The first one is still available: the rest are sold.
These beautiful bente nueves feature some of the nicest hardwood available today. Cocobolo is a Central American rosewood which is durable and resistant to climatic change, which makes it a popular choice for knife handles and pistol grips. It exudes its own natural oils, which protect it from the elements. The cocobolo on these knives was legally sourced from a dealer in the US. I hand finished all of the wood on these knives to 2000 grit.
Similarly, the purpleheart used on the fourth knife down was legally sourced from a dealer in the US. It features incredible color and even some curl (chatoyant bands)! It is a good, solid wood.
Kamagong, or Philippines’ ebony, is native to the Philippines. It is stunningly beautiful, as well as being hard and heavy. The kamagong used on the labaha below is some of the nicest kamagong heartwood I’ve ever seen.
I take all my pictures in natural light: unfortunately, it’s been a dark, wet few days here, so some of the pictures really don’t do the wood justice. It looks even better than it does in the pictures. I took no shortcuts in refinishing the wood on these knives.
1. This first balisong is exactly 29 cm long: a true bente nueve. This is the now classic size for an FHM balisong. It was handmade by some of the best makers alive today.
The blade is hand forged 5160 spring steel. The first few inches of the blade are razor sharp. I managed to slice my thumb just by accidentally touching the edge when cleaning this balisong up.
The bolsters, liners and latch on this knife are 300-series stainless steel. This is a highly corrosion resistant and durable choice of handle material.
The inserts are the aforementioned Central American cocobolo: they serve as the backdrop to Indian sambar stag. Sambar stag is now illegal to export from India. This stag is preban and was sourced from a UK dealer. There really is no substitute for sambar stag.
The bayonet/weehawk grind is a popular one. This knife features a thin and lightly sharpened swedge. No explanation needed. Two extra thick tang pins increase durability. The top bolsters are also double pinned for the same reason.
There is a tiny pit on the blade that I buffed clean.
One of the cocobolo inserts on this knife was pinned twice. Being handmade, balisongs are never 100% perfect, but they have a soul no factory knife can ever possess.
The latch on this knife was beautifully fileworked by the maker.
5.8 oz. Discounted at $169.
2. This balisong is a throwback to Batanguenyo days of yore. It features a blade that is heavily inspired by the classic buyod pattern. It wasn’t hand ground on a bench stone like the originals, but it does have a clip point without a swedge and a beautifully executed central ridge. It measures in at 29.1 cm: just a hair over bente nueve length. The bolsters, housing and latch on this knife are all solid brass, and the inserts are hand finished cocobolo. As with the vast majority of my balisong offerings, this piece was designed by yours truly, and I absolutely love how this one turned out. I hope to offer more brass-handled balisongs this year.
The grind on this blade is incredibly even: I’d rate it at 9.5/10.
The poor light still can’t hide the fact that this is incredibly beautiful wood, and after hand finishing, the bolster to insert fit is substantially improved. You won’t find a piece like this anywhere else.
Each of the bolsters is double pinned for improved durability: the blade also features two extra thick tang pins. The copper pins and brass contrast beautifully with the blood red cocobolo.
This is an exceptionally beautiful piece: do not hesitate if you want this one for the collection. I’d love this one for my own stash! 5.5 oz. SOLD.
3. This balisong measures in at 26.9 cm: comfortably between 24 and 29 cm territory. This is considered the perfect size by many. I know I have a few right around this size and they are among my favorite knives. This is a classic balisong in many ways: each bolster is only pinned once and it only features a single tang pin.
The blade is 5160 spring steel and it features the labaha (straight razor) hollow grind. The edge is convex ground, however, which significantly improves its strength. The bolsters, housing and latch are stainless steel.
The inserts are, of course, beautiful kamagong heartwood. There is subtle figuring in the wood, but my camera couldn’t pick it up. This wood is exceptionally nice.
This knife features an exceptionally thick latch.
This one is a beauty. There are three or four tiny (and I really mean tiny) pits on the blade and ricasso. 5 oz. SOLD.
4. This 23.3 cm balisong was custom ordered several months ago, and I finally got to it this week. The original buyer gets first dibs, of course. This one is all Pinoy Steel: two extra thick tang pins, double pinned top bolsters and triple pinned, hand finished purpleheart inserts.
This wood is beautiful: hand finishing it really brought out the color and figuring. There is curl in the wood, and the triple pinned inserts are a nice touch.
The blade is the modern version of the old school buyod grind, albeit with a deep clip point. This is a very nicely done piece. The blade is also ground narrower than usual, so the blade on this one will not hit the liners if it is flipped.
This is the first actual balisong ever made with purpleheart. 4.6 oz. SOLD.