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MKM Mercury Knives Malga 6 Multi-Tool Folding Knife

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by vinte77, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. SteveNo

    SteveNo Basic Member Basic Member

    45
    Aug 12, 2020
    Haha its a lot of money that's true, but I like the m390 blade and micarta scales, the fork is an added bonus which I'm sure I'll use at work a lot.
     
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  2. vinte77

    vinte77

    387
    Nov 24, 2009
    Would anyone who's bought one like to contribute some pictures?
     
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  3. SteveNo

    SteveNo Basic Member Basic Member

    45
    Aug 12, 2020
    Still too much in doubt to buy one. Would love to see some pictures as well!
     
  4. Corvus Corax

    Corvus Corax Gold Member Gold Member

    315
    Jan 17, 2017
    Alright guys, I've spent some more time with the Malga 6. Here are some photos and I'll write a little review as well.

    I'm a admittedly a tinker. I can't help but to mess around with my stuff until it's as perfect as I think it can be. Right out of the box, the Malga 6 is very nice. You can see my previous posts in this thread to know that I had no initial complaints about the fit and finish of this tool. A less nit-picky person could take it out of the box and put it directly into their EDC rotation. However, there were a few things I wanted to change. First off, I put a new edge on the blade (which I typically do to most knives I buy). The factory edge was pretty good. It shaved arm hairs ok but it was a little toothy for my liking and the grind was a little uneven near the very tip. The next thing I didn't like was that the blade sat a tiny bit proud in the closed position. I filed the kick and took care of that problem. Lastly, I felt that the action was a little soft and so I decided to take a peek under the hood to see if I could tighten stuff up. This is where I received a surprise. Based on a interview I had watched between a vendor and a spokesman for MKM, I thought that just the scales were removable and that the tools themselves were pinned. Well, upon removing the scales, I found that while the corkscrew and reamer are indeed pinned through the frame, the other tools are all attached via adjustable pivot pins! Not only did that make it easy for me to tighten up the action to my liking, but it also opens the door to easy tool customization if/when MKM releases other models in this line. I also wouldn't be surprised if some Victorinox tools could be switched in/out with minimal modification.

    All in all, I think the Malga 6 will be staying in my pocket for the foreseeable future! However, I think the big hesitation with this model is over whether or not it's worth the price. In my opinion, it absolutely is! What other multitool of this style boasts premium handle scales, premium blade steel, and adjustable pivot pins for around $100? Seriously though if there is another that meets this criteria please let me know so I can buy one of those as well!

    Edit: Forgot to mention that the blade is pinchable :D
     
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  5. vinte77

    vinte77

    387
    Nov 24, 2009
    Great write up and photos Corvus! Your review has me leaning very close to picking one up now, thanks. Looking to see if there are any labor day deals on one.
     
  6. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    Any updates for the owners of this knife? COVID YouTube reviews got me with this one! :D
     
  7. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    I’m interested in hearing how useful they’ve proven to be when compared to previously carried Victorinox SAKs. Have any owners switched back to their Vics? Was the M390 blade and micarta scales worth the price hike?
     
  8. A.L.

    A.L.

    Jun 27, 2007
    People: it's overpriced!
    Also people: orders 250 dollar custom scales for SAK. :D
     
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  9. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    True story lol
     
  10. Pomsbz

    Pomsbz

    Jul 31, 2015
    I'd be very interested in how easy it is to swap tools with a SAK. For example to add this blade to a SAK.
     
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  11. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    Calling Dr. @Spikediesel :p
     
  12. Spikediesel

    Spikediesel Spare time SAK builder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 14, 2018
    A M390 SAK would be amazing though I see a few issues here, first and foremost being the cost of the donor knife. Secondly the pivot sizes are quite a bit larger and more off center (saw in the Nick Shabazz video) which actually lends itself to more hardware options but ads more machining and fitting cost. A $100 for an M390 blade plus fitting makes for a very expensive SAK.
     
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  13. Pomsbz

    Pomsbz

    Jul 31, 2015
    Ignoring machining costs you couldn't really buy a M390 single blade knife for under $100. Having a blade like that with all the other advantages of a SAK might well be worth the price. The fitting is where the price would get out of the realm of reasonable perhaps.
     
  14. Daniel

    Daniel Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 1998
    I found one review on it on KnifeCenter.

     
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  15. barleywino

    barleywino Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    223
    Jul 11, 2020
    20210222_173921~2.jpg Picked up one of these. Price aside, I definitely prefer it over my old red plastic Wenger Nomad SAK. Out of the box, the micarta has less texture than say the micarta on a Giant Mouse Riv (pictured on the right) but perhaps it will roughen up with use. The fork is a bit small and I wish it were pinchable instead of having a nail nick, but otherwise ok. The shortness of the fork, combined with its distal taper, allows it to nest in the space created by the distal taper of the main blade, reducing the overall knife thickness. I thought the stonewashed M390 blade came quite sharp but I probably have lower standards than some ;). I view it as a user knife so not too particular. 20210222_171518~2.jpg
     
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  16. Pomsbz

    Pomsbz

    Jul 31, 2015
    How would you describe the fit and finish in light of the post above yours?
     
  17. barleywino

    barleywino Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    223
    Jul 11, 2020
    I would agree that the fit and finish are not perfect. The coloration of the micarta is somewhat uneven. There is a cutout for the thumb in the scale (see picture) which is intended to make it easier to open the corkscrew, which I find not particularly pretty. The grind is not amazing. The walk and talk are fine for me but I can see that some might prefer a more snappy action. Overall, I'm willing to overlook some of these cosmetic flaws for the added functionality of the multiple tools and upgraded steel. The knife also feels light for a multitool. Ps. Although I nitpicked about the fork, I actually do enjoy having it, and might have skipped over the knife if it didn't have one (ymmv). Perhaps one should compare it with another knife with a fork, the GEC beer & sausage knife, which is arguably a lot prettier but has less functionality and lower grade steel, and goes for $117 new. 20210223_003328~2.jpg
     
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  18. jimmiewalker

    jimmiewalker

    6
    Jun 12, 2012
    Hello guys
    I never handled an MKM MALGA 6 but it's in my wishlist, so i'm pretty sure Mercury Cut build this multitool, and following the link above you can see other similar-to-sak knoves maybe useful to implememt something in the Malga.
    Regards

    https://www.mercurycut.it/en/category/74/serie_913_plastica.html


    orvus Corax, post: 19994291, member: 469203"]Alright guys, I've spent some more time with the Malga 6. Here are some photos and I'll write a little review as well.

    I'm a admittedly a tinker. I can't help but to mess around with my stuff until it's as perfect as I think it can be. Right out of the box, the Malga 6 is very nice. You can see my previous posts in this thread to know that I had no initial complaints about the fit and finish of this tool. A less nit-picky person could take it out of the box and put it directly into their EDC rotation. However, there were a few things I wanted to change. First off, I put a new edge on the blade (which I typically do to most knives I buy). The factory edge was pretty good. It shaved arm hairs ok but it was a little toothy for my liking and the grind was a little uneven near the very tip. The next thing I didn't like was that the blade sat a tiny bit proud in the closed position. I filed the kick and took care of that problem. Lastly, I felt that the action was a little soft and so I decided to take a peek under the hood to see if I could tighten stuff up. This is where I received a surprise. Based on a interview I had watched between a vendor and a spokesman for MKM, I thought that just the scales were removable and that the tools themselves were pinned. Well, upon removing the scales, I found that while the corkscrew and reamer are indeed pinned through the frame, the other tools are all attached via adjustable pivot pins! Not only did that make it easy for me to tighten up the action to my liking, but it also opens the door to easy tool customization if/when MKM releases other models in this line. I also wouldn't be surprised if some Victorinox tools could be switched in/out with minimal modification.

    All in all, I think the Malga 6 will be staying in my pocket for the foreseeable future! However, I think the big hesitation with this model is over whether or not it's worth the price. In my opinion, it absolutely is! What other multitool of this style boasts premium handle scales, premium blade steel, and adjustable pivot pins for around $100? Seriously though if there is another that meets this criteria please let me know so I can buy one of those as well!

    Edit: Forgot to mention that the blade is pinchable :D[/QUOTE]
     
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  19. barleywino

    barleywino Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    223
    Jul 11, 2020
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    Thanks. Aluminum alloy liners would explain why the Malga feels so light.
     
  20. pipedreams308

    pipedreams308 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    One came up on the Exchange yesterday. I’m looking forward to trying it out.
     
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