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They are selling gorgeous custom scales for SAK on aliexpress. Someone tried them?

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Those are pretty for sure. How do you search for them?
Aren’t all the SAK riveted? If so, how would you put the scales on?

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Yes you need to drill the rivets to replace scales on the alox version. There is a pictures about the process on the store page.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000443513178.html

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Thanks for linking to that store. I can see it’s going to be an expensive one for me. Their leather bike bags are really nice.

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Brass or Titanium WW AAA flashlight.

That’s Prometheus Beta.
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Budget knife on a budget… this is what $7.50 at Stat Gear” gets you:

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Looks ok.
But that hi-rise pocket clip placement???

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$7.5 usd / ~7€ decent knife?

Challenge accepted!

This is what I would choose here in France. Not a pocket knife though

Hultafors HVK

For a folder, not sure 7€ can buy an Opinel 8 here

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AgentSteel wrote:
This is what I would choose here in France. Not a pocket knife though

Hultafors HVK


Nice! Looks similar to Morakniv Craftline.
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at a local Walmart, these were clearanced for $1 each.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Stag-Finish-3-Clip-Knife-with-4-H...

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turkeydance wrote:
at a local Walmart, these were clearanced for $1 each. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Stag-Finish-3-Clip-Knife-with-4-H...

I think I had that exact Ozark Trail knife. It came in a gift set with a few other things. Fit and finish was surprisingly good. Action was okay. It’s almost unbelievable for a buck. Of course, steel is where the price hones true. It came fairly sharp and was easy to sharpen but it just wouldn’t stay that way. Some of the Ozark Trail knives were independently tested and came back as 3Cr13Mov. That sounds about right for my experiences.

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turkeydance wrote:
at a local Walmart, these were clearanced for $1 each.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Stag-Finish-3-Clip-Knife-with-4-H...
Hmm, I might waste a buck tomorrow….
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The QSP Penguin is starting to resurface after being out of stock just about everywhere. If you missed it on Drop or anywhere else and wanted one, KnivesPlus has them. How many and for how long I haven’t the slightest idea.

https://www.knivesplus.com/qsp-knives.html

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toddcshoe wrote:
The QSP Penguin is starting to resurface after being out of stock just about everywhere. If you missed it on Drop or anywhere else and wanted one, KnivesPlus has them. How many and for how long I haven’t the slightest idea.

https://www.knivesplus.com/qsp-knives.html

How is the Penguin?

I just got one. Then I moved. It’s in a box somewhere. Crying

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toddcshoe wrote:
The QSP Penguin is starting to resurface after being out of stock just about everywhere. If you missed it on Drop or anywhere else and wanted one, KnivesPlus has them. How many and for how long I haven’t the slightest idea.

https://www.knivesplus.com/qsp-knives.html

How is the Penguin?

I just got one. Then I moved. It’s in a box somewhere. Crying

I’m not sure. I don’t have one, yet. I had one in my cart on Amazon. I was running late for an appointment and let it sit for the day. By time I got back home, they were all sold out. Strangely, that isn’t the only time that has happened. I tend to get distracted easily. Smile

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Well the Penguin showed up in the mail yesterday. Seems like a great little knife so far. Super smooth action, blade nicely centered, 45% or so lockup and the pocket clip is pretty stout. Sits pretty deep in the pocket as well. Not a single fraction of a mm sticks out of the pocket. Came razor sharp. Time will tell how the edge holds and how it sharpens. I don’t have any other Micarta handled knives. Has a nice feel to it. Not as slick as aluminum or titanium but not as grippy as G10. Somewhere nicely in the middle. I got this denim colored one and got the other color too. Forget what they call it but it looked sort of pinkish in the stock photos. In person it is more of a darkish rust color.

If you are looking for something in this size and blade type, give it a try. It doesn’t hurt the wallet too much.

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My birthday is coming up soon, and now that I’m working from home rather than in an office I feel like getting a nice (but still budget) knife to fidget with.

My budget is around 60 USD (100 AUD), so unfortunately that rules out a Benchmade 940 or Spyderco PM2 and probably anything shipped from the US. Local laws prohibit automatics and assisted openers.

I’m tempted by the Real Steel G5 Metamorph Mk II, but I’m still looking for inspiration.

Can anyone suggest something’s else fun within those constraints?

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Sanrenmu 1161 (at the top) if you don’t mind the extra weight compared to the Metamorph:

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skinny_tie wrote:
My birthday is coming up soon, and now that I’m working from home rather than in an office I feel like getting a nice (but still budget) knife to fidget with.

My budget is around 60 USD (100 AUD), so unfortunately that rules out a Benchmade 940 or Spyderco PM2 and probably anything shipped from the US. Local laws prohibit automatics and assisted openers.

I’m tempted by the Real Steel G5 Metamorph Mk II, but I’m still looking for inspiration.

Can anyone suggest something’s else fun within those constraints?

The Metamorph is a cool knife but I don’t love aluminum scales. Supposedly, there will be more exclusive G10 versions sometime this year but nobody knows when.

In the meantime, pretty much anything from Civivi will be a good time. Some of the $52 Bestechs are excellent too. I’ve had my eye on the Bestech Texel for a while but I’m not sure I need another knife in D2.

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And now for something different.
After a recent outing for the wife’s birthday at her favorite restaurant(Outback), we ran into an issue with their cutlery. The lack of “edge”, coupled with dexterity issues from a stroke, led to sending 1/2 her 12oz steak across the dining area. So I’ve been pursuing a nice, non-tactical looking, folding steak knife to put together a dining out kit. After viewing a $300+ Emerson’s & Takeshi Saji’s, and the slim $100+ Shun that’s been around forever, I came across these guys, at just under $20/ea, that seem to fit the bill. These 8” oal, higonokami style knives that sport a 3.5” 50cr15mov blade with a liner lock, and have a nice hand feel for control. I look forward to trying them out, if or when a restaurant ever opens up for eat in dining again. Also, after poking around AE, I found a 4” folding bread knife to round out the kit.

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can you please link the steak knives?

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korpzgrinda wrote:
can you please link the steak knives?

https://barebonesliving.com/collections/dining/products/folding-steak-kn...

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Ordered a Ruike P843W today on ebay, from a trusted seller. I made an offer for $35, and it was accepted. Ships from Virginia, guaranteed to arrive by Monday.

I love Ruike knives about the same as Twosun knives. The P843 is a newer model from late 2019. I am a sucker for a harpoon blade shape.

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Thanks Rat_Racer! I really like the look of those steak knife folders. The general design reminds me of the Chris Reeve Mnandi:

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Swabs wrote:

I love Ruike knives about the same as Twosun knives.

+1

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korpzgrinda wrote:
Thanks Rat_Racer! I really like the look of those steak knife folders. The general design reminds me of the Chris Reeve Mnandi: !{width:66%}https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0052/8692/0278/products/CRK-MNA-1016.jpg!

You’re welcome. I can see some of the same shape design.
I didn’t like their shipping fees, so I bought 2 sets to get it free. Figured I could flip the other set at almost 30% off what they ask, and ship free.

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LTK just got some more test results back. For those of us looking at unknown or questionable brands, this is valuable information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfXag6Ku72s

Spoilers – Eafengrow is still batting zero on their steel claims. It’s mostly 8Cr13Mov and soft 5Cr15Mov. On the other end, Petrified Fish passed the test. It looks like they’re using real D2 at a good HRC. PF has been making a minor splash here with their budget models. It also seems that they were the makers of that rebranded GoComma knife people here were raving about a year or two ago.

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My modest knife collection ...

On the way => Spyderco Ladybug 3 Mahogany Pakkawood (KnifeCenter Exclusive)

I also have: Ontario Rat Model 2 (D2), Ganzo Firebird FH41, Spyderco HoneyBee, Spyderco GrassHopper, Leatherman Squirt PS4, Victorinix Classic SD, Victorinox Rambler, Victorinox Manager and Victorinox Compact. My EDC: Spyderco HoneyBee (keychain), Ontario RAT Model 2 (right pocket), Victorinox Compact (5th pocket), Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 (5th pocket), BIC Maxi (5th pocket).

Left sheath: Victorinox Swiss Champ Survival Kit (SOS Set 80's)

Brown Sheath: Forge de Laguiole Philippe Starck (aluminum)

Center Sheath top: Leatherman Wingman

Center Box: Xythos Mini Revolver (80's)

Center Sheath buttom: Leatherman Sidekick

Right Box: Ficher Brass Bullet Space Pen

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Arrived: Ganzo Firebird FH31 in green G-10.

This is the first Ganzo knife that I have handled, that I like. For $24, I can’t really fault it. The spine of the blade has sharp edges, and that is really my only beef with it.

The D2 blade is really sharp. The blade shape is cool. The blade action is very good opening and closing. The light switch method, or the push button method can be used to flip open. The lock up is about 40% which is very good.

The G-10 scales are nicely done with a decent amount of grip, feel good in hand, and have a nice shape.The pivot screw is blue, which is a nice contrast, but time will tell if it wears/scratches off.

The pocket clip is a deep carry design. But where it is placed, still allows about a quarter inch of the handle to protrude from a pocket. The clip is not very stiff, compared to most of my knives, but I am sure it will do its job just fine. The clip can be attached to either side of the knife, as there is also a milled out spot on the show side. I don’t like the look of the little plate that is attached to the milled out spot, but that is purely subjective.

This will be a gift for an eighteen year old who needs a light to medium duty knife for fishing, opening packages, cutting paracord, small diameter rope and different materials, etc. The FH31 makes a nice knife gift if the max budget is $25.

Yes, I have gotten much better Twosun knives on eBay in the $25 range, but that is luck-of-the-draw bidding, and cannot be counted on. So, for $24 everyday, all day the FH31 is good. Maybe I should revisit other Ganzo knives…

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