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Best value/prefered high(er) end Bali?

Nikguy Jul 7, 2020

  1. Nikguy

    Nikguy Little Member

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    I'm saving for a truly nice Bali.

    I'm thinking balibalistics (if they can make anything below $1500)

    Jk design monarch

    Or something from fior

    It's just phase-one of my research still, so comment on your experience with these and suggest more! Thanks!!

    Nick
     
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  2. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    I know everyone knows what Im going to say but I will say it anyways. Jason Lyons for a great affordable custom. Terry Guinn for a great less affordable custom.
     
  3. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    there are many ‘nice’ balisongs

    i never understood the balibalistic hype other than he was doing some awesome stuff early on. a bit harder to get because of fanboys. people were swayed into believing they will be a magical all powerful bali community member everyone will bow to if they get one. that isnt the case at all. makes nice stuff though

    jk monarch seems popular. but don’t pay 4k for one and get called out by someone that asks 4k for every bali they sell!

    why limit yourself on those two?

    Jason Lyons is great to deal with and will make it how you want it. his latest prototype is fuxking awesome and hasnt left me pocket.

    how about marlowe, chuck g, matt cook, korth?.....

    so many, keep looking and saving $
     
  4. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    youre not gonna get a marlowe unless you want a car payment. Dont know about Chuck, but didnt impress back in the day, wasnt bad, just wasnt blow me away great. Korth is awesome but rare. I never got the balibastic hype either but different stroke eh....I absolutely dont get the jk monarch stuff. But these are personal opinions. I have only dealt w/ Korth, JL, and TG. I have seen BB, Fiore, JK monarch and Chuck G.
     
  5. Balibuyer

    Balibuyer JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Beat me to it.

    Jason will be able to provide you with what your looking for and then some.

    And before you know it you'll want one of his blades in all flavors
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  6. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    I know his kitchen knife is by FAR the most used knife in my house.
     
  7. Baliman987

    Baliman987 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Terry Guinn and done
     
  8. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    true marlowes are very expensive, any marlowe under $1.5k is not available for long

    i always wanted the chuck g swiss army balisong. not for flipping but for extreme macgyverism

    TG has awesome stuff but a bit out of my $ range unless i stop buying leather saps and knuckles which i cannot(damn most customs are out of my $ range, not just tg). the ringed fighter variant is probably the baddest ass looking bali.

    SO MANY CHOICES, LOOK AROUND!
     
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  9. Nikguy

    Nikguy Little Member

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    What are Jason's cost ranges? Any idea?
     
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  10. spookyse7en

    spookyse7en Huge member

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    HOM/BB Arashi. If you can find one you will not be disappointed.
     
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  11. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Depends on what ya want. Message him @blackmetal1181
     
  12. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Jason is very, VERY, reasonable... He can make you something basic for 5-600 to somthing high end. Either way you go, you end up w/ what you want.
     
  13. Nikguy

    Nikguy Little Member

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    Messaged him. Looks like he won't be doing custom bali's for a while. I'll hit him up again later I suppose
     
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  14. Klyuchak

    Klyuchak Channel Ti Guy JDBA Official Member

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    In the top end really comes dowm to personal preference over anything. You're not really going to find much to hate, and any of the bad will usually be well highlighted in reviews for that kind of money.

    Sounding like you might be looking for somthing channel ti in specific? Own both a Monarch and a Fiore, along with quite a few other higher end channel ti balis, feel free to shoot me any questions.

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  15. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    how about heibel? i’ve seen a few of his listed on pvk and they look pretty nice. no experience otherwise but that valor model
    looks interesting.
     
  16. Blalchawk357

    Blalchawk357 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    These are my favorite
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  17. Nikguy

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    It sounds like a non-finger-grooved, spring latch continuum 1.1 would be awesome. I messaged Craig. Idk if he's taking custom orders at the moment... His website doesn't actually even mention balisong knives at all. Just fixed blades....
     
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  18. Balibuyer

    Balibuyer JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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  20. Balibuyer

    Balibuyer JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    It's so crazy how long some of those balis have been on there

    That Weiland offset bali i know has been there for YEARSSSSSSSSSSSS.....don't reckon they're selling em out and restocking that same ad....poor lil fella
     
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