Chinese TiSpine Clone with Integral Titanium handle and m390 blade

About a year ago I had presented you a Chinese version of the LionSteel TiSpine gentleman folder. Alas, this clone was lacking on one of the main selling points of its inspiration: the integral titanium body/handle was replaced by two sides and a back spacer. The Elmax blade was replaced by a D2 piece and…

Tough Boy, a RAD Cleaver clone that chops!

Now, that’s a “so-ugly-it’s-beautiful” type of knife. It’s large, heavy, mean looking, cuts well, fills your hands (even when rather large like mine) in a very satisfying way. The whole package is also very well put together and exudes and sort of rugged quality that at some level could remind one of a Land Rover…

Kershaw Blur in dark blue and black washed S30V (Massdrop exclusive)

Some quick pics of that very nice EDC piece. The assisted opening (Speedsafe) is nice, even if I generally prefer the good’ole flip or flick method. Only problem, the thumb studs are very aggressive and there is a minimal amount of lock stick sometimes. You could also argue that the gripping material on the handles…

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…