Oh sh1t, now I found "New Bee" folding knives from one seller on EBay who stocks Sanrenmu. New Bee! Again, the price is ridiculously cheap but the steel is the same 8Cr13MoV. One of their models looks very nice - it seems to have real wooden scales on the handle. Price: $12.25 + mailing.
This is very strange. OK, on one hand, it might be nice to own a folding knife that you can use and abuse and not worry about losing it. But then, on the other hand, I definitely don't like the idea of every child getting a locking folder with their pocket-money, and every gangbanger buying folders with framelocks.
What I don't like is the idea of companies ripping off others' designs, and selling cheap imitations that hurt the business of those who do the innovation.
Well, that is exactly what they are doing. Not only that, but I believe that they have learned the trade by making knives for American companies. Spyderco, Benchmade, CRKT and other companies produce some knives (or in the case of CRKT, maybe most knives) in China. So then, Sanrenmu knows how to make new models because they have made knives for Spyderco, Benchmade, CRKT etc. etc. Maybe also most of the European companies. They have the know-how, then they just duplicate what they have made already for other companies.
What is damn sure is that these are not ethnic Chinese knives. I am not an expert on Chinese cutlery but this I can say with 100% certainty.