BRS Barebones 2.0 Balisong Butterfly Knife Stainless Steel (4.375" Stonewash)

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  • Overall Length:10.00"
  • Blade Length:4.375"
  • Cutting Edge:4.00"
  • Blade Thickness:-
  • Blade Material:154CM
  • Blade Style:Tanto
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Stonewash
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:5.625"
  • Handle Thickness:0.42"
  • Handle Material:Stainless Steel
  • Color:Gray
  • Weight:-
  • Knife Type:Butterfly
  • Brand:BRS
  • Model:Barebones 2.0
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry, Recreation
  • Product Type:Knife


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The Barebones 2.0 is an impressive evolution of the original, and takes the design in a new direction with a mean tanto blade profile and modified weight. Its skeletonized stainless steel handles offer superb balance for a wide variety of flipping styles. The blade is made from durable 154CM stainless steel with a crowned spine and stonewashed finish. The Barebones 2.0 proves itself as another must-have for balisong enthusiasts everywhere.

  • Skeletonized stainless steel handles offer reduced weight and balanced handling.
  • 154CM blade steel provides exceptional cutting performance and edge retention.
  • Tapped spacers have been replaced with sex bolt construction.

Customer Reviews

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Excellent knife for price
Mitchell E.
Did not come razor sharp like my Replicant, but came about as sharp as most people I know sharpen their knives to.

-Handles are thin, but very comfortable and relatively long.
-I'm not a huge fan of clip-point blade shapes, but this is my favorite out of all of the ones I have seen.
-Latch is the signature BRS latch that can't get stuck in between handles, for those who don't remove their latches.
-Knife is heavy, as the whole thing is made with 154CM steel, but the balance is very good.

-The zen pin on the end of the knife can easily pinch when doing rollovers etc. I would highly recommend whipping out some sand paper and sanding that baby down.
-Back of the blade is squared off, so it might be more comfortable if that was also rounded.

This is a great product for the price, good knife all around, and doing a little bit of modification is no problem given the price point is this low. Excellent knife to use if you want one for EDC that also flips well and isn't too expensive. Very pleased with BRS and their take on an economy balisong and BladeHQ was a pleasure to deal with as always.
Really nice knife
Tyler V.
Came razor sharp outta the box, blades made with pretty good steel and has a nice finish, stays sharp, sharpens easily, feels super smooth when flipping. All around I'd say it's a good knife. It's a little heavy but its super balanced and after playing with it a little you don't even notice. Definitely worth the price. If you're looking for a quality knife that fills the gap between the cheapos and the expensive high end balis this is the one.
Very good knife
Tony L.
I love the way it flips and the sound it makes is so satisfying.
4/5 For Barebones; 5/5 For Blade Hq
Brian T.
So my first copy of this knife had a hairline fracture(or cut not really sure) right around the pivots. Needless to say I was disappointed, but still to this day I have no idea where it came from as I've never really seen anything like it. I emailed BladeHq about my issue and without hesitation they sent me a pre-paid return postage, and personally inspected the replacement Barebones before they sent me a new one. Absolute top tier customer service from BladeHq.

Now onto the Barebones itself. As everyone else says the zen pin nipple is fairly sharp and will pinch you. It is heavy but the weight is distributed throughout the knife very well. (it is handle heavy though) If you are a slow flipper you will love how the BB performs. Chaplins and rollovers are a breeze and can be done seemingly without enough momentum, this makes the knife look really incredible, almost gravity defying while flipping. However that being said when you transfer between rollovers you do need to give it some extra love.

The aesthetics I think are very cool although it could certainly use a nice sand down to smooth out some of the skeletonizations in the handles. The blade looks pretty wicked and comes decently sharp. I keep seeing people talking about how crazy sharp BRS knives come from the factory but I have yet to experience this. The overall construction is top-tier. The finish could be better. Overall love the look and feel of the BB. The handle play is amazing out of the box and after a good amount of use still remains excellent.

The sound for those of you who care is very satisfying. When those handles come together its a force to be reckoned with. I chose to keep the latch on as I enjoy the little clicks and clacks it makes.

Many people end up trying to decide be this and the BM-51 as there first real Balisong. If you want a Bali as a flipper and an EDC, or you love flipping extremely fast and comfortable, then get a 51. If you are looking strictly for a Bali to flip and perhaps even a project knife, then I would say the BB would serve you well. Although I hear the Atropos Demon is the new king of (quality) entry level Balisongs.
Do it
pierce h.
Do it, just do it, click that big, sweet, sexy add to cart button and than slap that checkout icon. You know you want to.
judy m.
Great flipper, overall happy with this product.
Great knife
Gavin M.
I recently got this knife for my birthday, the knife's weight is really nice and it's a excellent flipper. Would recommend to anyone who is starting flipping
Best starter balisong
Jeronimo B.
I love it, I would just round the nipple from factory.
Sharp everywhere
Anthony C.
The knife is amazing. The handles are long enough to give you a sense of confidence when flipping and skeletonized areas tell you right where you are. This knife both looks and flips like a champ.

Now a warning. Out of the box this thing is scalpel sharp and that can be very intimidating. Paired with the weight of the handles if you get bit it's going to be bad news. Besides the blade being sharp the Zen pin nipple is also sharp and during rollovers it can cut you. The cut outs on the handles are not necessarily sharp but are very rough and start chaffing after a bit of flipping.

That being said I could think of worse things to complain about. If you don't have one of these yet do your self a favor and get one. The only thing I regret it not ordering one sooner.

Bravo BRS
So smooth
chris p.
It glides.... the knife came razor sharp out the package and flips like a dream.
Overall Good
Cameron F.
This knife is good but it does have a couple of drawbacks. First one is weight. This thing is really heavy. You'll get used to it over time but if you mess up, you'll get cut deep. Second one is the nipple on the blade for the zen pins. That little thing isn't rounded off at all and it can draw a little blood if you pinch yourself with it. Overall a good balisong. A great flipper if you don't mind the weight and very smooth
Great knife
Trinidad C.
I honestly flip this more than my AB I'm going to get another honestly. I just love it. The zen pin is a little sharp but if your flipping it fast enough you don't notice it.
Love it but........
Mike H.
I love this knife, it's a great flipper even though it's a little heavy. The only drawback is the sharp Zen nipple on the tang. Overall it's still BRS quality and performance. I would still recommend this to anyone who wants a solid quality balisong under the $350 mark.
pretty good
Al t.
Overall its a great knife. Really the only 2 problems i have with it is that the zen nub is extremely sharp and pinches alot during scissoring. And that the finish makes it slippery if your palms are sweating. Besides that its working out great
carlos r.
Great knife, on the heavy side.
10/10 highly recommended
Bare-ly acceptable
Raphael M.
I had had high hopes for the latest from BRS, and I was mildly disappointed. Yes, this knife has great balance and looks great but the sharp edges at the tang are crap. Everyone seems to recognize this and cuts BRS some slack with the excuse that "for the price" the lack of finishing is acceptable. I call BS, this is a 224$ knife, it should be finished! For the piece I received I would say the Barebones is 75$ overpriced. They are competing with Benchmade for the most overpriced.
If you want a flipper, be prepared to put in some work to get it right.
Affordable art that can kill...
bradley l.
But seriously, I couldn't be happier if I had gotten myself my first AB.(Well, anything is possible, considering this is my 2nd BRS bali and the first being a replicant.) I think we can all relate to that feeling of anticipation, nervousness, and glee all rolled into one the day your knife arrives. Especially as you see it in your mailbox, reach in and pluck it out like an eager child.Well the climax is either fireworks or pure disappointment. I'm happy to say folks that I'm ecstatic over this Barebones. Flips like a dream, feels great, both weight wise and the grip. Well worth sleeping on the couch for a few days! P.S. As always much love to the BHQ team! yall are amazing! Super fast processing and shipping!
Barebones overall is good.
Zack D.
update : This knife.... eh it's still good. a good beginner flipper. i have an issue with sweaty hands so this is hard to handle what with it being really thin and it is steel. I still say, buy it if you want it. it's good, but i find myself flipping my benchmade 51 more. G10 doesnt slip, and its lighter weight and feels better...
first impressions..
I've been flipping for a few years, know my way around a balisong quite well. I've had a Kimura, Bm67 and 51, now this bad boy. This blows all of those knives i mentioned out of the park. Yea its a bit heavier but it carries momentum really well, the weight isnt uncomfortable its more just, fluid and balanced. The design is amazing and smooth and sleek looking and feels great in the hand. The length makes up for the weight as well, its just a great knife. The only, one and only issue i have is that the zen pin tang/nipple is really, really pinchy and sharp. But a bit o' sand paper does the trick. This is my first BRS knife and it will not be my last! Definitely buy if you don't have $300+ for a knife. This thing rocks, and is a fantastic price.
Could have been better
Curtis B.
I've been searching for a top notch Balisong for a while and all of my searches lead to BRS knifes. An Alpha and Replicant were out of of the question, out of stock everywhere. So I settled on a Barebones. It is very heavy knife, once I got used to the weight it's probably my best flipper. However, the spine on the blade is flat and with all that weight it beat the back of my hand to death. The zen nipple almost had a burr on it, I've cut myself with that more than I have the blade. Been using it for about 2 weeks now and it already needs loctite. The latch is loose in the closed position and extremely tight in the open position. All is not bad though... flips amazing and looks awesome! It's just with the following and reputation that BRS has and the $225 price tag I expected a little more.
max h.
Had this knife for about 2-3 months and I'll tell you.. this knife is amazing. For its price, it's quite heavier than my alpha beast or replicant, but that is what makes it fun to flip. It being handle heavy makes it not as easy to get deep cuts, only issue is that the zen nipple is kinda rough and sharp and needed to file that down. I bought two of these and they are by far in the top 10 bali's I have.
Great flipper
brice c.
This knife is an amazing flipper, and it blows my b200 out of the water. The barebones could be a little heavy to some but it's not an issue for me.
Awesome knife
brock m.
First brs and def wont be last. Only con I have is I didn't buy 2.
Dayton G.
10/10 incredible knife!
Great Knife!
Johnson L.
I love it! Flips so smooth. I got the AB and this feels very similar with little differences. Biggest difference is the handle thickness, but that does not really affect the flippability of this knife. Chaplins are easy and the balance is just perfect! Now I just need to get a Rep and ill be happy!
New Hope
timothy h.
This bali has restored my faith in the bali market. So often I have felt that this market caters to the well-off and the knife makers... I mean, most dudes cannot come up with $500.00 or more on a whim. I've been lucky enough to acquire a modest collection, but with each purchase I've ended feeling a bit guilty. Moreover, the times I've tried to skimp with $100.00 balis or bullsh-- clones I've ended up giving them away to friends. This knife, however, hits the mark! A quality bali at a working man's price. BTW big thanks BHQ for the ALWAYS stellar service. BRS + BHQ = One happy guy with two thumbs up.