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Knife Review: Sanrenmu 7010
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I'll start off with a few statements. The knife I'm reviewing is made in China. If you're one of those "I only buy American" guys, stop reading now. The knife has also been criticized for looking a bit too much like Chris Reeves' Sebenza folder, a knife that goes for $300, minimum. While not a counterfeit, or a straight clone, it is cosmetically very similar.

Still here? Cool. I had read some things about these knives on other forums and Youtube; it has mixed responses. Some hate it based on its origins, or its looks, others love it. I'm not quite in either camp. I decided to buy two, to try them out as cheap, knockaround knives for EDC. I bought them here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00FQJD5PM...SX200_QL40

They took nearly three weeks to get here from China. I finally got them last weekend. The packing was simple and utilitarian. They were a bit smaller than I expected, but just big enough for use. The blade steel is 8Cr13MoV (57Hrc), and the handle is most likely a 400 series steel, etched in a snakeskin-like pattern. The top of the blade has very nice, aggressive jimping for traction. The blade opens with a dual thumbstud. It was a little stiff at first, but eased up after a few days of constant opening, and is now quite smooth.

Both knives came with an edge that was ridiculously sharp. I was able to shave with one, then use it to slice very thin strips of newspaper. So far, it's held its edge very well. If it was tempered correctly, it should hold it for awhile. Based on the steel, ot shouldn't be too hard to resharpen when the time comes.

The pocket clip may be an issue to some. It's oriented for tip-down, rightside carry only. There is no way to change that, unless you're a machinist. All the screws are Torx bit screws (T6), and I found that none needed adjusting. The blade was centered perfectly, and had zero wobble when opened. There's a nice sized lanyard hole at the end of the handle, as well. The knife is a framelock design, and lockup is solid. Absolutely solid.

So far, I've cut steaks, cardboard, fruits, plastic wireties, opened some Monster High doll packages, and a bunch of other things with it. I have yet to need to give it a touch up.

Best of all, they cost $9 each. That alone makes this knife perfect for EDC; use it, abuse it, lose it, whatever. Buy them for yourself, as gifts for others, whatever.

Again, some people have been critical of their design. Myself, I can't see myself paying over $200 for a pocketknife like a Sebenza, unless I hit the Powerball. Even then, Molly Mayhem tells me that she'd stab me with the Sebenza, and take my winnings.

Is this Sanrenmu a great knife? No. Is it a great knife for the money? Absolutely. I've had other brand name knives, like Gerber, Boker, and Cold Steel, that felt flimsy in comparison. I still prefer Spyderco and Benchmade, but the Sanrenmu is a great knife you won't be afraid to use and abuse.
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It's been said before, "Buy what you like. Like what you buy.". Smile Thanks for the review.
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