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Any Chinese Knives You Like and Would Recommend?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Nalapombu, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. Nalapombu


    Oct 26, 2001
    Note: The OP has edited his original post in protest to a poster who harassed him for wishing our service people a good and happy 4th in a thread about Chinese knives. So let's leave that lie and just talk about the topic.
    Frank R.

    Hey all,

    In the last few days I have been nosing around on DHGate looking at all the knives available. One thing is sure, there are a plethora of knives both folders and fixed, available on these Chinese "amazon" sites.

    I am thinking about picking up a couple just to see how they are. I'm not so much interested in the Microtech and Benchmade OTF copies. No way to tell how good, or bad they are and if you get a lemon, you're pretty much just stuck.

    One that I have on my definite buy list is the GANZO FIREBIRD Auto. It has a 3.54" blade and it looks pretty nice. The reviews I saw on Youtube speak pretty highly of them in both the standard folder and the auto side opener model. The Auto is only about $18, so why not give it a try?

    I'd like to know what you think of some of these Chinese knives. Do you own any and if so, which ones and how are they?
    Are there any Chinese knives in AUTO form, side folder or fixed blade that you can recommend I look at? I'd like to order here in the next couple of days to get it started.

    If you have any pics of your Chinese knives, I'd like to see them.

    Thank you kindly for your time and help. Have a TERRIBLE 4th of July Holiday, especially if you are a soldier or VET. Police, Firemen as well as first responders too.

    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 27, 2017
  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I can only recommend rough rider knives because they're the only Chinese knives I have of any sort of quality and they're such a good bargain and are good for trying out patterns.

    For any modern type knives, my preferences allow me to get an American made knife for a good price so I don't have to look to China to afford a knife with the " features " and " materials " that I might want.
    If I really had to have ultra modern style features and materials, there are a few companies people are always talking about but I'm not sure if you'll find them on one of those shady sites that mostly sell crap and counterfeits or lookalikes that may not have the Steel they claim to have.

    I will mention though that I've heard good things about sanrenmu knives for the price ( if you get one of their original designs ) and that they used to produce some of the Chinese spyderco knives.
    I'm willing to bet good money that it was probably their little key chain sized slipjoints like the bug and grasshopper.
  3. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    BTW what's the deal with asking about Chinese knives, then wishing everyone a happy 4th of July ?
    No disrespect, But I find it kind of ironic and odd.

    To give you perspective of what I mean, I'll be carrying my BUCK 110 every single day in July because to me it represents America and freedom. to have Chinese knives and the 4th of July mentioned together just seems wrong.
  4. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Kizer is a nice company. They aren't super cheap, but you'll get premium materials, blade steel, and fit/ finish for cheaper than US made. I strongly recommend US made knives though. They are by far the best and I'm not even super patriotic, but I like nice knives and our country makes some of the best
  5. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Kizer, Reate and WE all seem to make excellent blades and stay away from counterfeits. As for knives made in China but still coming from an American company, I highly recommend the Byrd line. The Cara Cara 2 in FRN can generally be found for $20 or less and is a very good knife.
  6. Aldebaran


    Sep 18, 2004
    I have been very happy with my Harnds Talisman and my CH CH3001.
  7. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    The Chen/Hanwei line of knives tend to be pretty good. They tend to get more love from sword circles, but they offer nice fixed and folding stuff from time to time.
  8. Nalapombu


    Oct 26, 2001
    You're EXACTLY right Hickory....I shouldn't have the gall to wish our soldiers and first responders a happy 4th......I changed it for ya.
    Wallace Mutt likes this.
  9. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Check out the A.G. Russell website. His A.G. Russell branded knives from China are top notch in fit & finish and his warranty is second to none.
    jmh33 likes this.
  10. Cereal_killer


    Apr 4, 2013
    You're an idiot. Hope you enjoyed your time here cause with trolling like that it's about to end!
    Good riddance asshole
  11. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Kizer Vanguard Gemini, VG10 blade steel, terrific fit and finish, all for around 75 dollars. Anyway, just answering your question even though this thread seems to be going down the poop hole.
  12. Armadew

    Armadew Reisloafer Platinum Member

    Nov 22, 2006
    Well, that got weird.

    I would highly recommend WE knives. I have three of them and they are all excellent. I also have a Kizer Nomad that is very good.

    Spyderco also has some great knives coming out of China.

    Stay away from thieves like Ganzo.
    palonej, jbmonkey and TheEdge01 like this.
  13. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    BTW, your opening post really caught me off guard. Considering all of the terrorism taking place around the world, our first responders, soldiers, etc may actually have a "terrible" Independence Day. Lets try to show the folks risking their lives to protect ours a little respect by ditching the sarcasm.
    Makael and 19-3ben like this.
  14. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    I like Rough Rider and Marbles knives. As good as Case IMHO. Also agree with AG Russell Chinese made - excellent.

  15. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Real steel is a legit knife company out of china. They are doing it right. Great prices, they make a lot of their hardware in house too. Quality is where it should be.
    ATJ999 likes this.
  16. JupiterPaladin

    JupiterPaladin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2016
    I'm a chronic cheap ass and I still refuse to let DHGate or AliExpress even open on my browser. The risk of dubious sellers outweighs any possible benefit you perceive. Counterfeit knives are no good, and in the price range you appear to be looking at you have limited but solid choices:
    Real Steel (higher end of budget)
    Spyderco Byrd line - you won't be disappointed
    Rough Rider - great traditional patterns, decent steel
    Sanrenmu - great price to quality ratio
    Buck/Kershaw imports
    Schrade - the carbon steel fixed blades get decent reviews
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2017
  17. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    op really? copies, counterfeits and gonzos, really? this is a knife community, we don't support that kind of stuff here.

    purchase from the exchange and our dealers here. you will get much better knives.

    if you want Chinese they have some also like ruike (or however you spell it), we knives, reate, and rike.
  18. Nautique


    May 15, 2016
  19. copperheaded


    Dec 28, 2015
    Ganzo Firebird G7533-CF
  20. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    I second the A.G Russell knives. They are top of the line in fit and finish even if they are made in China.

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