Enlan EL 02 and Navy K-603 review (Pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by thedmasterr, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. thedmasterr

    thedmasterr

    347
    Oct 13, 2010
    So I picked up a few more Sanrenmu esque folders. The first is an Enlan EL 02 and the other is a Navy K-603. Here they are with my RAT3 for scale.

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    Specs:

    Enlan EL 02 Axis-Lock
    Total Length: 21.5cm
    Closed: 120 mm
    Blade length: 105 mm
    Blade thickness: 3.5mm
    Blade material: 8Cr13mov
    Handle material: (Black) Micarta
    Blade hardness: 58-60HRC

    Navy K-603
    Lock Type: liner lock
    Blade Length: 3 4/5"〔98MM〕
    Blade Thickness: 1/8"〔3MM〕
    Blade Material: 440C
    Blade Hardness: 56-58HRC
    Lock Mechanism: Monolock
    Overall Length: 8 3/5"〔220MM〕
    Closed Length: 4 9/10"〔125MM〕

    My initial take on the Enlan was amazement. I picked it up for around ten bucks, minus shipping, and this thing is solid! It locks up well, is buttery smooth, and has a nice finish. Easily worth it's value and then some. For some reason I thought before I opened the box that the handles were G10 but they are micarta. Granted, not the best micarta, but micarta none the less. The axis lock works well and seems to be quite sturdy. My only two caveats about the Enlan EL-02 is that it tip up only carry and it seems built for left-hand carry. Nothing to worry about and nothing you can't get used to. The grind is good, feel is good, lock is good, and the price is great. Buy ten and give them to friends! Pics:

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    Now for the Navy K-603. When I pulled this one out of the box (actually it came in a little camo bag) I was disappointed.

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    Not only did it feel cheap, it was dirty. By dirty I don't mean a little bit of dust, I mean I'm pretty sure someone's blood spilled onto this blade. Granted, it was $12, but still. I purchased this one because it was basically a knock off of the benchmade skirmish. In 440C, how could I complain with $12? The blade was chipped when I pulled it out of its bag.

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    Maybe I am being too pickey for a $12 Chinese knockoff knife, but is it really that difficult to keep a blade decent until it reaches its buyer? Anywhoozle, after cleaning it up and giving it a nice dunk in some isopropyl alcohol followed by an oil bath and polishing with microfiber cloth, it began to grow on me. It is smooth, feels good in the mitt, and the blade is huge. The liner lock barely moves under the blade, so lord knows I am going to end up shutting this thing onto my finger after heavy use. I got a feel for the steel after grinding the chip out and refinishing the edge and it at least feels like 440C. Overall, for $12, I can't complain. It wasn't what I hoped for but it certainly isn't terrible either. Pics:

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    Last edited: Mar 29, 2011
  2. brets-ftw

    brets-ftw

    Sep 11, 2010
    glad there are a few more chinese enthusiasts round these parts

    sad to hear about the condition of the 603, but QC isnt something i really expect, to me its more of a diamond in the rough deal

    id also suggest the Navy 631, came in a nylon sheath and is like a byrd cara cara but with a spydie hole, mine had held up amazingly well and has become one of the major 3 that hogs my pocket
     
  3. Scott Free

    Scott Free

    Sep 15, 1999
    What makes it left-hand carry? :confused:
     
  4. FlaMtnBkr

    FlaMtnBkr

    Oct 20, 2004
    Nothing like cheap Chinese knives made by companies that rip off other designs. I wouldn't carry one of those if I was given a whole box full of them.

    You can spend a little bit more money and get a quality knife made by a good company.

    Different strokes for different folks.
     
  5. espnazi

    espnazi

    280
    Dec 7, 2010
    Well Navy and ganzo do have some rip-offs, but enlan and Sanrenmu dont and it is widely known that american companies contract work out to SanRenmu.
     
  6. Hoodcanal5

    Hoodcanal5

    287
    Sep 6, 2010
    That navy doesn't look very safe but the enlan looks like a very solid and high value knife. I am a big fan of sanrenmu and kin and i hope it motivates other companies to step up in quality like taylor brands and gerber.
     
  7. risen

    risen Banned BANNED

    502
    Sep 18, 2010
    That Enlan EL 02 just keeps looking better & better.

    Really regretting not picking up a couple at Exduct when they were still in stock, especially since I was there buying Sanrenmu 763s at the time.

    They really sold out fast. I think the solid quality and micarta handles had a lot to do with it.
     
  8. thedmasterr

    thedmasterr

    347
    Oct 13, 2010
    Just the way the blade faces when in the pocket. Mine, when in my right pocket, the tip is up and the blade would flip out away from me. I have to pull out the knife and rotate it to get to the thumbstuds. In the left pocket I just grab it and it is in position to be opened. Maybe not left-hand carry but easier lefty than righty.
     
  9. thedmasterr

    thedmasterr

    347
    Oct 13, 2010
    You can get them on the bay still for under $20. Shipping still takes at least two weeks but if you buy a bunch, they can bundle shipping then you have a enough to last you and your family a lifetime.
     
  10. Chris "Anagarika"

    Chris "Anagarika"

    Mar 7, 2001
    Right front pocket carry, I just pull it out & open. Can't do the same on left pocket carry & using left hand if that's what you mean.
    Or perhaps you mean back pocket? If back pocket, I find left is easier.
     
  11. risen

    risen Banned BANNED

    502
    Sep 18, 2010
    Yeah, I saw them there. May have to. We'll see.
     
  12. Chris "Anagarika"

    Chris "Anagarika"

    Mar 7, 2001
    Well, Enlan EL02,

    I took out the thumb studs, remove the pocket clip & rebevel it. The grind is uneven (expected), most noticeable at tip & the end near choil. After many sessions, these two parts are not yet completely rebeveled.
    It shows Enlan heat treat is of higher RC than Sanrenmu, based on my sharpening experienc (see my other posts)

    Overall, it's a very nic EDC & with thinner bevel & hollow ground, a real slicer. I put about 25 -30 inclusive :D
     
  13. ToneGrail

    ToneGrail

    230
    Aug 4, 2006
    Where is the best place to order the Enlan?
     
  14. brets-ftw

    brets-ftw

    Sep 11, 2010
    exduct. com is one place, ebay another there arent many places that import these chinese knives
     
  15. tbenedict

    tbenedict

    109
    Feb 9, 2010
    Not sure if they have as good a reputation, but I have had success with discoverbargain. They have the best prices that I have seen, but not quite the model selection. I have gotten a few 763's from them and they now have both EL-02 models.
     
  16. lolgm213

    lolgm213

    28
    Jul 23, 2011
    i have a K602 as well and it seems to chip because of the pins that hold the knife together
     

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