Schrade Manilla Stainless Balisong Knife Review

If you are ever on the lookout for a classic old timey knife, there is no better place to begin your search than with Schrade knives.

Schrade Cutlery Company had its roots in the New York Press Button Knife Company, formed in 1892 by George Schrade, an inventor from Sheffield, England. Unable to raise sufficient capital to begin knife production, Schrade sold a partial interest in the company to the Walden Knife Company. The company’s unusually name arose from its first knife design, a switchblade or automatic opening pocket knife with an operating button mounted in the knife bolster. First patented by Schrade in 1892, the knife was eventually produced with a unique style of clip point blade. In 1903, Schrade sold all of his interest to the New York Press Button Knife Co. to Walden Knife Company. The following year, Schrade formed the Schrade Cutlery Company in Walden.

IN 1906-07, Schrade patented the Safety Pushbutton Knives, an improved series of switchblade knives with side-mounted operating button and a sliding safety switch. Later developed in slightly modified form as the Presto series, the Schrade switchblade would come to dominate the automatic knife market in the United States for the next fifty-five yeas. In the 1920s, Schrade bought the defunct Walden Cutlery Company in order to obtain their stocks of handle material for his knives.

From 1911-1916, George Schrade resided in the knife making center of Solingen, Germany, where he ran a small workshop. There Schrade developed a new type of switchblade knife, which he titled the Springer. However, in 1916 the German government seized all of Schrade’s assets in Germany to assist its war production. Schrade returned to the United States, though his Springer switchblade would live on; now unprotected by patent, the type was manufactured by several Solingen shops for many years thereafter.

In 1917, Schrade licensed a fly lock switchblade design to the Challenge Cutlery Company, which he then joined. Schrade pursue his knife making interests of both Challenge and at Schrade, where his brother George now managed one of the company’s factories.

Not long after the doors were closed, Taylor Brands LLC quickly picked up the brand name to revive Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry, and Imperial brands. Taylor Brands was already a licensed manufacturer of Smith & Wesson knives; so it was clear that these knives were in good hands.

Today we will be talking about the Schrade Manilla butterfly knife.

Schrade Manilla Stainless Balisong Knife
Schrade Manilla Stainless Balisong Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of D2 Tool Steel. This is a high end steel that is often referred to as a “semi-stainless” steel because it falls just short of the required 13% chromium that would make it a full stainless steel. But, because it is semi-stainless, it still proves a good amount of resistance to corrosion. Also, D2 steel is going to be much harder than other high end steel such as 154Cm or ATS 34 and because of this, it will hold an edge longer than the others. But, because it is much harder, it is a lot harder to sharpen; you will probably require a master-sharpener to really get a fine edge on this steel. The last drawback that this steel features is that it is not as tough as other steels.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish, which is created when the manufacturer repeatedly sands the blade in one direction with an increasing level of fine abrasive. This blade finish style is the most traditional blade finish that you are going to come across; its luster falls right in the middle of the spectrum, with a highly polished finish being much more reflective and a coated finish being much less reflective than a satin finish. The satin finish is created and designed to show off the fine lines of the steel while also showcasing the bevels of the blade. This finish is going to provide your knife with a very traditional look that will never go out of style.

The D2 steel has been carved into a clip point style blade. This is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today. This blade shape is also a great all-purpose blade. The shape of this blade is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight from the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. It then turns and continues to the point of the knife. This cut out area is straight and is referred to as the clip of the blade, which is also where the knife style got its name. Clip point knives looks as if the part of the   knife from the spine to the pint has been clipped off. The clip on this Schrade Butterfly knife is much subtler than other clip point blades that you will see. Because of the clip, the point on this knife is slightly lowered, which helps to give you more control when you are using the knife. And because the tip is more easily controlled, while also being sharp and thinner at the spine, the clip point blade style is perfect for stabbing. The clip point blade shape is also a very versatile blade shape because of the large belly that it features. This large belly makes slicing much easier, and slicing is going to be one of the most used abilities on this knife. Unfortunately, because the clip point has a narrow and sharp tip, it is prone to breaking because it is weaker than a knife style such as the drop point. But, with this blade shape and specifically with this knife you will be prepared to take on a wide variety of tasks.


The Handle:

The handles on this butterfly knife are made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not lightweight at all. Also, stainless steel handles can be pretty slippery, so the manufacturer has to incorporate etchings or ridges to provide the required friction. Stainless steel is very strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion, but, it is heavy and can be slippery.

The two handles each have seven holes drilled down the length of the handle. This is to add an aesthetic component as well as to cut down on the weight of these stainless steel handles. Like most butterfly knives, the handles taper towards the blade and flare out near the butt.  The latch is also made out of stainless steel that matches the handles of the knife.



The Mechanism:

The Schrade Manilla is a butterfly knife. This style of knife is also known as a fan knife, or the more traditional name of a Balisong knife. This style of knife is a folding pocket knife that has two handles that counter-rotate around the tan such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

The balisong was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. These were used form anything such as a razor to entertainment. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called “flipping,” are performed for art or amusement. Blunt versions of these knives, called “trainers,” are for sale to practice tricks without the risk of injury.

The style of knife is now illegal or restricted in many countries, often under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted, and in their country of original (the Philippines) they are no longer as common in urban areas as they were.

While the meaning of the term balisong is not entirely clear, a popular belief is that it is derived from the Tagalog words baling sungay, which is literally broker/folding horn. This is believed because this style of knife was originally made form cared caribou and stag horn. Balisong is also the name of a barangay in the town of Taal, Batangas province, which became famous for crafting these knives. Some of the original butterfly knives were actually made form steel taken from railroad tracks, which gave them a decent amount of durability and hardness.

This Schrade Manilla is a channel balisong knife, which means that the main part of each handle is formed from one piece of metal. In this handle, a groove is created in which the blade rests when the knife is closed. This style is regarded as being stronger than the other style of balisong knife, the sandwich construction.

Some of the important parts that are unique to a butterfly knife is that latch, which is the standard lock system that holds the knife closed. The tang pin which is a pin meant to hold the blade away from the handle when closed to prevent dulling. The pivot joint, which is a pin about which the tang/blade/handle assemblies pivot. And lastly, the kicker, which is a portion on the blade that prevents the sharp edge form touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This piece is sometimes supplanted by an additional tang pin above the pivots.


The Specs:

The blade one this Schrade Butterfly knife is 4 inches long with a handle length of 5 inches long. When the knife is opened and the handles are attached together at the bottom, the knife measures in at an overall length of 9 inches long. This is a heavier knife, because of the stainless steel handles, weighing in at 7.9 ounces. The Schrade Manilla Stainless Steel Butterfly knife is made in the United States of America.


The Pros of the Manilla Stainless Butterfly Knife:

  • D2 tool stool is a high end steel that has high levels of corrosion resistance.
  • D2 is a very hard steel, which means that it will hold its edge for a longer period of time.
  • The satin finish is very traditional.
  • The stain finish shows off the bevels of the blade.
  • The satin finish has a medium luster.
  • The satin finish helps to cut down on corrosion slightly.
  • The satin finish shows off the fine lines of the steel.
  • The clip point blade is very versatile.
  • The clip point blade features a large belly that is perfect for slicing.
  • The clip point blade features a lowered tip, which makes it more controllable.
  • The stainless steel handles are very rust resistant as well as tough and durable.


The Cons of the Manilla Stainless Butterfly Knife:

  • D2 steel is only semi-stainless, not full stainless steel.
  • D2 is not the toughest steel.
  • D2 is extremely hard to sharpen.
  • The clip point has a fine, thin, sharp tip, which means that it is going to be more prone to breaking.
  • Stainless steel handles are very heavy and can be slippery.
  • Butterfly knives are tricky to learn how to use.
  • Butterfly knives are illegal in many areas.
  • This is a very heavy knife because the handles are made out of stainless steel; you are going to really feel the knife in your pocket, and it might weigh you down.



The Manilla balisong butterfly knife is one of many new models released by Schrade this year and their first-ever balisong model. Each model features a hollow ground blade comprised of air-hardened D2 tool steel which provides top-notch edge retention and corrosion resistance properties. Additionally, the pin construction offered by each Manilla balisong translates to smooth action and the nature of the handle design offers a balanced feel when in action. The legacy of Schrade knives and tools is built on fine craftsmanship, quality and dependability. Their expansive line consists of assisted opening, folding and fixed blade knives, as well various multi-tools and accessories in an effort to offer something for every need and every job. This model features a skeletonized stainless steel handle, a clip point style blade in a satin finish and, like a true balisong, this knife does not come with a pocket clip feature. Pick up this classic butterfly knife today at BladeOps.


Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife (Practice) Black Handle Knife Review


Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife (Practice) Black Handle
Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife (Practice) Black Handle












The Blade:

This is a practice butterfly knife, which means that it sports dull edges. This blade has been made out of stainless steel. When it comes to the cutlery industry, there are really only two types of steels that a blade can be made out of, stainless steel or a high carbon steel. This can be confusing because stainless steel does contain carbon in its makeup. The biggest difference between stainless steel from regular or carbon steel is its chromium. Chromium is a metallic alloying element which has a silver color to it, resists rusting easily, and also resists corrosion easily. Because of this, stainless steel is known to standing up to rust and corrosion better than a carbon steel. However, stainless steel can still rust, so you just have to keep up on your maintenance, making sure that the steel is dry before you put the blade back into its handles. Of course, there are also disadvantages to a stainless steel. Stainless steel is less brittle than carbon steel, which means that it is more prone to deforming and also harder to sharpen. The upside to it not being brittle is that it is more chip resistant and will also retain and edge for longer period of time. In this knife, that actually doesn’t matter because there is not an edge that needs to stay sharp. When it comes to this knife, all you need to worry about is that this knife won’t chip but it may become a little disfigured. Stainless steels usually have at least 12% chromium. Stainless steel is technically tougher than a high carbon steel, but it is not going to be harder than a high carbon steel. Stainless steels also keep looking good for longer periods of time.

The blade on this knife has been finished with a satin finish. A satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive, which most commonly a sandpaper. As a key, the finer the sandpaper and the more even the lines, the cleaner the finish will look. This finish is designed to show off the fine lines of the steel. This is the most popular finish in the cutlery industry, probably because of how classic of a finish it is. In terms of luster, the satin finish falls right in the middle. You are going to find finishes that are more reflective than this finish and you are also going to find finishes that are less reflective than a satin finish. With this in mind, you don’t have to worry about this trainer ever going out of style. The satin finish effectively cuts down on glares and reflections while also cutting down on corrosion.

Like earlier mentioned, this is a trainer knife, which means the edges are dull. However, it is roughly in the shape of a dagger style blade. To cut down on weight, because stainless steels are heavy, there are thirteen holes cut out of the blade. This also helps with drag, so it is easier to learn how to manipulate.


The Handles:

The handles are made out of stainless steel, just like the blade. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not super lightweight. The durability factor is one of the most important factors when it comes to the steel and the blade. When you are first learning how to flip a butterfly knife, you are going to drop it and bang it around a lot. Without this durability level that you get from a stainless steel, the knife would not be able to last for as long as this knife is going to last. Also, stainless steel handles can be slippery, so manufacturers have to incorporate etchings or ridges to provide the required friction. In terms of this Gen Pro Trainer, there have been five holes cut down the length of each handle. These holes cut down on weight as well as give the knife better friction, so that you can have a solid grip on the handle. Another thing that helps with the user’s grip is that the handles are flared towards the butt. With a trainer, you need to have a very secure grip on your knife so that you can effectively learn how to manipulate a butterfly knife.

The handles on this trainer have been finished black. This adds a sleek look as well as increasing the corrosion resistance of the handles. Unfortunately, the black finish is going to scratch off eventually because it is not part of the stainless steel.


The Mechanism:

This is a trainer knife to learn how to use a butterfly knife, which means that it has been created just like a butterfly knife, except that it does not have a sharpened blade. Butterfly knives have a few different names, they have been called balisong knives, as well as a fan knife, and lastly a Batangas knife. The butterfly knife is a folding pocket knife, the difference between a butterfly knife and a regular pocket knife is that it has two handles that counter-rotate around the tang in a way that when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

The butterfly knife originated in the Philippines, so it was commonly used as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. Hollow-ground balisong were also used as straight razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called flipping, are performed for art or amusement. Blunt versions of these knives, called trainers, are for sale to practice tricks without the risk of injury.

While a regular butterfly knife is now illegal in many countries, often under the same laws and for the same reasons that automatic knives are, trainers are usually legal anywhere. Of course, you should know your local knife laws.

There are two styles of construction when it comes to butterfly knives. There is sandwich or channel. This knife has been constructed sandwich style. Sandwich constructed balisong knives are assembled in layers that are generally pinned or screwed together. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers. This style of construction is the more popular style of construction, but it is also the weaker style of construction.

There are a few parts to a butterfly knife that are unique specifically to butterfly knives. The first piece is a bite handle, which is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade. This handle will cut the user if they are holding it when the they go to close it. But because this is a trainer, you don’t have to worry about that. The bit handle is also the handle that has the latch on it. The other handle is known as the safe handle, which is the handle that closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.

The next piece that is specific to a butterfly knife is the latch. This is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. The latch is also what keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to. There are a few styles of latches. The first is the batangas, which is the latch that is attached to the bite handle. Another style of latch is a manila, which is when the latch is attached to the safe handle.

Along with the latch, there is a tach gate, which is a block inside the channel of the handles stopping the latch from impacting the blade.

The next few pieces that are specific to a butterfly knife is the tang pin, which is the pin meant to hold the blade away from the handle when closed to prevent dulling.


How to Flip:

To perform a basic flip there are a few steps. The first step is to hold the knife from the safe side, which is the side where the sharpened edge would not close. This step is not as important with a trainer, because there is no sharpened side, but once you move to a real butterfly knife, don’t forget about this step.

The second step is to flick your wrist back. Hold the knife directly out in front of you, pointing forward. Now flick your wrist back. The flick of your wrist should be similar to the reverse motion of casting a fishing line. When you flip your wrist back, the knife will open and the handle of the sharpened side with hit you between your thumb and your forefinger. At this point, you should keep your hand where it is.

The third step is to flip the knife back forward. This time, flick your wrist downward so that the knife closes again. The knife should be a similar positon to when you started now.

The fourth step is to open your thumb and flip the knife up again. The last time you flipped the knife up, the handle hit you on the thumb and forefinger. Flip the knife up in the exact same way, but open your thumb and move it to the side this time. This will allow the handle of the sharpened side to smack into the handle that you are holding, engaging the knife. Once you have flipped the knife up into place, close your thumb over both handles.

At this point, you will have performed a basic flip. Of course, this is just one type of the basic flip and you can get more complicated as you go further and become more adept at flipping.


The Specs:

When this trainer is closed, it measures in at 4 7/8 inches long. The overall length of this knife measures in at 8 7/8 inches long.


The Pros of the Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife:

  • Stainless steel resists rust and corrosion easily.
  • Stainless steel also looks better than a high carbon steel for a longer period of time.
  • The blade won’t chip when you are learning about how to flip.
  • The satin finish is very traditional.
  • The satin finish cuts down on glares and reflections.
  • The satin finish cuts down on corrosion levels.
  • The skeletonized handles cut down on weight.
  • The holes and the flared handles provide good texture and grip.
  • Stainless steel is strong and durable.
  • The stainless steel handles are very resistant to corrosion resistant.
  • Because it is a dull blade, or a trainer, you can almost be sure that this knife will be legal in the United States. This is an advantage because not all butterfly knives are legal in all states or areas.
  • This knife is constructed just like an actual butterfly knife, including the size of this knife, so you can get down the flipping mechanism and not feel out of your league when you do move on to an actual butterfly knife.


The Cons of the Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife:

  • The stainless steel may become disfigured.
  • The stainless steel handles are going to be heavy.
  • The stainless steel handles can be rather slippery.
  • The sandwich construction is the weaker of the two styles of construction.



The Gen Pro Trainer butterfly knife features smooth action, a dull edge so you won’t cut yourself while practicing new tricks and is amazingly durable. This trainer balisong has a blade that cannot be sharpened. It has black finished stainless steel handles, and a stainless steel blade (dull). We took one of these and beat it against some steel pipes in an effort to see how strong and durable they are and they are incredibly durable. It is built with pin construction and should give you years of great practice. With this trainer, you can become a master flipper. Once you master the flipping even the most complicated flips, make sure to pick up an actual butterfly knife from BladeOps as well. Pick up this trainer butterfly knife today at BladeOps.


Benchmade Materials and Mechanisms

Benchmade has a rich history that dates back over 30 years. Benchmade is the product of many dedicated employees, a never quit demand for excellence and the de Asis family’s vision and total commitment to culture, service, and innovation. It was in 1979 that the Benchmade adventure began. Les de Asis wanted a knife that reflected the latest in materials and manufacturing technology to replace the cheap butterfly knives, known as Bali Songs, he played with as a kid. He used his high school shop skills and blueprinted his dream knife. He eventually met Victor Anselmo, who helped him grind the first ever pre-Benchmade Bali Song prototype. Paired with handles that Les sourced from a small machine shop in California, he assembled and finished his first Bali Song in his own garage. Proud of his creation, he took this first Bali Song into a local gun store and the owner asked, “Could you build 100 more?” When he was coming up with a name for the company he recognized that there was “handmade” and “factory made”, but it was “Benchmade” that described the quality of Les’ product. He was building an operation that made precision parts, but with hand assembly on the finished products. This was a “bench” operation and Les wanted the name to reflect the marriage of manufactured and custom. In short, it describes Benchmade’s position in the market.

May is Benchmade month at BladeOps, so to celebrate we are breaking down Benchmade part by part. Today, we are going to be talking about the Benchmade edge and what gives them their edge: the materials and mechanisms that they choose to use.

When Benchmade was talking about the mindset that established their reputation, they said, “For over twenty-five years, Benchmade has been designing and manufacturing world class products for world class customers. When Benchmade was founded, the mission was to create something better; something exceptional. Today, we continue to innovate with the goal of taking performance and reliability to the next level. To exceed what is expected. Whether you are using a Griptillian for every day duties or taking the fight to the enemy with the Infidel, our knives are built to perform. When you choose to purchase a Benchmade, you do so because you want the best. You demand it. And programs like our LifeSharp Lifetime Service and Warranty are the foundation of our commitment to excellence. We live it and breathe it, and we know what you mean when you say: It’s not a knife. It’s my Benchmade.”



Because Benchmade is building knives for the most demanding customers, ranging from special operations forces to elite backcountry hunters, and building for the best requires the best raw materials. They select premium blade steel and pair them with aerospace grade handle materials to create premium grade knives and tools that provide great value for our customers.


Handle Materials:


This is an extremely durable makeup of layers of fiberglass that have been soaked in a resin, then highly compressed and baked. This material is impervious to moisture or liquid and physically stable under climate change. This material is extremely tough, hard, very lightweight, and strong. However, this does tend to be a brittle material. While you are most likely to find this material in black, they do offer other colors.


Carbon Fiber:

A contemporary premium composite of thin strands of carbon tightly woven into various weave patterns, then impregnated with resin which is most commonly clear but can be color tinted. It offers great looks and is exceptionally strong for its minimal weight. This is a strong yet lightweight material that is also rather expensive. And while it is strong, it is far from indestructible and suffers from being brittle. This is because all of the carbon fibers are woven in a single direction, so while it is strong in that direction, it will break apart when stressed in other directions.



This is a birch powder composite material that has been backfilled with resin, Dymondwood is much more resistant to environmental hardships than natural wood. This is also sometimes known as stabilized wood, because it is almost as if the wood has been injected with plastic. This material bodes well to long term and heavy use.



This is a nonferrous metal originally developed as a premium aircraft grade aluminum, it offers a solid handle form and function at a nominal weight. This material is typically color anodized. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. This is a low density metal that provides for a nice, hefty eel to the knife without weighing the knife down.



This is an amorphous nylon copolymer with exceptional dimensional stability. Benchmade uses 50% or greater glass fill.



This is a thermoplastic elastomer that is molded to specification. It offers excellent flexibility with high tear strength and fatigue resistance. Resistance to many harsh chemicals. These features contribute to improved performance in a rage of tough jobs.



This is considered an exotic metal alloy with an excellent strength to weight ratio that offers exceptional performance in a knife. Titanium is corrosion resistant to natural elements as well as many industrial chemicals. Titanium actually offers the best corrosion resistance of any metal. This is a very similar material to aluminum but it is a little heavier. Although it is considered a lightweight metal and is much stronger than aluminum Something unique about titanium is that it is one of the rare metals that has a warm feel to it, so it doesn’t make you suffer nearly as much in the winter times as something like aluminum.


Blade Materials:

154 CM:

This is an American made stainless steel with well-rounded characteristics including good edge retention, overall toughness, and corrosion resistance. This is a solid choice for most applications. This is considered a high end steel which is basically an upgraded version of 440C through the addition of Molybdenum. This steel has decent toughness that is good enough for most uses and will hold an edge well. It is also not too difficult to sharpen with the right equipment.



This steel is air hardened tool steel developed to cut other steel. This American made steel offers fantastic toughness and edge retention for hard use applications. It is, however, a semi stainless steel, so care is required. A semi stainless steel means that it falls just short of the required amount of chromium to quality as full stainless yet it still provides a good amount of resistance to corrosion.



This steel has excellent edge retention and great corrosion resistance, which is a rare combination to find in steel. This steel is a great choice for someone who is looking for low maintenance cutting performance. This is a Powder Metallurgy tool steel.



This steel is made by Crucible and offers excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. It was designed in the US and is typically used for the high end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. The introduction of vanadium carbides brings extreme hardness into the steel alloy matrix. Dollar for dollar, this is generally regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with the optimal balance of edge retention, hardness, and toughness. However, this steel does tend to be tricky to sharpen.



This is an Austrian powdered steel with a uniform micro structure that provides superior levels of edge retention, toughness, and corrosion resistance, which makes this steel one of the most well rounded premium steels in the world. This steel is considered an ultra-premium steel and is manufactured by Bohler Uddeholm.



This steel is also considered an ultra-premium grade steel and is made by Crucible. This steel approaches the very pinnacle of wear resistance and edge retention. As you’ expect the carbon content is very high but the secret ingredient to this steel is the extreme quantities of vanadium, almost three times that you would find in S30V steel. This steel is definitely more expensive and it does require high amounts of patience to sharpen, but nothing will hold and edge better or withstand abrasions more effortlessly.



This is an Austrian steel that has been developed for extremely harsh environments like salt water. It also offers the best corrosion resistance available, and as a bonus, it is an easy steel to sharpen and has a keen blade edge. It can get such a keen edge because it has such a fine grain. This is a cheaper alternative to H1 steel.



This is an American powdered steel that is the toughest available. This steel is able to handle virtually any task and it excels in edge retention and wear resistance. However, it does require cleaning to keep it corrosion free as it is not stainless. This is considered a premium grade steel and excels at toughness.



A staple American made tee lint he cutlery industry. Widely used for its good balance of hardness and corrosion resistance. An excellent value priced steel for its performance.



This is a hand crafted specialty steel that uses layers of different metal and forging techniques to create its unique look. This steel is mainly used in special applications, and while it is durable for everyday use, it is specifically designed for its unique visual appearance.



The best performing stainless Damascus steel in the world using the latest gas atomized PM technology with very high cleanliness. IT has incomparable toughness and strength combined with excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance. This allows for a very user friendly Damascus steel that is made to be abused.



The mechanism of opening and closing a knife are essential to its function. Is it easy to actuate? Can it be opened with one hand? Is it ambidextrous? Will it absolutely not fail when you need it the most? These are critical considerations when it comes to the mechanism.



A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS has been turning head and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100 percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar that rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spans the liners and is positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Tow omega style springs on each liner, giving the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang. As a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself. Available in manual, AXIS Assist or Auto AXIS configurations.



The monolock mechanism is basically a locking liner on steroids. The knife liner is one in the same as the knife handle and thus it is designed and made to function as the locking mechanism. Subsequently, a thicker material is used to provide enough surface area to be functional handle and in turn creates a large surface area to lock the blade with. If executed properly, the monolock design rates very highly in strength and function.



Built form the framework of the locking liner with some innovative updates. The lock engages using tensile strength, compared to the compression hold of more traditional locking liners. With the Nak-Lok, the possibility of personal injury is greatly reduced with the opening finger never crossing the blade’s path.



This is another patented Benchmade exclusive, the Nitrous boosts the blade with ease. As the blade is closed, the two torsion arms that run the length of the handle liners are secured in place and make contact with the blade tang. As tensioned against the blade tang, the user rotates the blade open to a 30-degree angle, the torsion arms take over and continue the blade opening process on its own. The huge advantage to the Nitrous design over other similar concepts is that the blade must be rotated open to beyond a 30-degree angle which offers added user control.


Bali Song:

As much an art form as it is the ultimate example of form following function. The Bali Song, or butterfly knife, is of Filipino ancestry dating back to nearly AD 800. Its basic form consists of a pin hinged, tow piece handle which when closed encases the blade for carry. Opening and closing can be accomplished with a single hand, making the tool that much more utility capable.

Great Starter Butterfly Knives

Looking for a great starter butterfly knife?  Check out the Bear & Son line of butterfly knives.  The 114 series and the smaller 113 series are perfect starter butterfly knives.  Each one is pin construction.  This means the pin which connects the handles to the blade is not a torx screw-it is an actual pin.  This means the handles cannot be detached from the blade.  This is especially good for beginners because it means you don’t have to worry about managing the tightness of the swing.  The other thing I especially like about these two series is that they are relatively inexpensive.  At under $35.00 for most of them, they are a great knife to start with.

Black Tactical Kriss Butterfly Knife

The Black Tactical Kriss Butterfly Knife is one of our newest additions to our ever growing line of value butterfly knives.  This butterfly knife features a skeletonized handle and a black tactical kriss blade.  The kriss blade makes for a unique look.  One side of the blade is sharp.  This butterfly knife is built with pin construction–no need for adjustments and tightening–and the knife has good action.  A mid weight butterfly knife, the finish on the handle is just a touch rough.  This is a great practice butterfly knife–the blade shape alone will get y our friends talking.

Knife Category: Butterfly Knife
Blade Style: Kriss Blade,
Action: Butterfly Knife
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Open Length: 8 7/8″
Closed Length: 4 7/8″
Weight: 6.5 Ounces
Lock Mechanism: Handle Latch, Bite Handle

Yellow Jacket Butterfly Knife

Just yesterday we put three new butterfly knives into stock.  Over the past couple of months, one of our best selling value butterfly knives has been the Thug.  This knife was a bestseller for a couple of reasons.  One, it had great weight to it.  Two, it had good action.  Three, it was pin construction.  It seems that these three items make for a really excellent butterfly knife.  The only drawback to the Thug was that we were only able to get a limited number of them in before our supplier ran out of stock.  And of course, there is no word as to when they will be back in stock.  The Yellow Jacket butterfly knife seems to be of the same breed as the Thug.  Good weight, good action, and pin construction.  If you are looking for a good practice butterfly knife, this may just be what you have been looking for.
It has a mirror finish, drop point blade.  It also sports one tang pin to reduce the wear and tear on the handles.  The pin construction makes for a whole lot less fuss–no constant adjusments of the handles.  This is an all around great butterfly knife.

Bradley Kimura III Butterfly Knife

Bradley has just released their newest Kimura Butterfly Knife.  The Kimura III is identical to the Kimura II except in the blade shape.  The III has a tanto point blade while the II has a drop point blade.  For me, the Kimura series of butterfly knives is shaping up to be one of the best available series of knives in it’s class.  These high quality knives are made from top notch materials and built with a whole lot of attention to details.  And with a butterfly knife, like with all knives, it is the details that make the difference.  The Kimura III glides smoothly on its pivot screw.  It has an extremely good weight.  And it looks like a knife you may have paid over $200.00 for.  And yet, the Kimura III can be had for under $100.00.  If you are looking to step your game up and have been searching for a really good quality butterfly knife, check out the Kimura series by Bradley. 


Knife Category: Butterfly Knife

Blade Style: Tanto Point
Action: Side Open Butterfly Knife
Blade Length: 3 5/8″
Blade Thickness: 1/8″
Blade Material: 14C28N Stainless Steel
Open Length: 8 3/4″
Closed Length: 5″
Weight: 5.4 Ounces
Handle Thickness: 7/16″
Handle Width: 1 1/16″
Handle Material: 410 Stainless Steel, Skeletonized
Clip: None
Lock Mechanism: Handle Latch

THUG Butterfly Knives

Our newest butterfly knife is the THUG.  This is one of the best “value” butterfly knives we have seen in a long time.  It is fairly heavy weight, has good action, and is absolutely solid.  You can find it on our site in either a stainless steel finish or an all black tactical finish.  The THUG is made with pin construction which means you don’t have to tighten and retighten any screws.  It has skeletonized handles that are comfortable.  They are slightly rounded which makes them easy to manipulate.  Great butterfly knife.


Knife Category: Butterfly Knife
Blade Style: Modified Drop Point, Part Serrated
Blade Length: 3 3/8″
Blade Material: Stainless Steel
Open Length: 9 1/16″
Closed Length: 4 15/16″
Weight: 6.75 Ounces

Bradley Kimura II Butterfly Knife

Bradley just released their new Kimura II Butterfly Knife.  This is, by far, the best butterfly knife in it’s price point.  First of all, because no one else is competing in this price arena.  The Bear and Sons butterfly knives are all between 39 and 55.  The Kimura II should run you right around $92.00.  Then you have the big step up to the Benchmade butterfly knives or even the Spyderco butterflies.  The Kimura II has all the great quality you would expect from one of the very best balisongs on the market.  The handle is made of all stainless steel (410) and the blade is made of 14C28N stainless which gives you a great edge and also is reasonably corrosion resistant.  The first thing I noticed about teh Kimura II is the weight.  It seems to have the perfect weight.  And then I noticed the action.  Nice, smooth action that is adjustable with the two torx screws.  The Kimura II is stylish, smooth and has great action.  If you are ready to step up to a real butterfly knife, this is the route you should go.