Balisongs 1, 2, 3 and 4 are sold.
Tanso, or brass, is the traditional material used for FHM balisong handles. Nowadays, only a small percentage of the best made balisongs are made with all brass handles due to the weight. Brass bolsters are more commonly pinned to stainless U-shaped housings. Stainless is lighter and more durable than brass, and also resists patination, so it has become the de facto choice for housings.
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1. This huge bali is 35.9 cm long, significantly longer than a standard bente nueve. It was expertly crafted by one of the last remaining balisong makers who truly excels at what he does, and it shows.
The bolsters are solid brass and riveted to the housings with two copper pins for each one for extra durability. The wood is top notch Honduran rosewood with beautiful color and figuring. I hand finished the wood to 2000 grit, a two hour process, before oiling and waxing. You won’t find a balisong finished with this degree of care anywhere else.
The buyod blade was beautifully ground from traditionally hand forged carbon spring steel. The grind is beautifully balanced and the blade features two extra thick tang pins for better lockup.
There is one small pit on the blade. I have buffed and polished the blade, so this pit is only visible at the right angle.
The straight grain and copper-colored wood contrasts and complements the highly polished brass and copper pins.
This balisong has been pinned looser by the makers so it is ready to flip open. There is some horizontal play in the handles, which is how most Filipino users like their balisongs. Please do not flip this balisong closed; the weight of the blade and handles and the greater centrifugal force can cause the stainless channels to split at the ends.
This big bali, with a full-sized 7” blade, allows you to carry a solid fighting bowie in your pocket. 7.5 oz. Discounted at $199.
2. This is the second of two big 35.9 cm balis in brass and Honduran rosewood.
The handles are 300-series stainless with double pinned brass bolsters and Honduran rosewood. I personally finished this wood to 2000 grit after removing the excess buffing compound, and then oiled and waxed the wood. No other dealer takes the time to do this and it really takes the balis up to a whole other level. The sharp ends of the housings have also been carefully sanded to smoothen them out.
The classic fighting bowie blade has been expertly ground from carbon spring steel. The blades were traditionally forged by blacksmiths whose families have worked with steel for generations. The blade is double pinned for better lockup in both the open and closed positions.
The wood has beautiful color and straight grain, and contrasts and complements the brass and copper pins.
This is a big, beautiful bente nueve that should really go with her twin. This one is ready to flip, and has less play than the other one. 7.1 oz. $209, or $199 if you’re taking both.
3. This 28.8 cm balisong has a classic look, but features premium handle materials and painstaking hand finishing (what one of my regulars calls a handjob)!
The bolsters are solid brass, and each one is held in place with two copper rivets. The housings are stainless steel and the handles feature beautiful European red stag and African waterfall bubinga. I spent hours getting the wood looking right; no easy task when working around the stag.
The blade is hand forged carbon spring steel and is deeply hollowground. This is the tari, or cockfighting spur grind, perhaps my favorite grind of all. The blade is double pinned for better lockup.
Both the stag and the wood have beautiful color, and the hand finishing substantially improved the fit of the wood to the stag, bolsters and housing.
This is a stunning bali with a classic look. The thick brass latch is a nice touch too. 6 oz. $205.
4. This beauty is all brass. While not from my usual makers, who are the best craftsmen around today, this one turned out exceptionally well. At 28.1 cm, this one is a very solid 10.1 oz. Brass knives are considered protection from spirits and otherworldly creatures in several Asian cultures, including in the heart of Batangas.
The handles are solid brass and pinned to brass housings with three copper rivets. The pins on this balisong are galvanized iron, but the rest is all brass.
The blade features an aggressive rambo grind, and is nicely balanced.
The tang to housing fit on this bali is excellent, and on par with the work of the craftsmen I work with.
This 10.1 balisong is a great deal at only $115.
4. This is a Pinoy Steel training balisong, and it measures in at 28.8 cm.
The handles are stainless steel with brass bolsters (double pinned) and hand finished kamagong ebony heartwood. I personally cleaned and sanded the wood to 1000 grit, before oiling and waxing. This really takes the wood to the next level, and complements my other offerings beautifully. If you carry a Pinoy Steel balisong and want to train with a partner, a trainer is a nice addition to the collection.
The blade is solid 300-series stainless steel and is heavier than the blade on a standard balisong. The makers consider handles replaceable, but a solid blade should last a lifetime. The blade is pinned twice for better lockup.
There is beautiful spalting in the wood on this side.
This trainer is ready for training use as soon as you get it and won’t require breaking in. It flips like a broken-in FHM, so there is some horizontal play in the handles.
This trainer is a great tool for the martial artist who wants to train with a classic Batanguenyo balisong. 6.8 oz. $135.
6. This balicomb measures in at 19.1 cm, and is beautifully crafted by one of today’s best balisong makers.
The handles are stainless with brass bolsters (double pinned) and carefully hand finished kamagong ebony heartwood that I personally cleaned and sanded to 1000 grit before oiling and waxing.
The comb is solid 300-series stainless and the teeth were sawn in by hand with great precision. Two extra thick tang pins improve lockup in both the open and closed positions.
This is a very nice example of a balicomb, and the latch is extra thick; always a nice touch. 4 oz. $115.