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First impressions...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Sharp & Fiery, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

    953
    May 14, 2012
    Looking for your first thought when you see this new knife...
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    I was excited...then dissapointed.

    Edit to add: this is NOT my knife. Its a new model for preorder from a certain company.
    I comandeered these fotos from the world wide web. Also, i am in no way affiliated with this company, or trying to “market” this knife.
     

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  2. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Thought 1: Probably too small for my hand.
    Thought 2: The pivot screw looks like an after thought on the lock side.
     
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  3. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    First impression...that's a loooong pocket clip:eek:
     
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  4. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

    953
    May 14, 2012
    @boon apparently the screw is just to hold it together for the picture. There will be a nicer screw.
     
  5. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    My first thought as well ... I also like the option of removing the pocket clip too.

    My second thought, I'm not a fan of metal handles.

    Overall, it is a nice and clean design.
     
  6. goldie

    goldie

    Feb 18, 2000
    pocket clip is too long that's for sure might be a sign this knife is the size of a peanut ?...
     
  7. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    Two of my first thoughts as well. Clip is way too long and pivot screw looks like an afterthought. Also looks like someone based their design largely off of a Shiro NeOn.
     
  8. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

    953
    May 14, 2012
    @blades&wrenches

    That was my thought...looks like a softened Shiro design...not sure how i feel about that.
     
  9. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    365
    Nov 21, 2009
    It kinda reminds me of my Kershaw Shallot. I really don't like frame locks. Seems boring to me...
     
  10. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    It does look like a Shiro clone at a glance, though the clip is baffling altogether--makes you double take to figure out if the knife is tiny or the clip is huge.
     
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  11. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

    953
    May 14, 2012
    @evilgreg

    Would this be considered a clone? Or a homage? Or an original design in your opinion?
     
  12. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Very first impression, it’s a Shirogorov knock off. Change a few things and there you go.
    IMO,Definitely not an original design, maybe too much difference to be a clone. I guess you’d label it a homage??
     
  13. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

    953
    May 14, 2012
    Second time tonight ive agreed with you @Ajack60. My thoughts exactly.
    I dont know what conclusion to draw.
    I like this blade, but its not made by Shirogorov, and i love my Shiros. Its different enough, but still so similar to me.
     
  14. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Assuming it's not some unlabeled Shiro prototype? Hmm, I eyeballed the photo before reading the thread and it screamed Shiro to me, reminds me a bunch of the original (and sort of blah) Neon design, so I'd lean towards clone. That said, there are only so many ways to shape the handle and blade of a folding pocket knife so there's going to be some overlap. I wouldn't feel right producing this if I was a knifemaker, though, for whatever that's worth.
     
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  15. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

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    May 14, 2012
    I agree with you @evilgreg
    There will be some overlap...but handle shape and blade shape?
    Too much of a coincidence.
     
  16. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Yeah, even the description on their page sounds like the description you'd read for a Neon (I reverse image searched your pictures and found the maker--I've never heard of them before, incidentally):

    IMO, it's a shady gray-area clone. Enough small differences for those who want to buy it to justify it to themselves, and similar enough to make others call it a copy . . .
     
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  17. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Looks like Shiro/Southard hybrid.
     
  18. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    An homage.
     
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  19. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

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    May 14, 2012
    @evilgreg
    You’re sneaky. Lol. I hadnt heard of them before either...my buddy asked if i had and i hadnt so i googled them. First thought was...that looks like a Shiro.
     
  20. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. The Everlasting Know-it-all Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Boring. Too many plain metal handled knives out there already. The Ti flipper market is already oversaturated.

    That pocket clip...it's long enough to be a porn star.
     
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