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Or you can get the new small version of Ganzo FH11 https://ganzoknife.com/knife-firebird-fh11s-black-green-gray/

Who sells it? I can’t seem to be able to find it anywhere.
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I just snagged one of these on Ebay, Got the one that has the ceramic ball on the clip, can’t wait to get it, I might try and dye the bone scales a shade of brown or maybe have some custom wood scales made, Anyone knows who can do nice wood or micarta/G10/Carbon Fiber scales?

Thanks!

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@AlexGT Making inserts won’t be a problem, sending the knives around the world twice would ruin and reasonable pricing though Wink

My current edc knife is an example of something that can only be done by loving the work itself:

Selfmade CF on a sub-$20 knife? Insane? Maybe, but worth it Wink

Or to grind a clip out of a chink of titanium? Insane isn’t even the right word Wink

No pics of the green anodized orange peel version yet, sorry Wink

By the way, I like my TwoSun TS51, too Smile

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Nice work Adahn! Your site is full of awesome! Cool Thumbs Up

I am currently considering a burl wood inlay like these

Honduran Rosewood Burl inlays

Ironwood inlays

African blackwood inlays, if I could dye the bone in this color I would be happy

Or maybe

Abalone inlays

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Omega_17 wrote:
Or you can get the new small version of Ganzo FH11 https://ganzoknife.com/knife-firebird-fh11s-black-green-gray/
Who sells it? I can’t seem to be able to find it anywhere.

Amazon has the green one. Not sure about the overseas sellers.

https://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Folding-Firebird-FH11S-GB-Hunting/dp/B07XX...

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@AlexGT Thank you Wink Yes, I like to play with different stuff, esp. when I can make something pretty from stuff that’s just laying around Wink

Atm I’m into leather stuff as you’ve seen but I also make an earring from a piece of .5mm Ti that wasn’t meant to be so thin when I ordered it Silly

3 of 4 leafs and 1 of 2 blossoms are nearly finished, I hope I can get good anodized colors.

Wish me luck, it’s for my wife’s birthday. Not really matching with the necklace I made some time ago but well… Wink



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Got this Gerber/Fiskars Paraframe Mini on Amazon. I like the small form factor and low weight (40g), but unforunately the frame lock is really difficult to disengage. I think this is going to be a deal breaker for me. Not sure if they’re all like that or mine is just a dud.

Can you guys recommend something else in this form factor / weight / price?

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A $10 40g framelock?

The two knives I own that are the closest would be the Kershaw Chill & Ka-Bar Mini Dozier. The Kershaw is longer and a little heavier (56g) while the Ka-Bar is lighter (31g) and roughly the same size but has a Zytel handle and back lock.

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A $10 40g framelock?

The two knives I own that are the closest would be the Kershaw Chill & Ka-Bar Mini Dozier. The Kershaw is longer and a little heavier (56g) while the Ka-Bar is lighter (31g) and roughly the same size but has a Zytel handle and back lock.


Thanks! That Ka-bar Mini looks interesting.
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Some of the Mini Dozier reviews state that the the dull side of the blade is so sharp, you can easily cut yourself with it. Anyone confirm or deny?

Two other knives I’m considering in this size/price range:
Schrade SCH107ALOR

CRKT Pazoda Compact 6440KS

Any input on these two? Personally, I think I prefer liner lock on the Schrade over frame lock on the CRKT.

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Some of the Mini Dozier reviews state that the the dull side of the blade is so sharp, you can easily cut yourself with it. Anyone confirm or deny?

That’s an easy fix if the blade is not coated.

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Don’t know about those, but concerning small folders, a SanRenMu 7010 or similar model (7049 in the pic below is a bit like the mini Paraframe) is a great choice

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Don’t know about those, but concerning small folders, a SanRenMu 7010 or similar model (7049 in the pic below is a bit like the mini Paraframe) is a great choice

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Thanks. Those SanRenmu knives are significantly heavier than the ones I was looking at.
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Opinel number 6? Its a traditional folder but its very light and with good steel.

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Some of the Mini Dozier reviews state that the the dull side of the blade is so sharp, you can easily cut yourself with it. Anyone confirm or deny?

The Mini I had didn’t have any issues along those lines. It was an early production one but I doubt they’ve changed things in the interim.

FWIW avoid the black blade, the coating wears away quickly.

Another option are the smaller Spyderco Byrd knives…the Finch, Robin & Meadowlark.

If you want to go old(ish) school, Gerber still makes the LST knives. I carried one of those for years back in the early 90s.

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I ended up ordering the Schrade. Decent little knife for $11. Opening it one handed with a thumb stud is a bit of a struggle, but closing it is much easier.

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Glad you found one that works for you.

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My first VG-10 blade, the Kizer Kala (the brown handled knife), brand new out of the box

Below is the Thiers Liérande, french-made knife, 14C28N blade steel, with a good heat treat I would say, a very good slicer around the table.

Around ~45€ each

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AgentSteel wrote:
My first VG-10 blade, the Kizer Kala (the brown handled knife), brand new out of the box

Below is the Thiers Liérande, french-made knife, 14C28N blade steel, with a good heat treat I would say, a very good slicer around the table.

Around ~45€ each


Nice ones. I’ve been eyeing the Lierande for a while but I don’t want to order from France.

And well, I want a clipped version Wink

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You mean, with a belt clip? Not likely to happen I think, unless you customize it yourself Smile

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You mean, with a belt clip? Not likely to happen I think, unless you customize it yourself Smile

They have plans for that, too.

This one seems a bit too bulky for me. It would be cool though if it was made (as it’s looking to me) of one piece together with the body.

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Whoops I had not seen that. Doesn’t look good Sick

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It’s a prototype by all means. If you ever created anything from scratch you know what that means Wink

You wouldn’t guess how many ‘mistakes’ I find on the first set of selfmade scales that I still own even though the pic is not bad imo Wink

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I think about buying TwoSun TS27 and TwoSun TS48 Are they great? Do you know their real HRC rating?

TS48 is in class with Ganzo Firebird FH31 Would you choose that instead?

Do you know about a good budget Folding Cleaver like Ganzo F7551 , max $37. What is the real HRC for F7551?

I also considered TwoSun TS16 As far as I know this knife has no real D2 blade, even it says so in the specs. Think I will pass this.

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RapidLux wrote:
I think about buying TwoSun TS27 and TwoSun TS48 Are they great? Do you know their real HRC rating?

TS48 is in class with Ganzo Firebird FH31 Would you choose that instead?

Do you know about a good budget Folding Cleaver like Ganzo F7551 , max $37. What is the real HRC for F7551?

I also considered TwoSun TS16 As far as I know this knife has no real D2 blade, even it says so in the specs. Think I will pass this.

This guy LuvThemKnives has tested a lot of TwoSun knives and the HRC rating matches, if you browse his videos you might find the knife you are interested in.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC091qIRbrDgeTFKCXw-6vrQ

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Do you know about a good budget Folding Cleaver like Ganzo F7551 , max $37. What is the real HRC for F7551?

The CH Knives Toucans front flipper is a good alternative with D2 blade and ball bearings.

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RapidLux wrote:
I think about buying TwoSun TS27 and TwoSun TS48 Are they great? Do you know their real HRC rating?

TS48 is in class with Ganzo Firebird FH31 Would you choose that instead?

Do you know about a good budget Folding Cleaver like Ganzo F7551 , max $37. What is the real HRC for F7551?

I also considered TwoSun TS16 As far as I know this knife has no real D2 blade, even it says so in the specs. Think I will pass this.

I have a number of Two Suns and I have nothing but good things to say about them. Not exactly budget knives anymore (in my book) but well worth the coin.

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Picked up the Pazoda 2. Pleasantly surprised with build quality for the price. Frame lock locks and unlocks nicely. Very sharp out of the box, too. It’s about the same weight as the Schrade (around 49 gram), but smaller.

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This has to be scam! CRKT Cleaver $18

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This has to be scam! CRKT Cleaver $18

That’s a Pilar. You can catch them on Amazon that cheap once in a while. Built like a tank. Good knife. Small and Large versions. Been quite a while since I seen it that cheap though.

https://www.amazon.com/CRKT-Pilar-Folding-Pocket-Knife/dp/B01N3CG3KJ/ref...

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