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Budget assisted opening Jeff Hall and Darrel Ralph Collaborations. With the Blackie Collins strong AO system.

How much are those, and where's a good place (hopefully with customer reviews) to order them?

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The Freetiger FT903 has great action, fires open every time with flipper and needs tiny shake to close, they have great bearings in this one or just built exceptionally. I had seen The Knife Beater review a couple of months ago, but it jumped to $25 before I could grab one, went back to $22 breifly so I got the grey version, but at either price its a serious budget contender.

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Blackbeard wrote:
The Freetiger FT903 has great action, fires open every time with flipper and needs tiny shake to close, they have great bearings in this one or just built exceptionally. I had seen The Knife Beater review a couple of months ago, but it jumped to $25 before I could grab one, went back to $22 breifly so I got the grey version, but at either price its a serious budget contender.

Amazon has the Freetiger FT903 in four different colors for $24.95 before a clickable 5% off coupon. I grabbed a purple one. Thank you for the recommendation.

They also have the FT801 in two different colors. $17.99 before 5% coupon.

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Np, I had been looking at the purple myself, might have to snag one in the future, great knife…mine is centered, no blade play, good spine gimping, easy lock bar access, even grinds, g10 is nice, 9/10 sharpness, action is so smooth, similar to honey badger, but it is almost silent where HB bearings sound like a train, this company came out of nowhere(unless it’s a Ganzo? who knows)…you will like this one, enjoy

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Anyway American customers always get the best deals, this is a rare counter-example.

Not anymore since the politic system is protecting the US industry against unfair competition from China. At this price its still a very good knife but similar to many good knife in a store.

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BrightKen wrote:

Budget assisted opening Jeff Hall and Darrel Ralph Collaborations. With the Blackie Collins strong AO system.


How much are those, and where’s a good place (hopefully with customer reviews) to order them?

They were $20 I recall about 5 years ago. They are discontinued now unfortunately from SMKW and Knifecenter.

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I’m done with D2, think 440C is as good, especial considering rust protection.

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isti242 wrote:
Anyway American customers always get the best deals, this is a rare counter-example.

Not anymore since the politic system is protecting the US industry against unfair competition from China.


It was fair as long as western companies could mass produce cheap stuff in China and sell it in their homelands.

Now people can order the same things (in better quality) and buy it without the logo of a big (US) Co for 1/4 of the price and that’s unfair.

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How are you guys going to celebrate National Knife Day tomorrow?

I should be receiving another QSP Penquin in brown micarta, my son took a liking to my blue jean one. Also have a Civivi Fracture coming in.

I am always down to buy another knife if you guys see any great deals out there. Big Smile

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Hey isti how is the action on your BM940TI?
It sure is a attractive knife!

https://steelreviews.blogspot.com/2020/07/edc-pocket-dump-5-knives-tools...

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Here's a knife on eBay that claims to have a titanium blade...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Folding-Knife-Titanium-Blade-High-Quality-Tactical-Fishing-Camping-Hunting/203085170825

 

I don't believe the claim, and wouldn't titanium be a poor choice of material for a blade?

I mean, titanium is strong for how much it weighs, but if you don't take weight into the equation, steel is way stronger.

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Some titanium alloys are very strong but I don’t think they will hold an edge.

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chooma wrote:
Hey isti how is the action on your BM940TI?
It sure is a attractive knife!

https://steelreviews.blogspot.com/2020/07/edc-pocket-dump-5-knives-tools...

I fell in love! Big Smile
The action was a bit stiff out of the box but after a couple of days it broke in nicely.

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https://www.amazon.com/Wiha-79242-Piece-Selector-T5-T30/dp/B001US4RMI

I have the Wiha Torx Bit Selector with a Kobalt driver, they work well.

I need another set and I would like it to be more compact and come with a driver perhaps a stubby.

What else is out there besides Wiha?
What are you guys using?

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Hey guys, anyone know where I can find a Feldspar with Micarta scales.

I believe it was a sprint run exclusive for Blade HQ. Contact Blade HQ to see if they will do another run of them.

https://www.bladehq.com/item—CJRB-Small-Feldspar-Liner-Lock—113274

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raccoon city wrote:

Here’s a knife on eBay that claims to have a titanium blade…


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Folding-Knife-Titanium-Blade-High-Quality-Tactical-Fishing-Camping-Hunting/203085170825


 


I don’t believe the claim, and wouldn’t titanium be a poor choice of material for a blade?


I mean, titanium is strong for how much it weighs, but if you don’t take weight into the equation, steel is way stronger.

I’d never buy a titanium bladed knife. I don’t understand what the allure is. My suspicion is that it’s a marketing ploy to rope in the uninformed. Knife ignorant people who hear “titanium” and drool. Wink
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I would buy a ceramic blade over a Ti blade. Ceramic blades are too brittle and Ti blades are too soft to hold an edge.

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I believe there are a few titanium alloys that can function as a blade and compete with steel, such as SM100 (titanium/nickel). However the price of these makes it an exotic material for now, not for mass production yet. There’s also a company named Vargo that produces titanium/silver/ceramic blades, but I don’t know the toughness rating of such an alloy.

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“I don’t understand what the allure is.”

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Its only a cheap titanium coating on the blade like there is everywhere.

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raccoon city wrote:

Here’s a knife on eBay that claims to have a titanium blade…


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Folding-Knife-Titanium-Blade-High-Quality-Tactical-Fishing-Camping-Hunting/203085170825


 


I don’t believe the claim, and wouldn’t titanium be a poor choice of material for a blade?


I mean, titanium is strong for how much it weighs, but if you don’t take weight into the equation, steel is way stronger.

The linked eBay item is either a Kershaw Leek or a counterfeit of one. Omega 17 has a point. Some sellers or manufacturers will occasionally list the blade material as titanium when it has a titanium-based coating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kershaw do that. For the item in question, does the blade even look like it is coated?

Something else to consider is that it would be very strange to see anything as exotic as a titanium blade paired with clunky stainless steel scales, much less sold for ten bucks.

It’s already been said but titanium is not a good blade material. Neither is iron. Steel works because it is an iron alloy with various substances forming microstructures within it. Carbides are crucial for steel as we know it.

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Picked up this cheap MTech 882 as I wanted something small to fit in the 5th pocket that also has a bottle opener. Not sure what kind of steel this is, but at $6-$7 I’m not picky. Overall, it’s a pretty sturdy knife, although a bit heavier than I’d like.

This is some Kershaw knockoff, from what I understand.

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The knife beside MTech 882, what knife is it?

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The knife beside MTech 882, what knife is it?

PF818 satin finish.

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1675685#comment-1675685

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chooma wrote:

What else is out there besides Wiha?
What are you guys using?

I use Wera.

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Pete7874 wrote:
Picked up this cheap MTech 882 as I wanted something small to fit in the 5th pocket that also has a bottle opener. Not sure what kind of steel this is, but at $6-$7 I’m not picky. Overall, it’s a pretty sturdy knife, although a bit heavier than I’d like.

This is some Kershaw knockoff, from what I understand.

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Not a direct copy but pretty close to the Kershaw Shuffle.
Maybe that one has skeletonized liners to safe some weight.
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Pete7874 wrote:
Picked up this cheap MTech 882 as I wanted something small to fit in the 5th pocket that also has a bottle opener. Not sure what kind of steel this is, but at $6-$7 I’m not picky. Overall, it’s a pretty sturdy knife, although a bit heavier than I’d like.

This is some Kershaw knockoff, from what I understand…

It varies but MTech uses a lot of 3Cr13. That steel is also used in the super-cheap Ozark Trail knives from Walmart and bottom-tier Kershaws like the Hotwire. It’s a noticeable step down from 8Cr13Mov. It’s okay if you only use it rarely or as a back-up for another knife. If nothing else, it is quick and easy to sharpen.

I like the PF818 in that color. I have one in green. The inner scale edges benefited from a little filing but beyond that, it’s a wonderful pocket knife. The action out of the box was very good. After cleaning, quality lubrication, and a little time; it’s improved to “excellent”. The factory edge was nice and sharp. Edge retention has been good too. Between this and my 838, Petrified Fish seems to do a nice job with their Chinese D2.

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Leaving a D2 knife in humid conditions will make it rust pretty fast.

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Adahn wrote:
Not a direct copy but pretty close to the Kershaw Shuffle.
Maybe that one has skeletonized liners to safe some weight.

Yup, that Kershaw weighs about 2.7 oz. The MTech 882 – 3.7 oz.
The MTech is also spring assisted.
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Time to ask.
Suggest me please quality balisong knife won’t make me sell my kidney for it.
My kid plays with https://www.aliexpress.com/i/32625669382.html , but after time it’s not enough.
What is important: no bladeplay, no wobble of locking mechanism, most of those suffer.
Any suggestions?
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