These five were all made using classic Filipino materials: kamagong, narra and horse bone. They are, however, rare items that you won’t find anywhere else.
1 and 2. 29 cm balisongs with thick kamagong scales that swell to fit your palm. Carbon steel bayonet blades with thin (but not sharpened) swedges. These knives are overbuilt and are much thicker and wider than normal. They were not made by my usual providers, but they are still a great quality knives, even if they are a little rougher around the edges. Aluminum bolsters to keep the weight down, stainless liners and a thick aluminum latch. Aluminum is by far the slickest material used on FHMs and it breaks in quickly and makes for a smooth flipper. The downside, however, is less durability, but in knives this thick, that’s likely to be less of a worry. Still very carriable and flippable at only 6 oz each. $105 for one, or $199 for both.
3. 23 cm balicomb with stainless bolsters, liners and latch. Each and every tooth on the comb is sawed into a bar of 303 stainless steel by hand. This is extremely painstaking work and putting one of these together takes days of labor. Made by the best makers around today. Great quality comb with stunning narra (amboyna) scales with deep color and lots of interesting chatoyancy and figuring. Surprisingly light at only 5 oz. SOLD.
4. 23 cm balisong trainer with a nice, thick stainless ‘blade.’ Brass bolsters, stainless liners and a brass latch. Beautiful narra scales. This is a good, solid trainer that was made by the best makers currently producing balisongs in Batangas. A solid 6.5 oz. SOLD.
5. 23 cm balisong trainer with a carbon steel ‘buyod’ style blade. This blade could be sharpened up easily if so desired. Brass bolsters, stainless liners and a brass latch. Classic jigged horse bone scales. Please note there is a darker portion on one of the scales—this occurs when the end of a bone heats up when being ground to shape. This is very common on bone-handled balisongs.
This trainer was not made by the best makers, but it is well made, even if it is a little less well finished than my usual offerings. This is a solid trainer and is ready to flip right from the makers. Slightly thicker and wider than usual so it fills your hand up well. Ready to flip right from the makers so you can start training as soon as you receive it! 6 oz. $75.