Microtech Tachyon III Knife Review

For over 20 years, Microtech has been working to build a long standing tradition of innovation and quality with each knife that leaves their facility. In a world of ever changing technology, they strive to ensure their customers have access to the latest advancements in knife making, while still continuing to maintain a humanized element throughout the manufacturing process. As the company continues to grow, their focus remains the same: deliver revolutionary products that exceed the industry’s ever increasing desire for groundbreaking ideas. They appreciate their customers, for the years of loyalty and support and for motivating them to better themselves so that they can continue to rise above your expectations.

IN 1994, the very first prototypes were created in Anthony and Susan Marfione’s apartment. They also released the UDT which marked the beginning of Microtech. The company began renting a building in Vero Beach, Florida, which quickly expanded to nearby empty buildings as the demand for a larger facility became apparent. In 1995 they released the HALO, which has become a prominent line through Microtech’s history and earned the cover spot of the 1995 edition of Fighting Knives magazine. In 1999, the Ultratech, which is the most popular Microtech ever, first hit production. This year, Microtech also earned Blade’s Magazine’s Manufacturing Quality Award for the second year in a row.

In 2000, Microtech released the company’s first balisong knife, the Tachyon, which was later followed by the Tachyon II and the Metalmark in 2012. In 2004, The MTX2 was awarded American Made Knife of the year by Blade Magazine. This same year, originally designed for U.S. Special Forces Boat Team 20, the initial run of the Currahee was limited, with the first few placed in the hands of those best suited to test the knife, the United States Special Forces. In 2015, they featured significant collaboration with Heretic Knives, Sean Marfione, Koji Hara, Bork Blades, and Munroe Knives. This same year, the Ultratech underwent a major aesthetic revamp, with the introduction of the new tri-grip handle and thumb slide. Also, the Arbiter was introduced as production model for the first time. This was also the year that the Tachyon III was introduced, bringing a whole new level of mechanics and visual appeal to the balisong industry.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Bohler ELMAX steel. This is a high chromium, vanadium, molybdenum alloyed powdered steel with extremely high wear and corrosion resistance. Elmax is stainless but acts in many ways like a carbon steel. you get a superb edge holding and relatively easy sharpening while maintain a healthy resistance to rust. This steel might even be the best all-around knife steel. The majority of Microtech’s blades are crafted from this steel, because they believe that is provides the best balance between corrosion resistance and edge retention. This is a high performance knife steel. Elmax is a third generation powder metal technology that is noted for its fine carbide distribution with extremely low inclusion content for virtually no chip out. Bohler says that this steel has four main characteristics: high wear resistance, high compressive strength, corrosion resistant, and very good dimensional stability. High wear resistance is normally connected to low corrosion resistance and vice versa. In Elmax, it has however been able to achieve this unique combination of properties by a powdered metallurgy based production.

There are two coating options that you can choose from on this series of knives. The first coating is an apocalyptic stonewashed finish, which is a black stonewashed finish. A stonewashed finish refers to tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. There is a wide variety of stonewashed finishes based upon the abrasive shape, tumbling motion, and the type of finish the blade has before it enters the tumbler. An acid stonewashed or black stonewash finish is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. A very positive benefit of stonewashed blades is that they are low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime. The stonewashed finish hides the scratches and smudges that can occur with use over time.

The second finish option that you are presented with is a DLC black coating. A coated finish reduces the reflection and glare while also reducing wear and corrosion. However, ALL coatings can be scratched off after continuous heavy use and the blade will then have to be recoated. Generally, the harder the finish, the more resistant to wear and the more expensive to add to a knife. High quality finishes are bonded electrically, chemically, or thermally to the surface as opposed to a simple drying paint like coatings. High end coatings like DLC require that the blade go to a specialty coating facility for physical vapor deposition application in a vacuum environment. Coatings can prolong the life of a blade by preventing corrosion or rust. Quality coatings do add cost to a knife but provide more corrosion resistance, less reflection, and require less maintenance.

These knives all have a drop point blade shape. This is one of the most common blade types, the drop point is most popular within the realm of hunting knives and larger knife blades, but this blade style also works well as a tactical or survival knife. Characterized by a convex sloped, sloping spine, and a lowered point, drop point blades are especially useful for controlled cuts—hunters find that the blades large belly facilitates skinning. In addition, drop point blades have very strong tips that resist breaking, which is crucial in survival situations. The only downside is that this blade’s broad tip isn’t suited or piercing, especially compared to clip or spear point blades.

You also have two different edge options with the Tachyon III series of knives. You can choose between a plain or a combo edge. Plain edges are blades that are one continuous sharp edge and are far more traditional. They serve a much wider purpose as their most useful application is what most of us think of us when we think of using a knife: a strong, steady pressure. Another key advantage of a plain edge is that it doesn’t snag or fray when cutting through some ropes. A plain edge cuts cleanly. Serrated edges are blades that have some kind of toothed or saw-like edge ground into on the cutting surface. These are intended to be used much like a small saw, with a back and forth motion. They’re great for cutting through belts and ropes, fabric, and various other textured materials. Serrated blades also work great on substances that are soft, flexible, or can be crushed easily with downward cutting such as bread or tomatoes. However, serrated edges can easily cause fraying and when the blade dulls it’s much more difficult to sharpen and requires specialty sharpening equipment. A serrated blade does not cut as cleanly as a plain edge knife. Often, sharpening requires taking the blade to a professional sharpener, especially if the sharpening is long overdue.

 

The Handles:

Microtech Tachyon 173-1DLCBL
Microtech Tachyon 173-1DLCBL

The handles are made out of T6-6061 aluminum. Aluminum, which is usually anodized for color, hardness, and protection, is a very durable material for knife handles. It is a low density metal that provides for a nice, hefty feel to the knife without weighing the knife down. The most common type of aluminum used today is the T6-6061 alloy which has tremendous tensile strength. When properly texturized, an aluminum handle can provide a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable and easy for extended use. On the downside, if you sue your knife quite a bit during colder winter months, you might find the handle uncomfortably cold given its conductive properties. Aluminum is actually considered inferior to its stronger, yet more expensive brother Titanium which tends to be found on more premium knives.

With the handles you have the option of a couple of different colors: black, blue, and a handful of custom colors.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife has been designed for tip up carry only.

 

The Mechanism:

Microtech Tachyon 173-1BW
Microtech Tachyon 173-1BW

The Tachyon III is a balisong knife. This is also known as a butterfly knife or a fan knife. Its distinction is two handles counter rotating around the tang so that when the 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. A common stereotype is that people in this area carries one everywhere he or she goes. The hollow ground balisongs 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. This type of knife can be used as an art form when flipping. This style of knife is actually now illegal or restricted in many countries, often under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted.

This specific type of balisong has a channel constructed balisong, which means that the main part of each handle is formed form one piece of material. 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 sandwich construction, which is the other style of balisong knife that you can find.

There are a couple of main parts of the balisong knife:

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. It’s the handle that usually has the latch on it.

The Kicker: this is the area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge form touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This is sometimes supplanted by an additional tang pin above the pivots.

The Latch: the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. Magnets are occasionally sued instead. This part also keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to.

The Safe Handle: this is the handle that closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade. It is generally the handle that does not have the latch on it.

Zen pins: these are the screws mounted inside the handles that collide with the kicker mounted on the tang to prevent the blade from moving around whilst in the open or closed position.

 

The Specs:

The blade length on this knife is 4.5 inches long with an overall knife length of 10 inches long. The handle on this knife measures in at 5.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.1 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Microtech Tachyon 173-1FL
Microtech Tachyon 173-1FL

Released in 2012, the Tachyon™ II was modeled after Microtech’s® original balisong knife, the Tachyon™ from 2000.  Re-engineered to perfection in 2015, the Tachyon™ III reflects the ideal evolution of Microtech’s® balisong line. The handles are machined from solid billet and a redesigned silicon nitride race bearing system creates a flawless flipping mechanism.  The blade and overall lengths have been significantly lengthened, generating a new balance compared to its predecessor.  The Tachyon™ III also showcases the new spring-loaded pocket clip (patent pending) that sits in a milled channel so it is flush to the handle when not in use.

Between stonewashed or DLC finish, the multiple handle colors, and the two different edge options that you can choose from, you are sure to find the exact Microtech Tachyon III for you. With such a wide variety of options in this series of knives, there’s sure to be the perfect option for you. So whether it’s for flipping or defense, pick up your favorite version of the Tachyon III today at BladeOps.

 

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How Knives Open

One of the ways that knives are often categorized as is how they open. There are six different ways that knives can open. These are automatic, out the front, butterfly, spring assist, folding, and fixed blades. Today we are going to discuss what each of these are, how they are most often used, and some advantages and disadvantages of each kind.

 

Automatic Knives:

Automatic knives are known as a variety of different names, one of the most popular being a switchblade. Some of the other names that an automatic knife is known by are pushbutton knife, ejector knife, springer, flick knife, and flick blades. An automatic knife is a folding or sliding blade that is contained in the handle of the knife, which can then be opened automatically by a spring. This is triggered by a button, lever, or switch on the handle. Many automatic knives include a locking blade, which adds a safety element to the knife. This safety is when the blade is locked against closure. The safety button is usually a manual button that allows it to be locked in an open or closed position. Automatic knives are grouped into two categories: folding and out the front. Some people enjoy automatic knives because of how quickly and efficiently they can be opened, usually with just one hand. However, automatic knives are highly regulated in the states, because they can be dangerous. Unfortunately, automatic knives can have mechanical failure, thus ruining the knife. Some people are hesitant with automatic knives because they can open without meaning to open, but like earlier stated, most of the automatic knives have a safety feature. This style of knife can also be a more expensive option than others. This style of knife is not an ideal knife for heavy duty tools, because a fixed blade would stand up better to heavy use.

Advantages of an automatic knife:

  • Can be opened very quickly.
  • Can be opened with one hand.
  • Most feature a safety mechanism.
  • Can be speedy for using as a self-defense weapon.

Disadvantages of an automatic knife:

  • High regulations and laws that limit the ability to own one, so you have to check into your local laws.
  • More expensive than some of the other options.
  • Not ideal for heavy duty use.
  • If your automatic knife doesn’t feature a safety, it can be accidentally opened when you didn’t want it to be opened.

 

Out-the-Front Knife

Similarly, to an automatic knife, out-the-front knives are known by a few names. Some of these other names include sliding knife and telescoping knives. An out-the-front knife got its name because it is a knife that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is unique because many other knives open with the blade coming out of the side, rather than the front. An out-the-front knife is one grouping of an automatic knife, because you can get this style as an automatic style. However, you can get a manual out-the-front knife. There are a few different styles of out-the-front knives, some of the popular ones are automatic knives, gravity knives, and spring assisted.

Automatic out-the-front knives:

This style of out-the-front knife is where the blade is connected to a track on the inside of the handle. This grouping is also categorized into two groupings: single action and double action. Single action deploys the blade automatically, but they must first be cocked or retracted to close. Double-action is when the blade deploys and retracts with a button and spring design.

Gravity out-the-front knives:

This style of out-the-front knives are never known as a sliding knife, because the blade is ejected by gravity. This style does not have a spring inside the handle, unlike the other kinds. The blade gets locked inside the handle with a lever, which creates tension to hold the blade in place. To eject the blade, you have to first release the lever and then turn the knife upside down, the blade will fall right out. Then, this lever also creates tension to lock the blade to hold it open.

Spring assisted out-the-front knives:

This style is a newer style. This style works because when the blade is retracted, it is under constant pressure from a compressed spring that rests inside the handle. When you push the button, it releases the spring, which then pushes the blade out of the handle. To pull the blade back into the handle, you press a release button, which is usually the same button, and manually retract the blade.

Advantages of an out-the-front knife:

  • Variety of styles, so you can get what you prefer.
  • Some are automatic, so they are quick.
  • Since the blade comes out the front, you cannot close the blade on your hand.
  • This style is a good option for self-defense.

Disadvantages of an out-the-front knife:

  • Since many are automatic, they fall under the same strict laws that other automatic knives do.

 

Butterfly Knives

Like the previous two knives, butterfly knives go by a couple of different names, such as a fan knife or a balisong knife, the latter being one of the most popular name options for this style. A butterfly knife is a folding pocket knife, what makes it unique is that it has two handles that hug the blade when it is close. When it is open, the two handles fall to the bottom and there is a small clip that connects the two handles to keep them open and together. This style of knife was very commonly used by Filipino people, especially in the Tagalog region. A balisong knife is primarily used for stabbing or slashing. This knife is not ideal used for chopping because it doesn’t carry the weight to actually carry through with any of the chopping. Butterfly knives rarely sport a serrated edge. However, many people have trained themselves to perform the art of “flipping” or “fanning”. This art is when people can perform by flipping the knife in a series of movements.

Advantages of a butterfly knife:

  • This style of knife has a unique look to it, so it has an awe factor to it.
  • The handles of this knife can be used as a blunt weapon.
  • Can use this knife for an art form, instead of just tactical uses.
  • Butterfly knives are good for stabbing and slashing.
  • This can be a cheap option.

Disadvantages of a butterfly knife:

  • While this is good for stabbing, since the blade is so thin, it makes a smaller wound than other knives would.
  • This style cannot be used for chopping.
  • The typical size is a lot larger than other styles of knives.

 

Spring-assisted knives:

Spring-assisted knives are also commonly called assisted-opening knives. This style is often confused with an automatic style knife, but they differ slightly. This style is a kind of folding knife that has an internal mechanism of a torsion spring and a track that the blade is resting on. This mechanism helps finish opening the blade once the user has already partially opened it. The user will partially open the knife by using a flipper or thumb stud that is attached at the bottom of the blade. When the knife is closed, the blade will be held in place by torsion springs. You can also get an additional blade lock on the knife. While an automatic knife has strict laws, assisted knives are usually legal. Another benefit of spring-assisted knives are that they are less likely to have some of its mechanisms broken, unlike an automatic knife. This is because an automatic knife has constant pressure on the spring the whole time that the knife is closed. In a spring-assisted knife, the spring only has this tension placed on it when the blade is being deployed, at other times, the spring has no pressure and can be relaxed. Because spring assisted knives are partially automatic, they can open much quicker than a regular folding knife would be able to.

Advantages of a spring-assisted knife:

  • They are legal in more places than a fully automatic knife would be.
  • Because they are legal in more areas, they make for a great every day carry knife and a great self-defense weapon.
  • Less likely to break than a fully automatic knife.
  • Much quicker to open than a regular folding knife.

Disadvantages of a spring-assisted knife:

  • This style is not as quick to open as a fully automatic knife.
  • Not great for heavy duty work.
  • Over time, the inner mechanisms can wear down and the “assisted” mechanism loses its “snap”.

 

Manual folding knives:

A manual folding knife is a style of knife that requires the user to physically open the blade. The user will do this by using either a thumb stud or a cut out. The cut out style of opening mechanism is commonly found on traditional pocket knives and also on Swiss Army knives. The cut out is a small groove in the blade that you can put your nail in to get a grip on the blade and open it up. The thumb stud mechanism is a small protrusion that sits on the blade that allows you to get a grip on the blade. This is usually done by placing your thumb on the stud and pulling the blade out of the handle of the knife. A manual folding knife was the first style of pocket knife before any of the newer knife technology was developed. This style of knife is a very popular knife because they fit nicely in your pocket and can also be carried easily in a pack.

Advantages of a manual folding knife:

  • This style of knife offers a very classic style.
  • Opens slower than an automatic knife, so it can be much safer than an automatic or assisted knife.
  • Since it doesn’t rely on a spring to open, it is less likely to break than an automatic or assisted knife.
  • Legal in many more areas than an automatic knife—but make sure to always check your local laws before buying and carrying a knife.

Disadvantages of a manual folding knife:

  • Opens very slowly, so it is not a good self-defense weapon.

 

Fixed blade knife:

A fixed blade is any knife that doesn’t have a folding or sliding blade. They are sometimes called sheath knives because to close them, you just place a sheath over the blade. This style of knife is usually stronger and sturdier than the other styles because the blade is directly connected to the handle and you remove any moving and inner parts. You can also purchase fixed blade knives in a large variety of sizes—you can get them small and you can get them huge. But, fixed blades are usually harder to conceal than the previous styles of knives. They are also harder to carry, since they are usually larger and don’t fit in pockets as well or at all. Fixed blade knives are also very easy to maintain because you don’t have to worry about springs or mechanisms. Fixed blade knives often have a larger blade than the previously mentioned styles, making them ideal for heavy duty work. This style of knife is also an idea survival tool because they can manage so many different tasks and they will last.

Advantages of a fixed blade knife:

  • Sturdier than other options of knives.
  • Last longer than the other styles of knives because they don’t have moving parts that can break.
  • Longer/bigger blade.
  • Great option for a survival tool.
  • Great option for heavy duty work.
  • Large variety of sizes.
  • Easy to maintain.

Disadvantages of a fixed blade knife:

  • Harder to conceal than other styles of knives.
  • Harder to carry, since they are usually bigger than the other styles of knives.

 

Conclusion:

There are many different styles of knives and one of the biggest ways to categorize them is how they open. We have now discussed the six most popular categories of how knives open. When choosing the perfect knife for you always keep in mind the task at hand.

 

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Remington Butterfly KNife

Butterfly/Balisong

A balisong’s peculiarity lies within its two handles counter-rotating around the tang of the blade. When closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. The balisong knife is the traditional name. Another more common name for the knife is called a butterfly knife. It is also referred to as a Batangas knife, after the Province of Batangas, in the Philippines where it is traditionally made. The balisong was commonly used by the Filipino people for self-defense and as a utility knife. While the meaning of the term balisong is foggy, a popular belief is that it is derived from the Tagalog words “bali” and “sungay” which means broken and horn in English. They were originally made from carved caribou and stag horn. Balisong is also the name of a small area in the Batangas Province, which became famous for crafting these knives.

 

Specs

There are many different types of butterfly knives out on the market. So to narrow it down, here is a few key specs on the Remington Butterfly knife.

  • Product Type: Balisong/Butterfly
  • Locking Mechanism: Latch
  • Overall Length: 9.00″
  • Weight:  5.21 oz.
  • Handle Length: 5.00”
  • Blade Length: 4.00″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″
  • Blade Steel: 1095
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Sheath Included: No

 

Now that we have seen the basic overview, let’s dive into what the knife really has to offer.

Remington 39018 Tanto Butterfly
Remington 39018 Tanto Butterfly

Blade

Style

The tanto blade found on the Remington Butterfly knife is a bit unusual. Normally, a tanto blade has a somewhat chisel-like point that is thick towards the point (being close to the spine) and is thus quite strong. Rather, the two different angled edges do not so much meet at a sharp point, but instead, they have a slight curving into each other. Thus it looks more like a traditional tanto blade which is inspired by ancient Japanese swords. The Westernized tanto is most often straight but may also be gently curved. This style of blade became popular during the ‘80s shortly after the blade was created and introduced. The tanto does not have a typical belly (such as that on a drop point), which is sacrificed in exchange for a stronger tip. Its design makes it great for push cuts, rather than slicing, and piercing tougher materials because of its tip’s strength.

Steel

The 1095 Steel that the tanto blade is made from is a basic carbon steel. It has a carbon content of .95% which helps harden the steel, and reduce the wear that a blade will experience over time. Despite the reduction in wear, 1095 steel is not as tough as other types of steel because of the lack of manganese, which hardens steel. 1095 steel holds a great edge and is easy to sharpen. However, because of the high amount of carbon it has a tendency to easily rust if not taken care of. As long as the blade is properly cared for, rust should not be too great a problem for anyone.

Finish

Black coatings, like the one found on the Remington Butterfly Knife, can last for several years depending on how thick the coating is. Like any other blade finish, with time, it began to look used. The way it looks is a matte black finish. Notable benefits of it are its coolness factor, and its low reflectivity. This coating can be helpful in stealth situations that require a tactical knife with low reflectivity. When the knife needs protection from corrosion, a coating has got you covered. If you forget proper blade maintenance, the coating can resist corrosion for a longer time (when compared to a satin finish). Though not the fanciest of finishes, it gets the job done.

 

Handle

Material

Aluminum, as you know, is a non-ferrous metal (meaning it does not contain or consist of iron).  It is corrosive resistant and a durable material for knife handles. It is a low-density metal that provides a nice, solid feel to the knife without adding weight to the knife. It is strong because of its high strength to weight ratio. Aluminum is often considered to be inferior titanium, which tends to be found on more premium knives. Though inferior to titanium, it is still an excellent handle material. The biggest advantages to aluminum are its strength, its light weight, its durability, and its resistance to corrosion.

A downside to aluminum is that if you use your knife during cooler weather, you might find the handle to be slightly uncomfortable.  If left uncared for, aluminum will oxidize. This oxidation appears as white residue and pitting on the surface. Some other things to watch out for with an aluminum handle is that it is susceptible to scratches and dings if you are not careful. Though it may seem to have significant disadvantages, there are many good qualities to this material.

How to Use

Opening the Remington Butterfly is easy to do and fun. Below is a step-by-step guide to help those who do not know how to open the knife:

  1. Start by holding the closed knife in your dominant hand.
  2. Unlock the knife. Do this by moving the latch that is being held stationary to disengage the blade.
  3. Grab the safe handle on the knife (you don’t want to cut yourself with the blade).
  4. Flip open the handle over your hand exposing the blade.
  5. Rotate loosely in front of your hand 180 degrees.
  6. Flip the blade against back of hand
  7. Flip back and grab rest of handle

 

This is just a simple list of steps on how to open the knife. There are several different ways to open up the knife. Once you play around with the knife for a while, it becomes easier to open. And given time, you could probably start performing tricks. There are plenty of videos online that show how to open this type of knife.

Now closing the knife is very similar to how the knife is opened. You could almost take the same steps and just go through them backwards. Here are the steps on how to close the knife:

  1. Again, start with holding the open knife in your dominant hand.
  2. Unlock the knife if you locked it into the opening position. Unlike opening the knife, the lock has to be manually disengaged. A squeeze on the handle will not unlock it.
  3. Flip over the handle that normally conceals the blade edge when closed.
  4. Rotate the knife loosely in your hand, around the front side of your hand, 180 degrees
  5. Flip the same handle against the back of your hand. Your hand will be in-between both of the handles at this point.
  6. Flip it back over your hand and grab the rest of the handle.

 

It will take time getting used to, but operating the butterfly knife can be done. It is different than opening a traditional folder, or auto knife. However, with some practice, these knives can open much more quickly than the fastest of autos.

 

Uses for a Butterfly Knife

Why would anyone want to get a Remington Butterfly Knife? There are many different laws and regulations, and the populous reputation that connote a negative feeling to them. Well for one, they are so much fun to play around with. Also, they are pretty safe once opened. Unless one of the pins breaks or some other freak accident, it will not close on your hand. Another reason to get one is the fact that they can be opened with only one hand, sometimes it can be faster than many spring assisted knives. A butterfly knife is also slim, lightweight, and easy to carry. It is very difficult to open one accidentally when locked, including in a pocket. They are often stronger and more secure because of their two pins. Another benefit to having a butterfly knife is for their use with those that wear gloves when working. Such as yard work or working in the shop. This is because they are large and easy to operate with gloved hands.

Some other benefits of the owning a balisong include:

  1. The shocking appearance it gives off. The balisong is impressive when revealed and wielded in a dramatic fashion. With all the tricks that can be done with a balisong, the action alone can plant fear in any opponent’s mind. Helpful for those dark alleyways at night.
  2. A butterfly knife has one of the strongest locking mechanisms. There is little chance of it opening up accidentally. It can be used with no fear of the blade bending onto the hand or even closing on the hand of those that use the knife.
  3. Balisongs typically can give you a long reach. This is more so true than folders that have to be more bulky and clunky to reach the same length. Having a long knife can be useful in any number of ways.
  4. The handles of the balisong can provide to be a blunt impact self-defense tool without the blade ever being deployed.

 

With any knife, there are limitations to them. Some of those limitations include:

  1. Butterfly knives have a greater need for space when deploying than many other knives.
  2. They are not as discrete as other knives, especially when opening. They are most definitely a flashy knife.
  3. There is much practice required to effectively open a balisong. Those that struggle with fine motor skills in their hands may have a difficult time trying to use this knife.
  4. There are legal issues that several states/cities have against them.

 

Overall, having a butterfly knife is a great choice. The advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. This knife has been around for a long time, and for good reason too. It will continue to last forever.

 

Cutting Test

It’s great now that we all know about the Remington Butterfly knife, but we need to know how it performs. To show this performance, we have taken this knife and put it to the test. Nothing too serious. We don’t want to risk ruining the knife. But we still want to test its limits. So we have several tests to conduct. Those tests include cutting paper, cardboard, plastic, and finally rope. These are just a few of the basics that a knife cuts every day. If you want to find out more on how this knife works, you can always get one any try it out yourself. Let’s see how the knife did.

Paper

I was slightly let down when I conducted this test. An initial cut with the blade wasn’t the cleanest. This is due to the fact that a tanto blade has no “belly” for a nice clean cut. The tanto still got the job done when it came to cutting through layers of paper.

Cardboard

When I first started this test, the first thing I did was stab the cardboard to test the strength of the tanto’s tip. What I found was that the tip effortlessly entered into the material. Cutting with the tanto blade was a bit difficult. Again, the lack of a belly made caused me to use more force to cut through the cardboard.

Plastic

This is the best test that the Remington Butterfly knife excelled at. Here again is where the tip came in handy. Not only was it easily able to penetrate the plastic, it was also simple to control the blade. Having a tanto blade makes it easy to slice up the tough material. The grip was solid which made cutting much simpler.

Rope

Though the tanto blade has been tough up to this point, cutting the rope was slightly more difficult. The lack of a razor sharp edge made cutting this fibrous material a little more difficult. However, the steel is able to take a sharper edge. If this blade were to be sharpened professionally, then I am positive that this test would have different results.

 

Conclusion

The Remington Butterfly Knife is a great, inexpensive knife that is worth the cost. It makes for a high-quality beginner’s balisong to practice around with. Not only to practice but to use on a more regular basis. If treated right (sharpening it regularly, cleaning the blade, and not abusing the knife), then your Remington will last you for a very long time. You won’t regret getting one. Pick yours up today.

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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
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Custom Kyle Vallotton Featherweight Butterflies

Kyle Vallotton Custom Butterly
Kyle Vallotton Custom Butterly

We just got a couple of Kyle Vallotton’s custome Featherweight Butterfly knives in stock. These fantastic beauties, that he refers to as the “Twins” are built with ATS34 stainless steel blades that come to a sharp point. With one sharp edge and one false edge, they have excellent movement and action. Two tang pins, one small and one large with a crosshatch pattern on top, keep the handles from banging against each other. The handles are blue and purple as well as turquoise 6AL4V titanium. The handles feature a diamond pattern when closed that switches to an X pattern when the handles are open. The grooves in the handle offer extra grip and serious visual attraction. These fantastic, custom made knives are available in extremely limited numbers. Each one is personally made by Kyle and comes in a presentation box with an included Certificate of Authenticity.  Find them here on our website.

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Bayonet Point Butterfly

Bayonet Butterfly
Bayonet Butterfly

There are several butterfly knives in the sub $50.00 range that I really like.  If I am going with pin construction–my favorite is the Thug series or any of the Bear & Son butterfly knives.  If I am going with torx screw construction, one of my favorites is the Bayonet Point Butterfly series.  These knives are built with an extra wide bayonet style blade.  Built with torsion screws, this is the style of butterfly knife that you can adjust to your preferred tightness.  Some people prefer this style, some prefer the pin style construction.  I can’t tell you which you may like best, but I can explain the advantages of each.  The torsion screw construction will allow you to tighten and loosen the tension between the handles and the blade on your butterfly knife.  This is good if you have certain expectations about the blade movement.  The torsion screw construction has one major drawback–because they are screws and because the blade and handles are moving a whole lot with the butterfly action, they begin to loosen.  No big deal as long as you check them before you use them and tighten the screws up when they get too loose.  If you don’t, there is a chance the handle and blades will all fly apart in the middle of a trick.  So if you are the type of person that prefers not to make adjustments–get a pin construction butterfly knife.  These are built with pins that hold the blade and handles together.  They are not adjustable.  Over time, they may loosen a bit, but it is nearly impossible to tighten them back up.
The Bayonet Point butterfly knife has solid action and it comes with a pocket clip.  Is it the right butterfly for you?  Not sure, but I like it.  Here is a quick YouTube video that shows several other butterfly knives we carry.

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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.

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Lots of New Butterfly Knives

Black Hole Butterfly Knife
Black Hole Butterfly Knife

The last few days we have received several new styles of butterfly knives.  There are five different styles and a couple of colors on three of the styles.  These low cost butterfly knives are torx construction mid weight knives with good action.  I especially like the Silver Hole and Black Hole.  They are classic butterfly styles at an unbelievable price.  Check them out in our Value Butterfly section.

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