|Ganzo G720 Pocket Knife - Product Link|
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.
- 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
|From Top: Ganzo G720, Spyderco Tenacious, Ganzo G704, Spyderco Native FRN|
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.
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.
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.
|Nice and centered!|
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.
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.
|Looks like a glass breaker on the end|
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.
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.
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.
|It's a good sized blade|