TwoSun knives
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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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Sep 25, 2020
All y'all were asleep at the switch on this one. I can only conclude people were skimming and didn't notice that this wasn't M390.
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M3-frickin'-98.
Kavik
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Sep 25, 2020
Nice snag! Not gonna lie, I've been majorly slacking...I don't think i knew anything about that steel yet, but a quick Google search looks quite interesting!
reswright
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Aug 18, 2020
BTW the red and black handled 67 layer Damascus/VG-10 cored Two Sun chef knives (the TS 504, 506 and 507) have a lovely balance to them and are just gorgeous in the hand. Currently going for a song.
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I'm working my way through TS kitchen knife offerings, at least the ones with bolsters. The 5Cr with wooden handles are ok but a little forward heavy for my preference. Their 14C28N knives, both regular and Damascus clad seem to be very good but it's the red and black ones that are, IMO, best balanced.
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reswright
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Aug 16, 2020
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You just know I had to get in on this.
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reswright
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Aug 16, 2020
With a lot of makers, I'd need to see some evidence that they could grind this kind of steel with consistency before I'd be willing to check them out. I've had so many Two Suns apart by now and gotten so many S90V Two Suns that were perfectly ground and razor sharp that I was willing to just go in on Shan's latest. It brings some elements Tepe is known for - what you might call design DNA. That is to say, it does look a bit like a Tepe Hornet and a Tepe Shockwave had a one night fling in the S110V factory and this is their kid back from college already, who majored in applying the Golden Ratio to weapons design.
reswright
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Apr 13, 2020
Suddenly the two main sellers of TwoSuns on eBay have almost nothing in their inventory. Wonder how long it'll be like that?
Kavik
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Apr 13, 2020
I honestly haven't looked in a while, my collecting has really slowed to a trickle lately...but hopefully that doesn't last too long! I know you need your anodizing fodder 😁
reswright
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Apr 11, 2020
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reswright
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Mar 31, 2020
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SharpToolsEDC
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Sep 9, 2020
Yeah, I'm a big fan of the ts103 s90v. It's one of my most beloved twosuns(I have over 200)! Cool shredded CF handle. Great sound when opening on mine! It sounds much better locking than the D2 models for some reason... I did pick up a Jaeger for fun a couple days ago😀.... Speaking of tanto... I also picked up ts205-tanto recently... I haven't recieved the ts205-tanto yet but I think maybe the ts38 blade= ts205 tanto blade, based on appearance... So that's unusual. Anyway, that ts51(?) on top is a good knife and I like it but doesn't appeal to me like the other and I honestly find it's one of my least picked up twosun knives... ... I'm going to check it right now and see how I feel
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reswright
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Sep 9, 2020
Wicked Brend-looking blade on the TS103 that really makes it for me as much as the swayback handle style. Also a big fan of the sister to this knife, the TS111 in shred CF with the S90V.
reswright
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Feb 28, 2020
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.
BigBuckNutz
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Feb 11, 2020
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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reswright
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Feb 28, 2020
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.
reswright
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Feb 10, 2020
Recent pickups:
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Top: TS-135, Ti/CF/M390 Bottom: TS-158, also Ti/CF/M390
BigBuckNutz
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Feb 11, 2020
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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Feb 11, 2020
I think I got it for about $90. The smaller one for more like $70.
BigBuckNutz
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Feb 4, 2020
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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