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Kavik
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Jun 5, 2018
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Hate to give this one a low score, but after a little more time playing with it I still have more complaints than praise. Read the details, as my biggest complaint may not be an issue for you, YMMV.
The handle: (+/-) I love the looks of the handle on this one, but it's too smooth and a little too thin. An uncommon complaint, i know. It feels good in the pocket, but doesn't give me a secure feeling in the hand. If it were thicker, like the models with exposed liners, and had some texture similar to the Warwolf, it would be a great handle. (+) Do like that it is has a nice deep carry clip. Another review mentioned the single screw and the concern about that loosening up and changing angles and whatnot, but it is recessed into a cutout that will keep it straight, and locktite is cheap. (-) The inside edges of the G10 need to be chamfered. It's rather sharp on the fingertip when you slide down off the flipper (-) Same goes for the lanyard hole, very sharp edges. I don't use lanyards, so didn't bother me that much, but I can see this cutting into a lanyard for those who do use them (-) The jimping on the lockbar needs chamferring too, it's way too sharp on the corners. (-) Be VERY careful with these screws. They were softer than any other hardware I've seen in other Bestechs. I stripped 2 of them the first time I tore it down :-/
The blade: (+) Out of the box has perfect centering, even grinds, shaving sharp. (+) Has a nice small flipper, but works well. (-) The spine is extremely sharp, especially at the points of the cutout groove (-) Jimping for the thumb is useless. Very shallow and the edges were eased on that part of the spine, then polished... Thumb just slides over them.
The action: This is where my biggest complaint comes into play. Many areas (mine included) have laws against gravity assisted opening knives. I've adjusted this lockbar tension way beyond what it should be, overtightened the pivot, verified that the detent ball is fully seating in the hole......nothing I do makes it so that this blade can't be opened with a flick of the wrist or whip of the arm. That said, if this ISN'T something you need to be concerned about, the action on this is very good. Flips open fast, drops shut very smoothly.
The internals: (-) The metal used on the hidden liners is a cheap stamped steel. Doesn't feel as strong as their exposed liners on any of their other knives. I have my suspicions about this being related to the above issue in the action section, as the Kendo has the same problem.....but my other Bestechs have the best combination of detent and smooth action of anything I own. (-) We're back to the plastic molded bodies for the bearings again. Not a big deal, but I prefer their metal caged ones. (+) D shaped pivot with matching cutout to keep custom pivot properly aligned (+) nice tight tolerances for the pins and standoffs (and I do like the looks of the standoffs on this one, rather than using a backspacer)
Disassembled :
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Cheap liner plated steel :
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(sorry for the crappy cellphone pics, but it'll show what's inside)
All in all, it's an okay knife that just needs a little more attention on the fit and finish...and, for me at least, needs to have the detent strength addressed. Still, I'd happily recommend it to anyone who doesn't have to worry about gravity assist laws and doesn't mind spending 10 minutes with some sandpaper to address the edges.
Jun 5, 2018
CmdrAwesome
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Aug 19, 2018
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Very thorough and accurate review. At a $40 dollar price point, we should expect at leat a couple shortcomings, it's not going to compete with a Spyderco or Bestech... but I'm not afraid to get some mud on this one and let it roll around in the bottom of a pack, either.
Aug 19, 2018
Kavik
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Aug 19, 2018
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Exactly. At this price point, even with the complaint I had (which, again, might not be an issue for everyone), it still has its place👍 Mine has just been more light around the house duties than carrying
Aug 19, 2018
Simpleba
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Oct 17, 2018
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Very detailed (and excellent) review... For a $40 knife you apparently were expecting something else.
I'm gonna buy it for my EDC which is very light duty so this will undoubtedly shine in that role. Appreciate your thorough review, I just feel your perspective was a bit off...
Oct 17, 2018
Kavik
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Oct 17, 2018
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I can understand why you would think that, in many cases it would make sense. But to give you some insight into my perspective, I own many of the other Bestech knives in the same price range...and quite a few other models don't share the same issues
As I said, it's a good enough knife, especially given the competition from other brands in this price range.....but as compared to other Bestechs, it's just not top of the list for me.
Do get it, but also do yourself a favor and grab a Warwolf, Thorn, or Beluga and compare the fit and finish, you'll see where I'm coming from :)
Oct 17, 2018
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