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Set on this one because of its light weight and ceramic blade : https://www.fasttech.com/products/1901/10006945/1556900-tekut-lk5070-spi... all together i have about 10 budget knife s I ve given away 4 or 5

As long as you follow a few rules it should last you well.
Don’t try cutting anything that you think might chip the blade.
Twisting the blade will probably break it.
The tip is very delicate.
Obviously if you drop the knife with the blade open something will give, blade tip usually.
Now the good stuff.
It should arrive extremely sharp and it should stay that way for a long time, good thing as they are very difficult to sharpen.
As long as you are careful with it the blade should last for years without any maintenance.

I have a few ceramic blades, some for kitchen use and some general cutting.

The top one is a Zayka and the bottom one a BlackDog. Pretty much the same knife as the Boker Plus Anti-MC but less than a third of the price. They were in stock at one retailer in the U.K. lasted two days and never seen again. The tip on the black one lasted about ten minutes, I didn’t even know it had gone. but as I don’t intend piercing anything with it that’s O.K.
Both of these excel at push cutting 550 Paracord and have lasted 4+ years, mostly because I don’t use them a lot.

Post some photos of your other knives, it’s always good to see pics.

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Thought I'd post a fixed blade that just entered my collection.  "Budget" knife designation because this is an heirloom for my (now 3 years old) Grandson.  Priceless?

"Gambler's Hideaway Bowie" forged and made this year by John Doyle of Michigan.

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Thought I’d post a fixed blade that just entered my collection.  “Budget” knife designation because this is an heirloom for my (now 3 years old) Grandson.  Priceless?

“Gambler’s Hideaway Bowie” forged and made this year by John Doyle of Michigan.

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Enlan Bee L04GN
Does anyone have experience with the knife?

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Pocket-Knife-Genuine-ENLAN-BEE-L04GN-Tactical-knife-utility-folding-knife-57HRC-8Cr13-blade-outdoor-survival/1524326_32332686551.html

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Enlan Bee L04GN Does anyone have experience with the knife?

Beside the poor flipping action it’s ok. Here is my review.

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downlinx wrote:
Enlan Bee L04GN Does anyone have experience with the knife?

Beside the poor flipping action it’s ok. Here is my review.


thank you isti

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There are better enlans than that l04, i read it has some design problems like the open action.

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Solid knife, but don't like it really. Sold both knives I ordered a longer time ago.

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The Bee L04GN is about the only knife I gave up on. The flipper is the wrong geometry to flip properly and the opening is rough without a strip and clean, at this point I would put Phosphor Bronze washers in there and use the thumbstuds, the internal stop pin fouls any PB washer I could find so I put the originals back in and put it away, what a poor knife compared to the EL-04 and EL-04MCT.
It is a decent looking and locking knife but I prefer the Bee L05-1, L01MCT and L01-1

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I know there are some big fans of the Enlan EL-01 on this forum, but I recently purchased my first, an EL-01B, and I am having issues with the lock. The lock is EXTREMELY hard to disengage. Could anyone recommend a fix to lighten up the lock disengage? Might this be an issue caused by the black coating on this model?

Thanks for any insight you may have.

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I have an EL01B and it’s lock is flawless, maybe the liner gets too far or build tolerance made for a stiffer fit, in which case maybe it could use some light (and I mean VERY LIGHT) grinding…?

I bet Steve has better answers, I think he’s da man as knife tweaking goes (kudos!).

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Based on peoples reviews in this thread, I ordered the spyderco hungarian replica. Wow. I am not disappointed. For the price-point, that is a flawless, well put together, and RAZOR sharp knife. Can’t beat it for the money as far as I am concerned.

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metz3006 wrote:
I know there are some big fans of the Enlan EL-01 on this forum, but I recently purchased my first, an EL-01B, and I am having issues with the lock. The lock is EXTREMELY hard to disengage. Could anyone recommend a fix to lighten up the lock disengage? Might this be an issue caused by the black coating on this model?

Thanks for any insight you may have.

My el01 first gen (3 points on the pivot screw) grey colour blade is easy to disengage, without problems. My unique knife than it is really HARD of unlock is my enlan el08, it is a beast, but you must move the frame lock a lot and it is hard, to much hard.

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metz3006 wrote:
I know there are some big fans of the Enlan EL-01 on this forum, but I recently purchased my first, an EL-01B, and I am having issues with the lock. The lock is EXTREMELY hard to disengage. Could anyone recommend a fix to lighten up the lock disengage? Might this be an issue caused by the black coating on this model?

Thanks for any insight you may have.

Try to apply some graphite (ie pencil) on the locking surfaces. That usually works at frame-locks.

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I stumbled upon this EL01 variant:

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^^^^^^^^^^^   8steve88,   where are you?  you know you have to have this EL01 Variant also.. Big Smile

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Couple of problems with that, I’d like to see the blade in a better set of photos – printed Damascus is getting really good. I’d like to know what steels were used. The product described in the directories read – Home>Store Home>Products>Butterfly fridge magnet.
The real kicker is both in the leader and the product description as an Enlan EL-01D – that model already exists as a satin blade and rosewood scales. There is so much that can go wrong on a Damascus liner or frame lock, if the lock face has been cut before etching and not been masked the lock would be very poor. That having been said, if more stores offer them for sale, Exduct and FastTech for instance as well as a couple of others, I’d give it a go. AliExpress satisfaction guarantee is a good thing.

Edit……………Who am I kidding I want at least one, double up on the ones I already have and buy one with a Damascus blade to swap the blades into all the variants, that’s not crazy, is it. Cash
Still be cheaper than a Medford. :bigsmile:

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metz3006 wrote:
I know there are some big fans of the Enlan EL-01 on this forum, but I recently purchased my first, an EL-01B, and I am having issues with the lock. The lock is EXTREMELY hard to disengage. Could anyone recommend a fix to lighten up the lock disengage? Might this be an issue caused by the black coating on this model?

Thanks for any insight you may have.

As isti already mentioned, graphite will stop it sticking, it is sometimes a problem with the black coated blades, not only on Enlans but SanRenMus as well, some knives are no problem, some stick. Keeping the lock without graphite will bed it in quicker but graphite will make it easier to operate, a good writing on with a pencil will be fine.
If that doesn’t seem to be working then slacken off the pivot, open and close a couple of times. Tighten until the blade swings free but is free of play, there is a sweet spot there somewhere. Try adjusting the pivot with the blade closed – if that doesn’t work well then try it with the blade open.
All this is assuming that there are no obvious burrs or coating left on the tang, most of the problems I’ve had has been with coating on the linerlock or framelock bar.
Even if you do nothing it will get better with use.
Just a thought but flipping the blade out really fast and hard does engage the lock very tight sometimes when broken in as well as new.

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Ooh. Is this one large enough?

That’s a 35cm blade and 77cm open length.

It makes my Espada XL look small, indeed at 14” it’s the same length as my Cold Steel Smatchet machete.

They have a 22cm version too, at a bit more reasonable price.

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Typical folder knife from my country!. Well, at ancient times, now it would be illegal (more than 11 cm blade long).
I do not know in english but this type ot knives were called “navajas de carraca o de siete muelles” due to its lock system.

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Yes, I ordered this one from that company on eBay and it arrived today. It’s made in China to Spanish design, although I’d love a JJ Martinez Arabe Navaja.

It’s a lovely little knife (10cm).

I don’t know what the steel is, but it is shiny which suggests 420/440 which accords with the way European makers aren’t as steel obsessed as American ones. It’s sharp and very pointy. Mmm, so pointy.

We call them Navaja too.

It makes me laugh when we see people selling their “martial arts inspired folding knife” when they’ve probably never been in a knife fight. The Navaja (in its 15-25cm incarnations) was the weapon of the lower classes, cutthroats and thieves.

The carraca makes the hair on my neck stand up when I open it. Every knife should have that chilling metallic rattle.

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Xatu, do you know any Spanish companies that sell the large “fighting” Navajas? I like the Arabe profile (it’s like a folding Bowie).

One with a website that’ll ship to New Zealand would be good.

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Freman wrote:
Xatu, do you know any Spanish companies that sell the large “fighting” Navajas? I like the Arabe profile (it’s like a folding Bowie).

One with a website that’ll ship to New Zealand would be good.

Really i do not know wich companies can make that old designs, but i can recomend you companies like “muela” and “cudeman” high quality spanish companies, especially fixed knives (Aitor, exposito, nieto… other companies too).

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Thanks.

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@steve or isti:
I got my orange EL01. It has two white nylon washers - every other EL01 of mine one white nylon washer and a metal one. Which one do yours have?

My torx 7 screw doesn't fit perfect (I ruined my screwdriver a few weeks ago and need a new one, to remove the screws).

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@steve or isti:
I got my orange EL01. It has two white nylon washers – every other EL01 of mine one white nylon washer and a metal one. Which one do yours have?

My torx 7 screw doesn’t fit perfect (I ruined my screwdriver a few weeks ago and need a new one, to remove the screws).

One White Nylon one brass like metal. Do you have the means to measure the pivot, I’ve discovered something strange about mine!

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My torx 7 screw doesn’t fit perfect (I ruined my screwdriver a few weeks ago and need a new one, to remove the screws).

If you mean you chewed the end of the torx screwdriver, just file it back some. It might fit better after filing too because they usually get wider further back.

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^ Nice tip CRX.  I need to remember that one.

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Buwuve wrote:

@steve or isti:
I got my orange EL01. It has two white nylon washers – every other EL01 of mine one white nylon washer and a metal one. Which one do yours have?

My torx 7 screw doesn’t fit perfect (I ruined my screwdriver a few weeks ago and need a new one, to remove the screws).

Mine arrived with two nylon washers too. It doesn’t bother me because the knife flips quite well right out of the box.

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isti242 wrote:
Buwuve wrote:

@steve or isti:
I got my orange EL01. It has two white nylon washers – every other EL01 of mine one white nylon washer and a metal one. Which one do yours have?

My torx 7 screw doesn’t fit perfect (I ruined my screwdriver a few weeks ago and need a new one, to remove the screws).

Mine arrived with two nylon washers too. It doesn’t bother me because the knife flips quite well right out of the box.

Have you had a look at the pivot pin?

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