What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Whether we like them or loath them, Chinese manufactured knives have found their way into collections of all sorts across the entire globe. The intent of this forum is to offer a place where AAPK members can discuss the knives and not the politics.
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby cody6268 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:40 am

Let's not forget that the blades on samurai swords, which are made in Japan (so still technically Far Eastern), are the best there are.


I've had good and bad experiences with Chinese-made knives. I had a little Coast, and couple Schrades as a kid, and those were good knives, despite being made in China. However, I've had several that screws and thumb studs completely fell out of, liner locks that loosened up (could easily open to the point the knife was dangerous to use), and some so cheaply made they were useless. I also had a Lansky that had the pocket clip and blade held on by the same screw. That knife got caught on the ATV seatbelt somehow, and it bent the screw. I've carried a Colonial Quick Flick which I bought barely a year ago, which unlike all of my other Colonials (USA made) this thing's made in China. The blade is sharp, and it seems well made, but time will tell like the others that broke, which I carried heavily.

Every year, a family friend has given me various inexpensive Chinese-made knives for my collection, but I don't use them, and put them up for safe keeping for sentimental value.

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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby cody6268 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:22 am

Recently found my Made in China Imperial Barlow. Since I lost it, I found a rather well-used USA made Stockman for $4, which I redid. The difference in quality is night and day. The Chinese one is no better quality than ones found in dollar stores, while the US made one is a durable workhorse.

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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby pocketsword » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:21 pm

Those who don't like China knives because of the politics of China, just look at us here in USA. We pay taxes to a government who trades 5 Taliban leaders for a US deserter. We pay taxes to a government who made legal the murder of 60,000 unborn babies. WE pay taxes to a government who let's a man marry a man. If we are going to delegate our finances according to politics, we will have to buy a desert island somewhere and start our own country. The china knife industry is supported by big time USA companies like Frost, Blue Ridge Knives, Taylor Brands, Schrade, Colt, Hen and Rooster, and about every other brand you can mention. Not everyone has $75 plus to lay out for a shiny new whittler, so the China market has made it possible for anyone to collect a few pretty knives. They may not be a Cadillac, but a lot of us don't drive Cadillac's. I say everyone to his own, and when you put someone down who bought a Rough Rider just because you can afford a Case XX, I say you are full of pride and feel like you are better than your fellow man.

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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby wazu013 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:38 pm

Rough Rider ::tu::
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby garddogg56 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:49 pm

china Kershaw :wink:
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby Just Plain Dave » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:42 am

wazu013 wrote:Rough Rider ::tu::


I been hankering for one of those. But no online buying and I ain't likely to get to SMKW in the rest of my life.
Besides. I've been bitten by the desire for a Benchmade 15016-1 hunter with S30V steel....
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:24 am

1445 Half-Ton. dogg, I bought it because the wrench clip is cool. There's also the 1440 Chubby that's made in Japan.

They also make a 3/4 Ton which is a little bigger and a 1 Ton which is bigger yet.
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby fergusontd » Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:00 pm

Remember the Jap knives made in the 50's. Maybe the Chinese quality will improve in years to come. ftd
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby Just Plain Dave » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:29 am

My Chinese Schrade jack ain't TOO bad. And the Rough Riders I have kept are ok.
But OF COURSE the don't have SOUL.
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby Lansky1 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:57 pm

I have had some Chinese made knives over the years. The select few I have kept have surprisingly nice fit and finish. The truly junk knives that I've seen at shows are the ones from Pakistan - horrible fit and finish and overall no attention to detail (I'm sure there are exceptions, but I haven't seen any yet).
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby Captain O » Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:34 pm

From what I've been able to gather, I'm going to LOVE the Boker Plus Barlow when it arrives from Blade Play. Let's see... 440C, HRc 58-59, Barlow pattern, great fit/finish, marvelous walk/talk...

This should work well!
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby Bigman » Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:27 pm

The one thing I really don't like is how many pure ripoffs that are coming out of China. A 12 dollar shipped to your door free Chris Reeves Sebenza,really?? Those type are knives I will never knowingly buy ever. I keep seeing more and more different brands they are copying too. I say don't feed the fake beast ever,least that my 2 cents worth. That's is the lone exception I have really against Chinese made products.
I own 20 Chinese made blades for major US factory made companies. All are very well made knives and will stand up very well in the EDC role. I've put them to the test carrying them daily in my EDC rotation. So far I haven't seen anything that justifies some peoples idea as to how supposedly badly made they all are. If you want to see truly bad blades look a one from Pakistan,never saw one yet I'd consider buying.
I remember reading the a lot of the very same sort of arguments against Japanese made knives when Spyderco and other companies started selling them here.

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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby Captain O » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:32 am

Bill DeShivs has purchased a Ganzo 719 just like mine. (A Chinese made auto with a nice Clip point blade labeled 440C). The heat treatment seems good and it's as solid as a rock. I use it for EDC and I'm happy with the quality as is Bill DeShivs.

Tomorrow morning (after 10:00 am) I'll be picking up my new Boker Plus Barlow, manufactured from 440C steel. If the fit/finish is as good as I keep hearing on Internet reviews, I think that for about $30.00, I'll be a darned happy camper.

Works for me! ::ds:: ::super_happy::
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby jerryd6818 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:47 pm

As I reported in another thread, I broke down and ordered one of those GANZO G719-G automatics. Coming out of Hong Kong and supposed to be here within a week or two.
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Does anyone have one of these. I find them intriguing.
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Postby Captain O » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:56 am

jerryd6818 wrote:As I reported in another thread, I broke down and ordered one of those GANZO G719-G automatics. Coming out of Hong Kong and supposed to be here within a week or two. Crossed Fingers Small.jpg
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Does anyone have one of these. I find them intriguing.


Jerry: You'll be glad that you broke down and ordered on of the Ganzo 719 pieces. If you ordered the green it will be the only thing different than the knife I have. You're going to be pleasantly surprised when your knife arrives. It should take about eight days after the tracking number says that the knife has been shipped to you.

Make certain that you take it to a nice stone and gently hone the blade. If done properly, (and I'm certain that you're able) you'll have a razor-sharp clip-point blade that you can use to hack through a 1" x 1" square pine board with ease. (I saw it done with another G719 on You Tube). These knives are among the "best kept secrets" of the automatic world. I'm quite certain that you will be satisfied.

Waiting's the difficult part.
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