Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review: Ganzo G704 [EDC Pocket Knife]

This is the fourth review of a box of budget knives a shady seller sent me. I was surprised that most of the knives they sent me were knives I would buy for myself. This Ganzo G704 is a popular model, which they gave to me in what I would call safety orange.

Product Description

Price: $12.99 With Coupon

This is an EDC pocket knife with an axis style lock, orange G10 scales, and a deep carry clip. This knife features Chinese 440C steel, which is a little harder than 8Cr13MoV steel you would normally see. It's clearly aimed at pocket knife enthusiasts.

Ganzo G704 Product Link
Ganzo G704 EDC Pocket Knife - Product Link


Official Specs 

General
Brand: GANZO
Type: Multitools
For: Camping, Adventure, Hiking, Home use
Blade Edge Type: Fine
Blade Material: Stainless steel
Specification
Blade Length: 8.6 cm / 3.39 inches
Blade Width : 3.29 cm / 1.30 inches
Unfold Length: 20.0 cm / 7.87 inches
Fold Length: 11.5 cm / 4.53 inches
Color: Red, Blue, Orange, Khaki, Black, Army Green
Dimension and Weight
Product weight : 0.135 kg
Package weight : 0.190 kg
Package size (L x W x H) : 15.0 x 6.0 x 3.0 cm / 5.90 x 2.36 x 1.18 inches
Package Contents
Package contents: 1 x G704 Folding Knife
Ganzo G704 In Maxpedition EDC Bag
From Top: Ganzo G720, Spyderco Tenacious, Ganzo G704, Spyderdo Native FRN
From Top: Ganzo G720, Spyderco Tenacious, Ganzo G704, Spyderdo Native FRN

Initial Impressions


This is the knife that I had mixed feelings about and saved for last. It's not as big as the G720, but it's not small, either. I thought it may be a little bulky.

But it kind of grew on me. It carries very well with the tip-up, deep carry clip. I was also impressed that the clip itself is chromed and nice and shiny. I didn't think I liked the safety orange, either, but that grew on me, too, as it sat there in the box waiting in line to be reviewed.

The lock is not quite as tight out of the box as its larger cousin, the G720. Other than being hard on my fingers working the lock, the lockup itself was smooth from the first time I opened it. This is a beautiful knife. I can see why it's so popular.

Ganzo G704 Product View 1

Ganzo G704 Product View 2

Ganzo G704 Product View 3

Ganzo G704 Product View 4

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Ganzo G704 Product View 7
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Ganzo G704 Product View 9


Build Quality


This knife is well built. Ganzo really knows what they are doing, and who their customers are. The build quality on this one reminds me of the Spyderco Tenacious. I would still call the Spyderco a little better "shining example of a Chinese made knife", but the Tenacious costs almost 3 times as much. This is about as good of a build quality as I've seen for 13 bucks. I think it has a better build quality than a couple budget Kershaws I've reviewed.

Fit and Finish


Overall, very good. The clip screws look passable. The case screws look on the cheap side, but at least they are chromed like the clip screws, and the clip. Yep, the clip is chromed, too. It's hard to think of another knife in my collection that has that nice touch. So I give a hearty golf clap and "good day to you sirs" for giving me a tip-up, chromed clip.

The finish ticks most of the boxes I expect, but don't always see on a budget knife: The blade is well centered, the G10 is cut correctly and doesn't look too rough. The machining is fantastic. This is a nice looking knife that gets lot of attention, especially since it's bright-ass orange.

There's a couple spots on the scales that I put there from carrying and using it, and can't get off. Sorry. One of the pitfalls of carrying every knife I review, and having light colored scales--maybe I'll order one in black.

Ganzo G704 - Showing Centered Blade
Ganzo G704 - Fit And Finish


Blade


It's got a drop point blade made from passable 440C Chinese stainless steel. I like the hollow grind and the blade geometry for EDC on this knife. The tip wasn't as sharp as I would've liked, but at least they didn't botch the edge like they did for my G720 sample.

The blade is well centered and overall it's beautiful. But it didn't come with a very good edge. Which is ironic because I consider this an enthusiast's knife in most respects. Or maybe that's like saying "mechanic's car" and they figure you're going to sharpen it as soon as you take it out of the box. It's annoying either way.

There's a healthy amount of jimping on the spine of the blade, and it's well done. You'd be hard pressed not to get a good grip on this knife if you use it right.

Ganzo G704 - View Of Blade 1

Ganzo G704 - View Of Blade 2


Handle


This model features orange G10 scales, and the G10 is extremely well done. It also has old school texturing on the scales, just like on budget classics like the Kershaw Skyline or Sanrenmu GB-763. It's got the nice, grippy feel you'd expect it to have; another nod to enthusiasts.

Ganzo G704 - View Of Handle



Deep Carry Clip


The G704 features a tip-up, deep carry clip that can be mounted for lefties, but not configured for tip-down. No big loss as I prefer tip-up carry. In fact, Ganzo knows that most enthusiasts do. Just like some of the flashlight manufacturers, some of the the knife makers like Ganzo are paying attention.

The clip is very well done, and I'm not used to complementing most knives on their clips, because most knife clips universally suck. It's a little tight, though it's loosened up a little. It's not over-tight like on some Kershaws, but it's still a little tighter than I would like it out of the box. Other than that, it's close to perfect.

Ganzo G704 - Closeup Of Clip

Locking Mechanism


This model uses an axis style lock which is well done. It's tighter than I would like out of the box, but people tell me that they loosen up over time. Other than that, it's close to perfect, just like the clip. I guess they figure it's better to error on the side of too tight, since that affects the overall lifespan.

The lockup is smooth and tight, though.

One thing I'll point out about this type of lock is that the the lock holds it closed in your pocket. If you are very active (cop, paramedic, etc.) then other types of locks can work their way open in your pocket.

Ganzo G704 - Closeup Of Lock


Usability


This knife is on the upper end of what I will carry for EDC, but it's very capable and carries very well. Especially if you don't mind the extra weight. At least you can see where that extra weight is: this knife doesn't skimp on the steel--it goes to making the knife more solid.

Ganzo G704 - In Hand 1

Ganzo G704 - In Hand 2

Ganzo G704 - In Hand 3


Conclusions


This is a fantastic knife. It's a little heavier than I personally like, but there is a huge fan base of people who like these beefier knives, and those people will like the G704. At around 13 bucks, there's no reason for a knife enthusiast to have one of these.

In fact, my brother's friend fell in love with this knife. I had given him a budget Lansky that he liked but it was coming open in his pocket. The larger size, the orange scales--it's like Santa Claus came early, so I gave it to him.

I had originally planned on keeping this in my Maxpedition EDC pouch. I usually keep a Spyderco in that pouch, so I thought that it said something good about this knife that I would take a Spydie out to put this one in. That, and I won't feel too bad if this one is a victim of abuse.

The lock did loosen up a little over time as promised. Not quite as fast as I would like to see it break in, but I'm not really its intended audience, at least for EDC. I would have happily kept this one though, but when my brother's friend looked at it, I could see the little hearts coming out of his eyes like the old style cartoons. I recognized that same look from my friend who I gave the G720 to, so it was hard to say no. I think I can find another knife to put in the bag.

Weights And Measures


Ganzo G704 - On Scale

Ganzo G704 - Next To Tape Measure

Ganzo G704 - Blade Thickness





1 comment:

  1. Great review for a great knife. I ended up with 4; 2 black, one tan, and one red that has the old thinner blade and lesser quality build. The G704 feels great in my hand and the blade is big enough to be useful but not too menacing looking either. The lock loosened up quickly and the blade opens easily with zero play and I love the great blade retention in pocket.

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