I must say that basically all Sanrenmu fixed knives have been impressive so far in terms of build quality and design. The 625 is no exception. My basic criticism is that the sheath system is a complete overkill here and that the knife should be half an inch longer in both handle and blade. As it is, people with small hands will be quite OK. Size comparison shot is with the very well made Ganzo 738 folder.
My latest folder is this 9cm bladed Cudeman. It is extremely well made for a price of around 30 Euros with that corsican design touch and a slim blade that always reminds me of the Al Mar Falcon series. The Mova stainless blade holds a decent edge.
I was fascinated by the looks of the Hundinger when it came out this year and Lamnia of Finland recently had it on offer for a good price, so I picked one up. I´ve had no chance to use it yet in the outdoors, but the handle really feels as nice as it looks. It is more of a big game hunter and food prepper, but I want to see how it handles general tasks. The sheath design is completely ambidextrous and rather ingenious. I´ll report on the performance of the Humdinger soon.
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 a classic Chris Reeve having a somewhat slippery handle, I strongly recommend getting one of these.
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.