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Ganzo G729 (black) folding pocket knife (clone of Spyderco Paramilitary 2 w/ added axis lock mechanism) - Gearbest - $14.49 + $1.28 (shipping)

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what: Ganzo G729-BK [gearbest.com]
where: GearBest (ships from China, expect delivery in 30-45 days)
price: $14.49 + $1.28 (shipping)

video reviews:
* hands-on testing and usage [youtube.com]
* unboxing and review [youtube.com]

notes:
* this knife is very highly reviewed
* it's a clone of (..or its design is closely based upon) the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 [amazon.com], which is far more expensive
* the original design is modified with the addition of a locking mechanism inspired by the Benchmade Axis Lock [youtube.com]
* solid stainless steel liners.. pro/con: some added strength.. some added weight

lighter-weight variation:
* the F729 [gearbest.com] is a variation of the G729 that has skeletonized liners and a carbon fiber handle
* both models are priced nearly the same
* the lighter-weight materials may make this model better suited for an edc (every day carry)

video reviews:
* quick side-by-side comparison [youtube.com]

notes, handle materials [bladeforums.com]:
* Carbon fiber is extremely light and strong, but it is brittle and can easily crack if dropped or impacted
* G10 is epoxy resin impregnated fiberglass fabric
* G10 is very strong, stable, resistant to chemicals, and doesn't absorb water

commentary:
* imho.. compared to the frontpage deal on the Ganzo G727M, this seems like the better purchase

optional modifications (do at your own risk):
* how to reduce the spring tension in the Axis lock mechanism [youtube.com]

[2018.02.21] update:
* fun fact.. the "G729-BK" went out of stock for a few months, and I figured it was discontinued
* it recently came back in stock.. and I chose to get another one
* when it arrived, I noticed that the knife's design has been slightly changed:
- its liners are now skeletonized
- previously, they were solid
- otherwise, everything else is identical (..including its model # and packaging)
* according the update in this review [blogspot.com], the new design weighs in at 4.02 oz (114 g)
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Even though I'm not a big fan of cheap knives, something about this one I like. It's a little bigger than my normal edc blades but it flips open great and feels good in the hand.
I bought it for $13 shipped a month ago from GB and have not regretted the purchase.
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Ganzo for the money makes some pretty good knives. I have a couple. They are usually stiff when first opening but this is something that breaks in. In my opinion this model is big for EDC, and heavy, the real pm2 is lighter. Ganzo in general even with the carbon fiber inlays are not light in general but are solidly built.
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Is this worth ordering ?
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There's a reason these are cheap. They also infringe on Spyderco, Benchmade, and many other companies. Save up and but a real, quality Spyderco or other knife. Don't waste $15 on junk. I've bought these low end Ganzo, SRM, Harnds, and Enlan knives before and they're trash. Don't waste your money.

Also these knives are never a deal. They are ALWAYS CHEAP.
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There's a reason these are cheap. They also infringe on Spyderco, Benchmade, and many other companies. Save up and but a real, quality Spyderco or other knife. Don't waste $15 on junk. I've bought these low end Ganzo, SRM, Harnds, and Enlan knives before and they're trash. Don't waste your money.

Also these knives are never a deal. They are ALWAYS CHEAP.
Could you elaborate on how they are trash?

Just curious cause I've used this daily for the past month at work with no problems. Everything from cutting wire to opening boxes. Plus a lot of things I would hesitate to do with a $100+ knife for fear of damaging it. Like pulling heavy gauge staples repeatedly. It's held up just fine.

If it's about copyright infringement then I'm with you on that, but from what I can tell, this knife is solidly built for the price.
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Get the Byrd Cara Cara instead. It's actually from Spyderco, not a copy infringement and close in price.
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follow-ups:
* I agree with @fanglekai in one respect; the price fluctuates, but can frequently be found at/around $15. This post is less to inform about a lightning buy-it-now deal, than a comparison to the model on front-page. Some readers might like to learn about both.. to choose which they prefer.
* I disagree that Ganzo knives are "junk". They provide a lot of value for the money.
* On the topic of globalization vs. supporting local economies, that's beyond the scope of what I'd like to discuss here. We all want to support local business, but at the same time.. we're all SD'ers and appreciate an excellent value. We vote with our wallets, but lets try to refrain from shaming others for how they choose to vote.
* On the topic of copyright/patent infringement, I'll make two quick observations:
- the internals of Ganzo's "axis" locks are not identical to the original Benchmade (McHenry & Williams) design.. but close
- the 20 year patent on the original mechanism design expired on July 12, 2016 [google.com]
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these knives are great for the money but always $14-15 ..not a deal
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Could you elaborate on how they are trash?

Just curious cause I've used this daily for the past month at work with no problems. Everything from cutting wire to opening boxes. Plus a lot of things I would hesitate to do with a $100+ knife for fear of damaging it. Like pulling heavy gauge staples repeatedly. It's held up just fine.

If it's about copyright infringement then I'm with you on that, but from what I can tell, this knife is solidly built for the price.
spend 40 and get a tenacious as an entry level spyderco or step it up to a better steel and lighter knife like the delica or endura for 60ish. eventually youll find yourself getting a real para 3 or pm2 cuz s30v is alot better than vg10 and worlds apart from 8cr13mov.
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I'd love buy a legit Spyderco Paramilitary but can't justify dropping $100+ on a knife until I'm back in the military. My buddy gave me one of his Benchmade's ($150+ model), and it is extremely sturdy...but I would never drop that much on a knife, regardless the build "quality".

IMO this is a great deal. I'm in for two or three to throw in my various bugout bags, my car, and EDC stuff.
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These companies use trash materials and don't provide a good heat treatment of the steel. They were all infringing patents before they expired.

Do yourselves a favor and buy from a reputable company.
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I just bought a spyderco clone on ebay for $13. A similar looking with a frame lock. I have a cheap $5 folder from ebay. Sharpened it. Does ok, frame lock never failed. How back clones can be? I can't afford anything expensive and will buy clones as long as they work for my needs. Searched for this brand on ebay. Not sure if real Ganzos or clones of Ganzo lol. This seems like average regular price for ganzo branded knives.
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