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Best Butterfly Trainers

Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 11/10/2020

Best Butterfly Trainers

Are you tired of cutting the heck out of your fingers and hands while learning to flip your butterfly knife? Or are you getting in trouble for putting holes in your mom’s couch? A butterfly trainer is a great way to hone your skills and stay out of trouble. In this “Best Of” we look at the Top 7 Butterfly Trainers at Blade HQ and what set’s them apart from the rest. Let’s get to it!

In addition to an overview of the specs and details, I’ll also be featuring a review of each trainer left by one of our customers.

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1. Boker Plus Balisong Trainer

Boker Plus Balisong Trainer

The Boker Plus Balisong Trainer is a surprisingly capable trainer. It’s well balanced, features skeletonized stainless-steel liners and G-10 scales, and is a great way to get your balisong fix without breaking the bank. This sweet butterfly trainer is available with either red or blue G-10 scales. Check it out by clicking below.

  • Overall Length: 9.125”
  • Blade Length: 4.00”
  • Blade Material: Stainless Steel
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 4.92 oz.
  • Country of Origin: China
Boker Plus Balisong Trainer Average Star Review

Hugh J. says...

“I bought this knife as my very first knife to practice tricks and other things on it. As expected it was dropped many, many times. For the most part, it just got slight scratches and not much else. The only thing though his that the latch broke, that did not stop it from working, so if you care about the latch then do not but this knife. So for the price, I would totally recommend this knife for beginners.”

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2. Bear & Son Butterfly Knife Trainer

Bear and Son Butterfly Knife Trainer

Learning to flip can be really hard on your butterfly knife. The Bear & Son Butterfly Knife Trainer is an affordable and durable alternative to using your nice balisong for learning new tricks. It features a stainless steel dull blade, coated zinc handles, and a single tang pin. This is a solid option if you’re looking to learn to flip. Get yours by clicking below.

  • Overall Length: 9.00”
  • Blade Length: 4.00”
  • Blade Material: 440
  • Handle Material: Coated Zinc
  • Weight: 5.60 oz.
  • Country of Origin: USA
Bear and Son Butterfly Knife Trainer Average Star Review

Robert C. says...

“I like this trainer. It has its use. It's inexpensive enough and it works well. As a first time trainer, it will suit you well as low cost option. If you stick with flipping you'll quickly outgrow it and end up a better feeling trainer.”

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3. Squid Industries Squiddy

Squid Industries Squiddy

Squid Industries has brought us some of the best butterfly knives and trainers we’ve laid eyes on. The Squiddy is a polymer balisong trainer with great weight, balance and feel. It features phosphorous bronze washers and zen pin construction for smooth flipping. This is a top-notch trainer at a great price. Pick one up by clicking below.

  • Overall Length: 9.875”
  • Blade Length: 4.375”
  • Blade Material: PVC-C
  • Handle Material: PVC-C
  • Weight: 2.54 oz.
  • Country of Origin: USA
Squid Industries Squiddy Average Star Review

Paxton W. says...

"Amazing quality. It came with an awesome cloth bag and the coolest sticker I have ever received. It is pretty light due to the fact that it's made of plastic, which makes some tricks more difficult, but overall it's an amazing balisong trainer."

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4. BRS Barebones Trainer

BRS Barebones Trainer

With a reputation for making some of the best butterfly knives money can buy, it’s only fitting that BRS would introduce the Barebones Trainer. Take your flipping to the next level with this silky smooth butterfly trainer. It features durable stainless steel handles and a 154CM dull training blade. This well balanced trainer is built for serious flippers and newbies alike. Get yours today by clicking below.

  • Overall Length: 10.00”
  • Blade Length: 4.375”
  • Blade Material: 154 CM
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 5.23 oz.
  • Country of Origin: USA
BRS Barebones Trainer Average Star Review

Matthew E. says...

"I've had a few "cheap" trainers, the thing I hate about using them is I constantly have to tighten the screws. This is a quality trainer, and now one of my favorite flippers. It feels fluid, and while flipping it isn't super "loose", and gives a tiny bit of resistance compared to my Lucha and BM87, but not enough to impede your flipping. Great trainer"

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5. Squid Industries Triton

Squid Industries Triton

The Squid Industries Triton has taken the balisong community by storm with its precision construction and smooth action. This unique trainer is built with lightweight aluminum handles and a stonewashed 304 stainless steel blade. Phosphorus bronze washers and zen pin construction give the Triton a smooth feel and great flipping action. This performance balisong trainer is worth adding to your collection. Get yours below.

  • Overall Length: 9.75”
  • Blade Length: 4.25”
  • Blade Material: 410
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 4.65 oz.
  • Country of Origin: USA
Squid Industries Triton

Nick R. says...

“Great trainer. For me the sound makes it, aluminium has a sound all it's own. Very smooth- excellent construction, I can't think of any down side. Worth every penny and then some. Very fast shipping from Blade HQ, even during the holiday season.”

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6. Flytanium Zenith Morpho Trainer Blade

Flytanium Zenith Morpho Trainer Blade

Though this isn’t a full-blown balisong trainer, it’s the perfect accessory to add to your Benchmade Morpho 51. The Flytanium Zenith Trainer Blade is made from stonewashed 440C stainless steel and features a unique bushing pivot system. If you own an Benchmade 51, the Flytanium Zenith Trainer is a great way to practice flipping with the handle you already practice with.

  • Blade Length: 4.25”
  • Blade Material: 440C
  • Bushing Pivot System
  • Weight: 0.93 oz.
  • Country of Origin: USA
Flytanium Zenith Morpho Trainer Blade

Braden W. says...

“What can I say about The Spyderco Delica that hasn't already been said? I could mention the great size, easy in the pocket - yet still a big cut. Lightweight. Razor-sharp right out of the box. Easy to sharpen. If you have never owned a Spyderco Delica, you owe it to yourself to pick one up. Or two. Maybe 3...”

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7. Squid Industries Mako

Squid Industries Mako

Few things are as great as a balisong trainer that looks like a shark and works as a bottle opener. The Squid Industries Mako combines the best looks, materials and performance in a package that anyone will love. The Mako features a unique trainer blade with a built-in bottle opener and precision milled handles that look and feel great. Its one of those balisong trainers that’s actually great for more than just learning new tricks. Pick one up by clicking below.

  • Overall Length: 9.75”
  • Blade Length: 4.25”
  • Blade Material: 304
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 4.30 oz.
  • Country of Origin: USA
Squid Industries Mako

Jacob M. says...

“This was my first quality balisong trainer and it does not disapoint.”

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Final Thoughts

Best Budget Spyderco Knives

In many things having the right tools makes all the difference, and learning to flip a butterfly knife is no exception. These few butterfly knife trainers offer some of the best quality and materials available in their respective price ranges. Whether you’re a newbie on a budget or a seasoned pro looking for a fun trainer, this list has you covered. Check out our full selection of butterfly trainers by clicking the button below. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Now you've got all our recommendations, but Blade HQ has got way more knives than those featured here. Give our wares a browse, and find the perfect knife to suit your needs! Check out our Best Butterfly Knives article when your ready to take it to the next level!


Learn More

In this episode of Knife Banter our friends Ben and Austin talk balisong's with Lucas Cao from Squid Industries. What balisong is best for you? Find out in this video.


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*Customer reviews may be condensed for clarity and edited for grammatical errors. You know we have to make our high school English teacher proud. Check product listings for current pricing.