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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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Apr 13, 2020
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Suddenly the two main sellers of TwoSuns on eBay have almost nothing in their inventory. Wonder how long it'll be like that?
Apr 13, 2020
Kavik
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Apr 13, 2020
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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 😁
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reswright
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reswright
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Josh1996
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What is the bottom model?
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reswright
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May 27, 2020
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TS-103.
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reswright
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Feb 28, 2020
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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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BigBuckNutz
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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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reswright
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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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Recent pickups:
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Top: TS-135, Ti/CF/M390 Bottom: TS-158, also Ti/CF/M390
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BigBuckNutz
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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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BigBuckNutz
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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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BigBuckNutz
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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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BigBuckNutz
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Feb 5, 2020
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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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reswright
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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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reswright
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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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Yffic
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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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