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First balisong

Tomasko45 Apr 5, 2019

  1. Tomasko45

    Tomasko45 Tiny Member

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    Good morning all,
    I'm looking Into getting my first balisong. I've read many reviews amongst the top contenders. I'm a huge fan of benchmade and have been looking at the bm 51. I've also been very interested in the barebones or wondering if I should just save for an alpha beast. This is my last purchase "for myself" before my son is born. I have always liked and carried a heavier knife, which is why I've been leaning toward the brs knives. For one, the craftsmanship is amazing. I'm looking for something durable that I can also use as an EDC. I know the morpho has the smaller size factor, but like I said I dont mind a larger heavier knife. Any suggestions on other brands/models would be greatly appreciated. This may have been posted about before and I've read previous forums where the bm 51 was suggested, however weight and size aren't an issue here.

    Thank you ahead of time!!
    -Bryan Tomasko
     
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  2. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    Benchmade 62 or 63.

    - Benchmade...check
    - Heavier knife...check
    - Craftsmanship...check
    - Durable...check
    - Good EDC...check
    - Pricing...expensive (but so is everything else)

    ***The BM51 might be too light for your liking (I love it but it does feel like a toy)
     
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  3. Turkeytooth

    Turkeytooth JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    :iagree:
     
  4. Burnt Reynolds

    Burnt Reynolds JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Are you looking to learn the art of flipping? If yes, the BRS barebones is better for you. Benchmade 6x series are donkey balls for flipping, unless you plan on treating yourself to one more purchase - aftermarket titanium handles.
     
  5. Tomasko45

    Tomasko45 Tiny Member

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    Sorry I should have clarified that. Yeah I definitely wanted to get into flipping with something that's also durable enough to hold up as an EDC.
     
  6. Bboy

    Bboy Huge member

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    DO NOT GET A 6X KNIFE IF YOU WANT TO FLIP. The barebones is a great start, and probably the best beginner on the market, but for edc, the handles are pretty thin, and the blade is very thin as well. I'd recommend a brs premium replicant, since it comes with a pocket clip, and the latch gets in the way less while flipping. Or a 51 with titanium scales. It makes it an acceptable flipper, and you won't find a better edc balisong that can still flip
     
  7. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    Well now I look like an ass for suggesting the BM6x. Think man! Think!

    This is why I don't like helping people.

    ***Yeah, get the BRS then
     
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  8. Tomasko45

    Tomasko45 Tiny Member

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    Loll my fault, thanks for your help though
     
  9. chutcher

    chutcher JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Alpha Beast if you can. Great flipper (one of the best), built like a tank, and good blade.
    Be warned... baby or no baby, you cannot stop at just one bali after you get your first quality one.

    My ranking would be...
    1. AB
    2. Barebones
    3. 51

    However, if you really like Benchmades then maybe you should consider something like a 62, then get some aftermarket ti scales. A flyti 62 is smaller than an AB but still a really good flipper.
     
  10. Tomasko45

    Tomasko45 Tiny Member

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    Do you think i would get any bites on WTT forum for this? I have a bm barrage in m390 and a BM saddle mountain skinner in s30v that was only ever used once I'd be willing to trade for a used first bali.
     
  11. Blurred Memories

    Blurred Memories Little Member

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    hom spectre
     
  12. subtlemovement

    subtlemovement JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    BRS just had an alpha beast drop on Friday, so there's probably plenty up for sale on the secondary market now. I would definitely go that route. The alpha beast is VERY nicely balanced. My first bali was a tach 3 and it taught be some bad habits I then had to break lol. AB is a perfect first knife but it's also expensive. The 51 is a great starter knife too, because since it's lighter, it won't cut you so deep when you're learning. The Barebones is kind of oddly thin, but gets top marks for durability. And congrats on your firstborn!!!
     
  13. mike_geno

    mike_geno Huge member JDBA Official Member

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    No love for the 87 around here :pugalist:
    I would get a Rep or AB...
    but I too love my 51.
     
  14. skyblue

    skyblue JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Get an AB and be done with it.
     
  15. Tomasko45

    Tomasko45 Tiny Member

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    It's just the brs knives are never available. I'd love go for a standard AB for 370 or even a barebones to EDC and flip but I might end up just getting a 51, just because I don't have the time to hunt one down. I appreciate all the input though, you guys have been a great help. At this point I need to just pick one and be done with and accept the fact that I'll end up getting another at some point lol. Perfect world I'd pull the trigger on an AB, they're just never available and I dont have the time to hunt one down for a decent price. I missed the last drop
     
  16. seandavid55

    seandavid55 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    There is almost always an AB available at a fair price.
     
  17. skyblue

    skyblue JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Best of luck!
     
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  18. Turkeytooth

    Turkeytooth JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Oh you'll end up getting another one, and another one, and another one, and...
     
  19. chutcher

    chutcher JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    If you decide on a 51 then be aware that flytanium will be dropping ti scales in a week or so. They will go fast, so if you are interested then you should go to their site and sign up for the alert. They are a vast improvement over a stock 51.
     
  20. bruzanHD

    bruzanHD Huge member

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    Do yourself a favour and get a replicant. It will be a better flipper if you choose to flip more, and a great quality tool, and cheaper than an AB. Also, BRS products hold their value more than benchmades do (save for 4X series) so if you decide balisongs aren’t for you, most of the funds will be recouped
    Glhf
     

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