Sep 15, 20163423 views

What do you guys think of Ganzo Knives?

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They're really good gift knives (for non knife people) and really good beater knives. The main problem with all of these 20$ knives is really inconsistant quality issues. Generally 1/5 knives will be really bad, so buy 2, return 1.

Honestly though, save up and buy something nicer, like a kizer/tangram or steel will for 40-50$. Or a Ontario rat in D2.
Absolutely the best value knives in the game. For sub 20.00 440C that is well done. You can not beat a Ganzo. I load up on these puppies during the holidays and hand them out to friends, family and coworkers. They can’t believe how inexpensive they are when they look into the price.
I just wish they would make more varieties and give them names instead of numbers
They are fun and inexpensive. I have a bunch and the 7601 and 7603 are the best. They are smooth and feel like a much more expensive knife. I have seen them for as low as $15.00.
The Sanrenmu Land 910 and 910 plus series are good alternatives. They will surprise with their fit and finish and quality for 15 to 20 bucks.
I bought a few to tinker around with and practice using my wicked edge on before trying to sharpen my nicer knifes. There are definitely some QC issues but overall they are functional. I have gifted them to co-workers to encourage them to carry something rather than nothing. They have not discouraged me from buying and carrying my Benchmade and ZT's.
I like them, I like Sanrenmu, I like Enlan. The steel is excellent on most if people would thin the edge.
I carry them without fear as I could absorb the loss and the paddy they evoke in seppos is hilarious.
I love blade forums threads as the foam at the mouth hatred and racism about foreign products pours forth, typed on machines entirely dependent on those countries for manufacture and many others for materials.

This one is fun too.

Good knives, occasional lemon, does the job and no fear of expensive loss or modding to fit the individual better.
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seppos is short for septic tank which rhymes with yank
SeaChief
septic tank? like,.. fat and full of shit? LOL
(as a "yank" im highly offended ofc, yada yada, boooh! get the tortches&pitchforks ;) )
Yes they borrow from American companies for earlier models but usually they're different enough that nobody is going to mistake a F7531 for a Protech TR-4 or a F7652 for a Benchmade 941. I think they're excellent knives for the money. The newer models seem to be based on original designs. The Ganzo/Firebird 7603 with it's "G-Lock" and ball bearing system is insanely smooth to open and close. The 7611 is a beast, I used one to help build a few miles of fence and their isn't a mark on it. My only con for Ganzo is the majority of their knives are all on the larger size. I wish they made a few more like the F7531m

I picked up my first Ganzo a few weeks ago. I am impressed with the quality that comes at this price. Some people want to accuse them of stealing business away from popular manufactures. I don't think a person looking to drop $150+ for a name brand is looking to settle for a $25 knife. Just not the same market.
A few years ago I bought the popular G704, one in black and one green. Was very impressed with the quality for the price.
I dont own a Ganzo, but I have bought a couple Eafengrows, Kubeys, and Sanrenmus. As someone with a relatively new knife addiction and no background knowledge on the subject, other than lessons learned from using a basic Swiss Army knife over the years, I found those cheap knock-off knives very helpful. They let me try out different styles and design elements I'd read about but didn't really understand--and couldnt have truly understood--w/o some hands-on experience.

For example, is Ti really so much better than stainless steel or Al for a frame/scales/liner that it justifies the extra cost (the answer for me, at least, is "yes" to the stainless but generally "no" to Al, provided its a quailty piece; my Al Protech Newport is every bit the equal to many Ti constructed knives).
They make good throwing stars...
bought my first ganzo last week. the firebird line f753m1cf. very cool looking knife. extremely affordable for the quality. i honestly think the whole ganzo stealing design hoohaa is mostly an american thing.

of course as an american you'd prefer to support your american brands. as for someone who can't afford even 50$ knives due to exchange rate, spyderco or any other established brands won't lose their customer out of me since i can't even afford it in the first place.
You can't beat Ganzo in value dollar for dollar. The problem with Ganzo is that it will never make you satisfied if you are into knives unless you are extremely lucky. You can tune a Ganzo to work better. You can fix any grind inconsistencies. You can modify parts of the knife that are useless. The problem is, by the time you are done you are better off buying the original design. If Ganzo made their own designs, they'd put many American companies into the grave.

All the people crying about how Ganzo steal from American companies need to get a grip on life. No one respects US trademarks and copyrights outside the USA, nor should they because that's the way the world works. If BM wants to be recognized as the best knife company in the world, they need to have the best quality, value, and service. After owning several BM knives, BM can only deliver on one of the three. Like other posters have said, stop raising prices and forcing MAP and maybe I'd respect these "premier" companies again.

I'm an unrepentant owner of Chinese and American made knives. I put my BM clips on my Ganzos, get mad!
Maybe benchmade wouldn't be getting knocked off if they actually updated their line and stopped creeping prices up year after year.

My BM940 was 110 dollars when i bought it, and s30v was the new hotness at the time.

Good luck finding one under 170 bucks now.

"Oh, you want something from benchmade with any kind of titanium whatsoever? that'll be 500 dollars asking price. Yes, we know everyone else is doing it for half that price with better designs. "

Ganzo sure is making knockoffs, but they're doing god's work in keeping do-nothing companies like benchmade in check.
Flat-out wrong. The knives they're ripping off for the most part aren't intended to be crappy beater knives. They're thoughtful designs, arguably works of art, with ergos and materials intended to work together to provide superior cutting tools. You can get any number of beaters designed to be beaters. If you want a great knife for a low cost that you're not afraid to abuse then Kershaw, CRKT, Ontario knives, etc have plenty of knives that should be perfect for you and aren't ripping off anyone else's work. These are for people who like the look of nicer knives but don't want to spend the money, and in my opinion that's no better than buying counterfeit shoes or ripping DVDs. Stealing is stealing, period.

Plus, if you're paying $100+ for a knife and you're afraid to abuse it, you're either ignorant/incompetent (I don't say that insultingly; those are just the words for it) when it comes to understanding the uses of various knife designs and properly using and caring for those knives, or you're buying some overpriced, poorly made knives. My LionSteel KUR cost me almost $200, and it's been to hell and back and never once let me down. Yes, sharpening that Sleipner steel is more of a chore than the lousy Walmart kitchen knife steel on these Ganzos, but it holds its edge much longer and won't bend or snap if I have to pry something. You would've gone through 4 or 5 of these Ganzos in the space of time I've used and abused my genuine LionSteel, and I'll still be using it for years to come while you're buying your 20th replacement. So you're not even saving money.
I know that people like boutique knives that look good and are really expensive.
But for your money Ganzo knives are really great. They are perfect knives for people who actually use them. If I have to do some work around the house I'm grabbing one of my ganzo's I can literally do anything I want with it and not worry about a nick or breaking a tip and ruining a $50 or $100. I've used my spyderco tri-sharpener and have gotten these really sharp. I love them. If I didn't have an addiction to brand name knives I would exclusively buy Ganzo.
deano1
Three out of four ganzos I bought had screws that stripped or turn and won't back out. Their axis like lock was very stiff. I think they're garbage and won't be buying anymore.
Ganzo are rip off artists. Copy designs, steals mechanical, disregards patents. Detest Ganzo.
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Jamboi2012
I ask because the only knife that has had a utility patent that I am aware of is the Benchmade Axis Lock which has expired (and it makes you wonder why Benchmade let it expire) and the hole on spyderco's blades. Ganzo doesn't infringe on any trademarks or IP of these companies so no one is confusing their knives for American-made knives. My point is, I don't think what they are doing is illegal. And I don't think that any of their knives duplicate other companies work to the point that it reaches counterfeit and is unethical, etc. (especially at their price point - if they were trying to compete with Benchmade or whoever that might be a different story).
JeremyHeld
Benchmade was only licensing it from McHenry-Williams, and like many things, it's more of a novel use of a roller bar as a locking mechanism than such a proprietary device that it deserves long-term intellectual property protections.

A couple of decades of selling Axis locks without competition is a good run for a well-designed locking mechanism like that, but now the general concept is not proprietary and not something that can be responsibly limited to Benchmade-branded knives. I don't think they can sue over someone else's patent, either. I don't think they bought the patents, just licensed it.