My new collection of 50+ Chinese knives

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My new collection of 50+ Chinese knives

Its been less than a year since Ive started collecting knives again. With the current offerings of Chinese manufactured knives (such as Cold Steel, Colt, Browning, Enlan, Ganzo, Navy, Sanrenmu and Schrade) the quality has increased dramatically and prices have dropped. Its now affordable for almost anyone to own a descent knife collection that they can be proud of without spending ridiculous amounts of money on name brand knives. They are so inexpensive that Ive bought dozens of the same models as gifts to others. People think that I spent a lot of money when they examine the quality. So far, Ive received only overwhelming positive reports from satisfied knife users, stating that their examples have held up as well or better than their much more expensive EDC's. I suppose this shouldnt be much of a surprise since many name brand knives are now being produced in the same Chinese factories as their much less expensive contemporaries. Its also interesting to note that most of the people I give & sell these knives to abuse them mercilessly and that they have held up well. For my personal EDC's, I keep a new example in my collection and buy duplicates that I carry.

Since I have way to many new knives to review, Ive decided to take some photos for comparisons and answer any questions you might have. Please note that the ruler in the photos is only for size reference and not accurate to scale. Because photos were shot at varying angles and heights, the aspect ratio has been skewed and does not properly represent the knives actual lengths, especially from one photo to the next. Scale is in inches.

* I have used several of these knives and some might reflect some wear and tear.

* I will update this thread as new knives arrive.


Folding Blades


SRM/Sanrenmu

SRM H02


SRM A169


SRM T-01


 

SRM 766


SRM 763 in G10


 

SRM 733


SRM 733 Black


 

SRM 730


SRM 730 Swirl Handle


 

SRM 723 SS


 

SRM 723 Black


SRM 710 SS


 

SRM710 Desert Camo


SRM 710 Dark Camo


 

SRM 710 Black



SRM 707 Camo


 

SRM 703


SRM 908


 

SRM 939


SRM 962


Bee/Enlan

Enlan M020


 

Enlan M012


Enlan M10


 

Enlan EL-02 in Micarta


Enlan EL-02 in G10


 

Enlan EL-01


 

Enlan EL-01 Black


 

 Bee L06 in G10


Colt

 Colt SIG6 Stockman


 

Dealextreme sku19366


 Navy Knives

Navy K-905


 

Navy K-705


Navy K-631


 

Navy K-628


Navy K-607


 

Navy K-606


 

Navy K-605


 

Navy K-603


 

Navy K-506


 

Navy K-505


 

Navy K-501


Ganzo

Ganzo G704


Fixed Blades


Browning

Browning 863


Browning 537


Browning 586


 

Browning 039 Set


 Cold Steel

Cold Steel 80tob Perfect Balance Thrower


Colt

Colt CT280


Colt CT295


Schrade

Schrade 168UH


Camillus

Camillus Becker BK-9 Double Edged Nose.

I know this doesnt belong here with the rest but its one that I really like. This is an original Camillus military survival/fighting knife made in the USA. Unfortunately, Camillus went out of business several years ago. Known for being extremely over-engineered in design and materials, this example sports the very rare factory double edged nose. Ka-Bar is now making copies of this knife without the double edge, although I doubt they are as sturdy as the original.


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Wow, awesome collection, thanks for the sharing those pics.

 

Which ones would you pick to be your favorites?

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Awesome Collection !!!

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Very nice, and nicely photographed collection.

Somehow I think about knives differently than lights. I probably have about the same amount of money tied up in knives that you do, but I only have 6 or 7 knives. A couple of them are in the $25-30 range, but the rest are Benchmades and Mcustas.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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I have a small personal collection of two thousand guns... That clip from Little Britain comes to mind (no pun intended). Nice collection you got there. I got only few, but that SRM 707 sure is a fine knife for the price.

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esrevenge wrote:

Wow, awesome collection, thanks for the sharing those pics.

 

Which ones would you pick to be your favorites?

Small folder: SRM 710 SS. Elegant, functional, sleek, typical fantastic SRM build quality. This knife seems to please everyone. Ive gifted at least 30 and sold at least twice that amount.

Large folder: Enlan EL-01. IMO, this is easily the overall best manufactured knife in this collection. It excels in quality, fit, finish, materials, ergonomics, safety and ease of deployment. Very robust construction with a sharp factory edge that holds up to repeated harsh abuse. Also my most carried. This is the one I give to my police, firefighter and outdoor survivalist buddies. Always a favorite.

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HID45 wrote:
I have a small personal collection of two thousand guns... That clip from Little Britain comes to mind (no pun intended). Nice collection you got there. I got only few, but that SRM 707 sure is a fine knife for the price.

Curious what you would consider to be a "large" personal collection of guns.

LOL, 2000 guns is not a collections, its an arsenal.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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HID45 wrote:
I have a small personal collection of two thousand guns...

Please post your top 100 favorites.

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trooplewis wrote:

HID45 wrote:
I have a small personal collection of two thousand guns... That clip from Little Britain comes to mind (no pun intended). Nice collection you got there. I got only few, but that SRM 707 sure is a fine knife for the price.

Curious what you would consider to be a "large" personal collection of guns.

LOL, 2000 guns is not a collections, its an arsenal...

...large enough for a small country. Laughing

You certainly cant go wrong with any of the SRM's... or about any of the knives I just listed.

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Hikelite wrote:

HID45 wrote:
I have a small personal collection of two thousand guns...

Please post your top 100 favorites.

+1

Could you start a new thread and discuss a few of your favorites please?

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Lol... I was referring to this hilarious clip from Little Britain.

Me, I don't collect guns, I only buy them to be shot. Currently I have 7 and they all can be seen here. 

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FlashPilot wrote:

Small folder: SRM 710 SS. 

Large folder: Enlan EL-01.

Damn you FlashPilot. I'm not into knives at all, at least not yet, but you just made me buy those two! Undecided

=the=

Disclaimer: Above post might contain referral links, but only to items that I myself have bought, tested & approved. Or items that, based on my experience, can be considered as good deals & worth sharing.

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FlashPilot wrote:

Small folder: SRM 710 SS. 

Large folder: Enlan EL-01.

+1, I only have about 5 or 6 knives but I have the 710 and the EL01 and they are both GREAT...my favorites too!

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Nice collection, Flash!
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All I can say is WOW!!!      

 

 

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My God man... my wife would KILL me.

 

How do you like the 733?  I've been thinking of getting one - I like smaller flippers.

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HID45 wrote:
I have a small personal collection of two thousand guns... That clip from Little Britain comes to mind (no pun intended). Nice collection you got there. I got only few, but that SRM 707 sure is a fine knife for the price.

Wow, if you announced that here in the U.S. (if you lived here) you'd get robbed in no time. I never tell anyone what I've got, except for individual lights.

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jekostas wrote:

My God man... my wife would KILL me.

 

How do you like the 733?  I've been thinking of getting one - I like smaller flippers.

The 733 is an excellent choice and is one of the sharper knives for its broad blade design and size. I personally love the style and carry one clipped to my shorts when I go rafting down the river. Its also very comfortable to handle. Typical excellent SRM construction and materials. Now all you have to decide is black or silver.

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FlashPilot wrote:

Small folder: SRM 710 SS. 

Large folder: Enlan EL-01.

+1, I only have about 5 or 6 knives but I have the 710 and the EL01 and they are both GREAT...my favorites too!

If those are the only 2 folders you ever buy, Im sure they'll give you years of service and enjoyment. Some bragging rights will probably accompany your EL01.

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dorpmuller wrote:

HID45 wrote:
I have a small personal collection of two thousand guns... That clip from Little Britain comes to mind (no pun intended). Nice collection you got there. I got only few, but that SRM 707 sure is a fine knife for the price.

Wow, if you announced that here in the U.S. (if you lived here) you'd get robbed in no time. I never tell anyone what I've got, except for individual lights.

Rich

Buy a large watchful dog. Only suicidal morons would attempt robbing you after Brutus was on duty.

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For a non knife guy, I still found a lot to like in your post Smile

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FlashPilot wrote:
Buy a large watchful dog. Only suicidal morons would attempt robbing you after Brutus was on duty.

I have a dog. This one. It's watchful. It's not that large. But then again, being a terrier, once it bites to something it will not let go. Robbing a house with 8kg of dog hanging around in ones genital region would be... bit of an inconvenience, I'd suppose.


I added my collection of Chinese knives to whooping three with SRM 763 (others being SRM 707 and Enlan M014). That is one impressive knife. Nice size, axis lock feels solid and above all it's one crazy sharp sharp thingy! I mean come on! That is stupidly sharp for a 10$ knife. G10 handle feels secure even when wet and the blade has just the right angle for my taste. Much better blade angle than 707 and the like. Two thumbs up.

 

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Wow, nice collection... I have only SanRenMu 710 SS and GB4-612.

 

 

 

I always EDC SRM GB4-612, because it's so small and light weight (less than 50 g).

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HID45, cute doggie you've got there.

Im always very satisfied with the amazing quality for the price that we get with these knives.

M3TAL_L0RD

The SRM 710 SS is the knife I gift the most. Its one of the few designs that pleases a wide variety of people and seems to find its way into their pockets for EDC. I walked into the fire station yesterday and saw a friend showing one off to a few others. Everyone always thinks its a $25 knife.

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Greatwalloutdoor still has several (nearly impossible to find) Sanrenmu/SRM 9x series knives. Although they are now in the low $20 range, they are still a great bargain and "must have's" for  anyone seeking to round out their collection. Get them before the supply is gone forever.

http://www.greatwalloutdoor.com/knives-1/sanrenmu-pr-962-folding-knife.html

http://www.greatwalloutdoor.com/knives-1/sanrenmu-folding-knives-89.html

http://www.greatwalloutdoor.com/knives-1/mc6-908.html

http://www.greatwalloutdoor.com/knives-1/gb-902a.html

http://www.greatwalloutdoor.com/knives-1/sanrenmu-wr5-905-pocket-hunting...

http://www.greatwalloutdoor.com/knives-1/sanrenmu-folding-knives-88.html

These knives were apparently outlawed for production by the local Chinese police because several people were attacked by them. (We've all heard of a Chinese fire drill... now we know what a Chinese police bust must resemble)

The reseller has several other interesting knives and a well designed web site. My buying experience with them was a good one. I received email confirmations upon purchase and received my package in about 2.5 weeks.

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Can someone tell me some of the typical places you purchased your knives? I noticed that greatwalloutdoor.com seems to have good prices at the moment. FlashPilot's experience with them seems  to be good also.

What knife do you own that you especially like and feel that you got it for a great price? Then, if you can, please link to the seller. Thanks

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Please read all 712 posts from this thread first. Wink  Ok might be a little too much, maybe just these 2 posts then : 1  2

I have good experience with exduct , bestofferbuy , Tinydeal  and Priceangels.  EL01 , 909 get my vote.

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LIght_Of_Day wrote:

Can someone tell me some of the typical places you purchased your knives? I noticed that greatwalloutdoor.com seems to have good prices at the moment. FlashPilot's experience with them seems  to be good also.

What knife do you own that you especially like and feel that you got it for a great price? Then, if you can, please link to the seller. Thanks

 

I would get these, (same knives, same place I ordered from)

http://www.exduct.com/chinese-knife-store/sanrenmu-srm-folding-knife-b47...

http://www.exduct.com/Bee-Enlan-Knives/EL01-Bee-Folding-Knife.html

 

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Good choice. Its no secret that I still rate the EL01 as the absolute best large folding knife in my collection... bar none. <--- Link for $11.99 includes shipping. Not sure you if can find it for less with shipping.

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