Nokta’s Реликвия Металлоискатель, or “The Relic”, is the latest machine from Nokta. I will attempt to provide a fair and accurate review without biasing the content with descriptions or photos of finds, which have been considerable with this machine.
OUT OF THE BOX
Its operating frequency, 19 Khz, while not adjustable is higher than most other machines on the market, including the XP Deus. The high frequency tells me that one of its primary design characteristics was for target separation, especially required in the iron heavy sites here in Eastern Europe.
3.9 pounds might sound heavy, but the Relic is balanced perfectly so that the control box hangs under the elbow and the weight is distributed in a comfortable manner. I’ve had no noticeable fatigue from the Relic, even after several hours in the rye fields.
I have and am proficient with both the ForsCore and an XP Deus, and was very impressed with the Relic after becoming acclimated to it over several hunts. I am very comfortable with the discrimination and masking capabilities. This machine performs particularly well in heavy iron debris fields. Depth seems comparable to the XP Deus, and I’ve tried DI3, All Metal and DEP modes when I feel depth is called for, but always use SWT (Swift) in heavy trash and iron. This is where I feel the Relic excels, arguably over both of my other machines. With the 5″ coil, I would put the target separation capability up against any other machine on the market. As an aside, the DI3 mode seems to be most stable, and I switch to it whenever I feel the machine is noisy in the least.
The controls are easy to access (as long as you are right handed) and the target ID, ground balance and depth readings are displayed on top of the Relic’s comfortable joystick handle.
The four AA Batteries that power the relic are easy to replace. I use rechargeable AAs and have not had an issue with battery life, even after not recharging for a few all day hunts.
Other useful features are the built-in LED light controlled from the handgrip, and the Ground Balance and Pinpoint controls are also controlled on the handgrip. I’m in the habit of pinpointing with my coil and have not tried out the pinpoint function to an extent to make a full evaluation, but I’m told that the pinpointing ability is stellar.
The Relic is particularly adept at avoiding falsing iron. Without question, I dig significantly less iron than with any of my other machines.
WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT MY RELIC
I do not prefer the Phillips headphones that shipped with my Relic, which is OK, because many machines do not ship with headphones, and most of the ones that do ship with a submarginal pair. I use my Chefphones with no problems.
Fortunately I am right handed, because as much as I like the controls out of the way, they would be difficult to o7perate if I were left handed, and there is no provision for such, which I find kind of an odd oversight.
I do not have access to a beach to test. I found the manual references and modes available for beach hunting, but would like to note that the Relic is not waterproof.
Nokta has provided a very solid, capable detector design for around mere $50k rubles (around $800 USD, $725 Euro), which generously includes both 28.5 and 13 cm coils and an extra lower shaft for the second coil. This is significantly less expensive than many of the latest high-end machines on the market, with arguably a better, more ergonomic design and outstanding performance. The Relic is currently my number one machine.
I strongly recommend the Relic for hunting iron infested lots and fields, and as a strong general relic hunting machine.