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CH Outdoor Tactical Survival D2 Blade EDC Folding Knife
CH Outdoor Tactical Survival D2 Blade EDC Folding Knife

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Overall   (4.7)
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PROS
D2 steel good fit and finish thin behind the edge sharp good detent, flips great
CONS
some sharp edges on G10 but feels OK in hand
One of the best knives you can get for under $25. D2 tool steel that CH has tested on Instagram and appears to be genuine. Nice full flat grind that thins out nicely behind the sharp edge. CH knives have nearly perfect detents and they flip very nicely, so no issues in terms of deployment. This is an 8.5" knife but thanks to heavy milling in one of the liners it is very lightweight. The G10 is sculpted with lots of chamfers and angles. There are some 90 degree edges but I don't feel them in a standard grip. Let's see, there are caged steel bearings in the pivot. The pocket clip is standard stamped steel with good springiness. This is probably my favorite of their G10 models along with the 3504. Highly recommended.
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FURA Outdoor Survival Steel Folding Knife
FURA Outdoor Survival Steel Folding Knife

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Overall   (3.7)
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PROS
Good Detent Flips Well Light Weight Blade Centered
CONS
Fit and Finish Just OK Feels Cheap Uneven Sharpening
This knife is similar to the Y-START knife with basically the same handle and slightly different blade. On the plus side it flips well and came with blade centered. It's sharp, but the edge is shallow on one side and steel on the other. Fit and finish is OK but the overall feeling is that it's cheap. Nowhere near the quality of the Jin01 and Jin02. But it was pretty cheap so can't complain too much.
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Y-START LK5013 Stainless Steel Folding Knife
Y-START LK5013 Stainless Steel Folding Knife

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Overall   (4.7)
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PROS
Fit & Finish Blade came sharp Ball Bearings = Smooth Action Grippy G10 Steel liner lightened with holes Good Detent, Flips Well
CONS
Mine came with a small corner of the G10 broken and a brownish spot on the blade that won't rub off. Texture on the G10 makes it difficult to get in and out of pocket.
So I got this knife because I wasn't satisfied with the Fura D2 knife that looks similar. The YSTART is definitely better made. The liners have had all edges rounded. The G10 is milled with ridges so it's very grippy, but that does introduce one con: the knife is very hard to get in and out of pocket because of the texture on the G10. That could probably be helped by sanding down the G10 under the clip. Otherwise this is a must-buy budget wonder...snappy flipping action that runs on ball bearings. Lightweight compact size but still a decent sized blade. After the requisite take down and cleaning everything came back together again with blade centered and the knife functions great. The blade came sharp and is a decent slicer, but I'm sure it could do a little better with a proper sharpening. Mine has a small brown stain or spot on the blade that seems to be part of the steel. Also a corner of the G10 was broken off. I can live with these small flaws and it's probably random but worth mentioning. For the price it's still a well made knife.
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Overall   (4.7)
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PROS
Fit and Finish Blade is sharp Screws are good quality Strong lockup Jimping is nice Clip has perfect tension Fits the hand very well
CONS
Lock spring is too strong One handed opening is a little difficult
It's a solidly built lockback knife with good fit and finish. The blade is sharp and easily slices through paper and shaves hair. The lock spring is too strong as noted in another review. I took the knife apart to clean out the grease and debris and carefully bent the lock spring so that it would not push on the lock lever as strongly. The result is that the knife is able to be opened with the thumb and easy to unlock and close. For such a low price if you are willing to do some minor adjustment you will have a great EDC knife that feels good in the hand and has decent budget steel.
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Overall   (4.7)
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PROS
parts are good quality reversible pocket clip liners are thick has ball bearings in the pivot fit and finish is good blade is sharp
CONS
detent is a little weak
This is a great knife for the money. Based on the spyderco battlestation, it was originally designed as a lockback self-defense knife. The "updated" version is a liner lock flipper and is built like a tank. Thick steel liners provide strength and weight. Sculpted G10 handles are grippy and well made. With a little lube and adjustment of the pivot screw this knife flips well despite having a relatively weak detent. The blade stock is also thick. If you want a tough knife for everyday carry and chores this is a good candidate. The blade is probably too short for self-defense but the upswept tanto blade is stabby...
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