Some great knives tonight: all of them are very special in their own way!
1. 33 cm long. This balisong is much thicker, wider and fills up your hands more than any standard bente nueve. A lot of work goes into making these balisongs. Thick, wide bearing steel (52100) tari blade that is razor sharp. Please note there is a groove on the ricasso from the bearing this blade was forged from. This serves as ‘proof’ that the blade is bearing steel, which is harder than carbon spring steel and also takes a much keener edge and holds it forever too. The downside is brittleness—bearing steel can crack if dropped or if it hits something hard.
This knife also has extra thick brass bolsters and oversized tang pin and pivot pins. Stainless liners and a thick brass latch. The scales are thick, carefully selected jet black kamagong that swells outward in the middle to fill up your palm. This is one big, mean knife, ideal for a collector or for someone who doesn’t mind the extra weight. Truly a beast of a balisong. 11 oz. Great deal at $219.
2. 29 cm balisong with a nicely ground carbon steel buyod blade. Two extra thick tang pins and double pinned stainless bolsters. Stainless liners and thin custom grade latch too. The scales are stunning redwood burl. This stuff has to be seen to be believed: it looks like it’s on fire. Truly amazing stuff. I may just have to keep this one (or one of the other few I’ve had made in redwood burl and will be listing over the next few weeks). 5.5 oz. SOLD.
3. 29 cm balisong with a carbon steel buyod blade with two extra thick tang pins. Double pinned stainless bolsters (longer than usual), liners and latch. Sambar stag surrounded by nice, brown African bubinga with some red streaks. Beautifully made and the stag swells outward slightly so it feels good in your hand while helping you maintain a grip on the knife. 5.5 oz. $145.
4. This 29 cm balisong has a very nicely ground bayonet blade (carbon spring steel) with two extra thick tang pins. The bolsters, liners and latch are stainless steel. The bolsters on this knife are extra long, which to me looks very nice indeed. They are double pinned for security. The inserts are American caribou, which is now exceedingly rare in the US outside of Alaska. I bought the antler sections from a hunter who had the antlers in his possession for over twenty years. Not much of this stuff left, and it has lovely caramel brown hues. 6 oz. SOLD.
5. 16 cm long rambo balisong with brass bolsters, stainless liners and a brass latch. White acrylic scales. This knife is being given away to a buyer who purchased two or more balisongs/combs/trainers!