yeah…. I do like it. At $10 it is a no brainer & from what I have seen “so far” it stacks up darn good against some of my knives that cost MUCH more. Wink

I am still shocked & amazed by that…..

Your commercial testimonial so good I just ordered it. Thank you.

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/\ … Hope you enjoy it. Thumbs Up

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Couple of years back purchased a Ganzo G720 due to reviews on this site. Seemed to misplaced it a couple months back, but since I’m not a daily knife user and have 2 SRM 7063 AUC – LI at hand couldn’t be that upset. Right now I am however starting to miss it and am looking for a replacement.

What I liked about the G720:
- Weight, it was quite a chunky knife and felt good in my hand
- Size/grip, see comment above
- Axis lock, I seem to hurt myself with a liner lock, Axis lock (or something similar which keeps my fingers away from the blade) is the way to go for me

Going through this topic I’m seeing some new brands like Brother and Fura. So I’m wondering; should I just go for the G720 again or do you guys know a better/good alternative?

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Get it while it’s still available.

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I agree. The G720 is amazing as a worker folding knife, very comfortable and a fat blade with textured G10.

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In the market again.

I’m really liking my Ganzo 7582, but it’s a bit big for EDC. Ideally I’d get a Pro-Tech Calmigo, but they are spendy.

I messed with some spring loaded tab and flipper tab assisted knives and I think I can get along with them.

Looking for a 2.5” blade, and relatively thin profile, simple no serration drop-point.

What’s out there?

The CH Outdoor and GoComma stuff look ok. I’d prefer something with a axial/axis lock as I’ve got a youngin in the house.

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New FH41, the best Ganzo knife Cool

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New FH41, the best Ganzo knife Cool

!https://i.imgur.com/tEbRVkB.jpg!

Where did you get the blue one?

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New FH41, the best Ganzo knife Cool

!https://i.imgur.com/tEbRVkB.jpg!


I’d like to get an FH41 or FH51 (more my edc size) but why can’t they add a standard clip to the package?

And seriosly, these two examples have an extremely different main grind.
Once I’ve had 4 SRM 910 variants at my place (910+, 911, 912, 913) at the same time, the main grind and ricasso where exaclty the same.
Seems Ganzo is still not on par when it comes to consistency.

But ok, for $20 I might get an FH51 in smoked orange or w/e they call it Wink

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Where did you get the blue one?

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New FH41, the best Ganzo knife Cool



I’d like to get an FH41 or FH51 (more my edc size) but why can’t they add a standard clip to the package?

And seriosly, these two examples have an extremely different main grind. Once I've had 4 SRM 910 variants at my place (910+, 911, 912, 913) at the same time, the main grind and ricasso where exaclty the same.
Seems Ganzo is still not on par when it comes to consistency.

But ok, for $20 I might get an FH51 in smoked orange or w/e they call it Wink

Just curious, what do you not like about these clips?

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Just curious, what do you not like about these clips?

Deep carry clips always bite my palm when I intend to really use the knife, same with the SRM 710s non-deep-carry clip.

For me only simple tip-up clips are working. It’s fine that they offer those dc clips, I’d just like it more if they’d offer both.
A bigger variant of this clip design would work well I guess:

And if the clip holes would be as far to the butt as possible it would work even better but it could need a lanyard then.

Maybe like this even though I’m not happy with the angle. Drilled the holes myself so no one else to blame Silly

Still I like the new Ganzos, esp. the FH21, FH41 and FH51 but I have so many folders that it’s hard to justify another purchase when you’re on a tight budget. On the other hand it’s easier to be nitpicky, sorry for that Wink

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Adahn wrote:
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Just curious, what do you not like about these clips?

Deep carry clips always bite my palm when I intend to really use the knife, same with the SRM 710s non-deep-carry clip.

For me only simple tip-up clips are working. It’s fine that they offer those dc clips, I’d just like it more if they’d offer both.
A bigger variant of this clip design would work well I guess:

And if the clip holes would be as far to the butt as possible it would work even better but it could need a lanyard then.

Maybe like this even though I’m not happy with the angle. Drilled the holes myself so no one else to blame Silly

Still I like the new Ganzos, esp. the FH21, FH41 and FH51 but I have so many folders that it’s hard to justify another purchase when you’re on a tight budget. On the other hand it’s easier to be nitpicky, sorry for that Wink

OK.. thanks for explaining. Smile . I was just curious cause I like those deep carry tip up clips, they are a ‘personal preference’. Smile
No need to apologize for being “nitpicky” though… we’re all that about one thing or another. Big Smile . Wink . Beer

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