Balisongs 1, 2 and 3 are still available. The balifork is now sold.
I’ve been waiting to list these bloodwood balisongs for a few weeks now. They needed cleaning up and refinishing to really bring out the beauty of the wood, but I am very happy with the results. I hope you will be too! All four of these items were made by the best makers in Batangas. The fit and finish of these knives and the fork is far above what you might find for less money other places. They cost a lot more to produce, but they truly represent the sheer skill of Philippines balisong makers.
From top to bottom:
1. 34 cm FHM balisong with a high carbon spring steel (5000-series) kris blade with ‘shark fins.’ All of our carbon steel blades are ground down from hand forged leaf springs. Spring steel is tough and takes a great edge. It is also a breeze to sharpen.
The tang on this knife almost looks like devil’s horns when the knife is open. This design feature was originally due to one of the craftsmen overgrinding one of the rounded wings on a knife I sold earlier this year.
This kris features two extra thick tang pins and double pinned stainless bolsters (the top bolsters only). The liners and latch are also 300-series stainless steel, which is highly corrosion resistant. The wood used on the handles is known as bloodwood. It is native to South America and has a beautiful red color. This particular batch has great chatoyancy (it changes color as you move it in the light). I hand finished this wood to 2000 grit, which is the highest grit I’ve ever taken the wood on my balisongs up to. I spent over two hours on the wood alone before I polished up the blade and stainless on this knife. A truly unique piece. The latch (see the last two pics) was nicely fileworked by the maker. Please note there is a tiny forging mark on the tang. 7.5 oz. Discounted at $170.
2. This 33 cm balisong also features beautiful bloodwood inserts that I painstakingly hand sanded up to 2000 grit. The blade is carbon spring steel with a bayonet grind. Double pinned stainless bolsters and two extra thick tang pins. The liners and beautifully fileworked latch are also 300 series stainless. Beautiful knife! Please note there is some minor spotting on the blade. This could be cleaned up by carefully polishing it out. 6 oz. Discounted at $160.
3. This beautiful little balisong measures in at 23.5 cm overall. It has a nicely ground buyod blade without a swedge. This is what I call the modern version of the classic fighting pattern. This balisong also features a bottle opener on the spine. This is the first buyod I have ever seen with a bottle opener on it—I believe it may be the first ever made, since bottle openers are usually reserved for the ‘rambo’ grinds.
The wood on this knife is beautifully figured, deep red Central American cocobolo. This is exceptionally nice cocobolo that I paid a premium for. I think you’ll agree that this is a truly outstanding piece. I hand finished the cocobolo all the way up to 2000 grit. The stainless bolsters are double pinned, and the blade features two extra thick tang pins for positive lockup in both the open and closed positions. The latch and liners are also made from stainless steel. The latch on this particular knife is a thicker than normal custom-grade latch which was fileworked by the maker. 5 oz. $145.
4. This little balifork measures in at just 18 cm. It has stainless bolsters, liners and a stainless latch. This is a classic piece with single pinned bolsters and one tang pin. The fork is 300-series stainless (surgical grade steel) that would absolutely be usable for dining with. The wood is jigged Philippines ebony (kamagong) that I took all the way up to 2000 grit entirely by hand. Just 4 oz. SOLD.
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