Entery level Balisong
I am wanting to get into Balisongs and looking for an entery level one to get started. When I say entery level I dont want to spend more than 30.00.
If I realy get into them I will up grade to a Bradley Cutlery Kimura 2 Drop Point. I have found this one for 20.00 plus shipping. I know its not top or mid grade quality.
but I dont want to be out the money if I dont pick it up on how to spin them. what I see in this one is it bolts together and not pinned. I have no experience just looking for help or input . Is assisted knife a good place to buy from
Assistedknife is a good place to buy, but don't try to email the guy with any questions. He is pretty rough around the edges and can be a little rude. He calls it "shop talk", but he doesn't have a lot of patience for people unless you are a female. The guy has sued and has been sued by Benchmade so many times it is very funny. He is a one man wrecking crew and has smacked Benchmade upside the head a few times for their inferior business practices. So for that, I buy from him to support the underdog.
His prices are good on most things, but he does have a lot of rare and hard to find knives like some old Al Mars and Daltons.
You really get what you pay for with Balisongs. For a $30 balisong, you will get brass pins, low grade blades, and usually it is riveted together instead of using chicago screws.
But for just playing around with and not using it for anything, that knife will be fine.
Just remember this... ALWAYs flip the knife with the lock (the floppy thing at the end of the handle) on the part that is flipping. That way if the blade hits your hand or finger, the back of the blade will touch you and not the sharp side. I learned the hard way when I was a teenager and it sucked!
Another great place for balisongs and automatics is pvk.com and bladehq.com
i got a bradley kamura balisong, its a good nice, but ther blade hinge is too stiff, making it dangerous to play with, yes ive nicked myself a couple times.
Let me explain –– on a regular balisong, when i flip it, the blade and handle fly out together, so as they are in mid flight together, you can grasp the rest of the handle or twist the knife.
On the bradley, as you flip the knife, the handle will flip out, when it reaches the end of the travel, the blade will then come out, if you try to grasp the rest of the handle or twist the knife before the blade comes out you will get cut.
Ive learned this flaw the hard way, or the bloody way, and had to play with other balis to figure out what was going wrong, since ive never been cut with a bali before.
If you hold the bali upside down, the other handle and blade should easily fall out, the bradley only the handle falls down freely.
I really like the USA quality of the bradley, but i dont play with it anymore. Ive looked at the new benchmade model 64? and it works like a bali should.