It seems like Chinese homage knives in the low price segment keep getting better. One of the latest Sanrenmu Land models is the 9103, which could be called a 710 on steroids. A flat ground blade of Swedish 12C27 stainless steel is coupled with a frame-lock all-steel handle featuring lightening cutouts underneath.
My sample has a nicely centered shaving sharp blade with a lockup that slips 2/3 under the blade with a seriuos detent action, making opening a tad hard, but carry all the more safer.
I have to lament that I could not get the torx screw of the ambidextrous clip removed yet. Maybe I buggered the screwhead too much already or I just do not have the correct torx bit. Anyway, the screw quality on Chinese knives is still an issue.
There is also a stonewashed black version of this model ( # 9104 ) and if you can live with the fact that it is a ripoff design from Chris Reeve having a somewhat slippery handle, I strongly recommend getting one one of these.
Another gold-nibbed Pilot has joined the family and it is just as amazing as its dark blue counterpart. Pilot nibs are great and prove that you do not need to spend that much money to get into the gold-class. These pens can be had for under 100 dollars at your doorstep shipped from Japan, even including customs fees and taxes. This is a demonstrator transparent model. Granted, there is not much happening in a cartridge/converter FP and it looks a bit silly with the cartridge in it, so I will set this one up for a converter. As it is, there is almost enough room for an emergency cash bill in the clear plastic barrel 😉
The 7129 is a new all-stainless mini folder by Sanrenmu. I like the dragon laser engraving, quite fitting for a Chinese knife.
It is somewhat slimmer and lighter in weight compared to the “classic” 710, while having almost the same blade length. That blade is completely flat ground and made out of 12C27 Swedish steel.
The 7129 will arive at your doorstep for 7 dollars. It is amazing what you get for your money here.
My only gripe is that the blade detent is not working reliably. That could be a safety issue and so you should make sure that the pivot screw is kept somewhat tight.
One of the finest watches around 50 dollars is the Casio MDV 106, as I´ve said here several times. Now one of the better watch channels on Youtube, hosted by “TGV”, has finally done a video about it :
These are amazingly well made knives. 2.25 inch blades and 4.75 opened with droppoint blades made out of swedish 12C27 stainless steel, slightly hollow ground. I would not consider them primary knives, but they are the perfect size for your keychain or when opening your primary EDC folder to open a box might scare people around you. The backsprings are strong and so far I cannot make out any bladeplay. Photos show a Vic Classic and a Sanrenmu 710 for comparison. The WA611-A1 can be had for around 10 dollars including shipping and gets cheaper if you take some more for your friends or family. Good stuff.