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.