I’ve been into the butterfly knife flipping hobby for a long time. In fact, it was probably one of my first manual dexterity hobbies. For the longest time, I’ve used a random cheapo for almost 8 years. This cheapo was surprisingly good quality! Usually a 20 dollar balisong will explode or shatter or set on fire after a few weeks of serious flipping. This one just got all wobbly and loose, but it never stopped working.
So I’d often lose the knife and then, every time I’d find it I’d start flipping again for awhile. Well this time I decided that the knife has had enough abuse and I needed a new primary knife. The problem is, since I stopped, the market for Balisongs have gotten crazy small and all that began to exist was the low range (10-30 dollars) and 150+ knives. Now, I had the money to buy a 150+ knife but I couldn’t really justify it to my self. Luckily there is exactly ONE mid-ranged knife of reputable quality. So I picked my self up a Bradley Kimura for about 80 bucks.
I’ve so far been impressed by it. It’s faaar smoother than my old wave bali, has no rattle and, due to adjustable pins, will likely never rattle. The blade is actually an extremely sharp, useful blade as opposed to some shitty blade attached to a toy.
Some notes though. First, the closing pin requires way too much force to open and close. Maybe it’ll loosen up over time. It’s better than a loose one that I can open up in my pocket, but it’s still a bit of a pain. The drill hole for the closing pin is also on both handles. I guess it gives you the option to switch the handles if you’re some sort of freak, but I think it looks a little silly.
The knife has a sandwich design, which means it’s not fully enclosed and each handle is made out of 3 pieces of metal instead of 1 milled one. Usually this is bad, but in this case, the materials use are extremely solid. The only problem is that it is very ‘flat’. My wave bali had almost square handles, so rolling it in my fingers was very easy. It’s more challenging now, as I have to spin a wide-ish rectangle. Oh well, nothing more practice won’t overcome.
Despite all these little nagging bits, it just feels wonderful to hold and move around. It’s smooth like silk and the metal handles somehow have a soft quality to them. I’d definitely recommend this to someone who wants a balisong but doesn’t want to pay out the ass for one.
I’ll probably toss some videos of me flipping on youtube at some point.