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.
SRM 763 in G10
SRM 733 Black
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 in G10
SRM 707 Camo
Enlan EL-02 in Micarta
Enlan EL-02 in G10
Enlan EL-01 Black
Bee L06 in G10
Colt SIG6 Stockman
Browning 039 Set
Cold Steel 80tob Perfect Balance Thrower
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.