The fork is still available. The rest of the items are sold.
Five items for you today: they all feature Filipino hardwood and the fork has classic Batangas jigged horse bone.
1. These eagle kris bente nueves are always popular. They aren’t made by the best makers, but they are still great knives, if a little rough around the edges. I personally picked this one from a small batch of eagle krises I was presented with and I only accepted one or two—the commercially produced balisongs aren’t made with the same degree of care and often have issues I can’t live with and don’t feel are worthy of being offered here at Pinoy Steel.
This kris measures in at 28 cm. It has a few forge marks on the ricasso and eagle tang: since the blades are hand forged the traditional way, using charcoal and an anvil, this is pretty much inevitable. The forge marks definitely lend the blade character you won’t find on a modern machine ground and electric oven-treated balisong produced in a sterile factory!
The inserts are beautiful red narra heartwood with great chatoyancy. The brass overlay was very nicely done. Brass overlay has been seen on bente nueves since at least the ’40s (I have one from back then I will never part with)! The inserts, housing and latch are all solid brass (no stainless liners on this one).
The entire handle is buffed after grinding, and the wood usually has dark compound and dust trapped in it. I have removed the vast majority of the compound, which really allows the color and chatoyancy to shine through, but some compound still remains around the brass overlay. No other dealer bothers with attempting to remove the buffing compound and steel dust, but I feel the wood is just too nice to leave covered up.
The blade features the kris grind, which is always a popular choice. The balisong I carry most often happens to be a brass and bone kris.
The top bolsters are double copper pinned for increased durability on this one.
This is an exceptionally nice eagle kris bali: you definitely don’t want to hesitate on this one if you like it, since they move fast. 7.5 oz (the brass housing and overlay really adds to the weight)! $115.
2. This bente nueve is a real beauty: I’d be happy to add this one to my collection of kamagong and stainless balisongs since the combination is just pure, simple beauty. The buyod blade was well ground and the clip and swedge just look perfect to me. This bali measures in at 28.8 cm.
The blade is hand forged carbon spring steel and only features a single tang pin (as is traditional).
The inserts are beautiful kamagong heartwood. I have removed the trapped buffing compound and metal dust from the wood, but I have not hand finished the ebony. It is at around 400 grit and has a few rough patches. I would be happy to refinish this balisong for you for an additional $15. I recommend taking it to 1000 grit if you’d like to try your hand at refinishing this one. At 1000 grit, ebony is very smooth, but still capable of holding oil to prevent checking.
The bolsters, liners and latch are all solid 300-series stainless. Each of the bolsters is pinned once. This bali is really pure simplicity.
5.9 oz. $115, or $129 with the optional hand finishing.
3. These stainless and kamagong balicombs are very popular. They are made by the best balisong makers still making bente nueves deep in the heart of Batangas, and it shows. These are difficult to make, and getting the teeth right takes a great deal of skill since each tooth is sawed into a stainless bar entirely by hand.
This comb measures in at 19 cm.
The comb has two extra thick tang pins: a Pinoy Steel comb through and through.
The inserts are beautiful kamagong heartwood with some subtle brown figuring. The bolsters, liners and latch are solid stainless steel. Each of the bolsters is double pinned: again, a Pinoy Steel hallmark.
The wood on this comb has been cleaned up to remove the excess buffing compound that you find on virtually all FHM balisongs. I would be happy to hand finish this comb for an extra $15. This significantly improves the fit of the insert to the liners and bolsters and also drastically improves the wood’s appearance and feel. SOLD.
4. This balicomb is in classic brass and kamagong. This is a popular item here in Pinoy Steel and with good reason. Crafted by Batangas’ best balisong makers, it is lightweight, easy to carry and great for combing your hair with! As with the real balisongs, this one should not be flipped closed hard repeatedly or the comb will wear down the liners over time.
This comb measures in at 19.1 cm long. It features two extra thick tang pins for increased durability—this is only found on Pinoy Steel FHM balicombs.
The bolsters and thick latch are both solid brass: the liners on this one are 300-series stainless, which is durable and also helps keep the weight down.
Each of the bolsters is double pinned for increased durability: again, this one is all Pinoy Steel.
The inserts are beautiful kamagong heartwood with great black and brown color. This wood has been cleaned up to remove the excess buffing compound that is commonly found on FHM balisongs, but it has not been hand finished. I charge $15 extra for this. Hand finishing will significantly improve the feel and appearance of the wood while also improving the fit of the inserts to the bolsters and liners.
4.2 oz. SOLD.
This balifork is not from the best makers and is definitely a little rougher around the edges, but it is perfectly usable. It is also a great deal for someone who doesn’t want to spring for the best quality, but still wants a balifork for the collection or to use. I don’t often offer these because I feel the quality doesn’t quite meet my standards, but I accepted this one for Pinoy Steel, although I am offering it with a few caveats.
This fork measures in at 18.3 cm open.
The fork is solid 300-series stainless, but is only 1/8” thick versus the 3/16” thick forks on the ones from the best makers. The finish isn’t as even and there is an ‘orange peel’ texture near the bolsters.
The bolsters and latch are aluminum. Each bolster features a single copper pin. While nice and light, aluminum does ding up easily. The liners are stainless. Each of the bolsters is pinned once. The inserts are jigged horse bone.
Due to the thinner fork, the liners have to be pressed down to hold the fork in place. The fork has a slight bend in it to make it more natural in use.
This fork is nice and light at 3 oz. $45 including shipping.