Remington Black Tanto Butterfly Knife Review

Remington Arms Co entered the knife industry in 1920, and they entered with a bang. The first factory was built in Bridgeport Connecticut, hiring knife artisans from Sheffield, England to oversee design and production work. Within a very short time, the company was shipping up to 6,000 knives each month and later on in their history they claimed that at that point in production they would sell around 10,000 knives a day at times.

Remington Arms Co is a renowned gun company, so it made sense when in 1922, Remington began producing the R1123 Jumbo trapper knife. This knife had a rifle cartridge shaped shield on the handle, so it became known as the Bullet Knife. The years following the release, the bullet shield was used on other top of the line knife patterns.

During World War II, Remington sold the entire knife operation to Pal Cutlery Co. But reentered the knife market in 1982, however, this time, it was in a very different manner. They were tentative about joining the knife industry again, so they commissioned Camillus Cutlery Co. to make a single knife model that would bear the Remington trademark as well as the old bullet shield. This was the start of the modern Bullet Knife series; the very first new knife was a reproduction of the original R1123 trapper.

Rumor has it that this modern Bullet Knife was actually designed and released to promote the new Remington Model Four and Model Six centerfire rifles, but those rifles were produced for only a few years, while the modern Bullet Knife series took on a life of its own. In fact, Annual Bullet Knives have been produced every year since 1982.

Throughout the last four decades, a number of commemorative knives have been produced.

Bear & Son joined forces in 2006 when Bear & Son Cutlery began making the annual Bullet Knife. This partnership became a good friendship and in July of 2014, the two companies announced that Bear & Son would become Remington’s exclusive licensee for cutlery.

Today we will be discussing the Remington Black Tanto butterfly knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1095 Carbon Steel. 1095 steel is a basic form of carbon steel and is most commonly used in the construction of various kinds of knives. This steel has a carbon content of .95% which serves to harden the steel, and reduce the amount of wear that a blade will experience over time. Despite the reduction in wear created by the high presence of carbon, 1095 steel is not as tough as other types of steel due to the lower levels of manganese, which serves to harden the stele. When knives are made with 1095 steel, they are going to hold a great edge and will be very easy to sharpen. Unfortunately, the properties of this type of steel do give the blade a tendency to easily rust, which is why this blade has been finished with a coating. You just need to keep in mind that you will need to stay up on maintenance for this blade. Also, 1095 steel blades can be considered more brittle than other types of steel, which is why this blade is thicker than your typical blade.

The blade on this knife has been black powder coated. A coating on a blade serves a handful of different purposes, the main one for this Remington butterfly knife is to put a layer in between the steel and the environment to keep it from rusting. A second advantage of coating a blade is that it will eliminate any of the shiny surfaces, so if you are using this blade in the field, the reflections won’t give your position away. Unfortunately, coatings will scratch off after time or heavy use. At that point, the blade will have to be recoated if you were to keep any of the major benefits for the blade. Also, the powder coat is the lowest quality blade coating. The paint gives the blade low reflectivity but does have a higher probability of chipping or scratching.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a tanto blade shape. The tanto blade shape has not been designed to be an all-purpose knife. In fact, it has been designed to be the exact opposite of that: it is going to do one thing and do that one thing extremely well. For the tanto, that one thing is that it excels at piercing through hard materials. This blade shape was originally designed to pierce through armor and was later popularized by Cold Steel. The tanto is similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. The shape of this blade has a high point with a flat grind, which creates a crazy strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is capable of absorbing the impact from repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back edge at an angle, instead of the typical curve. Because of this, the tanto blade does not have a belly, because it has been sacrificed for a stronger tip.

 

The Handle:

The handles on this knife is made out of black coated aluminum. There are a couple of fantastic qualities about having an aluminum knife handle. First of all, it is a very low-density metal, so while it is extremely tough, it is also very lightweight. This material gives you a nice, hefty feel without actually weighing the knife down, which is all that a knife lover could ask for. Second, aluminum is a very strong knife handle material. Third, aluminum is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium because it is lighter and weaker or softer. Titanium is considered to be the older brother of aluminum because aluminum is generally considered inferior to its stronger, yet more expensive brother, which you are going to find on the more premium knives.

When an aluminum handle is properly texturized, you are going to have a fairly secure grip that is also comfortable and easy—even for extended use.

Remington Black Tanto Butterfly Knife
Remington Black Tanto Butterfly Knife

Unfortunately, aluminum does have its drawbacks. The metal is highly conductive, which means that if you are planning to use your knife a lot during colder winter months, you are probably going to find the handle uncomfortably cold.

Another one of the drawbacks to an aluminum knife handle is that it does tend to be susceptible to scratches and dings.

The handle has been coated black, which cuts down on all glares and reflections while also giving you a sleek look to it. Plus, because the aluminum is coated, you won’t have to worry about the metal rusting. Unfortunately, just like on a blade, the coating will eventually scratch off and at that point the handle will have to be recoated, or else you will risk the aluminum rusting.

The handles on this knife each have five oval cut-outs going down the length, each getting larger as they approach the butt of the handle. The latch on the bottom is kept in place by a silver pint that matches the two pins that keep the handles in place. Other than the hardware on this knife, the entire thing is all black.

Like most butterfly knives, there are two finger guards on each side of the blade, which protect your fingers from getting sliced if you happen to slip.

 

The Mechanism:

The Remington black tanto knife is a butterfly or Bali-song knife. This is a folding pocket knife. Its distinction is two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. This knife is sometimes referred to as a Batangas knife, after the Tagalog province of Batangas in the Philippines, where it is traditionally made.

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 a Batangueno carries one everywhere he or she goes. These knives can be used for straight razors, art, entertainment, or self-defense, among other things.

This 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 the Philippines, they are no longer as common in urban areas as they were.

This Remington knife is called a channel constructed balisong, which means 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 the other style of construction: the sandwich construction.

There are a few pieces that set the bail-song knife apart from a traditional folding knife. For starters, the bite 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 has the latch on it. The other handle is referred to as the safe handle, which does not have the latch and closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.

Then there is the kicker, or kick, which is an area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge from touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This is sometimes supplemented by an additional tang in above the pivots. Next, there is the latch, which is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. Along with the latch is the latch gate, which is a block inside the channel of the handles stopping the latch from impacting the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches even, with handles that measure in at 5 inches. The blade’s thickness is 0.11 inches. When the butterfly knife is opened, the overall length is an even 9 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.2 ounces, which is just barely on the heavier side of things.

 

The Pros of the Remington Black Tanto:

  • 1095 carbon steel is hard and doe have a higher wear resistance than other metals.
  • The blade will hold a fantastic edge.
  • The blade will be easy to sharpen when needed.
  • The coating finish increases the corrosion resistance of the blade.
  • The tanto blade has a crazy strong point.
  • The tanto blade shape is going to excel at piercing through hard materials.
  • The butterfly knife can be used for entertainment.
  • The style of knife can be used for self-defense.
  • The construction of this knife is strong.
  • The aluminum handle is strong.
  • The aluminum is light, which keeps the overall weight of the knife down.
  • The aluminum handle is resistant to corrosion—and more so because of the coating on tip of it.
  • The coating on the handle provides you with a very sleek look.

 

The Cons of the Remington Black Tanto:

  • The blade will rust easily if not given the proper attention.
  • The coating will scratch off after continuous or heavy use.
  • The tanto blade style does not have a cutting edge, or belly, so slicing is going to be very tricky with this blade.
  • The blade will also be a little bit harder to control, because it is a tanto blade style.
  • The aluminum handle is going to be cold to hold.
  • The aluminum handle is going to be slippery—even though Remington has added cut-outs.
  • The aluminum handle is going to be susceptible to scratches and dings.
  • Once the handle coating has been scratched off, you lose the benefits of the coating until the handle has been re-coated.

 

Conclusion:

This Remington butterfly knife boasts a black coated tanto blade and classic black finished skeletonized handles. The blade has good action and also has a pair of cutouts. It is made in the USA by Bear & Son Cutlery. Pick up this butterfly knife today at BladeOps.

 

Remington Green Tanto Butterfly Knife Review

Remington Green Tanto Butterfly Knife
Remington Green Tanto Butterfly Knife

 

Remington Arms Co entered the knife industry in 1920, and they entered very strongly. They first built a factory at Bridgeport CT and hired knife artisans from England to oversee design and production work. Within a short period of time, they were shipping 6000 knives per month and in the later years, their production sometimes peaked at 10,000 knives per day.

IN 1922, Remington began producing the R1123 Jumbo Trapper. This knife had a rifle cartridge shaped shield on the handle, so it became known as the Bullet Knife. In the following years, the bullet shield was used on other top of the line knife patterns.

The history of Remington becomes pretty murky between 1940 and 1950, because Remington sold the entire knife operation to Pal Cutlery Co. However, in 1982, Remington reentered the knife market, but in a very different way than they had originally done. When they first hit the industry, they were brave and jumped in completely. Now, they were hesitant and very slowly entered the industry. To enter slowly, they commissioned Camillus Cutlery Co to make a single knife model that would bear the Remington trademark, along with the old bullet shield. This was the beginning of the modern Bullet Knife series. This first knife: the 1982 Bullet Knife was a remake of the original R1123 trapper.

Since then, they have released an annual Bullet Knife. Plus, they have also released a number of commemorative knives throughout the decades.

Camillus produced the Bullet Knife series through 1990, and then the history gets murky again. The company pops up again in 2006, when Bear & Son Cutlery began producing the Bullet Knives. This partnership must have been a good thing for both companies, because in July 2014, their firms announced, “IN 2015, Bear & Son will become [Remington’s] exclusive licensee for cutlery.” With this new partnership, it meant that all Remington knives would be made in the Untied States of America, plus because Bear & Son became the exclusive producer of future Remington knives, production began to be closely controlled.

Remington knives are classic and durable, and you can expect good things from them. Today we will be discussing the Remington Green Tanto Butterfly knife.

 

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. Unfortunately, blades made with this steel do have the tendency to easily rust. But as long as you are caring for your blade, you shouldn’t have to worry about it rusting. The biggest advantage to this steel is that 1095 high carbon steel is a really tough steel that is very resistant to chipping. This steel is also very easy to sharpen and you can get a razor sharp edge on the blade. This is also an inexpensive steel to produce, which does keep the cost of the blade and overall knife down.

The blade on this knife is finished with a black powder coating, which does help to add corrosion resistance levels to this blade. The powder coating was developed in the mid-to-late 1960s. The powder coating is applied using the electrostatic principle, which is when the parts to be coated (the blade) are given a negative charge and the powder coat is given a positive charge and sprayed on. The dry coated parts are then baked in an oven or furnace, where the powder melts and fuses into a hard, protective finish. Coatings provide a couple of purpose on the knife blade. The first purpose is that they do prevent corrosion, which is ideal for this knife because the blade is prone to rusting. The second purpose is that coatings do eliminate shiny surfaces, so if you are ever using this knife in the blade, you won’t have to worry about the glares giving you away. Lastly, a coating can reduce drag during a cut. And, the last benefit that does not pertain to how the knife works is that it does create a very sleek appearance to this knife.

The blade has been carved into a tanto style blade. This is not an all-purpose blade, and has instead been designed to do one purpose and one purpose really well: and this blade style can pierce through tough materials with ease. This style of knife was originally designed for armor piercing, but was later popularized by Cold Steel in the late 1980s. This style of knife is very similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. The shape of the tanto knife has a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is ideal for stabbing into hard materials. Plus, the tanto blade does have a thick point, which also contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact form repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The front edge of the tanto knife does meet the spine of the knife at an angle, rather than a curve. Because of this, the tanto blade style does lack a belly, which is one of the last reasons that the tanto blade style has such a strong point. However, it is because of that lack of belly that makes this knife virtually useless for an all-purpose knife. This knife does not prepare you for any task, but it does prepare you to take on any situation where you will be needing to pierce through thick materials.

 

The Handles:

The handles on this butterfly knife is made out of aluminum that has been anodized green. There are a few really great things about aluminum as a knife handle material. For starters, it can be anodized into just about any color you can imagine, which makes for a great style addition to any knife, while also adding some hardness. Next, aluminum is a very low-density metal, so not only is it very tough, it is also lightweight. And, even though it is a lightweight knife handle material, it still provides the heft that people crave from a knife. So you can feel like you can take on all the hard tasks without having to worry about it being too lightweight to handle them. Overall, the pros to an aluminum knife handle is that the handle is going to be strong, light, durable, and very resistant to corrosion.

Some of the downsides to this material is that it does have a limited resistance to impact, which means that it is prone to scratches and dings. Another drawback is that there is not a lot of grip if it is not properly texturized. Lastly, because of the conductive properties that aluminum contains, this knife will be pretty cold to hold. The overall cons to an aluminum knife handle is that it is susceptible to scratches and dings, it can be cold to hold, and it can be a little bit slippery.

To add texture and grip, Remington has skeletonized the handle. This will help you have a better grip on the knife, and it also cuts down on weight on the overall knife. The two handles do flare out at the bottom, which does help with control over your cuts and slices.
To help add strength, durability, and corrosion resistance the handles have been anodized a bright green. The anodization process is achieved elctrolytically. The handles are first submerged in an electrolytic solution bath along with a cathode. When a current is passed through the acid solution, hydrogen is released from the cathode and oxygen forms on the surface of an anode. This results in a metal oxide film growing on the surface of the part being treated. Some of the benefits to an anodized handle versus a painted handle is that it is very thing compared to paints and powders; it is extremely durable, hard, abrasion resistant and long lasting—the anodization process actually changes the handle, so it does not peel or chip; the anodization process lasts indefinitely; and lastly, this process is inexpensive compared to painting or powder coating.

 

The Mechanism:

A butterfly knife is folding pocket knife. Its distinction is tow handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. There are two styles of construction when it comes to butterfly knives, and this Remington knife is a sandwich constructed. This means that the knife is 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 knife began as straight razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines, which is where this knife originated. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Plus, this knife can be used for entertainment with manipulations, or flipping.

There are a couple of parts that set this knife apart from a typical folding knife. For starters, the bite handle, which 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. Then, there is the latch, which is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. This is what keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to. Then there is the pivot joint, which is a pin about which the tang, blade, and handles pivot.

 

The Pros of the Remington Tanto Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade steel on this knife is extremely tough.
  • The blade is very resistant to chipping.
  • The blade is easy to sharpen and you can get a razor sharp edge on it.
  • The steel is inexpensive to work with, which means that the overall cost of the knife is reduced.
  • The coating adds toughness and prolongs the life of the blade.
  • The coating adds corrosion resistance.
  • The coating creates a sleek look for this blade, while also cutting down on reflections.
  • The tanto blade shape is extremely strong.
  • The tanto blade can pierce through almost anything; excelling at piercing through hard materials.
  • The aluminum handles are corrosion resistant and strong.
  • The aluminum handles have been anodized for added corrosion resistance, durability, and strengths.
  • The aluminum handle is lightweight.

 

The Cons of the Remington Tanto Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade is pretty corrosion resistant.
  • The blade only has average edge retention.
  • All coatings will eventually scratch off.
  • The tanto blade does not have a belly.
  • The tanto blade is not an all-purpose blade shape.
  • The aluminum handle is prone to scratches and dings.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 5 inches long. When the knife is fully opened, it measures in at 9 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.2 ounces, which is very lightweight for how large this knife is. This Remington knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

This Remington butterfly knife boasts a black coated tanto blade and the classic Remington green color on the skeletonized handles. The blade has good action and also has a pair of cutouts. The 1095 steel that the blade is made out of is extremely tough, so this knife is going to be able to stand up to almost any task that you throw at it. The coating cuts down on corrosion and maintenance, which lets you use this knife without worrying about it breaking down. Plus, the tanto blade shape guarantees that you can pierce through almost any tough material, without worrying about the point snapping. However, because of the tanto blade shape, this is not an all-purpose blade or knife. The handle is made out of aluminum, which is durable, corrosion resistant, and tough. The handles have been anodized bright green, which is great aesthetically and the anodization process increases corrosion resistance, durability, and strength. This is a butterfly knife, so it can be used for anything from self-defense, entertainment, or a regular knife.

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.