Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Ganzo G720 [EDC Pocket Knife]

I've been super busy moving, so, finally I'm ready to work through some of these reviews from the box of knives a company sent me for review. The photos for this review of the Ganzo G720 have been done for a while now, for reasons I'll explain in the review.

Ganzo G720 - Product View
Ganzo G720 Pocket Knife - Product Link


Product Description

Price: $16.99 with coupon

This is large EDC knife with an axis style lock and beefy G10 scales. The blade is made from 440C steel, which is a little harder than the typical 8Cr13MoV stainless steel you will find on most Chinese-made knives. It came in a pouch. At least I think it came in a pouch, because my friend opened it so quickly that I mixed up which Ganzo came with the pouch. It also has what I assume to be a glass breaker holding the deep carry clip on.

Official Specs


  • Ganzo G720 440C blade folding knife
  • Multifunctional folding knife
  • With 440C blade, sharp and hard
  • You can clip it on your belt, backpack or somewhere else you want
  • Folding design makes it more secure and convenient to use
  • Customized for outdoor exercises
  • Nice tool for camping, hiking, adventure, and home use

Ganzo G720 - Product View 2

From Top: Ganzo G720, Spyderco Tenacious, Ganzo G704, Spyderco Native FRN
From Top: Ganzo G720, Spyderco Tenacious, Ganzo G704, Spyderco Native FRN


Initial Impressions


Once of my friends who is a martial artist was there with me when I opened the box of knives. I went straight to the Sanrenmu 7010 and he went straight to this one. I saw him holding it and said "OMG, that is a large knife." It is, it's huge for a pocket knife--almost a half pound.

Playing around with it, I noticed how stiff the lock is. A couple people told me it will loosen up over time, but wow, it's really stiff out of the box. It's like a pair of boots or something--you have to break it in.

My friend was playing around with it and he did a quick martial arts strike to one of the wood posts at the cabin and had put a small chip in the blade it within a few minutes of it being out of the box. I need to point out here that this is probably the wrong type of steel to be doing that to. 

But it made a good enough first impression on him that he still wanted it.

Ganzo G720 With Sunwaymah D40 and Smith & Wesson Tactical Self Defense Pen


Build Quality


The quality of this knife is very good overall. They didn't skimp on the amount of steel or the G10 material for the handle. It's well designed and well executed, including the axis style lock, even if it is on the tight side.

Ganzo G720 Closed 1

Ganzo G720 Closed 2

Ganzo G720 Open 1

Ganzo G720 Open 2

Ganzo G720 Open 3

Ganzo G720 Blade First

Ganzo G720 Handle First


Fit and Finish


The factory edge on this blade wasn't ground correctly, which made it easier to roll part of the edge when my friend mistreated it. Which also means it wasn't very sharp out of the box.

Other than the edge, the rest of the fit and finish on my sample is very good. The screws, which normally look cheap on any knife, look to be of decent quality and don't look like they'd strip. Also, the blade is well centered. Those are two of my pet peeves and this knife breezes by both.

The G10 material is very well done, with the usual roughness on the sides where it was cut. 

Ganzo G720 Blade Well Centered
Nice and centered!

Blade


This knife has a large, hollow-ground blade with a lot of belly to it. It's made of basic Chinese steel, which is softer than the Japanese or USA made steels. For the most part it's still a good steel, but as my friend's knife strike to a wood post shows, it can "roll" the edge much easier if you mistreat it.

Other than that disclaimer, the blade is fine. It has a modified drop point which is super-sized from most EDC type knives you will see. It's nice and thick, and while I cringe every time I see someone using a pocket knife to pry things, you'd probably be safe doing that with this one. 

In fact, the blade is so beefy on this knife that you'd probably be hard pressed to destroy it. Sure, you could ruin the edge, but the blade itself is a slab of steel. There's jimping on the spine of the blade to help the grip when you are choked up on it.

Ganzo G720 Blade View 1

Ganzo G720 Blade View 2

Ganzo G720 Blade View 3
Ganzo G720 Blade View 5Ganzo G720 Blade View 4



Handle


The green G10 material on my review sample has an interesting textured pattern to it. I like it. The grip is firm, even for big man-beast-hands like my friend has. I don't know what else to say other than it's well designed.

Deep Carry Clip


The G720 comes with a deep carry clip held on the bottom by the glass breaker. It looks like you need that special Ganzo tool to take it off. What I like is that it comes configured tip up out of the box. This is a manufacturer that listens to the enthusiasts.

The quality of the clip also seems decent, and I've seen it clipped to my friend's pocket.

Ganzo G720  Clip View And Glass Breaker
Looks like a glass breaker on the end


Locking Mechanism


This knife uses an axis style lock, where you slide the little doohickey back to open or close the knife. For me it, took both my thumb and forefinger to move it enough to work the knife. And after a couple minutes playing with it, my hand hurt and I had to put it down. As I mentioned people have told me that the lock gets easier over time. My friend hasn't mentioned it.

The lockup itself is fine. A few times trying to flick it open the blade bounced back before it could engage the lock, but I don't hold that against the mechanism other than it's a little awkward getting the hang of it when it's so tight. But the lock itself engages well. 

Ganzo G720 Lock View 1Ganzo G720 Lock View 2


Ganzo G720 Lock View 3


Usability


At nearly half a pound, this is too big for me personally to EDC. I probably would have kept it just to use situationally if my friend didn't instantly have a crush on this knife. For people who like large knives, you will like this one. 

So if you're not putt off by the size, it's fine as far as usability goes.

Conclusions


This is a large, overall well-built knife. Ganzo is giving the people what they want without cutting corners or trying to be gimmicky. 

Now, having said those nice things about Ganzo, I think the lock is too tight out of the box. The lock on my beloved Sanrenmu 763 started out perfect and 4 years later and thousands of cycles, it still feels perfect. But certainly this is a lock that gives me the impression that it won't fail any time soon.

Also, you play the lottery with the edge on most knives in this class. And it's not just Gonzo. You play the lottery with most well known brands. Very few brands like Spyderco care enough about quality control control to make them more consistent. Because, you know, it costs an extra 1/100 of  a cent to check.

When I look at everything, I definitely think this knife is worth $16.99. With a good edge out of the box, I think this knife would probably take a good amount of abuse, probably just short of what my friend did. 

My friend does really like this knife and keeps thanking me for it. I keep offering to re-profile the edge and take that nick out of it, but he swears it doesn't bother him. I guess it bothers my OCD more.

Gallery


Ganzo G720 Gallery 1

Ganzo G720 On Scale
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Ganzo G720 Caliper 1
It's a good sized blade

Ganzo G720 Caliper 2

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I would like to ask for more info on the chip and the wood post it occured on. Most wood used in cabins is aged hardwood and would be nearly comparable to striking brick. Also from his lack of concern it sounds like it must be a micro-chip most non-knife-nuts wouldn't notice. Are these assumptions correct? Thanks again and have a good one.

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    1. Yeah, it was a very small chip, and this was a very hard wood post. I don't fault the knife at all, though I do have knives that would've stood up to that. I think my BK14 could cut a brick. Either way, this is a fine knife.

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  2. Thank you for the review and excellent detail pictures. I had been going back and forth on if I should get this knife or not. I have two Ganzo knives already (G704, G727M) and I really like them. This one is, like you said, too big for EDC but I want to try that big blade so... I've decided to go for it. I'm liking the orange one, so I'll be ordering one soon.

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