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How do you guys think this compares to the Kershaw Emerson? I'm looking for a decent cheap-ish knife. Thanks!
TPllama
This knife blows the Kershaw out of the water. Twice the price for ten times the value.
To those who already own a Beluga -- is the blade spine chamfered or plain and straight?
hatman
It is chamfered from the base of the spine to about an inch from the tip.
I have a Bestech Kendo that I rather like, but it has a deep carry clip and D2 steel which are both upgrades in my mind. The Kendo's only real weakness is the blade can cut you from the back side of the handle when closed. That is a big no-no. This looks like a nice knife if you are a fan of the blade steel. Sheepsfoot blades are always nice IMO, though they call this a drop point.
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And less of a defined point than a Wharncliffe, and generally at least a little bit of belly compared to the straight edge of the Wharncliffe profile
Omniseed
Yes, agreed. Wharncliffe crossed my mind in the comparison (they seem quite popular here), but I guess I got lazy lol, so thanks for pointing that out
It's not a 'bad' steel, it's the old standard sandvik steel, which sharpens very nicely & easily on regular stones, but it will loose it fairly quickly also.

I wish this used the new sandvik, 14c28n - which is much better all around from what I've read.
You're right, Kavik. Was my first opinion too.
Btw, it's trendy for now to name knives after animals. If you havn't a special styled blade form, you have to use blade holes or lanyard cutwork to imply faces...
Looks nice, but the price is interesting. It is a smaller knife than the other Bestech knives that have been sold on here, and it has a lower grade steel than the usual D2 tool steel used in their blades. Why is the knife more expensive?
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It would be re-releasing the recent models in D2. I heard they are aware that a lot of people have expressed disappointment in switching to a cheaper steel (not necessarily a bad steel) while keeping prices the same as their D2 models. I guess we'll see what happens.
JKreese
Hmm, interesting. Thanks again ūüĎć
I am a sucker for thin, lightweight folders with 3-inch blades -- I'm in.
Also, MD offers a larger selection than I can find online. I prefer the stonewashed blade offered here to the satin offered elsewhere. And the price is lower here.
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It's an eternal struggle on enthusiast's boards it seems, it actually kind of drove me away from my paid membership on BladeForums. I wasn't able to get clear information about foreign products that didn't include a tax for being sold under an American company's brand. I wasn't really able to ask questions about or discuss Chinese knives at all without threads getting locked because of hotheaded bonises who wouldn't quit calling basically any Chinese maker a design-stealing slave labor-using state-subsidized den of treachery and warranty disappointment.

They would even just casually imply that a Chinese knife maker must have a terrible warranty experience if any at all, ignoring that those were the days of Spyderco rejecting warranty work requests if people had broken their factory threadlocker.
Omniseed
Yeah, i can imagine....I haven't been hanging out there much for a while (not for any particular reason, just haven't been that much into knives until just the past few months again. Before that there was a bit of an obsession with kitchen knives, but used other forums more specific to that), but I do recall that place feeling skewed towards certain brands and makers. Forums will always be very clique-ish.

It's just fortunate. Forums in general, potential for being such a perfect place for people to be able to be introduced to new gems that they may have never found out about otherwise....so many companies out there, no one can find/test them all on their own.....and instead things that could actually be really good get squashed by the closed minded hive mentality before they even get a chance
The Bestech Beluga seems to be in stock at several dealers for $52 plus shipping.
Yeah - already available on several big online seller websites for about $8 more. I don't like the clip or the weight/size but I do like the design. I'll pass on this one, though.
"Available on Massdrop before anywhere else"
I don't get it? Hasn't this knife been out for a while?
Also, it's not the blade that takes its inspiration from the shape of the whale, it's the handle....


Kavik
Looks more like a Ninja Turtle. Michelangelo? Which one is the Tan one...?
Axeguy
Lol or that too

Tan? I dunno, i remember them all being green... Or black and white lol
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