Enlan EL-01. Outstanding knife

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Exduct says HERE that the EL-01 and L07-1 are the same.

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Isti,

‘my bad!, I never noticed that posting on Exduct. Thanks. I’d still like to see a L series copy of the EL-01.

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I agree that a medium sized EL-01 with flipper would be great addition to the Enlan line.
The EM01 is too small for my taste.

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Most of the “old” Enlan knife have now a Bee logo (I don’t like it – looks like Pacman).

The one on the Enlan homepage has a diffrenet screw (not triangel, not 3 holes – it has 4 holes), maybe it’s a new batch with a new name.

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Buwuve,

I noticed that same pic w/ the 4 hole pivot screw. It may be an older pic for all we know. Its too bad the site is such a confusing mess. Looking at some of the various knives you can spot various models seen under other maker’s names. Some of the knives look really cheezy w/ cartoonish logos or cheap scales, not as elegant as the EL, L and M series knives. Maybe someone at the company will see our comments and update the site so its more user friendly.

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GTP2K1 wrote:
Oh wow a Damascus version, would probably look classy with the wood grips, still I’m not forking over the extra coin without even knowing what kinda steel or if its just a black etching.

It is a black etching pattern.
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Got my 01 today from doingoutdoor. Well the small tory screws lost profile instantly. I´ve got some decent torx tools and could only unscrew 2 of the 8 screws. The rest is damaged now and I can´t open the knife.

Awesome.

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Were the screws really too soft, or did they put threadlock?

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I made a quick video comparing the Enlan EL-01 flipper to Kershaw Cryo (assisted opener):

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Chloe wrote:
Were the screws really too soft, or did they put threadlock?

Umm, I don´t know. But it didn´t need much to get them down.

All I know is I really a lucky one. Ordered 2 Solarforce lights, got 2 crappy ones. Ordered an Enlan, screws are crappy ^^

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I have only tried taking the scales off my EL-01D, but the screws unscrewed easily enough. The pivot screw foiled me of course. I wonder if they do that on purpose.

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Chloe wrote:
Were the screws really too soft, or did they put threadlock?

Umm, I don´t know. But it didn´t need much to get them down.

All I know is I really a lucky one. Ordered 2 Solarforce lights, got 2 crappy ones. Ordered an Enlan, screws are crappy ^^

I’m sorry for your bad luck! Sad Hopefully you’ll have some good luck now!

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Chloe wrote:
I made a quick video comparing the Enlan EL-01 flipper to Kershaw Cryo (assisted opener):

Any chance of seeing that in slow motion? :bigsmile:

You certainly have the knack Chloe – I need two hands (and about 30 seconds) to open my EL-01.

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I don’t know how to make it slow motion. The YouTube editor doesn’t have any settings for that. Sad

Usually I have to use some wrist to help it flip open. I’ve got so used to the Cryo.

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No worries, I was just commenting on the fact that you have the opening down to a fine art – blink and I’d miss it. I’m a little faster with the SRM M1 (just did it and got a very strange look from my wife). Flat Stare

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Ahh! I’m hopeless with thumbstud opening. I don’t know how you manage to flick them open. I am editing the video now to make it slow motion!!

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These things are all relative – I mean that after I open the M1 just a little, I can flick the wrist and open it (oh, maybe just the 10 seconds) lol

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Only one out of ten times I manage to flip open my EL-01 without any wrist action. I'm better with thumbstuds.

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I made a new video! Hope you like it!! :bigsmile:

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Chloe wrote:
Ahh! I’m hopeless with thumbstud opening. I don’t know how you manage to flick them open. I am editing the video now to make it slow motion!!

It’s like flicking a marble. Tuck your thumb tip behind the stud, build up the tension in your thumb, then release it. My Ontario RAT1 flicks very easily.

I think you could do the same with a Spyderco, but I tend to just break the detent with my thumb and flip it out.

My Enlan EL-01D will flip open just on the lever too. Squirted some CRC through the pivot and worked it a bit. Smooth and fast, I don’t know why people worry about assisted open.

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Thanks Chloe. I still can’t flick my EL-01! Maybe I need to free up the pivot a little, but I don’t have the tool.

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I don’t think mine was so easy to flip when it first came. I put in 3-in-1 oil which helped a lot. Plus if you open it so the tip points to the ground it helps too. But usually I have to put in wrist to help it open.

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What the?! How can you open your 01 so fast?!

I unscrewed the pivot completely and it still did not open smoothly. That´s why I wanted to disassemble it, polish the friction parts etc (well, damn you small torx screws).
Being able to open it fast (and without wrist/arm motion) was my reason for getting that Enlan : /

And… first thing I thought was “Oh no, the finger nails!”
Are you not afraid of damaging them? I mean, it even bothers ME to push the locking part to close it. My nice thumb nail…

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Nice video Chloe!  (I couldn't view it on my iPhone yesterday - must be a forum incompatibility). 

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garrybunk wrote:

Nice video Chloe!  (I couldn’t view it on my iPhone yesterday – must be a forum incompatibility). 

-Garry

Thanks, Garry! Maybe it was when I deleted the old video? I’m glad it worked!

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What the?! How can you open your 01 so fast?!

I unscrewed the pivot completely and it still did not open smoothly. That´s why I wanted to disassemble it, polish the friction parts etc (well, damn you small torx screws).
Being able to open it fast (and without wrist/arm motion) was my reason for getting that Enlan : /

And… first thing I thought was “Oh no, the finger nails!”
Are you not afraid of damaging them? I mean, it even bothers ME to push the locking part to close it. My nice thumb nail…

Which model did you get? I read the ones with black blades are not as smooth due to the coating.

Also, mine is older, with three hole pivot, nylon washer and bronze on the other side. I have not adjusted the pivot yet (I did this on my Sanrenmu 710 because it was too stiff to open when it arrived, but now it has a little blade play from loosening it a little >.<), but I had to work the oil in (open and close, open and close, oil again, clean excess, repeat).

It might also be luck of the draw with fit and finish.

The way I open flippers is with the side of my index finger so the nail doesn’t catch. My index finger is not positioned in line with the blade (if it was I would surely break the nail!). Hope I explained that well.

I am more afraid to use my thumbnail to flick any thumbstud. I won’t try in case it breaks. :Sp

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Freman wrote:
It’s like flicking a marble. Tuck your thumb tip behind the stud, build up the tension in your thumb, then release it. My Ontario RAT1 flicks very easily.

I think you could do the same with a Spyderco, but I tend to just break the detent with my thumb and flip it out.

My Enlan EL-01D will flip open just on the lever too. Squirted some CRC through the pivot and worked it a bit. Smooth and fast, I don’t know why people worry about assisted open.

Thanks, Freman. Well, before I got the Kershaw I was quite happy with the Enlan flipping. But I’ve never been happy with the edge until I recently convexed it with my new strop.

The Kershaw speed assist is quite stiff to overcome for me, but it is fun to use! When I first got it I flipped it so much my fingers were sore from flipping. I only had it three weeks and the internal spring broke! But Kershaw were really nice to send me new springs.

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Most of my knife come quite tight, which is ok as customs don’ t mistake them for gravity knives… Wink but once loosened and oiled they all flick open very smoothly!

I also got used to boil (I literally put them in a pan of hot water) Chinese knives before attempting to unscrew them as the screws are often blocked with some white glue (locktight?)…

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That’s a good idea! I have heard of some using a soldering iron to heat the screws too.

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Chloe, I love your ambidextrous blade deployment vid! Good job! Whats next… twin Shinogi-Zukuri katana’s holstered behind your back? Wink

The EL-01 is still my EDC of choice.

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I’ve just recently obtained EL-01 D, and realy like it. As a “improver” of everything, and tight tolerance junky, I’ve already made a new axle and adjustment screw, new bronze bushing instead of the teflon one, and stop pin.

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