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Top 5 balisongs (in your opinion)

TheFriar Oct 5, 2015

  1. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    This list still holds up rather well after 4 years.

    ***New honorable mention...BM43
     
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  2. Shawnjohn999999

    Shawnjohn999999 Huge Member

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    I like my knife. I have 5 knives.
     
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  3. Raevynheart

    Raevynheart Tiny Member

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    There are so many great makers that have popped up in the past decade that it feels like an insult to only mention five, but here's my list.

    Top Five Balisongs

    1. Danté Concept Symphony

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    Best. Balisong. Ever. The Symphony flips as heavenly as it looks. Every detail is meticulously designed right down to the spring-loaded retractable latch. The millwork and anodization on the handles is exquisite. The Dobruski-finished blade is flawless. And the latch — that little thing that most makers either tack on as an afterthought or simply do away with — is the most innovative yet practical one I've seen.

    2. Clarke Custom Lyra

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    If you have never heard of Clarke Jewell, just take a peek at this thread to see what you've been missing. The Lyra is one of the most expertly crafted balisongs I've ever laid my hands on and every one is unique in its own way. Bonus points for doing a hawkbill on a balisong.

    3. DC Bladeworks Genesis

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    This is my favorite "high performance flipper" that also scores high marks for aesthetics. The one pictured was the first one done with a Damascus blade. They have only improved since this one was made. A fresh take on the modern balisong.

    4. Benson Blades Planarian

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    Will Benson is at the top of his class of up and coming makers who got into the craft from a love of flipping. The Planarian (at the top of the photo) is his first design and he knocks it out of the park. If I were a balisong, I'd be the Planarian in this picture.

    5. Vyce Knives Telesto

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    Forrest Henn is another flipper become maker who started out by designing a channel titanium balisong with zen pins and bushings that matches his flipping preferences. The F117 (the balisong on the right) was his first attempt. Only five were made. Despite some flaws, the F117 is still one of my all-time favorite flippers. The Telesto (manufactured by Machinewise) is the F117 reborn without any of its weaknesses and all of its strengths improved. Bonus points for that watermelon ano.
     
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  4. Shawnjohn999999

    Shawnjohn999999 Huge Member

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    Well done sir
     
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  5. nostimos

    nostimos JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    What a coincidence, I have five broats!
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  6. blackmetal1181

    blackmetal1181 The Devils Knifemaker JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Planitaian handles are cnc waterjet cut not handmade only thing handmade is very slight rounding and finish work
     
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  7. blackmetal1181

    blackmetal1181 The Devils Knifemaker JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Jason lyons hellcat v3
    All handmade bitches IMG_20211127_171430_574.jpg IMG_20211123_145147_356.jpg
     
  8. blackmetal1181

    blackmetal1181 The Devils Knifemaker JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    And telesto is manfactured by machinewise
     
  9. Raevynheart

    Raevynheart Tiny Member

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    Thanks. Removed the reference to the Planarian being handmade. Noted Machinewise as the manufacturer of the Telesto. Maybe it makes more sense to credit bali_knives as the designer? Vyce is his brand, but not clear whether the Telesto falls under it.

    Gorgeous work on those Hellcats, by the way.
     
  10. blackmetal1181

    blackmetal1181 The Devils Knifemaker JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Ya the only reason i know about the telesto is cause he contacted me about a job guess he was working with machinewise in az were im at
    Seems alot of stuff now is designed at best(at worst drawn out) and then manufactured by someone else
     
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  11. ThierryCoch

    ThierryCoch Tiny Member

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    Nice suggestions!
     
  12. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    We're glad that you are eager to participate in our beloved forum, butt* we DO require that EVERYONE post an introduction before anything else. I notice that you have failed to do so.

    Please go to the Testing the Waters. New member introductions forum at http://www.jerzeedevil.com/forums/testing-the-waters-new-member-introductions.34/ and tell us a little about yourself.

    Otherwise, [​IMG]
     
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  13. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    You'd make a good captain. Keeping order even when the ship is sinking:modsrock:

    ***Or a masochist
     
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  14. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Man the lifeboats! Wimmen and chiren first! :realfunny:

    Or, maybe... [​IMG]
     
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  15. Shawnjohn999999

    Shawnjohn999999 Huge Member

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    I like 42s and cold steels. They are hard to get.
     
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  16. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    been afk somewhat, laying in a gutter

    not sure if i posted already(not looking back)

    bm51 - best edc yet fun to flip
    brs ab - best flipper
    brs rep - flipper for the money

    the custom and expensive stuff looks cool though sometimes but don’t get caught in “the next best thing”

    even the flytanium talisong z is a let down impo(needs more blade, 12 disciples dont know shit)
     
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