Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife Review

This company all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners decided to buy the Parker Edwards knife facility, which was a sister plant to W. R. Case & Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. Since then, a lot has happened to really establish Bear & Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

This company has gone through a series of twists and turns, which includes a time when the company was actually owned by Swiss Army Brands, Ken Griffey still heads the operation as president. His son Matt, who began working in the factory when he was 18, is vice-resident, as is Ken’s wife Sandy, who has played a key role as vice-president of purchasing and premium department. With their supervisors and management team, Bear and Son has a combined knife experiences of over 290 years. Needless to say, they head a skilled team of 82 knife craftsmen.

Americans are becoming increase more and more concerned about jobs lost o overseas sources, but Bear and Son Cutlery meets the test. 100% of their high-quality knives are made in their state-of-the-art Jacksonville, Alabama plant, where they do all their own tooling, pressing, heat-treating, grinding, heating, finishing, and assembly.

Ken Griffey has said, “Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high-quality knives and we make them all right here in the U.S.A. And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—the steels, every component right down to the tiniest screws, and of course every step of manufacturing. We’re a family company and we are dedicated to keeping it exactly that way.”

Bear OPS is a new division of Bear and Son Cutlery. When they first introduced the line, Bear and Son released this statement: “Bear and Son is product to introduce our new line of tactical knives—Bear OPS. Because we take our obligation of duty and to our country very seriously; our goal is to manufacture the best tactical knives available for those who serve. Bear OPS knives are made with OPS (Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives that can be relied on for any situation.”

Today we will be going over their Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly knife that sports a 1095 Carbon blade.

 

The Blade:

1095 steel is a basic from of carbon steel, and is most commonly used in the construction of various knives. This steel boasts a carbon content of .95% which serves to harden the steel, and also works to reduce the amount of wear that a blade will have to endure over time. Even though you do get the decreased wear because of the high presence of carbon, 1095 steel is not as tough as other types of steel because it does have lower levels of manganese, which is what hardness different steel types. However, manganese also does make blades more brittle, so this steel is not going to be as brittle as other steels. 1095 steel will make this blade hold a great edge and as a bonus is very easy to sharpen. While a heat treatment to this steel can be used to increase its overall strength, if the steel gets too brittle, it is going to break on you. This steel is also usually used on blades that are not too thin, because the thickness behind the blade keeps your knife from easily breaking. To keep this blade rust free for the longest time possible, make sure that you are rinsing it off after every use, make sure that you wipe it clean, and also that you oil it once a week. The oil will help to form a barrier that prevents moisture from reaching the steel. Because the properties of this type of steel do make it prone to rusting easily, you will often see knives with this steel finished with a coating.

And a coating finish is exactly what this blade has. While you can get this blade in a variety of different colors, the version that we are talking about today (B-600-B) sports a black powder coated finish. This coating is also known as a black paint and has one of the lower qualities out of blade coatings. Coatings provide corrosion resistance, but they will scratch off eventually. And because the powder coating is on the lower end of the quality spectrum, this coating is going to scratch off quicker than other coatings would. One of the benefits of a coated finish is that it is a matte finish. Because Bear OPS is a tactical line, the coating finish is the perfect option because there will be no reflection off of the blade to give your position away in a tactical situation.

The 1095 blade has been carved into a full-bellied drop point style blade. This blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today—and for very good reason. This blade style is strong, versatile, and will equip you to take on almost any challenge. One of the most common places that you are going to find a drop point blade is on a hunting knife. This is because the point on a drop point blade is lowered, which means that it is easily controllable. It is this lowered, controllable point that makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. But, you are going to find this blade shape on a variety of knives that are not hunting knives. For instance, the drop point blade shape is a very popular blade option on tactical and survival knives. This is due more to the way the shape is formed. The unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds so much strength to the tip. And while the tip on a drop point blade is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is so much stronger. It is this tip strength and its ability to hold up to heavy use that makes the drop point blade shape such a good option on tactical and survival knives, such as the Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly knife. The drop point, especially the drop point on this particular knife, feature a very large belly, which makes slicing a breeze. Drop point blades are really only known to have one real disadvantage (which is also one of its advantages), and that is its relatively broad tip. This broad tip does make it less suitable for piercing than the clip point, but you have to remember that it is this broad tip that provides the point strength hat is not going to be found on clip point knives.

This blade does feature a row of small, shallow jimping right where the blade meets the handle to add some added control when you are slicing with this butterfly knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this Balisong knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is one of the lower-density metals that is commonly used in knife making. This material is extremely corrosion resistant. The majority of knife handles that are made out of aluminum are made out of the 6061-T6 alloy, which has one of the highest tensile strengths of all the aluminum alloys. This name just means that the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This aluminum alloy has also been known as aircraft aluminum, because it is used extensively in aircrafts. This metal is a very durable material for knife handles, and although it is a low density metal, it still gives you a nice, hefty feel to your knife without weighing the knife down. When an aluminum handle is properly texturized, it can provide you with a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable to use—even for extended periods of time. But, aluminum does have high conductive properties, which means that if you are using this knife during the colder months, the handle is going to feel like it is biting into your hand. Aluminum is usually considered inferior to its stronger, but also more expensive brother Titanium. Some of the pros about an aluminum knife handle is that it is going to be strong, light, durable, and very resistant to corrosion. However, it is going to be cold to hold, more slippery than some knife handles, and is susceptible to scratches and dings.

The two handles on this knife are silver, with plenty of grooves carved into them for aesthetic as well as helping with your grip. These handles are also slightly curved to give you a more comfortable hold on the knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a butterfly knife. This style of knife is also known as a fan knife and in the Philippines it is known as a balisong knife. This style of knife is a folding pocket knife, but it has a significant distinction from traditional folding knives—it has two handles. These two handles counter-rotate around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within the grooves in the handle. This type of knife was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. This knife style has also been used as an art form and entertainment form, with the art form of “flipping”.

Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife
Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife

This style of knife is actually now illegal or restricted in many countries, often falling under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted. This particular Bear OPS Balisong is known as a sandwich constructed balisong knives, which means that the handles are assembled in layers that are screwed together and sometimes use a ball baring system. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

One of the key components of a butterfly knife that other styles of knives don’t have is the latch. This is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. This latch holds the two handles together and attaches them at their butts when the knife is opened, having them form into one single handle, without the fear of them coming apart in the idle of using this knife. The handle without the latch is considered the safe handle and closes and typically closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4.125 inches long, with a handle length of 5.125 inches. When this knife is opened, it is going to measure in at 9.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.9 ounces. This Bear OPS knife was proudly made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bear Song VI is one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. This line of balisong butterfly knives feature an entire arsenal of knives that offer a more tactical look and feel. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these butterfly knives showcase screw construction and the blade smoothly operates on bronze phosphorus washers and precision ball bearing surfaces. This model, the B-600-B, features gently curved silver anodized aluminum handles, closing latch, double tang pin design and a full-bellied drop point style blade in a black powder coated finish. The 1095 steel used for the blade offer you high wear resistance and make it easy to re-sharpen the blade when needed. The black, coating finish is going to help fight of corrosion that this blade is susceptible to. The combination of the steel, the blade shape, and the handle material make for a truly tough butterfly knife. Pick up your Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife today at BladeOps.

 

Benchmade 51 Morpho Balisong Butterfly Knife Review

The Benchmade Knife Company is a knife manufacturer run by Roberta and Les de Asis in Oregon. Its products are geared toward many niche markets, such as outdoor sporting cutlery, rescue, law-enforcement, martial-arts, and military. The company has collaborated with a number of custom knife makers since its inception.

Benchmade started in California in 1979 as Bali-Song, changing its name in 1988 to the Pacific Cutlery Corporation. In 1990 the company moved to Clackamas, Oregon. In 1996, the company moved to Oregon City, Oregon. Benchmade became known primarily as a manufacturer of butterfly, or balisong-style knives, which it continues to manufacture. These knives have been so identified with the company that Benchmade has registered “Bali-Song” as a trademark and logo. Benchmade’s original Bali-Song design by Jody Samson was awarded Blade Magazine’s Knife of the Year Award in 1979.

As of February 2009, the company as employing approximately 150 people. Benchmade has had several years of growth and has expanded both the variety of knives it produces and the facility itself.

When Benchmade is talking about their mindset, they say, “For thirty 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 Griptilian 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.”

Today we will be going over the Benchmade 51 Morpho Balisong Butterfly Knife.

Benchmade 51 Morpho Balisong Butterfly Knife
Benchmade 51 Morpho Balisong Butterfly Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of D2 tool steel. This steel has high hardness and pretty high toughness which makes it an excellent choice in cutlery. This steel is not technically a stainless steel, because it falls just short of the chromium content, but it still does have high corrosion resistance. D2 has been around for more than 20 years, which in terms of metallurgy, is an eternity. Because this steel is so popular and has been for such a long period of time, you can expect this steel to be reliable and trustworthy.

This knife comes in two different styles of finishes, there is the coated finish and then there is a satin finish.

The blade has been coated black. Because the coating puts a layer of material in between the D2 steel and the environment, you don’t have to worry about your blade rusting. The coating definitely cuts down on maintenance. Pus, it gives this knife a sleek black look. The coating is a matte black, which cuts down on glares and reflections and matches with the handles of this knife. It also contrasts with the blue that pops up in the handle. The only unfortunate aspect of a blade that has been finished with a coating is that the coating is prone to scratching off after time and heavy use. Which means that if you want your knife to remain in good shape and to still benefit from the coating, the blade will have to be re-coated. Sometimes it is worth it, sometimes it isn’t. But because this is a nicer knife, it will probably be worth it to have it re-coated.

The other option that you have to finish this Benchmade blade with is a satin finish. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive. The finer the sandpaper and the more even the lines, the cleaner that the blade is going to look. And because Benchmade is all about quality, you better believe that the blade looks very clean. The satin finish is a medium finish in terms of luster, and does work to cut down on rusting and corrosion slightly, although not enough to shirk your maintenance. The satin finish is the most popular finish in the cutlery industry today. The look it creates is a look that will never go out of style.

The blade has been carved into a spear point style. The spear point blade style is similar to the dagger blade, because they are both exceptional for piercing things. But, it differs from the dagger style blade because it’s point is stronger, more like a drop point than a dagger point, and it does have a small belly that you wouldn’t find on a dagger pointed blade. The blade shape is made of a symmetrically pointed blade with a point hat is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. Like mentioned, the spear point blade style differs from the needle point blade because it has a strong point that is sharp enough for piercing. The needle or dagger point blade has a sharper point, but it is also much weaker. This style of blade has been considered a hybrid knife style because it also contains a small belly that will be able to assist you in some cutting and slicing applications. If you were to compare this belly with the belly on a drop or clip point though, it would seem extremely strong. The belly on this knife is there to add an element of versatility, but the knife style was not designed to be an all-purpose blade like a drop point is. The spear point knife is a fantastic choice if you are searching for a blade that has both piercing and slicing ability, as well as a sharp, but strong point, along with a belly. The spear point blade style is the only knife blade shape that is going to offer you such a good balance between all of those things.

 

The Handle:

The handles on this butterfly knife is made out of skeletonized black G-10 handle scales with blue anodized and jeweled titanium liners.

G-10 is what is known as a grade of Garolite hat is a laminate composite that has been made out of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fibers, but because it is slightly weaker than carbon fiber, it can be made and bought for a much more inexpensive price. And although it is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, it does still have to be cut and machined into shape, which is not as economical as the injection molding process that is used in FRN handles. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The resulting material is hard, tough, strong, and lightweight. Although, this material is known to be brittle. The G-10 on this handle is a matte black that matches the blade perfectly.

The liners of the handles are made out of anodized titanium liners. Titanium is a metal very similar to aluminum, although it is a more durable option than aluminum. IT is also heavier than aluminum, but is considered a lightweight metal alloy. And, although it is heavier, for the extra weight, you get a lot of extra strength. Out of any of the alloy metal handle options, titanium is the one that offers the best rust resistance properties. Strangely enough, titanium has a warm feel to it, so, if you are going to be mainly using your knife in the colder months, this option is a fantastic one. Titanium is considered a premium metal for a knife handle, but it is still prone to scratches, especially when being compared to stainless steel. Titanium is also sturdy, yet still “springy,” which is why you commonly see titanium used as a liner. The titanium on this knife has been anodized bright blue, which contrasts with the black handle.

The G-10 handles have long, oval cut outs going down the length of the handles. This is the portion of the handle that shows off the bright blue liners. All the hardware on this knife is silver, which matches the blade on the 51 version, but contrasts on the 51BK version of the Morpho butterfly knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This Benchmade knife is a butterfly knife, which is commonly known as a Bali-Song knife. This style of knife is a folding knife that has two handles that counter-rotate around the tang so that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. This knife originated in the Philippines, where it was used as a self-defense and pocket utility knife.

You know that you are getting a high quality butterfly knife from Benchmade, because that is a rich portion of their history. In 1979, Les de Assis wanted a knife that reflected the latest in materials and manufacturing technology to replace the cheap butterfly knives he played with as a kid. He assembled and finished his first Bali-Song in his own garage. The next year, Les incorporated as Bali-Song, Inc. and rented a small shop in California. He utilized the rudimentary technology that was available to him at the time and began building handmade custom Bali-Songs. The success of these custom Balis spurred the creation of the first production Bali-Song: The model 68. Throughout the next couple years, the company changed names a few times, and quickly expanded its product offerings. Although they now don’t only focus on butterfly knives, it was such a rich part of their history that their logo is still the butterfly. At one point, this company focused only on butterfly knives, so they have been around the block a few times. They understand what makes a phenomenal butterfly knife, and once you get using the Morpho, you’ll recognize that knowledge as well.

There are two styles of construction when it comes to butterfly knives, sandwich construction and channel construction. The Morpho is what is known as Sandwich constructed, which means that the knife was assembled in layers that were screwed together. This style of construction allows the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 5 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 9.25 inches long. This butterfly knife is lightweight, measuring in at 3.3 ounces. This knife is made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use this butterfly knife.

 

Conclusion:

Benchmade first got their start in 1988 and began with just butterfly knives (hence the logo) before diving head first into automatic, spring assisted, folder, fixed blade and rescue tools arena. Offered in multiple sizes and handle configurations, this lightweight model features a patented liner-sprung spring latch locking mechanism as well as next generation kicker pin technology which provides incredibly smooth action. Take it from us–this could quite possibly be the only balisong you ever need thanks to Benchmade’s incredible tolerances and a semi-custom look without the heavy price tag. This larger Blue Class model, the 51, features semi-skeletonized black G-10 handle scales coupled with blue anodized and jeweled titanium liners, a spear point style blade in a satin finish and the reversible titanium pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. This is a fantastic Bali-Song knife from a company that you know you can trust when it comes to Bali-Song knives. Pick up the 51 Morpho today at BladeOps.

 

Thug Heavyweight Balisong Butterfly Knife Review

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 440 stainless steel. In the 440 lien of steels, there are three different formulas: 440A, 440B, 440C. Out of these three, C is the best steel that you could get for your knife out of this series and A is the least quality. The tricky part about this is that often times the steel and knife manufacturer will only mark the tang of the blade with a “440” instead of including which formula it is. If this is the case, like it is for this knife, you can pretty accurately assume that you are getting either A or B, because C is a steel that most manufacturers are proud of. However, even if you are getting A, which is the least quality out of the three, it is an inexpensive and highly corrosion resistant stainless steel, so you don’t have to be disappointed in your blade. This steel was made in China, when a steel company developed the 440 lien to be a modified version of 7Cr17MoV by adding in more vanadium.  Unfortunately, this steel does not have high wear resistance, which means that it cannot stand up to heavy use or force. If you are choosing to use this steel for your day-to-day activities than this steel is going to help you get the job done. The two best qualities that this steel is going to boast is that it is inexpensive and it is very stain resistant, even in extreme environments such as salt water.

Thug Heavyweight Balisong Butterfly Knife
Thug Heavyweight Balisong Butterfly Knife

The blade has been finished with a black coating. The black coating is there to give this knife a very sleek look seeing as it is an all-black knife. However, the coating does serve a wider variety of purposes instead of just overall aesthetic. This is your typical powder coating, which is essentially a thick plastic coating that covers the blade. The biggest advantage to having a coated blade is that it helps to enhance the blades ability to resist corrosion. This is because the powder coat creates a thick layer in between the steel and the environment which means that as long as the coating is intact, nothing is going to be able to touch the steel. Secondly, the black coating reduces the shiny surface of the blade, which is a trait that people require on tactical knives. Thirdly, a coating can actually reduce a drag during a cut because it creates such an even surface. There are drawbacks to a coated finish, but the biggest issue is that a coating is going to chip, scratch, or peel off after heavy use or long term use. Once your coating does scratch off, the only solution to keep the qualities in check is to re-coat the blade.

The blade on this butterfly knife has been carved into a drop point style blade, which happens to be the most popular blade shape in the cutlery industry to date. This style of blade is popular for a reason: it is versatile and tough. Because of this, you can find a drop point blade on anything from hunting knife, to a tactical blade, to an everyday carry knife. The blade shape is formed by having the spine of the knife run straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow, curving manner. The sharpened edge of the knife bulges out to provide the user with a large belly and then curves upwards to meet the lowered tip. The lowered tip allows you to control your cuts, allowing you to perform plenty of fine detail or tip work. The drop point blade also has one of the broadest tips that you are going to find throughout different blade styles. It is the broad tip that gives the drop point its characteristic strength that people have come to love and expect. Because it is lowered and strong, you are able to take on almost every day-to-day task as well as having the capability of using this knife for a tactical or even a survival knife if needed. One of the best features about a drop point style blade is that it has such a large belly, which allows the user to slice with ease. One of the most common things that you are going to perform with your knife is slicing, which makes this Thug a great everyday carry knife. The drop point blade does have one major disadvantage, which includes its broad tip. Because of the broadness behind it, you do lose out on almost all of your stabbing and piercing capabilities. If you are looking for an all-purpose knife that can also pierce, you should find a knife that boasts a clip point style blade.

This butterfly knife does sport a combo blade, which means that the upper half of the cutting edge (closer to the point) is a plain edge and the lower half of the cutting edge (closer to the handle) is serrated. This style of edge is designed to give you the best of both worlds. It is said that you can still slice and perform fine detail work with the half plain edge while being able to saw through thicker materials with the teeth of the serrated section. While in essence, this is a fantastic design, there is a complaint that because each of the portions is so small, you cannot actually use either portion well. This is a larger blade though, so this complaint should not come into play with this specific Thug knife.

 

The Handles:

The handles on this knife are made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is not uncommon to find as a knife handle material, but because of the weight that it carries, it is also not a super common knife handle material. The benefits of stainless steel handles are that the steel does give the knife crazy high durability. A knife that has stainless steel handles is going to be a challenge to break. Because of this durability, this knife is going to be able to handle the wear and tear from everyday life with ease. In fact, it will even be able to take on a lot more than just your everyday wear and tear. One of the other advantages to the stainless steel handles is that it has very high resistance to corrosion. This makes it a challenge to rust which will cut down on maintenance time over the course of its life.

One of disadvantages is that stainless steel handles do not have a lot of grip to them naturally. To give the user a proper grip on this knife, the manufacturer does have to really work with the handles and add in grooves or ridges. On this knife, the manufacturer has skeletonized the handle to give the user a good grip. Going down each of the handles are five ovals cut out, each of these holes gets larger the closer they get to the butt of the handle.

The biggest disadvantage with having fully stainless steel handles is that stainless steel is going to be very heavy. This does weigh the knife down and this Thug knife is one of the heavier butterfly knives that you are probably going to use.

The handles of this knife flare out towards the butt to help give you a better grip on this knife. The handles have been coated with a black coating that matches the blade on this knife. The coating provides the same benefits that it did for the blade: it increases corrosion resistance, adds a nice color, and overall prolongs the life of the handle. However, it also has the same drawbacks that the coating on the blade did: the coating will scratch off after heavy use or long periods of time.

 

The Mechanism:

This all-black blade is a butterfly knife. This style of knife is also commonly known as a balisong knife, as well as a Batangas knife, and even a fan knife in some areas of the world. This type of knife is a folding pocket knife that has two handles instead of the usual one. These two handles counter-rotate around the tang (which is the portion where the handles attach to the blade) in a way that when this knife is closed, the blade is actually stored in the middle and in between each of the handles.

This specific butterfly knife is constructed in a sandwich construction, instead of the channel construction. The sandwich construction is where the knife is assembled in layers that are pinned together. This allows the pivot pins to be adjusted ore tightly without binding. And when the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers. This contrasts the channel construction in which when the knife is closed, it would rest in a groove that has been created in the handles. The sandwich construction style is the more common construction; however, it is also the weaker of the two styles of construction.

The butterfly knife can be used for anything from shaving, to every-day purposes, to self-defense, and even as entertainment with manipulations called “flipping.”

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long with handles that measure in at 5 inches long. When this butterfly knife is opened, it 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 ounces. This weight will allow you to take on tougher tasks, because you do have the heft that you need, but it will weigh you down. Overall, this is just a large knife.

 

The Pros of the Thug Heavyweight Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade steel is very stain and corrosion resistant.
  • The blade steel is inexpensive, which keeps the overall cost of the knife down.
  • The coated blade increases the corrosion resistance of the blade.
  • The coating on the blade cuts down and eliminates glares and reflections.
  • The coating adds a sleek look to the blade.
  • The drop point blade is strong, tough, and durable.
  • The drop point blade has an easily controlled tip.
  • The blade boasts a large belly that makes slicing a breeze.
  • You can perform detail work and slicing with the plain portion of the blade.
  • You can slice through thicker materials with the serrated portion.
  • This is a large knife, so you can take on tougher tasks.
  • The stainless steel handles are going to be strong and durable.
  • The stainless steel handles are crazy corrosion resistance.
  • Because the handle has also been coated, the life of this knife is going to be significantly prolonged.
  • The butterfly knife can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

 

The Cons of the Thug Heavyweight Butterfly Knife:

  • It is tricky to know which level of 440 steel you are getting with this blade.
  • The blade will not have high wear resistance.
  • The coating will scratch off eventually, because all coatings do.
  • Because of the broad tip, you won’t be super capable of piercing or stabbing with this knife.
  • Do you get enough of each edge style to really utilize them?
  • This is a very heavy knife, so it might weigh you down.
  • Because the handle has also been coated, once this knife reaches a certain point in its life, the coating will have worn off of both the handle and the blade and your knife will be extremely unprotected.
  • The sandwich construction is weaker than the channel construction.

 

Conclusion:

The Thug Heavyweight butterfly knife is a fantastic choice for those just entering into the realm of butterfly “flipping” or if you want something that is as durable as it is cost effective. This knife boasts skeletonized stainless steel handles and a modified drop point style blade that is partly serrated and the integrated tang pin and pin construction is a true testament to why the Thug Heavyweight has been a top seller year after year. Pick up this butterfly knife today at BladeOps.

 

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.

 

Conclusion:

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.

 

Conclusion:

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.

 

The Bear and Son 115 Silver Vein Balisong Review

The Outdoor Wire put together a perfect history of Bear and Son Cutlery: “This company all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners bought the Parker Edwards knife facility, a sister plant to w. R. Case and Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. A lot has happened since then to establish Bear and Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

After a series of twists and turns, including a time when the firm actually as owned by Swiss Army Brands, Ken Griffey still heads the operation as president. His son Matt, who began working in the factory when he was 18, is vice president, as is Ken’s wife Sandy, who has played a key role as vice president of purchasing and premium department.

With their supervisors and management team, they bring a combined knife experience of more than 290 years, including positions with Gerber, Case, Buck, Parker Edwards and Schrade. They head a skilled team of 82 craftsmen.

As Americans become more and more concerned about jobs lost to overseas sources, they resent it when they see the words “Made in China” on a product. And they have less confidence in the quality and reliability—especially if it’s a knife.

Bear and Son Cutlery meets the test because 100% of their high quality knives are made in their state of the art Jacksonville, Alabama plant, where they do all their own tooling, pressing, heat treating, grinding, hafting, finishing and assembly.

‘Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high quality knives, and we make them all right here in the USA,’ said Ken Griffey. ‘And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—set steels, every component right down to the tiniest screws, and of course every step of manufacturing. We’re a family company and we are dedicated to keeping it exactly that way.’

With a wide range of knives—from big Bowies to popular Butterflies—Bear and Son covers almost every knife need. Bear and Son Cutler is a family business that insists on top quality knives and is dedicated to America.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1095 Carbon Steel. This is the most popular 10 series standard carbon steel with low corrosion resistance and average edge retention properties. So why would you even want 1095 steel? The appeal here is 1095 is a tough steel that’s resistant to chipping, it’s easy to sharpen, takes a crazy sharp edge, and is inexpensive to produce. This makes it desirable for larger heavy duty fixe blades and survival knives which are going to be subject to more abuse than your typical EDC.

The finish on this knife is a coated black finish. This coating finish reduces the reflection and glare while reducing wear and corrosion. Unfortunately, ALL coatings can be scratched off after continuous heavy use and the blade will then have to be recoated. Coatings can prolong the life of a blade by preventing corrosion or rust. Quality coatings add cost to a knife but provide more corrosion resistance, less reflection, and do require less maintenance.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. If you are looking for a great all-purpose knife that can stand up to anything, then you’ve come to the right place.  A drop point is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The most recognizable knife that features a drop point is the hunting knife, although it is used on many other types of knives as well, including the larger blades in Swiss army knives. To from this blade shape, the back, or unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, creating a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. Because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are popular on tactical and survival knives. Because the point on a drop point blade is easily controllable, they are a popular choice on hunting knives. The lowered, controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. Drop point knives also feature a large belly area that is perfect for slicing. There is really only one disadvantage of the drop point blade and that is its relatively broad tip, which makes it less suitable for piercing than the clip point. However, it is this broad tip that provides point strength that is not found on clip point knives. It is this tip strength that is crucial in survival knives. When you are choosing a knife with a drop point blade, you are choosing a knife that is going to help you in a wide variety of situations, whether it is the expected situations or the unexpected.

The Bear and Son 115 Butterfly knife has a plain edge. The plain edge is one continuous sharp edge and is far more traditional. The plain edge is better than the serrated when the application involves push cuts. Also, the plain edge I superior when extreme control, accuracy, and clean cuts are necessary, regardless of whether or not the job is push cuts or slices. The plain edge is going to work better for applications like shaving, skinning an apple, or skinning a deer. All those application involve either mostly push cuts, or the need for extreme control. And, the more push cuts are used, the more necessary it is for the plain edge to have a razor polished edge. Plain edges are going to serve a much wider purpose as their most useful application is what most of us think of when we think of using a knife: a strong, steady pressure. Another one of the key advantages of a plain edge is that it doesn’t snag or fray when cutting through some ropes, though with other ropes, particularly ones made of plastics or other synthetic materials, the blade may simply slip instead of cut. A plain edge cuts cleanly.

 

The Handle:

The knife handles on this Butterfly knife are a speckled black and grey casted zinc. Having zinc knife handles is one of the most unique aspects about this knife. Zinc is not commonly used in knife handles; however, zinc has been here for years. US architects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries relied on the chemical substance for making sheet based roofs. Zinc is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to increasing demand for eco-friendly products. Zinc is known as spelter in commerce and is a silvery white metal that is mined from the earth. Long before zinc was used to manufacture alloys such as brass, which is a combination of zinc and cooper, and was used throughout the world for a variety of applications that included weapons buckets, and wall plaques. By the end of the 18th century, Europeans had begun smelting zinc and the process spread to the US by the mid-19th century. Some of zinc’s best qualities is its ability to keep away corrosion. In fact, because of the ability to keep away corrosion, zinc is used for coating iron and steel to inhibit corrosion. Another advantage of since is that it is one of the most durable metals out there. Thirdly, zinc is the 24th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, so it makes sense to use it for everything we can. Plus, zinc is considered a “green” material. Zinc is known for being eco-friendly because it requires less energy for production than other metals because of its lower metal point and because zinc is completely recyclable.

Because this is a butterfly knife, there are actually two handles that unfold and attach together to form one larger handle. There are oval cut outs all the way down both of the handles.

 

The Mechanism:

Bear & Son 115 Butterfly
Bear & Son 115 Butterfly

The Bear and Son 115 is a butterfly knife, which is also known as a balisong, a fan knife, and sometimes even a Batangas knife. This type of knife was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. Hollow ground butterfly knives were also used as straight razors before conventail 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 the meaning of the term balisong is not entirely clear, a popular belief is that it is derived from the Tagalog words baling sungay (broken/folding horn) as they were originally made form carved caribou and stag horn.

This specific balisong is called a sandwich constructed balisong. This means that the knife is assembled in layers that are generally pinned or screwed together though may sometimes use a ball bearing system. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rest between the layers.

There are a couple of main parts on a balisong that we will go over. First, the bit handle. This is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade and will cut the user if they are holding the handle when they go to close it. This is the handle that usually has the latch on it.

The second part is the choil. The second part is the kicker. This is the area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge from touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This is sometimes supplanted by an additional tang pin above the pivots.

The third part is the latch. This is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. Magnets are occasionally used instead. It also keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to.

Fourth, the latch gate. This is a block inside the channel of the handles that stops the latch from impacting the blade.

Fifth, the tang pins. This pin(s) is meant to hold the blade away from the handle when closed to prevent dulling and in some cases, a second pin to keep the handles form excessively banging together while the butterfly knife is being manipulated.

Sixth, the safe handle. This is the handle, which generally is the handle without the latch, that closes on the non sharpened edge of the blade.

 

Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long. The knife has an overall length of 9 inches long with a handle length of 5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5 ounces. This knife is made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The 115 series of butterfly knives are one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. This line of knives has expanded off of the popular 114 and 113 series of knives by offering different handle colors with the same traditional blade finishes and options. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these butterfly knives showcase pin construction and the blade smoothly operates on bronze phosphorus washers and precision ball bearing surfaces. This model, 115, features speckled black and grey casted zinc handles, a closing latch with a double tang pin design and a drop point style blade in a black finish. The zinc handles are eco-friendly and one of the most durable materials that you are ever going to work with. The drop point style blade is going to help you work on a large variety of tasks, form the everyday tasks that you expect to the unexpected emergencies that tend to pop up. Pick up your new favorite 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.”

 

Materials:

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:

G10:

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.

 

Dymondwood:

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.

 

Aluminum:

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.

 

Grivory:

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

 

Santoprene:

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.

 

Titanium:

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.

 

D2:

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.

 

CPM 20CV:

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.

 

CPM S30V:

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.

 

M390:

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.

 

CPM S90V:

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.

 

N680:

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.

 

CPM M4:

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.

 

440C:

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.

 

Damascus:

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.

 

Damasteel:

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.

 

Mechanisms:

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.

 

AXIS:

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.

 

Monolock:

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.

 

Nak-Lok:

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.

 

Nitrous:

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.

Bear and Son 114 Silver Vein Butterfly Knife Review — Quick Review

Bear & Son 114 Butterfly Knife
Bear & Son 114 Butterfly Knife

Bear & Son Cutlery has been making some of the best, low cost butterfly knives on the market for quite some time.  The classic model 114 consistently delights new and old butterfly users.

The knife features a 440 stainless steel blade attached to silver stardust die cast handles.  The handles boast classic mid level weight.  With five slot holes in each handle, the balance between the handles and the blade is fantastic.

The hollow ground, drop point style blade measures 3 5/8″ long.  It is attached to the handles with pins.  This means you don’t have to worry about maintaining the proper tension with torx screws. The biggest issue with many pin construction butterfly knives is that over time, they get sloppy and are not adjustable to clean up the slop.  The Bear & Son 114 doesn’t seem to suffer from this malady. The blade moves loosely in the slots at the top of the handle but it doesn’t get really sloppy over time like many low cost butterfly knives do.

The construction and materials are such that this butterfly knife stands up to some serious use and abuse.  Like most novice butterfly users, I have dropped and tossed my 114 many times.  It still doesn’t show any serious wear and tear.

One thing I learned is that if you want to learn new moves with your butterfly knife, you are probably going to cut yourself from time to time.  One way to fix this is to run a strip of black electrical tape over the sharp edge of the blade.  When you make a mistake, it still stings a bit but at least it won’t cut.

If you are looking for an entry level butterfly knife that is going to stand the test of time and abuse, check out the Bear and Son 114.  You can find it here on our website.  Let me know what you think of yours down below in the comment section.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Blade Material : 440 Stainless Steel
  • Handle Material : Zinc (Epoxy Powder Coat)
  • Blade Length : 3-5/8″
  • Overall Length : 9-1/4″
  • Closed Length : 5″
  • Weight : 5 oz.
  • Extras : Hollow Ground Blade

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.