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Omega_17 wrote:
You can convert all automatic knifes with a button into a button lock by removing the spring inside. My only automatic Ganzo is now one because the spring broke. But why not using an axis lock? I find it superior while kind of similar.

The difference between an automatic and a manual button lock is that on the automatic you have to press the button to release the blade for both opening and closing.
On a manual button lock knife there’s versions that you can open with either a hole/cutout or a flipper tab so you don’t have to press the button to release the blade.
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I have really been missing my Spyderco Smock, I think I might try this out instead.

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I have really been missing my Spyderco Smock, I think I might try this out instead.

To be honest, if you got used to a Spyderco blade than this one could feel like a stick to you.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the knife, but the blade is way too thick behind the edge.

I was thinking about to regrind it but their stonewashing is really great.
It’s actually looking like frosted, I’d say they polished the blade before etching and tumbling.

A great toy and it came scary sharp but it’s not a scalpel like the (only Spyderco I own) Caly 3.

By the way, there’s also a titanium version of the Griffin, maybe that one has a thinner blade

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Ordered in the clip point version https://www.amazon.com/CRKT-Tighe-Folding-Pocket-Knife/dp/B01BAJJ0B4

I put it in the cart and a $10.00 off coupon appeard!

I’ve always wanted one of these sabenza like knives so I ordered this also…https://www.amazon.com/HUIZHI-Everyday-Carry-Folding-Pocket/dp/B07RJQBGYM

Thanks for your advice guys…

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What do you think of these 2 upcoming knives, inspired by Swaggs!

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I think The Boker Kalashnikov’s are autos.

I’m liking the crkt and griffon. I’m not sure about the alu scales on the griffon, are they very slick?
And the style of the crkt is not really for me but that knife looks very figgitery and that’s what interests me the most.
Thanks guys

The Kalashnikov comes in both auto and manual button lock.
Yes, the scales on the Griffin are a bit slick but boy, is the action ever amazing (at least on mine), especially given the price point, just press that button and the blade comes falling shut with no resistance, yet, no blade play. It is very fidgety and a very nice EDC IMO.
I liked mine so much that I ended up selling my Alu/14C28N and got the Ti/M390.
This only thing I hate on the Ti version are those cheap CF stickers (yes stickers, about 0.5mm thick) they’ve put on this otherwise awesome knife, so I removed them and IMO the knife looks better without them and have been using it like this for about 2 years. However, last week I decided to buy a small sheet of black micarta on Ebay and I’ll try to make and glue micarta inserts in its place.

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Hey all, browsed through many pages looking for something somewhat specific but didn’t see it. I’m looking for something along the size and specs as a gerber LST 300 (partially) serrated. They’re hard to find so replacing the one I lost is turning out to be a fruitless endeavor.

I’d like a lightweight, decent steel, partially serrated….and if at all possible, assisted opening…knife.

Oh, and budget pricing preferred! Wink

Recommendations?

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Sprinkles, check out these three for a start.

Sanrenmu LB-T01A https://www.amazon.com/Sanrenmu-LB-T01A-Liner-Folding-Knife/dp/B07PQWBKV...

Sanrenmu GB4-913P https://www.amazon.com/Sanrenmu-GB4-913P-folding-Pocket-Textured/dp/B00C...

And, the pocket knife that started my obsession with EDC knives; Harbor Freight’s very own Gordon Drop Point folding knife. https://www.harborfreight.com/drop-point-edc-pocket-knife-63168.html

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My Petrified Fish 818 arrived. Wow. The quality on these is downright impressive.

I had planned to gift two of them but have fallen for the blue one and will be keeping it for myself. Ergonomics are good, deep carry, well centered, good action, solid construction, rides nice in the pocket, great blade shape… can’t fault it yet.

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Thanks for the suggestions. The HF is a bit long for my taste, but the others are promising. Unfortunately, looks like they’re out of production so finding one might be tough. That T01a looks like it might’ve been a good option. (Seems like Amazon pricing is a little steep for the SRMs)

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lazerEagle wrote:
My Petrified Fish 818 arrived. Wow. The quality on these is downright impressive.

I had planned to gift two of them but have fallen for the blue one and will be keeping it for myself. Ergonomics are good, deep carry, well centered, good action, solid construction, rides nice in the pocket, great blade shape… can’t fault it yet.

The longer I’ve had this knife, the more I appreciate it. The pretty stonewash and the contours are aesthetically pleasing. It cuts nicely. The action is superb and seems to have gotten even better over time. It feels good in hand, but I did help it a little to get there.

This knife benefited from a quick modification that I do on a lot of budget knives with nested liners. The inner edge of the scales were a little rough. So I rounded them off. I used an ordinary emery board, course then fine. I marked off the spots where it mates with the backspacer with a little painter’s tape before I took it apart. It’s amazing how much that little bit of work can add to the comfort of a knife over time.

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Interesting, I might take it apart and give it a clean and lube. The craftsmanship is top notch, compared to my US made Para3 lightweight which I love but it is off centre at the moment to the point where it rubs sometimes on deploy and I’ll have to service again.

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chooma wrote:
I think The Boker Kalashnikov’s are autos.

I’m liking the crkt and griffon. I’m not sure about the alu scales on the griffon, are they very slick?
And the style of the crkt is not really for me but that knife looks very figgitery and that’s what interests me the most.
Thanks guys

The Kalashnikov comes in both auto and manual button lock.
Yes, the scales on the Griffin are a bit slick but boy, is the action ever amazing (at least on mine), especially given the price point, just press that button and the blade comes falling shut with no resistance, yet, no blade play. It is very fidgety and a very nice EDC IMO.
I liked mine so much that I ended up selling my Alu/14C28N and got the Ti/M390.
This only thing I hate on the Ti version are those cheap CF stickers (yes stickers, about 0.5mm thick) they’ve put on this otherwise awesome knife, so I removed them and IMO the knife looks better without them and have been using it like this for about 2 years. However, last week I decided to buy a small sheet of black micarta on Ebay and I’ll try to make and glue micarta inserts in its place.


Can you show us some pics of that decarbonized Griffin?

I never liked how they put the same pattern on the backside, too. It doesn’t match with the clip and it just doesn’t look thought through.
But when you say it’s just .5mm thick (sounds like an EasyPreg sheet for car parts) then it even more feels like an afterthought.

Hey guys, we have this fine knife but it too much looks like the Carson folder, lets throw some CF on it!

Maybe a two-tone anodization would look better then.

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@Adahn, here you go


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@Adahn, here you go


![img]https://i.imgur.com/58LlD0J.jpg[/img]!

Thank you. This is looking way better that before but to me this knife with all its curves would look better just plain.

Maybe someday I’ll try a Ti one but the more I look at it the cooler it would be if they added a front flipper.
I guess I’ll just put it on search on ebay to shoot it cheap one day but I doubt I’ll get it for €40 like my AL version.
No defects, only the box was ripped on the inside (!) I like such discounts.

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I agree, I would have preferred it plain as well, or at least with only one large real carbon fiber inlay on each side.
Yeah, 40E will be hard to find but you never know.
I got mine at the cheapest price I have ever seen it, I think it was $110/$115 a couple of years back, from an online store that was clearing them. The store closed shortly afterwards so I think they were just clearing everything they had and selling at cost.
Mind you, mine has a problem with it, which is that the safety lock doesn’t engage in the closed position (it does in the open position), it seems as if the button lock doesn’t go far enough to clear where the safety lock engages. It’s no big deal for me as I don’t need it and it’s not like the blade comes out easily anyway, you need to really want to gravity flip it in order for the blade to come out.
For the price, I didn’t return it because it would have been a hassle to do so (I’m in Canada but get my knives shipped to a family member in the US that I visit a couple of times a year because Canada Customs has seized a few legal knives from me for no good reason, it’s a long story…)

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I agree, I would have preferred it plain as well, or at least with only one large real carbon fiber inlay on each side.
Yeah, 40E will be hard to find but you never know.
I got mine at the cheapest price I have ever seen it, I think it was $110/$115 a couple of years back, from an online store that was clearing them. The store closed shortly afterwards so I think they were just clearing everything they had and selling at cost.
Mind you, mine has a problem with it, which is that the safety lock doesn’t engage in the closed position (it does in the open position), it seems as if the button lock doesn’t go far enough to clear where the safety lock engages. It’s no big deal for me as I don’t need it and it’s not like the blade comes out easily anyway, you need to really want to gravity flip it in order for the blade to come out.
For the price, I didn’t return it because it would have been a hassle to do so (I’m in Canada but get my knives shipped to a family member in the US that I visit a couple of times a year because Canada Customs has seized a few legal knives from me for no good reason, it’s a long story…)

The black version can’t be locked in open position neither. I don’t mind, it’s not even common that button lock knives have such a security lock.
I’ve had something like that on a liner lock knife (SRM T01) and I hated it so much that I had to remove it.
On this Griffin I like it.

And I know how you feel about importing knives. Here it’s more the reason that I have to pay 20 Swiss Francs ($20) import fee when the value (incl. p+p) is more than CHF 65, plus customs. In Germany €150 is free, or at least they don’t really check the cheap stuff.
Funny thing is that they check parcel from the US much better than things directly from China.

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Latest Sanremu 9202 is really high quality. I don’t own a Benchmade but I think its on the same level of a big brand. The integrated liners are really awesome.

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Omega_17 wrote:
Latest Sanremu 9202 is really high quality. I don’t own a Benchmade but I think its on the same level of a big brand. The integrated liners are really awesome.
That is quite impressive, but then at a discounted price of $74.95 it well should be! Sanrenmu seems to be edging for a higher tier now. How’s the weight on this? My biggest problem with the lower mid tier Chinese knives is that they’re always about an ounce heavier than I’d like for an EDC.
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Anyone here have the Sanrenmu 1006, with 14C28N steel? I like the design on this one, plus the G-10 scale pattern. My only two gripes are the clip looking rather anemic and the weight… coming in at a massive 195g—nearly 1/2 a pound, for a 3.5” blade! Just crazy. And the photographer who was tasked with taking the photos ought to be hand-slapped, because the blade spine shot makes it look like the blade is way out of alignment, almost rubbing up against one liner. Facepalm

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Omega_17 wrote:
Latest Sanremu 9202 is really high quality. I don’t own a Benchmade but I think its on the same level of a big brand. The integrated liners are really awesome.

It looks great! I’m planning to order the same version! Smile

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That is quite impressive, but then at a discounted price of $74.95 it well should be! Sanrenmu seems to be edging for a higher tier now. How’s the weight on this? My biggest problem with the lower mid tier Chinese knives is that they’re always about an ounce heavier than I’d like for an EDC.

You can find these for $29.99 shipped. The weight is also quite good at 96g.

xevious wrote:
Anyone here have the Sanrenmu 1006, with 14C28N steel? I like the design on this one, plus the G-10 scale pattern. My only two gripes are the clip looking rather anemic and the weight… coming in at a massive 195g—nearly 1/2 a pound, for a 3.5” blade! Just crazy. And the photographer who was tasked with taking the photos ought to be hand-slapped, because the blade spine shot makes it look like the blade is way out of alignment, almost rubbing up against one liner. Facepalm

I have one of those SRM 1006s. It’s a very well balanced folder so it doesn’t feel as heavy or chunky what you would think according to the specs. Anyway mine weights 184 g. Overall built quality is also excellent and this is my only folder which came with a mirror polished factory edge:

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isti242 wrote:
Omega_17 wrote:
Latest Sanremu 9202 is really high quality. I don’t own a Benchmade but I think its on the same level of a big brand. The integrated liners are really awesome.

It looks great! I’m planning to order the same version! Smile

xevious wrote:
That is quite impressive, but then at a discounted price of $74.95 it well should be! Sanrenmu seems to be edging for a higher tier now. How’s the weight on this? My biggest problem with the lower mid tier Chinese knives is that they’re always about an ounce heavier than I’d like for an EDC.

You can find these for $29.99 shipped. The weight is also quite good at 96g.

I have one of those SRM 1006s. It’s a very well balanced folder so it doesn’t feel as heavy or chunky what you would think according to the specs. Anyway mine weights 184 g. Overall built quality is also excellent and this is my only folder which came with a mirror polished factory edge:


Yeah, I went to that very link… and the price shows as $74.95. Don’t know how you’re getting $29.99… maybe that’s a price exclusive to your country? Thanks for the feedback on the 1006. That’s pretty amazing for them to provide a mirror polished edge. That kind of treatment is usually reserved for more costly knives.
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Hey guys, anyone know where I can find a Feldspar with Micarta scales.

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You can find these for $29.99 shipped. The weight is also quite good at 96g.

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Budget assisted opening Jeff Hall and Darrel Ralph Collaborations.
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Budget carbon fiber/G10 Greg Lightfoot and Kirby Lambert Collaborations.

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isti242 wrote:
You can find these for $29.99 shipped. The weight is also quite good at 96g.

Then the pricing must be country/state specific. For me it’s $29.99, I also saw the same price in a Russian review too.
Anyway American customers always get the best deals, this is a rare counter-example.

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Budget carbon fiber/G10 Greg Lightfoot and Kirby Lambert Collaborations.

Once I almost managed to grab the right one from Ali. I dig that tanto blade shape. How is the overall performance of that beauty?

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The Greg Lightfoot is a big heavy knife with a 4.25” blade and weighing in at 8.4 oz.
The Kirby Lambert on the left have a nicer fit and finish.

But for around $20 each… not complaining.

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