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They've been brought up in a few threads here and there, and at the prompting of @Maugust09 I picked up a couple off "the Bay"
Word of advice, be patient and play the bidding game and if you don't mind waiting for China post you'll get them for like half the asking price.

Anyway, my first one just arrived today, so thought I'd start a discussion and share my impressions.

The TS35 FireAnt. 1.65" of (supposedly, i can't confirm, but *shrugs*) M390 in a titanium handle with a carbon fiber accent
Bought and shipped for $46.55

Flipped it about half a dozen times before tearing into it.... I gotta say, between the machining of the titanium, the finish on the blade, the design choices, the shape of the backspacer, and the tight tolerances....this seriously feels like Bestech all over. I know someone here was saying they believe Bestech makes them, and i pointed out that the US distributor for these knives claims they only make their own knives now....but damn if I wouldn't be convinced if you showed me this without a logo.

Size comparison next to the Rike Hummingbird

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Has all the bells and whistles expected in a titanium frame lock : ceramic bearings (in nylon cages), bearing races, ceramic detent, steel lockbar insert with overtravel stop

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The hardware feels seriously high quality

The machining of the titanium is flawless
Handles are skeletonized (as if weight is a problem in this size lol)

However, this blade is severely thick for something this size. 4mm thick on a grind that's roughly half an inch tall... I expect this won't be much of a slicer 🙄
Only a couple minor complaints on quality, materials and build :

-The detent hole it's a little larger than the ball, so there some in/out blade play when closed, but not terrible
-the washers under the bearings are too soft and cheap metal. Polishing the surface made a difference, but it's disapointing to see they cheaped out there after seeing such quality screws

-on the tail end of the knife, the body screws thread straight into the titanium backspacer, and are threaded in the body holes too instead of a clean pass through, so not only do you have to be careful not to overtighten, you also have to line up perfectly and squeeze tight together while screwing to avoid a gap there. Would've rather seen the usual threaded tube insert
-last, and most troublesome on a knife this small, the pocket clip sits over the lockbar, making it hard to find the right grip to flip it

All that said, for the price you can get these at, I'm extremely impressed.
Looking forward to trying some of their full size knives to see how they compare, or if they have the same quirks
And, you'll have to go to the titanium anodizing discussion thread to see what else I did while I had it apart ;)
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reswright
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Recent pickups:
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Top: TS-159, Ti/S90V Middle: TS-165, Ti/M390 Bottom: TS-135, CF/Ti/S90V I end up picking up about half the Wong Design models I see released -- the ones with a slimmer blade profile, usually. Some of the work is a bit too thick and chunky for my personal tastes, but they seem to sell a ton of them, so obviously mine is only one opinion. There's been considerable evolution in his work since I started collecting TwoSuns, for the better, like Night Morning which started out heavily stylized and became more ergonomically balanced over time.
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TwoSun Tuesday - the Wrath of Shan So I obviously have no way to know what TwoSun’s top sellers are, or the quantities sold in general, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the 134 or “Shockwave” is one of the more popular models. I was certainly immediately drawn to it, and probably overpaid based on what you can get these for if you’re patient (I was not). Nonetheless, even paying a little more than average price, this was still a great deal based on materials, design, etc., as has been the case with every TwoSun I’ve bought. If I’m not mistaken, the designer has posted in these forums before.
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I do like that knife. Mine's the purple anodization. Nice and light but a little weight in the back of the grip helps keep it in your hand. IMO Shan's one of their best collaborators, which is a bold statement considering how many designers they've worked with and the fact that I can only think of a couple TwoSuns I don't like. Bold, but fully accurate. I still think his Dynamo is the best smaller knife TwoSun has ever produced, and I have most of what they've released via their eBay storefronts. The only Tepe Designs TS that I don't have yet is the Maverick, for two reasons: it's still commanding a high premium, and I'm not 100% sure I like the look of it -- which doesn't mean it's bad, it just means it's not for me. Knives are like bands, not every good knife is for every person you know.
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Top: TS-135, Ti/CF/M390 Bottom: TS-158, also Ti/CF/M390
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I’ve had my eye on the 135 for some time. I keep getting sniped though. Hmmmm ...
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reswright
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I think I got it for about $90. The smaller one for more like $70.
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TwoSun Tuesday 2 Electric Boogaloo Another relatively recent acquisition, this is my first and only TwoSun fixed blade, and my only Karambit. I don’t anticipate having any real self defense applications, though God help the man who jumps me while I’m recycling cardboard, lest he face 3 crooked inches of razor sharp Sandvik fury. Frivolous purchase? Unequivocally, yes. But for $30, what the hell.
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How about reviving this thread with a new idea? I submit to you... TwoSun Tuesday I thoroughly suck at photography and all artistic endeavors in general. But I received my latest, the TS139 “Barracuda” from China yesterday and wanted to show it off. This is my first front flipper and the action is typical of TwoSun - awesome. Still getting used to front flipping though. Gorgeous finish. I believe this is also my first with shredded CF also. As for the blade, S90v is just lethally sharp. This thing will cut you if you look at it cross-eyed. anyway, thanks for indulging my nonsense.
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Same designer, if I’m not mistaken. I’ve been trying to get one of those on the cheap for a while, but might have to accept that it’s not gonna happen for under $40 bucks. As for the ‘cuda, I haven’t seen any of the models with more premium steels (I believe M390 and S90V are the only two “super steels”they use) drop below around $85 in quite a while. I got this one for $95, which tends toward the low end when I looked at the past sales. Again, the double-edged sword of extolling the virtues of TwoSun ... it’s great to share with the community, but the exceptional deals are much rarer now.
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Every once in a while I still see a M390 knife selling under $70 but by and large I think there's a lot of people that will throw down a bid of opportunity whenever they see one at those prices, and then turn around and resell it. I don't resell mine, at least not yet, but I have picked up a couple backups of models I really really dig when I've seen a stupid low auction price for them. I don't mind a ton because like you said, I recognize my own contribution to the price hike. I'm just one dood with a very limited following compared to folks like LTK and Nick Shabazz, but it's still hard to be miffed I can't pick up a CF Ti and super steel knife for $50 anymore when I've spent the last year shouting about it every time a new one comes out. You used to be able to get a deal on their Sandvik knives more than any other kind, and now they're all selling for like $10-15 less than the super steel knives. There's some cause and effect at work.
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Kavik
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Lol what in the world is going on there? You have a whole rainbow?! Haha
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reswright
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almost!
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Have you some links to fine them. I only find duesons copies on the bay ?
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Kavik
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Anything from this user is legit : https://ebay.com/usr/d-win99
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TwoSun Aranea , D2 and G-10
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The Aranea is designed by Caleb Fechner -- although I did read in one place that Michael Etorma of Storm Knives, and lately of Tuyaknife, also worked on this knife. Caleb Fechner has been mentioned in Blades before -- someone brought over a thread from Blade Forums where he went in looking for Kickstart support and the Blade Forum baby boomers decided to take out all their angst about the younger generation on him, told him to sit down suck up listen and maybe in ten years he'd be worth working with and someone would work to build a knife with him. And then maybe he'd be a knifemaker, but he needed to change his whole attitude and yadda yadda. Seriously it was like listening to a bunch of guys unload all the things they wanted to say to their teenage stepsons, but dare not because their wives would beat their ass. That kinda angst. He took it probably a little better than I would have at his age. More to the point, dude went ahead with his plans and now he's got a couple of knives out on the market.
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Broken down it's standard TwoSun for their D2 and G10 builds. KVT ceramic bearings, so basically what you'd find in a Kershaw if it had bearings. A beautifully milled backspacer -- if you wanna know if a knife maker gives a damn about their products, look at how well they machine all their surfaces and not just the ones you can see on the outside of the knife. TwoSun does a good job on the whole knife, and that's one reason they're as good as they are. The Aranea flips pretty well and is a wicked design. If I had one ding I would say that especially on the CF version, the detent ball rides awfully heavy on the tang of the knife -- it flips open fine, but it's doing so in spite of that drag. On the G10 model the ball rides a little lighter. The ergonomics are okay -- in fact they're a little better than they look, given the angularity of the design. But the Aranea excites me a little less than a lot of other TwoSuns do overall, including the Shinobi, another Fechner design which resembles a very long kwaiken flipper. So the reason I broke this knife apart in the first place -- really, the reason I picked it up at all -- was that I've been learning how to dye knife scales and I wanted to see how the orange handles dyed. Generally speaking, curved surface G10 handles like you see on the Bestech Scimitar or the Zinker Dogtooth are easier to dye nicely than ones that are relatively flat. Rounded handles show an even grain, but flat ones often don't show a grain at all. Instead they can look blotchy, especially if the G10 is cheap and was unevenly assembled -- G10 is only as even as it is made, if you're throwing in different thicknesses of fabric layers and you aren't carefully evening out the stack, it can get quite haphazard in a way that you won't notice -- because the surface texture disguises the grain and its flatness hides most of it. So how'd this do?
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It isn't horrible, but the effect of the exposed fiber and the dyed resin is much more of a mottling and less of a grain. It's a lot harder to get likable results when dyeing flat handles, which is something I've figured out just by screwing around and trying stuff out like the happy ass amateur I am. But TwoSuns are shipped via China Post and I'd already ordered this one before I figured out that flat handles don't always dye as nicely as round ones. I almost didn't bother trying this out as result, but the Harnds knives and the Dogtooth took the cherry dye so well that I figured 'what the hell' and gave it a try.
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Latest example of a TwoSun titanium knife with premium steel and works: the TS-134 Shockwave.
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The Shockwave is the second TwoSun knife designed by Shan Hassan, aka Tepe Designs, which is I believe based in the San Francisco area. He's posted elsewhere on Drop about his work. Here's the first TwoSun he did, the Dynamo, pictured next to the Shockwave:
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As you can see, the Shockwave's anodized (it also comes in green and bronze anodized Ti), bigger than the Dynamo, with a bit more commercially familiar style of blade and flipper. Also a bit more aggressively lined, with a pronounced choil. It appears to have a very similar clip but there's one major difference aside from size -- this clip is actually fused to the frame, where the Dynamo's can be removed normally. I'm fairly neutral on titanium clips -- I like the material strength but I think a lot of titanium clips are way too stiff and rigid to be good clips. Of the two, I chose to pick up the Dynamo first, because I loved the flipper design and also the steel (seems like everyone works in M390 these days, and I still like S90V and S110V a little more), even though it was smaller, more expensive, not anodized, and didn't look like it had a terribly refined pivot works. I figured if I liked the Dynamo then I'd give the more conventional looking Shockwave a try. And I ended up liking the Dynamo a lot, so I pulled one of these off the bay from the TwoSun store. First things first? $86 for a mid sized knife with a US designer made out of 6-4 Ti and Bohler M390? That's kind of a steal even if it's just an OK knife, and I gotta tell you: i expected to open this package and still like my Dynamo more by the time i was done looking at this, and now I'm not so sure I do. At first it kind of looked like a much less meaningful design, sort of like after the Dynamo TwoSun said 'ok that's nice, now make us a regular flip knife' . But I'm seeing things I like better. The Shockwave shows some iterative design improvements and has a lot more refined of a feel compared to the Dynamo. The Dynamo blade fires with a decided snikt and it takes very little force to fire it. It feels like it means business. You can deploy the Shockwave a lot more slowly, though, without it hanging up. Feels a lot more polished and handfit. Grip is great. The curve on the handle is deceptive, you gotta look at it for a minute before you see how fat the pommel is and how aggressive the lines are -- like a Strider folder that someone rounded off a bit. I generally like handles with a bit of chamfer work but the rounding of this titanium will suffice, I don't have a problem gripping it. Something it has in common with the Dynamo -- both have a fat ass on them, as far as the knife balance goes. And that's a good thing, and not just because I'm down with old school Mixalot -- I find that with knives this size, a bit of weight distributed toward the back helps keep the handle square and centered in your palm, gives you some strategic counterweight as you move the knife about. The Dynamo needs the backspacer to bring that weight, the Shockwave has a fatter pommel and so a slightly lighter backspacer relative to the size of the knife. Either way both knives feel nimble in my hand. So why's this thing flip nicer than the Dynamo, even though the Dynamo has that cool little turbine wheel flipper on it?
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There's your answer. Where the Dynamo had a thin pivot, simple nylon caged bearings and a set of small raceways for the bearings with use, this one comes with a slightly thicker pivot, a slightly bigger bearing cage with more bearings, and proper, fully formed steel racers for those bearings to run in. That's why the flip's got less rub to it even though it's fresh out of the box and I've probably flipped the Dynamo a few thousand times already, just playing around with it. But it's all super simple, as a matter of fact the Shockwave is a little bit easier to take apart and reassemble than the Dynamo. Like so:
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Most knife makers will insist on making you use at least two, sometimes three different size Torx heads to disassemble their stuff. Shan was nice enough to make it a single tool job. Not bad work at all.
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