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8steve88
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Replacement for the M1
I've been waiting for SanRenMu to restart production of the M1, they have with this knife. Although a different model number, more in line with SanRenMu's new numbering system, this and the M1 are identical in shape and size. Two tone G10 - Olive green and Black, nicely milled to improve grip it fits the hand well with it's curves falling into place in your grip. This is a non locking knife but the détente ball system is strong enough for most tasks, if you are doing something silly like applying force to the spine the blade is going to close just like a slip joint, treat it with a bit of caution and there's no problem. Anyone used to slip joints will like this knife a lot, it's lines make it none threatening to most people. A very good "gentleman's folder" the old slip joint brought up to date with modern materials. Naturally from this maker the fit and finish is excellent, the blade as sharp as it should be and blade centring bang on, the spine rounded just like the M1. The very strong pocket clip is non movable and is right hand tip down carry, the positioning of the thumb stud makes it a right hand only opener.
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Authentic Sanrenmu 7010LUY-SHF Stainless Steel Folding Knife
Authentic Sanrenmu 7010LUY-SHF Stainless Steel Folding Knife

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Quality. Sharp. Fine design.
CONS
None.
Yet another great value knife from SanRenMu - take your pick of the 710/7010 range, they all offer great value for money and a high quality build. Sharp out of box. Action takes a bit longer to wear-in than the satin bladed versions, the coating is slightly resistant to the détente ball movement but all is good after 10 - 20 opening/closing cycles. Smooths out very well. Cleanimg and oiling the pivot helps, the factory oil is not the best but this is a small matter that doesn't affect all the range. Tight lock-up with no blade play in any direction. The black finish is stonewashed lightly to give a pocket worn appearance, a good look in my opinion. If it's not to your taste then there are a lot of others to choose from, all offering a very good performance atb a reasonable price.
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Sanrenmu 7063AUC-LI Stainless Steel Folding Knife
Sanrenmu 7063AUC-LI Stainless Steel Folding Knife

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SanRenMu's high quality. Great EDC where allowed.
This is the result of a merge between the LB-763/GA-763/GB-763 and the SKU 1557207 7063LUC-LI Liner lock, all the 7063 LUC -*** liner lock colours are now available with Axis locks. Good if you want a matching pair but confusing if you just want a reliable knife, no problem either will do. The Axis lock like the one on the older 763 series is one of the best, if not the best Axis lock variants to come out of China, just right out of the box, no adjustment of the Omega springs to get the lock bar tension correct, it just works. The scales are Anodised aluminium with a pattern machined into them to give a better grip, the lanyard bails are still a hot spot if you use the knife continuously for ten minutes or more. The 65mm 8Cr14MoV blade has a very high hollow grind with a lot of belly, the deep blade with this high grind makes for a good slicer and is razor sharp on delivery as every knife should be. It retains the bottle opener feature of the liner lock and earlier Axis lock models and is easily opened with the thumb studs or releasing the lock bar. Unlike the liner lock model it is tip up only carry, there's no room for tip down, the Axis lock needs the space. Great little Axis lock folder
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Everything.
CONS
Not much.
I'll start by saying that there's only one thing that stops this knife getting full score, I knocked off 2* for the liners being sharp. It spoils an otherwise perfect knife. Easily remedied with a bit of effort though. The blade is made from 9Cr18MoV a step up from the usual 8Cr13MoV of budget Chinese steel. 8Cr13MoV is an all right steel, very good value for your money. The 9Cr18MoV of the Viper should out-perform it, time will tell, I'm not really a hard user with my knives, I've enough to rotate them into the reject drawer if I don't like them, so far I'm liking the Viper a lot. Very (I get tired of using razor) sharp out of the box and has stayed that way for a while. The blade is full flat grind and a decent slicer. The thumb-disc is in the right place and you can get the blade open quickly if you want to hear that "snick" of a good lock-up but you can also open the blade slowly if you want. When I get a new knife it's usually less than a day when I start tinkering, a drop of lubrication here, new pivot washers there, a tweak of the pivot screw etc. etc. but this one I haven't had to touch, it came about perfect straight from the box. The pivot washers are both white nylon/teflon small, but do the job and I'll be leaving them alone. If you want to play then the pivot is a Torx T8, the scales, the (tip down right hand only)pocket clip and the thumb-disc are Torx T6. I have a good quality Torx set and they fitted perfectly with no play so I'd bet the hardware is strong enough to take being taken apart and rebuilt several times. Lock-up is strong, no play at all. The G10 on the scales is just right and there's a lot of it, good for us of the large hand and the diamond pattern (viper) gives enough grip without being too abrasive. The liners aren't skeleton-ized in any way and are thick so it's a heavy knife, 5½ - 6oz. It's very close to the Enlan EL-01 in size and weight. If only they'd have smoothed the sharp edges then it would have been an Enlan beater but as it is it's a great knife and I keep forgetting the price, $15.43 (Oct'13) come on it's got to be outstanding value for money.
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Authentic Y-START JIN01 Stainless Steel Folding Knife
Authentic Y-START JIN01 Stainless Steel Folding Knife

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PROS
No pocket clip. I'm not a fan of pocket clips
CONS
No pocket clip. Some like them.
Very sturdy folding knife, well built out of good materials and with a feeling of high quality and dependability in hand. The fit and finish on this knife is unbelievably good for the asking price. The lack of a pocket clip might put some off but you can buy clips to lower knives with a high riding pocket clip, add a bit of paracord - job done. I prefer a lanyard anyway. Blade centering is perfect, rock solid lock-up no play in any directions, phosphor bronze washers at the pivot. mine took a few days of opening and closing to loosen up a bit but not all that stiff out of the box. Sharp D2 blade that took 10 mins on my Lansky turn box to turn it from acceptably sharp to very sharp. The turn box or Spyderco sharpmaker is ideal for sharpening as with the full flat grind there isn't an easy way to mount in rod/hone guided systems. Every surface on the knife is rounded and smoothed except the top of the 4mm blade, good for firesteels and not sharp enough to be a problem. The liners are drilled to save weight but it still weighs in at 6oz or 168g - heavy, but a reassuring feel of rugged quality. I have noticed that there are a couple of other "makers" putting their brand on this knife, Boker Magnum B+B and SteelClaw, both more expensive than the Y-Start, double the price for the Magnum. I like this knife enough to buy another one and the black/blue one is a good looker but so are the others as well. The only thing not perfect was the grind at the ricasso is not even but it took a magnifying glass to see it. I find that entirely acceptable at this price point and given the very high standard of build quality in the rest of the knife. Excellent value for money and a tough knife to use on tough EDC tasks.
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