So my rapacious capitalist buddy Paul recently took a flyer on a few odds and ends from the People’s Republic of China’s handy dandy slave labor outlet Aliexpress (motto: Seems legit!) in hopes of finding unique and interesting nerdfriendly merch that could support a healthy markup.
And one of them was this here locking folding knife, the Inron MY803. It was $14 each in quantity of 3 when it was ordered and took a few weeks to arrive.
It’s a 3.9″ liner lock made of 9Cr13MoV steel with a single sided G10 scale, a money clip, and a thumb stud for one-handed opening. It weighs in at just under 5 ounces.
Initial impressions weren’t terribly positive. I’m not sure if it’s some kind of style to have a G10 scale on one side but bare steel on the other, but I’d prefer to have a full handle. The blade also has about an eighth of an inch movement when folded, but it does lock up solidly. Paul’s sample was amusingly dull, but mine had a decent paper-cutting edge. I guess the sharpness is going to be inconsistent. One handed opening felt awkward to me, but then again I’m lazy and spoiled by the spring assist on my Kershaw Blurs.
I do like the overall size and heft, but it’s definitely on the upper boundary of publicly acceptable size for a pocket knife:
You pull this thing out to slice a tomato at lunch, you’re gonna attract attention.
After some derpy strokes with my sharpening stones, it seems to be taking a good edge, but I’m not the best at this. I’ll take it to my local Knife Knerd and see what he can do with it.
Another thing I do like is the finger guard. That and its size makes it a better working knife than my usual Blur:
So would I recommend it for a daily carry knife? No. $14 is cheap (but more like $17 for only one), but for only $10 more you can get an Ontario RAT-1 that’s made in America and a much better and nicer knife. And for $10 more than that, you can get an assisted opening Kershaw Blur factory second. For something you’re going to be spending time with every day, a little cash up front is cheap to get a nice blade.
What it is good for, is ordering in quantity to keep in reserve for emergencies for handing out to people who have lost, or are dumb enough to go around without, a knife. As an “Oh, you don’t have a knife? Here’s a knife!” knife, it’s not bad at all, and you can order a lot of them for the cost of one mid-tier American blade. Throw one in the car, throw one into your tool box or range bag. For that purpose, it fits the bill perfectly. But it wouldn’t be my first choice of knife to live with every day.
[Disclaimer: I don't think I know as much about knives as much as I think I know about guns. So YMMV, etc.]