Clone of the Spydie Native in fluted titanium

Here’s a quick and dirty… Chinese clone of the Spyerdco Native in fluted titanium. This is a smaller knife (and thanks to the designers for the design of the blade, allowing not to “choke one” for precise tasks but simply to hold the knife in a full hand grip. It’s a lock back, and a…

Clone of the Zero Tolerance ZT 0630CF

Very quick one on this knife that I did receive quite some time ago already, and that I’m a bit ambivalent about. It’s a folding frame lock built after the ZT0630, which is itself built after some Emerson knife (with the agreement of the marker). As the CF in the name suggests, it comes with…

Green Thorn clone of a Shirogorov f95

After a long absence, I’m back. Not that I didn’t purchase and receive knives of late but I’ve been through a period of intense teaching, revising papers and preparing for conferences, not to mention the arrival of a new daughter! So we’ll get back on track with yet another clone of one of my favourite…

Dicoria Folder in the style of the LionSteel T.R.E.

Hello World! So, here comes a little knife that is about as perfect an embodiment of “the modern gentleman folder” as possible. It’s based on the celebrated and famed LionSteel TRE (for Three Rapid Exchanges, as there are three ways to open it: flipper, thumbdisc and two handed). The first thing you’ll see is the…

CH3504 in s35vn, an impressive “out of the blue” Chinese flipper knife

There are a few “established” good quality Chinese knife brands, like Kizer, Reate or Rike Knifes, that are generally “mid-tech level” at “production” prices. There are also more than a few makers of “mid-tech level” clones/copies. Then some brands are “on the fence” in between those two groups, like Kevin John. And there are a…

Review of Microtech Anax Clone, integral awesomeness.

So, following the “almost integral” LionSpy, here comes a totally integral knife. It’s a Chinese clone of the Microtech Marfione Custom Anax, in the present case the aluminium version. So the body/handle of the knife is a single machined piece of aluminium, painted/anodized/coated a nice mat black. The lock bar however, is in titanium and…

Chinese Clone of the LionSpy

Hello World! Lion Steel from Italy and Spyderco from the USA have teamed up to propose a very interesting folder, mostly based on the SR-1 (a large integral folder with titanium or aluminium handle and a tool steel large bellied blade), which includes the famed hole for deployment and a half-titanium half-G10 body. Therefore it’s…

Property and violence or why intellectual property is no property

The natural rights can be easily defined as the rights any human would enjoy when not submitted to (physical) violent coercion. That is, the rights one would enjoy if living on a desert island. Among these rights we find the right to property. I claim that something belongs to me which didn’t belong to anyone…

Vespa OTF (a Chinese automatic knife inspired by the Combat Troodon)

Hello World! A very  quick word, that I’ll probably add too sometime soon, to present one of my latest acquisitions: the Vespa “Combat Troodon” inspired OTF (Out-of-The-Front) double action automatic knife. It’s a large automatic, with a blade of about 10cm in S35Vn, a body in CNC milled aluminium (very nicely anodised, in my case…

T-50 the precog Chinese clone of the Malyshev T90.

Hello World! Here I come with yet again another review of a Chinese folding knife. This one, like the “Gnome” (that I’ll probably review someday, as I have it and like it a lot) has an interesting history. It actually came out a few month before the model it clones! It was based on preview…