Balisongs 1, 3 and 4 are sold.
These beauties are from the latest batch of balisongs I got in and all of them are great pieces you definitely will not find anywhere else. These are all firsts in their own way. I like to keep pushing the envelope and keep the makers on their toes. I think they enjoy it too.
From top to bottom:
1. This balisong measures in at exactly 29 cm, what I like to call a textbook bente nueve. There is normally some variation in length due to the handmade nature of classic Batangas balisongs. The grinding will determine the exact length of the balisong when it is done, so getting a precise length is not always possible. No water jetting or CNC-machining is used on these babies like on factory knives. Even some so called ‘custom’ makers take these shortcuts. No shortcuts are taken with these.
This balisong features beautiful Indian buffalo horn with great color and figuring. This is some of the nicest horn I’ve seen from my supplier and it looks amazing. The bolsters, liners and latch are all 300-series stainless, as is the housing. This one was made by the younger brother of the craftsman who makes most of my balisongs. I think he did a very nice job on the pieces he made for me, and I am glad he got an opportunity to shine, even if his older brothers are currently working blue-collar jobs. I hope to be able to provide them both with a good amount of work, but for that, I need to get more balisongs moving!
This bali obviously features a carbon steel kris blade with an eagle tang. There are some pits on the blade, unfortunately, due to the very humid conditions prevalent in the Philippines during the summer. Without air conditioning, dew settles on the knives every morning, and some light rust is inevitable, sometimes even if the blades are heavily oiled. Fortunately it’s not too bad and I buffed all of the pits clean, which was a painstaking job with my limited equipment. The blade was further hand polished to a mirror finish.
The blade features two extra thick tang pins: even thicker than usual for a Pinoy Steel piece. This is great, because it means the blade will not hit the housing. You can flip this baby if you want to! The top bolsters are double pinned for extra durability.
There really is great color and transparency in the horn on this knife.
You can see the small pits on the blade better in this picture.
The latch is nice and thick and fileworked. The younger maker tried to filework it the same way as his older brother, but his filework is much bolder and deeper than what we’re used to seeing. There is a fissure in the horn here, but it is naturally occurring and is only on the surface. It is definitely not a result of the pinning.
There are a few more pits on the ricasso and blade on this side too, but they are all relatively minor. I always buff, wax and oil the blades as soon as I can after completion, and again before shipment, so you’ll get exactly what you see here.
The horn on this side is even nicer. It looks like dark caramel to me, and because of the buffing, even has a nice gloss like caramel.
The eagle was nicely executed. The maker has learned how to make an eagle from another craftsman who works with them, but is not part of the family. This is exciting news for me, since his older brothers don’t do eagles!
This is a top notch balisong, despite the pits, and one I would absolutely love to keep. 6.7 oz. Discounted at $159.
2. This buffalo horn bente nueve measures in at 28.8 cm, a little shorter than its sibling which I am also offering today. Making balisongs the traditional way often means there is a little variation in length. This one comes from the youngest of the master craftsmen I work with, and I’m very happy and surprised to see he attempted the eagles himself! His older brothers do not do eagles. He was taught how to do this by the best of the agila makers in his neighborhood, who they often work side by side with.
This balisong features beautiful, hand polished Indian buffalo horn with great color. The bolsters are solid 300-series stainless, as is the latch. The housing is also hand formed from 300-series stainless sheet. The blade is hand forged carbon steel from recycled automotive leaf springs (5160). This is truly excellent blade steel as it is very tough and can take a mean edge. Kris balisongs are never sharpened, however, as they are pure stabbers.
The blade has some minor surface pits due to storage in a non-airconditioned environment during the hot and humid Philippines summer. I have buffed all of these pits clean to stop the rust and also waxed and oiled the blade to protect it.
The top bolsters are double pinned for durability, and this balisong features two extra thick tang pins (a Pinoy Steel hallmark).
You may be able to make some of the pits out near the ricasso here.
The horn on this balisong is exceptional. As with it’s sister, the horn looks like dark caramel candy.
The eagle on this one was nicely executed.
Another beautiful balisong from a craftsman who is finally getting an opportunity to shine here at Pinoy Steel! 6.2 oz. Discounted at $159.
3. This bente nueve is from the youngest of the best makers. It measures in at 28.7 cm and features some of the last of the European red stag I was able to source from a UK dealer a few years ago. The stag on this knife is beautiful, as is the craftsmanship.
This balisong features extra-long bolsters, which some love and others dislike. I personally quite like it as it offsets the stag very nicely! The stag has great color and figuring and is also relatively flat. Stag inserts on Filipino balisongs often swell out greatly to fill up your palm, but the swell on these is much more subtle due to the uniformity of the antler used. The texture and color of the stag on this knife is really very nice.
The bolsters, housing and latch are all 300-series stainless steel, and formed and shaped entirely by hand.
Due to the humidity of the Philippines summer, there are one or two blade pits on this kris, as well as some ricasso pits. The hand forged carbon steel used for FHMs is excellent steel, but is also very rust prone if not cared for. I have buffed all the pits clean by hand, giving the blade a mirror polish, before waxing and oiling the blade to seal it from the elements. Regular upkeep is key if you want to keep your blades pristine.
All the bolsters on this knife are double pinned for durability.
This knife really is a very nice piece, and I’m very pleased with the maker’s work. The grind is almost perfect and his brother did an excellent job on the handles and selected very nice pieces of antler.
As you can see, the swell is very subtle. The fit and finish of this balisong is really very, very good. The latch is nice and thick and fileworked too.
6.1 oz. $165.
4. This kris measures in at 28.9 cm, just under textbook bente nueve length. It features extra-long stainless bolsters and beautiful European red stag: you won’t find anything like this one anywhere else.
Each of the solid stainless bolsters is double pinned. The thick latch and housing are also 300-series stainless.
The stag has great color and texture, which provide great contrast from the white of the bone and the cold, clinical look of the stainless.
The blade has a few pits near the edge and on the ricasso due to humidity during storage in the Philippines. I have buffed all the active rust out of the pits and waxed and oiled the blade to protect it.
You should be able to see two of the pits here. There is also a hairline crack in the blade. This should not cause any issues since the blade is very thick, but if desired, I can flood the crack with steel epoxy to help seal it. Just let me know!
The stag on the other side is just as nice! The top bolsters are really exceptionally long.
You can see the ricasso pit here.
The texture and color of the stag are really beautiful.
The hairline crack in the blade on this balisong only became evident after buffing and polishing. It should not pose an issue, but regardless, this balisong is discounted. Forging carbon steel the traditional way is far from a precise process. 6.6 oz. $155.
5. This dimunitive (but very capable) little balisong measures in at only 18.6 cm long. It features black acrylic inserts and a carbon steel spearpoint blade. The pivots are screwable, but do not have grooves to insert a driver into, so you can add your own! This means you don’t have to worry about a Torx driver in the field. This would make a great user: at this shorter length, there is less stress on the tang pins. FHM balisongs use softer tang pins which deform over time, but also cause less damage to the brass and stainless bolsters and liners used in their construction. Pins are a lot easier to replace than bolsters. The makers could very well use harder pins, but I believe the choice of softer pins is intentional.
This balisong features a very thick brass latch. The housing is stainless. The top bolsters are double pinned for increased durability. The blade also features two extra thick tang pins for better lockup in both the open and closed positions. The blade will, however, hit the inside of the housing if flipped closed, so I do not recommend doing this. Flipping it open to put it to use is of course just fine, and it is ready to flip! There is a little handle play, but if you file in a groove/grooves for a screwdriver, you should be able to adjust it out.
There is a small crack in the acrylic that I would be happy to flood with JB Weld (steel epoxy) to prevent it from spreading if desired.
The carbon steel spearpoint blade is not edge sharp, but could be sharpened up relatively easily to a razor edge.
There are some tiny pits near the edges that I have buffed clean.
This is a great little balisong, and nice and light at only 3.9 oz. $85.