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Bestech BG05 "Scimitar" G-10 Series

Bestech BG05 "Scimitar" G-10 Series

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Verified Purchaser
A solid knife with good build quality. A bit bigger than expected. Overall pretty good.
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Verified Purchaser
Honestly, it's cheaply made junk. I guess it is about the cheapest you'll find a D2 blade, but the fit and finish is pretty ordinary. I don't expect miracles at this price, but even so there are better options available and I wouldn't buy it again given the choice.
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Verified Purchaser
nicely built and flips like a knife costing 3x as much.Gifted it to a friend and he was speechless.
Verified Purchaser
Great knife! Nice heft to it and razor sharp out of the box. Only down side is that I am a lefty and the point up carry has opened in my pocket a couple of times .
Verified Purchaser
Really liked the knife and carried it every day until the pocket clip bent open somehow and it fell out of my pocket somewhere lost and never to be found.
Verified Purchaser
Fantastic blade. Has a perfect feel in my hand, fills my palm nicely and securely. Opens easy, with a satisfying "thunk" as the blade swings home. Only thing it could use is a cutout at the base of the blade to wrap my finger around to allow you to "grip up" on the knife a bit more. Comes pre-sharpened and hella sharp. absolutely a steal at 40$. Hell I would pay full price for it gladly. Purchased the Stonewashed Green handled version a few drops back.
Verified Purchaser
This is my every day carry knife. Has a very smooth opening mechanism. Very sharp, at least sharp enough to do the things that I would need to do in a every day situation. Very happy
Verified Purchaser
I'm very pleased with the knife. It comes very sharp out of the box and it handles very nice. If I was going to recommend anyone a knife under 50$ this would be it.
Verified Purchaser
Read some of the other reviews if you would like details. I will just say, for forty dollars, I am very pleased.
Verified Purchaser
I really like this knife, it has become my new edc.
Verified Purchaser
A no brainer for that price. Fit an finish like a much more expensive blade.
Verified Purchaser
An extremely well made and finely crafted knife at this price point. I happen to like D2, so don’t see that as a negative.
Verified Purchaser
Great action, love the blade shape.
Verified Purchaser
I just received my green scimitar with the black wash on the flats and satin blade today it is absolutely beautiful razor sharp out of the box the action is buttery smooth centering is perfect thank you Mass drop for offering this at such a great price it is a beautiful blade
Verified Purchaser
I like the craftsmanship and particular the area with the hinge I don’t know if that’s the right word for it but where it pivots that it’s it’s tight with no free play extremely smooth the detail and craft ship was excellent the light weight is a plus beautiful overall design I don’t know if I change anything
Verified Purchaser
Excellent quality & value.
Verified Purchaser
As others have said, this knife is a bit bigger and heavier than I expected, but it's a solid knife. The action is smooth and the blade sharpens up nicely. It's not going to compete with your Benchmade, but it also costs 1/3rd - 1/4th of one!
Verified Purchaser
I received mine a few months ago and have to say that I'm very pleased. Even though it was only $40 it did get a few oohs and wows amongst the local knife enthusiast club,. Aesthetically is wonderful. Physically it feels a bit light on the handle and balance is a little bit wee too forward (but nothing egregious, of course). The blade looks great and cuts well. At least my copy come with near perfect flipping action. The right amount of resistance to deploy or fold. Overall, I can't complain.
Hope other knife makers get on this bandwagon of making sword styles into folding knives. Would love a foldable Kopesh, long sword, and short sword.
Verified Purchaser
Its big knife and a bit heavy which may be great for working with it. Almost built like a stiff but small filet knife in pocket form.
A bit big to carry with anything less than jeans. Nice knife overall
Verified Purchaser
Great for the price. Nice shape. Good sharp edge out of the box.
Verified Purchaser
Great knife, but deployment could be smoother. Came with a nice sharp edge.
Verified Purchaser
Very well made. Extremely sharp out of the box. I don’t put a lot of stress on folding knives but this one appears to be very strong with solid lockup and able to take it.
Verified Purchaser
Arrived super sharp. The Scimitar looks amazing and it seems to be high quality than the price would suggest. The blade is centered perfectly and the lock-up is solid. Highly recommended!
Verified Purchaser
Great craftsmanship, very nice design, well weighted and seems to be sturdy as well as having a extremely fluid action. Well worth the money!
Verified Purchaser
great size, thin enough not the get in the way in my pocket but long enough to fit in my hand
Verified Purchaser
Very impressed with the knife. Top notch build and the blade is as smooth as butter.
Verified Purchaser
Overall I was impressed with the knife, especially for the price.
Things I like: Easy action on opening and closing. Deep pocket carry. Shape of the handle.
Things that could be improved on: Sharpness of the blade. Slightly more texture on the scales. Jimping on the blade to be a little more aggressive & prominent.
Verified Purchaser
Good for the price. I love this knife though it could be so much better with some small design changes. Improvements: Better liners in terms of quality and finish. Better pocket clip including screws - I had mine bend when it caught on the pocket as I went to pull my knife out. Overall finish to blade and handle - to many sharp edges and unfinished holes. This is a great blade shape fitted to an average handle. Sub-par liners and overall finish let down what should be a great overall folder for EDC
Verified Purchaser
Hate to give this one a low score, but after a little more time playing with it I still have more complaints than praise. Read the details, as my biggest complaint may not be an issue for you, YMMV.
The handle: (+/-) I love the looks of the handle on this one, but it's too smooth and a little too thin. An uncommon complaint, i know. It feels good in the pocket, but doesn't give me a secure feeling in the hand. If it were thicker, like the models with exposed liners, and had some texture similar to the Warwolf, it would be a great handle. (+) Do like that it is has a nice deep carry clip. Another review mentioned the single screw and the concern about that loosening up and changing angles and whatnot, but it is recessed into a cutout that will keep it straight, and locktite is cheap. (-) The inside edges of the G10 need to be chamfered. It's rather sharp on the fingertip when you slide down off the flipper (-) Same goes for the lanyard hole, very sharp edges. I don't use lanyards, so didn't bother me that much, but I can see this cutting into a lanyard for those who do use them (-) The jimping on the lockbar needs chamferring too, it's way too sharp on the corners. (-) Be VERY careful with these screws. They were softer than any other hardware I've seen in other Bestechs. I stripped 2 of them the first time I tore it down :-/
The blade: (+) Out of the box has perfect centering, even grinds, shaving sharp. (+) Has a nice small flipper, but works well. (-) The spine is extremely sharp, especially at the points of the cutout groove (-) Jimping for the thumb is useless. Very shallow and the edges were eased on that part of the spine, then polished... Thumb just slides over them.
The action: This is where my biggest complaint comes into play. Many areas (mine included) have laws against gravity assisted opening knives. I've adjusted this lockbar tension way beyond what it should be, overtightened the pivot, verified that the detent ball is fully seating in the hole......nothing I do makes it so that this blade can't be opened with a flick of the wrist or whip of the arm. That said, if this ISN'T something you need to be concerned about, the action on this is very good. Flips open fast, drops shut very smoothly.
The internals: (-) The metal used on the hidden liners is a cheap stamped steel. Doesn't feel as strong as their exposed liners on any of their other knives. I have my suspicions about this being related to the above issue in the action section, as the Kendo has the same problem.....but my other Bestechs have the best combination of detent and smooth action of anything I own. (-) We're back to the plastic molded bodies for the bearings again. Not a big deal, but I prefer their metal caged ones. (+) D shaped pivot with matching cutout to keep custom pivot properly aligned (+) nice tight tolerances for the pins and standoffs (and I do like the looks of the standoffs on this one, rather than using a backspacer)
Disassembled :
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Cheap liner plated steel :
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(sorry for the crappy cellphone pics, but it'll show what's inside)
All in all, it's an okay knife that just needs a little more attention on the fit and finish...and, for me at least, needs to have the detent strength addressed. Still, I'd happily recommend it to anyone who doesn't have to worry about gravity assist laws and doesn't mind spending 10 minutes with some sandpaper to address the edges.
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Kavik
Very detailed (and excellent) review... For a $40 knife you apparently were expecting something else.
I'm gonna buy it for my EDC which is very light duty so this will undoubtedly shine in that role. Appreciate your thorough review, I just feel your perspective was a bit off...
Simpleba
I can understand why you would think that, in many cases it would make sense. But to give you some insight into my perspective, I own many of the other Bestech knives in the same price range...and quite a few other models don't share the same issues
As I said, it's a good enough knife, especially given the competition from other brands in this price range.....but as compared to other Bestechs, it's just not top of the list for me.
Do get it, but also do yourself a favor and grab a Warwolf, Thorn, or Beluga and compare the fit and finish, you'll see where I'm coming from :)