I’ve certainly been a good boy this year as Santa had plenty of stuff for me… A Chinese Santa! From top to bottom, the Spyderco Farid K2 clone, the Magic Chav, the Titanium Spyderco Paramilitary 2 clone, the Firebird/Ganzo G758-B automatic and finally the Ben’s XM8 (inspired by Enrique Peña’s Diesel, in smaller).
As the pictures show, the K2 is humongous and the XM8 almost small (perfect tactical but genty EDC folder… s35vn blade, too). But they all handle well and I can put my full hand (I wear size large FootJoy gloves) around each of them.
The Ganzo is the cheapest (by a wide margin) and the XM8 the most expensive. It shows. But all of them are really great for their prices. Smooth, well made, almost perfectly centred blades…
The Magic Chav has a very distinctive “Anso style” texture on a handle which is inspired by the Hinderer XM18, or some Anso designs, too. The pocket clip and back spacer are green/teal anodised titanium.
The blade shape on this “Chav” (second from the top) is quite distinctive and very interesting. Cleaver/slicer/chopper ? Great looking by all means.
The Firebird G758-B has a nice automatic mechanism, with a locking button that feels sturdy and work flawlessly.
The two Spydie clones have open construction (one can see the compression lock on the PM2, very reliable lock, and in this case, rather smooth). The others have varying amounts of backspacer, which I tend to like. The XM8 is a thick and solid beast despite its compact size, both handle sides being thick solid sculpted titanium. The blade stock is rather thick, too. The Chav on the other hand is quite slim (still feels very solid) but also sports a thick blade stock. However, the fact that it’s totally “crowned” (the top is rounded) make it look slimmer at first glance. The two aluminium sides of the Firebird are almost perfectly matching and aligned. Their machining is not absolutely flawless but for the price, that’s to be expected.
Overall a great bunch. I’ve carried the K2 quite a bit when I got it (first to arrive). Then it was the PM2, a splendid EDC design. The Firebird was in my pocket today only to be kicked by the XM8… The Chav awaits, but it’ll get its turn very fast I feel.
Freedom! And happy 2017, y’all!