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Raidops Blue Shark M390 Folding Knife

Raidops Blue Shark M390 Folding Knife

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"Carbon fiber/titanium alloy"
I am going to choose to believe that the handle is some magical alloy of carbon fiber and titanium
fhood
one plate is titanium one plate is carbon (ok ok i know its probably just a joke, but in case you wondered! ;-)
I would have preferred if both plates were carbon personally, with steel or titanium inserts for titanium screws and pins - now that'd be a magic i'd.. buy lol
A few months ago the Raidops Aquillo was on drop. Much bettwr blade, better pricing. It didn't make the drop surprisingly. Bring that back and I'm in and suggest everyone else get in on that. Not familiar with this model.
Seetreets
The Aquillo is S30V steel so I guess you're saying the blade geometry on that matches your use better.
The Blue Shark has an M390 blade which mostly explains the price difference since it is a much higher grade of steel. It's also almost half the weight of the Aquillo which is important to me.
Seems kinda odd to me that your dissing this drop for another model.
Seetreets
Yeah..... The Aquillo is a totally different knife Not "better pricing", LOWER pricing, for much less expensive materials and completely different profiles M390 vs S30V, Carbon Fiber vs G10.....and thank God no cheap steak knife looking serrations on this one, or i would've passed on what turned out to be one of my favorite knives!
If you're looking for a cheaper knife, nothing wrong with that, but you're comparing apples to oranges here
I really love the size of this knife.
I like the look for the most part, but does it honestly say “Firmly fixed bolt, do not adjust“? That would be like a T-shirt having the washing instructions printed on the front of the shirt. What were they thinking?
The comments from the previous drop also concern me. Seem to be fit and finish issues.
If I knew the lockbar, stop pin, and detent were done well, and if it didn’t have the pivot instructions engraved on the outside of the frame, this would be a no brainer. Maybe in the future these issues will be addressed, I’ll be the first one to buy it.
HandstandsMcGoo
Lol yes, it honestly says that on the handle. I thought I remembered reading something about this knife being inspired by some battleship or something, in which case the printed warnings kind of fit the theme.... But I can't seem to find that now, so I might be remembering wrong. Either way, one way gives me a chuckle, and on the other hand it never ever ever catches my attention, and I carry this knife a LOT.
I'm kind of assuming it was my QC concerns you're taking about? If so, let me just say the concerns aren't unfounded...but I also want to say it's been pointed out many times that I'm way too particular about detent issues lol the stuff I was fussing over, many people never would have even seen as a problem. And the alterations I made, i can't stress enough how small they were. I'm not at home where I can measure, but if I had to guess I'd say I filed down the pin like .005" to correct the issue, if that.....and taking into account the distance between the stop pin and the detent hole, that probably means it could've also been fixed by them moving the detent hole out by about .001"
That's a tiny, tiny amount... Most likely within spec, and at least close enough that another one from that batch might have been exactly perfect even to my standards lol
I like this quite a lot as a neck knife. MD should really offer the Kydex neck sheath as an option when running this drop. I had to order mine direct from Korea. I have experienced some lock stick, but some graphite-moly powder got rid of that.
I like the looks of this knife but it's just too small unfortunately, if they could make it with a 3.2-3.6" blade that would be great
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I'll let you know how the Tactical Geek is after I receive it and play with it & use it for a few days.
As far as the Kershaw Chive, I liked it enough that I will bought a Scallion not long after and that was not nearly as good for me. It never snapped open like my Chive and the tip broke not long after buying it. I still have it, but it's just been sitting in a drawer for the last 10 years.
I'm glad to see MD bringing this RaidOps back. Is love to see more compact folders on here for a good price and this definitely is one of them.
Well, I've had the Tactical Geek Variable X for about 5 days and so far I like it a lot. It has very good action for a flipper it's size. Even when I press down as gently as possible it opens about 90% full. I've never had it not fully open anytime I've truly pressed down on the flipper and at this point I've probably done that 1,000 times, lol. I seriously love this little guy. It's very difficult to see how well the blade is centered because of its shape and being single bevel. That being said, it looks so interesting seeing the different angles of the blade. It truly is a joy to play with and look at and examine from different angles. I've only used it to open boxes and envelopes, but it has done very well for me. I like it enough that considering there's only about 50 in each color, I want to buy another one. If the the vintage blue colored one on their website was available for $200 Is but it right now. I would've bought the regular blue originally, but I couldn't find it from one of the stores I typically buy from and Blade HQ have the black and the grey on sale for a decent amount less, more than 25%, than the blue was and the black plus grey is.
This far I can't say how well it will holding long-term, but so far it seems very good and I love the way it looks. I love the size and the ergonomics is better than I thought they would be, but I wasn't expecting the ergonomics to be great. The blade arrived hair slicing sharp on both parts of the blade. I'm very satisfied with my purchase (#07/50). I just hope I can get one in vintage blue for a decent amount less money than their website because that shade of blue and purple with patina looks amazing to me. With most knives I'm not into the loud and in your face colors, but with it's small size and modern looks I think this will look incredible in that "Vintage Blue". Heck, I imagine regular "PVD Blue" looks pretty darn good because this is a little knife that is made to standout in the crowd.
I like it. Very much reminds me of Sniper Bladeworks custom folding knives.
Buy it and you won’t get disappointed. Owner of 5 chris reeve and chaves knives.
Awesome, was totally hoping this would drop! Love RaidOps Knives!
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Nice, a good way to fix lockstick is by taking a pencil and rubbing some graphite on the lockbar.
But yeah, I also have a raidops mini centauro and love it. It checks many of the boxes the blue shark misses.
OmegaMullet
Others have suggested that as well, but I keep forgetting to try it for some reason lol I'll do that today. But I think on a knife in this price range, a steel insert should be a standard feature.
Oooh, I hadn't seen that one before, I do like the looks of that!
Does anyone else here have any comments they can share on either the detent or the pivot screw loosening up or being cemented in place? I ask as a result of the day and night difference between GeorgeMX's experience and mine His blade loosened up after a day, my pivot needed heat from a soldering iron and a ton of force to break loose. (whatever was on this bolt was sort of a grayish white. Not red, and certainly not the blue they used on the t6 body screws)
Regarding the detent, here's what I've found: The lockbar has plenty of strength to it, but the detent ball doesn't fully seat in the hole when the knife is closed. You can see a large gap when viewed from the side while closed, just the very tip of the ball goes in)
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As a result the blade easily shakes open and fails the 'gravity assist' laws 😞
After disassembly I did an experiment. Took out the stop pin, reassembled, and carefully closed the blade. At this point the detent ball was fully seated in the hole and the blade would not shake open no matter how hard I tried. But opening with the middle finger flick was still nice and easy, and the blade springs out much more solidly every time.
The problem though, is that when the detent is fully engaged the blade is so far in the handle that the tip just barely makes contact with the backspacer. Note the difference by the arrows below :
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I want to fix this on my own, but I'm trying to determine the best way to go about it?
Easiest way would be grinding out the finger choil a little further so the blade closes further before it hits the stop pin, but then I need to also remove material from the backspacer for clearance and re-anodize that. Removing material from the stop pin would have the same drawback with the backspacer..... So, I guess drilling out the detent hole in the blade is the way to go in this case? Do I just use a larger drill bit and drill on center? I'm worried if I try with the same size moved up just a hair, the bit is going to just walk back into the original hole. (I have a decent drill press, not doing this by hand... But still, small bits flex, and runout is a thing)
If anyone here has experience doing that, I'd love to hear it
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Kavik
Thanks for sharing a detailed experience with the knife that's being dropped. This, imo, is what these forums are for.
Gunnersmate2
Yeah, no problem man👍 What good's a forum if not for sharing info? 😁
The frame lock is poorly designed. It's too tight. This is not a matter of breaking it in. It gets completely jammed. Metal on metal grinding. Definitely not worth the purchase. I am reselling it.
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Thanks for letting me know about easy returns. I have not attempted to open the knife because I will be returning it. I ordered the ferom Forge wing version, so I will be giving mass drop another shot.
GeorgeMX
Understandable. And I didn't mean for you to open it up, was just wondering if you could re-tighten it with the included torx tool. They don't generally loosen up without the screw being able to turn, ya know?
I finally got mine to break loose today, with heat and way too much pressure. No idea what they used on the pivot, kinda a whitish gray, definitely different from the nice bright blue Loctite on the 6 body screws though.
More details to come in a review later, gotta get back to work for now
This is s great price. Therefore, resale value will be very good, especially if you keep it in good condition. Can't wait to receive this knife. It has great specs and appears very well put together. The size will make a great EDC. Not to mention I love the look. This is my first order from massdrop. Only downside is the very long wait for shipping.
Kinda shocked we made it through almost the whole drop with no one asking.... But just watched a review for this knife that says Raidops is a South Korean company, but this particular knife is made for them by Viper Knives in Italy
Kavik
M390 steel cf/ti handle. 150.00 usd shipped. I’m sold!
Has no one purchased one of these knives here yet? My description page isn’t showing if anyone has bought a single one of these knives yet.
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Lol, very good! : )
That’s my favorite thing to say to my family and friends over the phone! : ) It’s also the only time they call me...when their computer goes down.
Does anyone see pics with funky colors. The main one, on the thumbnail link for the drop, is a very basic boring shot of a black-handled knife, and the scale appears to be black G10. But mostb of the other pics show a knife with purple hue all over, almost like it's in a purple light. Except for one pic showing the presention side, blade closed. The blade looks yellow; scalenlooks like th carbon it should be. Weird.
Hatuletoh
Turn up your brightness and you can see the cf pattern. The other shots have been taken under a yellowish light causing the strange colours. Look it up on YouTube there's better footage.
It's not another flipper and who cares if the only thing its good for is opening packages it looks great.
Looks like a design rip off of the Benchmade Mini Loco
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Actually, my point was that I think the differences are rather large
Sure, they're both a sort of stylized reverse tanto with a belly (which isn't a new thing with either of them) and a thumb hole, and they both have that sort of humpback overall shape, like a frown, i don't know if there's a term for it.... But that's the extent of it. Lots of knives have those traits.
Seems to me the list of differences is a larger one. The contours of the handle, materials used, finger guard is part of the blade vs part of the handle, lanyard hole is part of the backspacer vs built into the handle, tip comes much lower vs the almost spear point alignment of the BM, full backspacer vs open frame with standoffs, completely different locking mechanism
That's what I'm saying, there are only so many combinations of features that can be shuffled together. Eventually there has to be knives with 2 or 3 overlapping traits
KennyS
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this raidops looks close in blade shape, and blade-handle angle to this kabar.
there are only so many ways you can design a functional blade and have it fit a human hand.
It’s a reverse tanto. It looks a lot like the Benchmade Mini Loco.
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DougFLA123
Had to say hi to Doug.....I agree on the Benchmark Mini Loco
BarryO
Benchmade, I stand corrected
Has anyone owned one of these? Any idea what the quality is like compared to say, ZT and Reate?
And an impressive 2.3” to tackle all your cutting tasks
DamCam
And 4mm thick so you know it's a slicer.
Notsurewhyibother
Thicc wow stunning little show stopper when you whip it out.
Hate to be that guy, but this is not anything close to a wharncliffe. A Wharnecliffe is flat with zero belly, this is all belly. This looks like a tanto that wants to be a sheepsfoot. Interesting looking but I'm a little confused on the utility.
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I guess that's it, but every reverse tanto I've seen has a fair amount of straight edge near the handle, this has none.
All that belly looks like it would be good for rocking/chopping but the way the handle is angled that wouldn't work without smacking your knuckles into whatever you're cutting. The handle angle looks like something from a karambit, but this blade curve is like the opposite of a hawkbill. I just don't understand what this knife would be good at. It's probably obvious to someone, just not me.
Notsurewhyibother
I think it would be useful, it's nice to have a little forward cant to your blade.
You're right about tantos being generally narrow bladed, maybe this is a modified sheepsfoot, though the straight line as the spine meets the edge makes me think it could be a sheepsto or a tantsfoot.
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