Sanrenmu 7129 frame lock pocket dragon

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.

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Sanrenmu keychain folder WA611-A1

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.

Faber Castell LOOM fountain pen

When I first saw pictures of the F.C. Loom on the web, it did not strike me as especially beautiful. Most versions have somewhat garish colors for their caps and the shiny barrel did not look so appealing. I had read good things about their steel nibs, though.

One day a matted “Metallic” look version (i.e. adult variant) was available for a very good price (well below 20 Euros including shipping) and I wanted to give it a try.

The section and cap of the Loom, which is probably made in China, are plastic, only the barrel is metal. Some owners say the cap is fitted super-tightly. Not so on my sample. It is merely a secure fit. The clip is spring loaded, as all clips under the sun should be.

PROS : The B nib that I chose is really butter-smooth and puts down a fat and wet line. Quality control on these nibs must be great, as users make the same experience all over the world. The Loom takes standard international cartridges or converters and is really not an expensive FP. It is super reliable, skip-free, does not dry out easily.

CONS : I find the section to be a bit on the slippery side. The barrel will scratch easily if you use the Loom in the posted mode. Though it is not a light pen (32 grams with converter), it has a somewhat cheap feel to it.

I think the F.C. Loom´s aesthetics and ergonomics are splitting the crowd. It is probably in direct competition with the Lamy Safari. A tough job. I do not find myself using it for extended periods of time, so it remains to be seen if it will find a permanent home with me.