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Old 04-06-05, 08:19 PM   #1
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Any balisong experts?

The recent knife thread brought me to realize(yet again) how badly i want a balisong. I was wondering if anyone can tell me how hard it is to learn the "tricks" or has any how to websites or hints or tips. thanks!
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Old 04-07-05, 08:14 AM   #2
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A Google search on Balisong should give you all the info you would care to read.
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Old 04-07-05, 08:40 PM   #3
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look for www.bladeforums.com
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Most of what I learned, I was so drunk I couldn't feel the blade cuttting my fingers.

But I can twirl pretty well...I can't throw though, but I can do two at once.

Just get a few cheap $10 ones from the army surplus, dull the hell out of the blades, and go at it till the handle bends, then use a new one. I found they last about a week. Once you are decent, then move to a nice balisong. I use an old Parker Gypsy as my knife of choice. Sad part was I bought it from a stupid punk who tried to "improve" the blade, but ended up almost irreparably damaging it...as rare as a gypsy is, I wanted to choke a punk...I ended up buying it for $10....four weekends of metalwork, and I have a beautiful knife, although the blade etchings were lost in the restoration process

Most of it is just finger control and grip. You have to learn how to modulate your grip to provide just enough friction to keep it in your hand, but enough slip to position it for the next move. You flick with your wrist, not your arm. Basically it's all in the hand and wrist.
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I had a nice tonto blade Bali. I liked it because the handles were loaded with drillium, very light. Very flickable. My buddy dropped it running from the cops, never saw it again. (This was like 15 years ago, general trespassing on school grounds, not robbery or anything)

I made the mistake of letting a novice try it out sans instructions. Fifteen seconds of novice flickery and we all suddenly noticed that we were being covered in a light mist of blood. His knuckles looked like ham bones after Easter brunch.
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Eww, I done that when I moved to heavier handles...I bought a Jaguar...got myself to the bone.

Jaguars are nice knives for the money, just dangerously heavy handles...it's easy to "hammer" the blade into your hand with them if you screw up, but the weight and large handle size and rounded handle shape makes them very suitable for novices, dull the hell out of the blade, and let em at it...but a Jaguar is about $35-40....so they aren't cheap, and they will still break after a while....mine lasted 3 months, but I was always twirling it at home....watching TV, surfing the net, etc.

On another note, I used to teach introductory balisong lessons to the folks I went to college with, to get some extra cash.

...oh and don't dull any knife you don't know how to restore the edge to, that is if you do want to keep the knife. It's quite a pain to re-edge a knife properly. Expect about 2 hours on average to do a quality job on it....so it's best to get cheap junk knives to blunt the edge for practice use.
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my parker is similar to this one, but the handle and latch is different.

http://members.dandy.net/~dave_r/myb...rker-Gypsy.htm

The latch is brass, and the handdle is the same profile, but instead of an inlay, the handle has been skeltonized.

The blade on mine has no point, and the blade profile is slightly odd due to the above mentioned stupid punk, who tried to do very amateur knifesmithing work on it...actually, an amateur wouldn't even take a grinder to a knife that was as beautiful as this one was. As part of my restoral, I polished the blade toa mirror shine, and the handles to the point of reflecting light, but not mirror. The overall look when twirling it is quite nice, it almost looks like it's going faster than it is.

The only downside to that version of the Gypsy, was the handles were rather sharp, and if you didn't sand the inner edges round, they would take skin off when twirling it...but that is easily fixed with some 1000, 1200, 1600, then 2000grit sandpapering...all dry sanding (you want the sandpaper to not cut in much, just to get rid of that sharp edge, so no need to wet it).

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