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Review: Ganzo G712 Folding Knife
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:58:29 PM »

Ganzo G712

 

IN A NUTSHELL:  Run, donít walk, to Fasttech and buy this knife!!

YAYS:

         Incredible construction.

         Razor sharp blade

         Super clean and grippy gimping

         Axis lock

         Zero vertical blade play and minimal side-to-side play

         Contoured G10 scales and super grip and comfort

         Strong deep carry pocket clip

         Tip up pocket carry

         Super smooth opening and closing

         Thumb studs for right or left handed operation

         Insanely sexy piece of hardware

NAYS:

         No dedicated lanyard hole

Manufacturer

 

 

 

Brand

Ganzo

 

Model

G712

Packaging

 

 

 

Type

Retail Box

 

Accessories

Cloth Sheath

Aesthetics

 

 

 

Color

Black

 

Materials

440C (Blade) / G10 (Handle)

Classification

 

 

 

Form Factor

Folding

 

Blade Edge Type

Fine

 

Blade Type

Drop Point

 

Locking Mechanism

Axis

 

Blade Hardness

+58HRC

Dimensions

 

 

 

Depth

22 mm

 

Height

12.4 mm

 

Width

36.9 mm

 

Blade Length

95 mm

 

Closed Length

125 mm

 

Open Length

220 mm

 

Product Weight

162 g

 

Thickness

4 mm

Product Info

 

 

 

Purchased From

Fasttech

 

Price Paid

$17.87

 

Fasttech SKU

1283800

 

Date Purchased

2013 04 15

 

Date Received

2013 05 01

 

 I put in a product request to Fasttech to get this knife and a few weeks later there it was among their inventory.  I snatched it up immediately along with a Buck fixed blade knife and it arrived yesterday after just over 2 weeks of waiting.  Let me just say that it was quite simply worth every minute of waiting!  My Ganzo G704 has been my EDC for about a year now but it will be relegated to my collection now that I have the G712.  Those of you who know what a great knife the G704 is know that is about as good as the  famously popular (and well deserved) Enlan EL01. The G712 is twice the knife the G704 is. 

As soon as you hold it's thick, contoured G10 scaled body in your hands and feel it melt perfectly into your palm and fingers, you will know you found the knife you didn't realize you've always wanted.  I honestly can't imagine a better folder at any price and I doubt I will be looking for another one for a long, long time.  Let's get on with the good stuff...the pictures.  All pics, when clicked, will take you to the full resolution version in a new window so you don't lose your place in the review.

My G712 arrived in a very nice gift box composed of an outer sleeve over a nice solid inner box.

Genuine Ganzo goodness!

With the inner box opened we can see the G712 in a cello sleeve.

Also included is a velour bag you can use to store or carry your new Ganzo.  Look at that gorgeous Ganzo goodness!

The G712 has a sturdy, very strong stainless steel deep carry pocket clip.  No lateral wiggle at all on the clip.

With the blade opened you can see the rather unique drop-point blade.  It arrived razor sharp and I have the bald spot on my forearm to prove it.

here we have a view of the clip side with the blade extended.

The right side of the blade has the model# and the grade of steel.  In this case it is a very hard 440C with a hardness of +58HRC

The left side of the blade has the Ganzo logo etched into it.

The blade is almost like a cross between a mini scimitar and a skinning blade.

The thick, contoured G10 scales allow your fingers to comfortably grip the knife as hard as needed without digging into your fingers.  The finger cutouts machined into the handle coupled with the heavily textured sides means your hand will not slip using the knife.   Holding the G712 is really like slipping your hand into a custom made fine Italian glove.

Thumb studs on both sides of the blade allow for perfect ergonomics for righties or lefties.  The part of the blade that rides against the Axis lock mechanism is highly polished and ridiculously smooth opening and closing.  The nicest I've ever felt.

Here you can see the perfectly centered blade.

The pocket clip is removable but only mounts in a tip-up carry position.   It clips easily onto a pocket or belt but grips hard so you don't have to worry so much about losing it.

The Axis lock mechanism is easily used from the left or right side of the knife.  Unlike my G704, the action has zero gritty feel and while heavily sprung, after a few slides moves easily for a slick flick open or closing action.

A closer look at the Axis lock.

THe gimping on the blade falls perfectly under the thumb when open and is clean and sharp for super gripping.  your hand will not slip using this knife!

Here is the G712 along side a ruler so you can get a sense of size.  It's a large knife and perfect for large hands as well as small hands.  I have fairly large hands and I can tell you that it fits perfectly in my grip.  A smaller hand would find it just as comfortable and other hands in my household agree.  My son and stepson both want one of these for their own.  I already have two more in my cart for their birthdays this summer.  Please don't tell them. ;)

For more sense of scale, here it is in my hand.

In a fighting grip the curved tail gives solid footing for your thumb.

And finally next to it's older brother, the Ganzo G704...

I tested the blade against my forearm and with just one swipe it cleanly shaved off my hair.

My new bald spot, smooth as a babies behind.  I wish I had thought about where I was testing before I shaved my arm but it will grow back in time.

The deep carry clip keeps the knife low in the pocket with just enough to easily grab onto when taking it out.

What a gorgeous knife!

Ganzo lists all the specs on the bottom of the box.

 

CONCLUSION:

Best pocket knife for the money...PERIOD! I love this thing and can't stop thinking about it since I got it.  If you collect knives or are just looking for a great quality knife at a great price I can't think of a better knife to spend under $18 on.  Trust me on this one, you will love it!  Head over to FastTech and grab one before they are gone. ;)