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Ruike P801

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

I apologize for the delay, I am really trying to get content out consistently but I had my site go down for a couple of hours so it threw a wrench in my plans. I have been carrying the RUIKE P801 for a few weeks on and off and it has gotten a lot of pocket time. The P801 is an interesting knife design and makes a pretty good impression without even handling it. Lets go ahead and dive in.

Product Description:

Brand: Ruike

Blade Length: 86 mm (3.39“)

Closed Length: 114 mm (4.49“)

Overall Length: 200 mm (7.87“)

Weight: 120 g (4.23 oz)

Blade Thickness: 3.0 mm (0.12“)

Blade Material: 14C28N

Handle Material: 440 Stainless Steel

Pivot: Ball Bearing

Grind: Full Flatt

Blade Design: Drop-Point

Locking: Yes, Liner-Lock

Opening Mechanism: Flipper, Thumb Studs

Pocket Clip: Yes, Right Side Tip Up

Additional Features: Lanyard Hole

Price: ~$30

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Opinion:

Pros:

The P801 has been a very nice knife in many respects. The overall construction has felt very impressive for the price point. It is a Stainless Steel construction which normally would be a bit of a turn off as metal handles worry me when it comes to grip. That being said I have not really had a problem when it comes to handle security during use. I will also add that the overall design is very appealing. It feels sleek and high class while still being ready to work. Another thing that has been stellar has been the flipper action. Lastly, I have been satisfied by the 14C28N blade steel. By no means is this a stellar steel that everyone is going to love but it is a solid budget steel. It has held its edge well enough and is definitely easy to sharpen. This steel choice allows the P801 to come in at a great price without sacrificing significant quality. Lastly, I have to say that the pocket clip is very well designed and helps the knife sit low in your pocket.


Cons:

While I said that the metal handles were not an issue when using the knife but I want to clarify that I have noticed a bit of a tendency to slip when deploying the knife with the flipper. Another issue I have is the deployment methods. The flipper could be a bit longer so that your finger can more easily snag the tab. In addition, the thumb studs are nice in theory but they are almost useless as they just don't give you the leverage that you need to deploy the knife. Lastly, the P801 feels a little bit unbalanced as there is a lot of weight in the handle which causes the balance point to sit about an inch behind the pivot point. At the same time when in hand it actually feels unbalanced the opposite way due to how much blade is hanging out of your hand.


Conclusion:

Overall, I have definitely enjoyed carrying the P801. It will probably be in regular rotation because it has been fun to carry and looks nice in my hand. It has definitely been a good budget buy and I would recommend it highly.