The Ganzo G729 is an elegant beast of a folder but it won’t cut your wallet to pieces…
The Ganzo G729 (company now branded Firebird) is hands down our favorite folding knife and EDC. And we truly mean every day carry. We always have this knife on us. Always. I don’t even feel comfortable wearing my jeans anymore unless this thing is clipped to my pocket.
Ganzo G729 Overview
The first thing you should know about this knife is that it’s basically a replica of a much more expensive knife, the Spiderco Paramilitary 2. The two knives are virtually identical, however, the Spyderco uses some higher quality materials and instead of an axis lock, it has a patented compression lock. It’s also made in the USA. Apart from the Spyderco name, that pretty much sums up why the Paramilitary 2 is six times more expensive than the G729.
Why We Love the G729 So Much
The Ganzo G729 is truly everything we’ve been looking for in a folder: it’s sleek, compact, lightweight, easy to open, durable, and it’s sharp…
The G729 is razor sharp right out of the box. It’s gotta be one of the sharpest factory edges I’ve ever received. It’s no fluke, either; both knives were equally honed to razor sharpness. The blade point is also exceptionally sharp – do be careful with it!
We’ve been amazed by the versatility and durability of this knife. We really put it through Hell. Just watch some of our videos and you’ll see how badly we beat up our tools. This knife is not some paperweight that we occasionally open an envelope with; we use our G729s to cut rope, cardboard, plastic, and to cut and carve wood… and yes, sometimes just to open envelopes.
The Only Flaw We Found
We only found one flaw with the Ganzo G729, the axis lock on one of the two we purchased is sticky. Not like in a tacky way, but sometimes it just doesn’t want to slide back; it’s not smooth like the other one. One day I’ll have to take it apart to clean it, so maybe when I put it back together I can fix that. Regardless, it’s not that big of deal.
- Lock Type: Axis Lock
- Blade Edge Type: Fine
- Blade Shape: Drop Point
- Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel
- Handle Material: G10 Handle
- Unfold Length: 21.0 cm
- Clip Length: 5.8 cm
- Blade Length: 8.7 cm
- Blade Width : 3.2 cm
- Weight: 0.123KG
It’s also important to mention the pocket clip on the G729 is tip up!
You can’t beat the price for a knife like this. Don’t be fooled by sellers on ebay who are overpricing this knife; you shouldn’t pay more than $20 for it, but if you check Gearbest, they usually sell it for much less. At the time of writing this, they have it on sale for only $8.56!
Obviously, we love the Ganzo G729! What else can we say that we haven’t already? As for our officially rating, we’re gonna give 4.7 out of 5.