Enlan EL-02B Test

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A bit of History !
A long time ago ( decade or more ) I started buying Cheap Chinese Knives . One of those brands was Enlan . And a lot of people used to crow about this brand and how good it was !
Ok , it looks good , it feels good , it's bolted together good , ...........
Butt ! It just lacked one thing I was looking for ......... Edge retention .
After a while I began to notice how much sharpening I was doing compared to when I was using my US made knives ( R3 Remington for example ) . And it slowly dawned on me that these cheap chinese knives just had little in the way of edge holding . So my D2 saga began ! ( That's another story )

It has been quite a while since I have purchased an Enlan knife , because of our past history . The EL-02 is the knife I wanted a long time ago and now I have one .
Aaaaw! I was ho-humming , about this one . The EL-02 or just about any other D2 knife out there . Did I make a poor choice ?
You would think that a knife company would learn too cook powdered steel in 5 or 10 years ? ( one would think that )
The knife was very sharp to start . ( Very )
I felt the edge dull with every slice of the rope !!!!
Impressed by how poor the factory edge was I am . ( 50 slice fail ) If I had stopped at 10 or 20 slices , the edge may have failed the paper slice test .
On a happy note , the factory bevel was complete rubbish ! So there could be some cause and effect other than badly cooked steel ? ( Could )
The edge is wet stone grinder - re ground !

I had to butcher the screw to get the blade off , those 3 offset holes for screw removal are STUPID ! Who does DS like that ? ( Ok - Enlan ) It's not trick , it's just a PITA !
Knife will be retested shortly .. Will it fail at 50 ? That is the million dollar question .




Sunday 9 Jan 2022 = One of the nicest days in a long time . ( Weather ) Or the lack of Humidity , nasty humidity at that !

Also , with the terrible factory bevel re ground , we actually get some performance .
Yes , the Enlan EL-02B fails with a rolled edge at 250 slices .
A 250 slice fail ( rolled edge ) is so - Not embarrassing !
For 8cr13mov , it is acceptable .
So , the factory edge failing at 50 slices was due to the terrible factory grind (?)
In anyways , we are talking 5 fold increase in performance with a freshly ground edge . ( ? ) That's a lot !
It was a lot of work cleaning the edge .
Both sides were FUBAR .. One side toward the belly and tip and the other side towards the handle from around the middle of the blade .. Effectively making 100% of the blade FUBAR . Which might go towards explaining the really poor performance .
 

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A bit of History !
A long time ago ( decade or more ) I started buying Cheap Chinese Knives . One of those brands was Enlan . And a lot of people used to crow about this brand and how good it was !
Ok , it looks good , it feels good , it's bolted together good , ...........
Butt ! It just lacked one thing I was looking for ......... Edge retention .
After a while I began to notice how much sharpening I was doing compared to when I was using my US made knives ( R3 Remington for example ) . And it slowly dawned on me that these cheap chinese knives just had little in the way of edge holding . So my D2 saga began ! ( That's another story )

It has been quite a while since I have purchased an Enlan knife , because of our past history . The EL-02 is the knife I wanted a long time ago and now I have one .
Aaaaw! I was ho-humming , about this one . The EL-02 or just about any other D2 knife out there . Did I make a poor choice ?
You would think that a knife company would learn too cook powdered steel in 5 or 10 years ? ( one would think that )
The knife was very sharp to start . ( Very )
I felt the edge dull with every slice of the rope !!!!
Impressed by how poor the factory edge was I am . ( 50 slice fail ) If I had stopped at 10 or 20 slices , the edge may have failed the paper slice test .
On a happy note , the factory bevel was complete rubbish ! So there could be some cause and effect other than badly cooked steel ? ( Could )
The edge is wet stone grinder - re ground !

I had to butcher the screw to get the blade off , those 3 offset holes for screw removal are STUPID ! Who does DS like that ? ( Ok - Enlan ) It's not trick , it's just a PITA !
Knife will be retested shortly .. Will it fail at 50 ? That is the million dollar question .




Sunday 9 Jan 2022 = One of the nicest days in a long time . ( Weather ) Or the lack of Humidity , nasty humidity at that !

Also , with the terrible factory bevel re ground , we actually get some performance .
Yes , the Enlan EL-02B fails with a rolled edge at 250 slices .
A 250 slice fail ( rolled edge ) is so - Not embarrassing !
For 8cr13mov , it is acceptable .
So , the factory edge failing at 50 slices was due to the terrible factory grind (?)
In anyways , we are talking 5 fold increase in performance with a freshly ground edge . ( ? ) That's a lot !
It was a lot of work cleaning the edge .
Both sides were FUBAR .. One side toward the belly and tip and the other side towards the handle from around the middle of the blade .. Effectively making 100% of the blade FUBAR . Which might go towards explaining the really poor performance .
 

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