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View Full Discussion Australian Here : Knife received safe and sound. Package was opened by customs, and they left me a nice note saying everything was fine and they had not confiscated anything.
Cheers to the person who packaged the knife, the tension on the pivot was screwed down tight so it was impossible to open one handed (as this was the old arbitrary test customs used to determine if a knife was 'legal' or not). Rest assured this has been corrected and the action works splendidly.
For other Australians looking at ordering any knives from here or elsewhere, be aware the laws were relaxed late last year (https://ssaa.org.au/index.php?/news-resources/politics/commonsense-prevails-in-customs-prohibited-imports-regulations-changes ) so now a lot of previously 'illegal' knives can generally be safely imported.
As always, order at your own risk and be prepared to lose the knife it if it is seized - there is zero chance of getting them to reverse a decision after the fact, or release any confiscated object
Fingers crossed one day they will relax the laws on OTF's
My rule of thumb has been if mainstream Australian online sellers have it in stock (ie http://www.extac.com.au/knives_s/3.htm?cn=154&rf=cn) then it will probably make it through. Though I do know some smaller stores used to take the gamble anyway and would often have various 'illegal' knives in stock... which is another reason these knives in Australia are still $70AUD or more.
Fixed blade knives have usually had zero issues at any time - the laws are mainly targeting anything scary and concealable that the media can get its collective knickers in a twist about. Except for daggers (because scary!), though some Australian online sellers manage to stock a few, of course at almost double the US retail price...
A fellow Australian who really appreciated this info so thanks! How do you like the knife so far?
It has been fantastic - It is my go-to EDC knife since it fits well in my pocket even when wearing business wear, and is small and non-threatening enough that no one in the office freaks out when I use it to open boxes or mail.
It has held it's edge fantastically as well - and was sharp enough out of the box that i just touched it up with my SharpMaker rather than sitting down and re-profiling it completely. I still mean to do that one day but haven't felt the need to.
The frame and blade are still perfect, no chips or scratches in the coating, and the same for the edge and point - still flawless.
I also really like the blade shape and ergonomics - for such a bare-bones looking knife it actually has great balance and is comfortable to use, and the lock mechanism is very sturdy, but still easy enough to disengage with one hand.
The only adjustment I made was to loosen the main screw on the main pivot point there so that the flipper action was smooth and fast to deploy - with that done the action is smooth enough all it takes is light pressure on the flipper and a flick of the wrist.
The liner lock with the LAWKS system is rock solid, no wiggle in the blade and feels safe and secure. Personally I always prefer liner-locks as frame-locks just seem like an accident waiting to happen if you grasp the knife to tightly and accidently disengage the frame-lock while in use.
Probably not an issue for us personally, but it would make me wary to lend it to someone not used to that style. Although i try and avoid lending knives on principle as suddenly you look over they are using the point to try and pry a stuck screw out. Always ask "What do you need it for?" before handing one over!
So yes, I still love this knife and use it almost every day, and it is still going strong
Thanks for the informative follow-up!
Sounds like a keeper.