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So, can we talk SI Krake Raken for a minute?

KCA Sep 3, 2020

  1. KCA

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    Hoping to get some chatter/feedback on this. With the new and improved V2 on the horizon. If the recent Squid Industries Post is accurate there’s an impending BHQ release in just over a week.

    My biggest question is, to those that have flipped a krake raken (specifically live blade) is it all like the squidtrainer V3.5 or something totally different? Obviously this is a new version of the krake raken so prior releases will differ somewhat but assuming there are only somewhat minor changes, how does it compare?

    Off the bat, from what I’ve heard about the prior release the handle grip must be different as I’ve heard the krake raken is slippery and at least to me, the squidtrainer is far from that.

    Aside from grip, is balance similar? How about sound?

    I suppose my biggest concern is the grip which they seem to be addressing in this new release.

    So, what say ye?

    And because all threads need more pics, I’ve included one of my purple dual tone Squidtrainer V3.5 that picked up off Calamari clearance. Still haven’t found the flaw.

    P.S. who do you have to know to get in the Facebook groups?

    Cheers,

    Casey
     
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  2. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    and are the handles still aluminum?
     
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  3. chutcher

    chutcher JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    I have never touched anything from Squid Industries, but I want a Krake Raken. Let us know here if you find out the drop date/time.
     
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  4. Balibuyer

    Balibuyer JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Never fooled with any of their stuff but want to....I need to get my youngins some squiddys or something.
     
  5. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    i ordered two squiddies on the very first drop

    they fucked up and only sent one

    i contacted them and they shipped the second one out a few days later

    they even included a free wiha torx full sized hand tool and some liquids in small dropper bottles

    its cool to see all the variations and changes

    the squiddy needed a bit more weight on the ‘blade’. obviously they handled that and still offer the original

    they were an active member here back in the day

    i was never really into trainers enough to get any of theirs otherwise. i’m kinda torn on aluminum handles

    i would def try a kraken just to see if it is good. i mean theres lots of praise
     
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  6. KCA

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    Yes. From what I read they’re sticking with aluminum. Supposedly one of the changes they’re making to the ends will help grip and prevent denting.

    I’ve only been flipping inside over carpeting so can’t speak to the durability on my squidtrainer I have but feel wise I really like them. Also sounds pretty good too.
     
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    I will be sure to update here about drop day and time once they post.

    I got a black Squiddy for my girls to use. They like it but my younger one prefers my zephyr and squidtrainer because she thinks the squiddy is too toy like. Haha

    Not sure if they’re keeping price the same but if it’s close to prior release the kraken seems like a pretty good deal.

    Cheers,

    Casey
     
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  8. QuailWrites

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    from the sounds of it they rounded the bottom of the handles and did some additional chamfering so the grip is improved. the knife looks like a fair evolution with a new bushing system that should allow for full tightning (assuming similar to a zeph). I dig it but probably won't be in a hurry to cop
     
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  9. chutcher

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    Same here. I would usually balk at aluminum handles but there is so much praise out there I want to try one. I'm going for one on the drop in the next couple of weeks.
     
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  10. Shawnjohn999999

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    I've got a squid mako. Not good. Balance is off. Cannot tighten. Put it away along time ago. Never again.
     
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  11. KCA

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    I’ve never handled a Mako but the tolerances on my squidtrainer 3.5 seem really good so far. Weight, balance and grip all feel good to me too. Although I’m not doing a whole of tricks just yet so may not be saying much.

    However, for the stuff I have been doing I can say I get as much enjoyment flipping it as I do my other nicer knives. Feels easy to control and manipulate. My one issue is the trainer blade design. I’ll sometimes catch my finger in the slits in the blade which doesn’t happen with my zephyr.

    My main reason for asking about the kraken and its similarities with the squidtrainer is because I like the trainer so much. If the kraken is somewhat similar/comparable it’d be something I’d definitely be interested in picking up.

    At this point I’ll probably try to grab one just to see for myself anyway.
     
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  12. spookyse7en

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    I have one and I love it. If you get one you will too.
     
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  13. bali_n0ob

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    https://www.jerzeedevil.com/threads/q-squidtrainer-v3-5-vs-krake-raken.180337/

    hope this sheds some light on your questions
     
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  14. KCA

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    Thank you! Looks like I should have made better use of the search function.

    Anyway, I appreciate the link to that thread. Definitely helpful.

    If people haven’t seen it yet, Squid Industries posted a video on the V2 on their YouTube channel:



    The description has more info and a link to a blog post with comparison pics explaining changes in more detail.

    Cheers,

    Casey
     
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  15. KCA

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    Just got the email on the drop. Clipped info:


    Krake Raken V2 Drop
    Please review the following information in regards to this week’s drop on our website:

    • Location: Blade HQ
    • Date and Time: Tuesday, September 15th, 9:00 AM PST*
    • Balisongs Available:
    15 Silver Krake Raken Tanto
    15 Red Krake Rake Tanto
    20 Blue Krake Raken Tanto
    20 Black Krake Raken Tanto

    15 Inked Silver Krake Rake Tanto
    15 Inked Red Krake Rake Tanto
    15 Inked Blue Krake Rake Tanto
    20 Inked Black Krake Rake Tanto

    Total: 135 Units

    Cheers,

    Casey
     
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  16. chutcher

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    The drop is on Tuesday at 9am PST

    Edit: I did not notice @KCA already posted drop info until after I posted
     
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  17. chutcher

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    I have never seen a bail sell out so fast on BHQ. Their site was sooooo slow during the drop today. I had one in my cart but it was gone by the time I was able to check out. Oh well... I'll see if I can snag one next go round.
     
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  18. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    do you have info and cc preloaded?

    i completely forgot but curious if i would have had the deepspeed
     
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  19. chutcher

    chutcher JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Yup, sure did. I have never missed a drop before and I was on point. I could not believe how slow BHQ was. It was really slammed. I have seen it slow before on BRS drops, but nothing like this.
     
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  20. bali_n0ob

    bali_n0ob JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    yeah, I was refreshing the screen and I could literally see as the inventory was updating on the site 1 by 1, I was lucky enough to cop one though but I was afraid bc the site was getting slammed with requests cause you know everyone was refreshing like mad men
     
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