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?

Post by Captain O » Sun May 19, 2019 10:50 pm

cudgee wrote:Good morning, hope everyone has a good week. Regarding RR knives, we have a very limited supply and access to traditional pocket knives over here in Australia, that is why i am so envious of you guys, when i look at some of the American websites and your retail outlets, i would be a kid in a toy shop over there.I was looking at RR knives for a while and reading about them on this forum, so bit the bullet and purchased 2. I must say i was very surprised at there Finish and Quality, both excellent. How long they hold up for only time will tell, but if they are used not for really heavy work i think they will last a long time. Like your car, if you service it and don't thrash the hell out it and generally look after it, they will serve you well. I also have a Buck canoe made in China, an excellent knife, and an A.G.Russell rancher made in China, a really well made knife that holds it's edge. I am waiting for a Marbles ram horn stockman just to see what it's quality is like. So in my limited experience Chinese made knives are of excellent quality and finish. As i said we have very limited access to pocket knives over here, and buying American or English made knives is prohibitive when it comes to cost, because of postage and then the conversion rate of the Australian dollar. I recently bought a case which cost me $120 Aus., compared to an RR, $30Aus. I also purchased an Idahone V ceramic sharpener, which is $40US, but cost me $95Aus. So i will purchase any knife that i like and have reviewed online if the cost is okay. :D
You should be here. If you were in Oregon, you would be enjoying the daylights out of the automatic knives that are both legal and usable. There are some fantastic working autos that would have you giggling like a schoolboy in a candy shop.

I just nailed an Armando Beltrame 9" Honey Horn, flat-grind automatic with an ATS-34 steel blade. It makes an outstanding pocket knife for EDC. Quick, tight, and holds a razor edge. $106.00 USD.

I paid $18.36 USD for a Chinese Ganzo clip-point auto Model 719. 440C steel and holds an outstanding edge. It is a marvelous, useable tool in the first degree.

So cool. 8)
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Post by cudgee » Sun May 19, 2019 10:55 pm

Thanks for that mate. You don't have to rub it in. Only joking. Buying knives over here can be difficult, we just do not have the retailers or the selection, especially in the state where i live. ::tu::

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

Post by Captain O » Mon May 20, 2019 12:18 am

cudgee wrote:Thanks for that mate. You don't have to rub it in. Only joking. Buying knives over here can be difficult, we just do not have the retailers or the selection, especially in the state where i live. ::tu::
Good news: You can buy a "frog sticker" (RR made) for a paltry $12.95 USD and it holds a decent edge for 440A. The tip on this "fruit knife" is more of a tapered stiletto rather than a rounded drop point knife. It is so slender that it virtually disappears into a jacket pocket. It still opens quickly and can be called upon to peel/bisect any "fruit" you happen to encounter regardless of its size.
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Post by cudgee » Mon May 20, 2019 1:11 am

Would not get through customs. Thanks for the tip though. ::td::

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

Post by Captain O » Mon May 20, 2019 1:36 am

Imperial makes a "Melon Tester" in their China factory with a 7cr17Mov Stainless Steel blade in two separate sizes (7" and 10,5". I have both). These have the rounded tip yet are fully functional in the kitchen and in the field for fruit inspection. They're on Amazon and eBay all the time.

Imperial SS105 4.7" blade:

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I'm almost certain that they aren't prohibited.
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Post by RalphAlsip » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:55 pm

This is my first made in China knife. It seems well-made and was not inexpensive ($99) compared to comparable new knives from Case for example. I bought it because I wanted an AG Russell knife as a remembrance for what he meant to knives and the knife industry. I appreciate the thoughtfulness Mr. Russell incorporated in his knife designs. For example, the bolster on the pivot end of this little knife covers the rough edges of the tang. This is a carry knife for me - not a collectible. The carbon fiber looks nice and is lightweight, but I don't care for the way it feels. It has a little texture, yet feels slick/slippery.
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Re: What's wrong with the knives made in China?

Post by Steve Warden » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:13 pm

Not a bad looking knife.
On the beefy side - I like that.
As for the slick/slippery feel, toss it in you pocket with your keys and that should solve the problem.
Take care and God bless,

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

Post by cudgee » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:15 pm

Good purchase, you ::tu:: will be happy with it. I have a A.G.Russell made in China, an excellent knife.

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