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Offline mox

Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2340 on: October 20, 2021, 09:44:53 am »
Coast DX625 Partially Serrated Black Blade Double Lock

Coming in at R375 in SA and can be had for $20 in the US it is a real budget knife.
These are just first impressions at it has just landed on my desk.

Firstly, size, its a good size fits my hand well. Comfort to the bare hand is compromised by the aggressive nylon scales and would probably be better suited to use with some form of work gloves for the softer types. The scales will probably be brutal on your pocket. As I thought I would not like the scales as they remind me of the Benchmade Griptilian which just felt cheap to me. I replaced those scales with excellent micarta from a company in Germany( pictured below) - That just made the Griptilian a phenomenal knife.

The Double lock: This comprises of a liner lock and a CRKT type liner safety lock. The build on CRKT is much more robust.

Speaking of robust, they could have made the overall construction of this knife better by some how adding another bolster to the back of the knife past the lanyard hole. This would mean a redesign as the blade occupies most of the space back there.

The pocket clip is long and there is no Lefty option or ti-up carry.

Action is reasonable and flicks open confidently but it is certainly not going to be a drop shut. One hand closing is good.

Steel is 3CR13 low carbon high chromium which will give it good corrosion resistance and is somewhere in the region of 54HRC. It's edge retention will not be phenomenal but will be easy as pie to sharpen and should not chip or break easily.

Serrations are sharp as hell out of the box and the rest of the blade is sharp.

Blade Length: 9.2 cm
Handle Material: Nylon
Length Closed: 12.38 cm
Length Open: 21.6 cm
Blade Material: 3Cr13 Stainless Steel
Weight: 133 g

All in all an okay knife to throw into your glove box, tool box, work pack for medium work(I say this as I have not tested the locking mechanism or pivot point yet) but @ R375 you could take a chance at using it as a beater, just don't baton the thing.

Personally if I was looking for one knife that is partially serrated, one handed opening and closing I would go with one of CRKT's M16 derivative's -  more expensive yes but gives more confidence.

Coast does however offer a lifetime warranty https://coastportland.com/pages/warranty which is broad. 

This blister pack knife is going into my garden shed to be beaten up  :biggrin:
« Last Edit: October 20, 2021, 09:50:43 am by mox »
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2341 on: October 20, 2021, 09:51:17 am »
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2342 on: October 20, 2021, 10:05:25 am »
I've been looking for a little utility knife and I found this little guy by CRKT:
The Dually and it has a bottle opener  :biggrin: Winner ! All materials are fantastic and it is put together well.
I suppose they could have made the double detent a bit stiffer so it would not close so easily but it is not bad.

Blade Length   1.72" (43.61 mm)
Blade Edge   Plain
Blade Steel   5Cr15MoV
Blade Finish   Bead Blast
Blade Thickness   0.09" (2.26 mm)
Overall Length   4.81" (122.25 mm)
Closed Length   3.51" (89.05 mm)
Weight   1.70 oz. (48.19 g)
Handle   Glass Reinforced Nylon
Style   Folding Knife w/Slip Joint
 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2343 on: October 20, 2021, 10:15:12 am »
A tiny multi-purpose knife. Victorinox Rambler

cant say much about it:


Tools

    key ring
    toothpick
    tweezers
    small blade
    bottle opener

    Phillips screwdriver 0/1, magnetic
    wire stripper
    nail file
    screwdriver 2.5 mm
    scissors

Dimensions
Height    10.5 mm
Net weight    30 g
Details
scale material    ABS / Cellidor
Size    58 mm
Blade lockable    No
One hand blade    No


No excuse not to have a knife on you, or a bottle opener  :biggrin:

 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2345 on: October 20, 2021, 01:15:58 pm »
A tiny multi-purpose knife. Victorinox Rambler

cant say much about it:


Tools

    key ring
    toothpick
    tweezers
    small blade
    bottle opener

    Phillips screwdriver 0/1, magnetic
    wire stripper
    nail file
    screwdriver 2.5 mm
    scissors

Dimensions
Height 10.5 mm
Net weight 30 g
Details
scale material ABS / Cellidor
Size 58 mm
Blade lockable No
One hand blade No


No excuse not to have a knife on you, or a bottle opener 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2346 on: October 21, 2021, 06:51:24 am »
The Rambler is a great little SAK. I lost a LE alox one years ago, and I am still miffed about that.

For some reason the Rambler is difficult to find on this side of the planet, so I use a Manager instead. Very similar, but slightly thicker to acommodate a pen instead of tweezers in the scales.
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2347 on: October 21, 2021, 12:46:46 pm »
Anyone know where I can source Otter Messer and Mercator knives?

I would like to get to know them

https://www.otter-messer.de/en/brands/otter-pocket-knives/89/hippekniep-large-smoked-oak


 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2348 on: October 21, 2021, 01:13:14 pm »
I love the 2nd one.  Will never again buy a knife that doesn't have a wooded handle.
 

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« Reply #2349 on: October 21, 2021, 01:32:29 pm »
Some nice knives on here.  I have quite a collection myself, some gets carried & used and others occupy space in the safe.  I have quite a few from Bestech with D2 blades, Kizer Toro with S30V, Spyderco's, Ganzo, SRM, CRKT...several, Viper, Boker, Realsteel, some customs etc. 

I also regrind some of the blades on my working knives to change the profile or thin the edge...guess that is part of the fun of being into knifemaking... :lol8:

You okes should check out Martin Nel's website, www.knifeguy.co.za if you haven't seen it yet...just a disclaimer at this point, I'm not responsible if you lose your house, wife/girlfriend or car etc. after visiting... :pot:
 

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« Reply #2350 on: October 21, 2021, 01:59:33 pm »
Not cheap these Otter Messer but made in Germany
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2351 on: October 21, 2021, 03:46:48 pm »
I love carving sticks when i walk the dog in the velt.
This PM2 i a really good stick carver. Its like slicing cheese.
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2352 on: October 24, 2021, 08:26:04 pm »
This is my daily carry most of the time.
Cold Steel American Lawman
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2353 on: October 25, 2021, 12:51:27 pm »
was gifted this, nice and small and sharp, just reg for the "skelm" piece of biltong one scores now and then
 
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« Reply #2354 on: October 26, 2021, 02:43:25 am »
Just canít do without a leather strop so I just had to order one to take home.
Tried it without the buffing compound on the other one I keep here at work and my assessment is that itís pretty much useless without.
The compound speeds up the process and gives that mirror edge you want on a razor sharp knife.
I have cut conveyer and tarpaulin today at work with the Kershaw Leek and all it needed was a bit of work on the leather strop to make it perfectly sharp again.
 

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« Reply #2355 on: October 26, 2021, 02:43:59 am »
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« Reply #2356 on: October 26, 2021, 12:04:44 pm »
:)

I love that blade shape..... Beautiful knife that!!
 
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« Reply #2357 on: October 29, 2021, 08:34:22 am »
Breakfast companions this morning.
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2358 on: October 29, 2021, 10:13:30 am »
I am a little disappointed today. So after doing a few blades to razor sharpness i decided to do the CRK.
Stripped and cleaned it. Measured the edge angle. Got the stone set right.
Did the 600 grit diamond then a lot of white stone buffing. That edge is so shiny i can see myself in it. Then i stropped it for a while.

It can't shave hair and it can't cut paper clean. WTF did i do wrong. Don't want to take more metal off i would rather wait for the strop i ordered from Ghato and then strop the hell out of it.

CRK has been banished to my second favorite knife now. PM2 on top for now.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2021, 10:14:26 am by Captain Zef »
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2359 on: October 29, 2021, 01:24:16 pm »
Cappie seems you just did not go far enough with the diamond and I would not be too shy of doing just that
A tip
Take something like chork or anything that will stay a short while on the edge end color/mark the edge
Now go with the stone over the edge
It will show you if you have matched the profile and if you are actually on the edge
I honestly think you have just be too careful here
Even to start with the 320 and then the 600 will just be fine