(Left to right across the bottom: Land 912, Ruike P-801, Firebird FH41 CF, Y-Start LK5016, TwoSun TS112 Knight. Left to right across the top: Real Steel Black Cat, Kubey KU166)
Looking around Drop I see some love and rather more hate for Chinese knives.
It's one of those things where everyone's coming to the table from a slightly different direction and has their own reasons for feeling how they do. Not too many people are neutral on the topic. Sparks fly.
Me? I'm a big white Midwesterner, born in a small-ass flyspeck of a town 20 miles south of the edge of nowhere. I've traveled some, but never to China; I've worked for Chinese businessmen, but only in the US; I don't speak the language beyond ordering food and I have about as many natural connections to the Chinese knife industry as I do to the man in the moon. I grew up seeing the cheapest things stamped 'Made in China' and knowing people who had fought, when they were younger, in the Korean War against Chinese...
This is something I got into a while ago because I kinda like the idea of personalizing my knives and I like how certain colors look in the light. It's turned into a hobby. I don't know that there's a deeper meaning to it than that - I try to do things I like :)
There's lots of resources available if you want to learn about dyeing things online, and considerably fewer out there about dyeing knife scales. There's walkthroughs for doing this on the stove, and you can try that if you want. Some of the methods I have seen are... well, dangerous, and not in a good way. Others work but have little room for error. so I ended up experimenting and drawing on background information a bit to come up with a process to do it. I use a microwave! In a lot of ways, it's much easier, and you aren't staining up a metal cookpot, and especially once you get used to it, it's a lot easier to get just the effect you want, no darker or lighter.
The first and arguably most important step is the...
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A while back I decided to pick up an Orca to see what they were all about, and ended up paying for the purple Mokuti version.
Liked everything about the knife but the inconsistent mokuti coloring, which was pale, winey, and a little yellowish, because of how the mokuti was done.
Moreover the liners were barely anodized at all:
Long story short, I wasn't unhappy enough to go through a returns process, and held onto the knife, which had an undeniable luxe feel to it. Reate makes 'em well. It joined the rotation.
Cut to today: I decided screw it, I'm reanodizing it.
I took it apart and cleaned it all up, and decided to keep the anodization on the clip as is, but everything else was going to go electric blurple.
Incidentally? @erickong will find this interesting: like the Lynx, this is an unkeyed pivot that was initially held in place with a glob of threadlocker:
Because it's adjustable from both sides, unlike the Lynx, it's not...
For reference: on the left is the Benchmade Greg Thompson SOCP. From the top down are the Fox 479TK, the Benchmade 551T, a Kershaw Emerson 6034 trainer with aftermarket modifications, and a Boker Plus Balisong Trainer.
Why the Swiss Cheese look? Trainer knives, when properly made, have the exact same shape and weight as the regular knife, but the blade can't have an edge, even an unsharpened one. Because blade blanks that haven't been ground down or sharpened weigh more than ones that have, manufacturers mill speed holes in the blade to give the blade the proper weight and distribution. Often a different steel is used, particularly for knives with high end steel -- good ol' 420 stainless will do you just fine for a training knife, so long as it's milled to have the correct weighting and edge dimensions. The overall idea is to make the training knife exactly the same in the hand as the edged version. Not close, but dead on. Most are red, the better to identify them as...
We are excited to announce improved shipping for our blades as well as new developments around upcoming increases in pricing due to government-imposed tariffs.
Last year, we made the decision to begin shipping our Drop Studio knives manufactured in China from a China-based warehouse. This was done to leverage the tariff’s personal importation exemption and allowed us to avoid increasing prices. However, as many of you may know, shipping from China has proven difficult, even more so during the ongoing global pandemic. What was a month’s lead time for delivery pre-COVID has stretched to twice that, and in some cases, even longer. Tracking numbers are only valid for a certain amount of time and some orders were taking so long to be delivered that the tracking had expired. These issues have made it clear that shipping from China is no longer a viable option at this time, so we’ve made the decision to begin importing all Drop Studio knives to our US-based warehouse which...