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The Bear & Son 517 Butterfly has been upgraded with zen pin construction and a damascus steel blade. This Bear butterfly knife is outfitted with genuine stag bone handles and polished nickel silver bolsters. The blade is hollow ground 512 layer Damascus steel. This is a great butterfly knife, with a great price and it's made in the USA!
Great craftsmanship, quality, edge, and fluid movement. As it is damascus, the blade comes oiled. That is definitely not a negative in my book! To me that shows great care in delivering an exceptional product. The hinges out of the box are quite slow but give a good full day of flipping and they become as fast as they are smooth. The bone grips feel amazing and give the needed grip for flipping a knife on the smaller side (4"). This has quickly become my overall favorite low-mid range knife. Pros: Great Dama Patterning, Oiled for shipping, Zen pin construction, Extremely positive locking both folded and unfolded, Great grip, Durable bolsters, Light, Smooth blade hinges, Soft complimentary drawstring carrying pouch. Cons: Slow hinges out of the box, oil from blade gets stuck in hinges, no included documentation, comes in pouch but is free floating in box.
There isn't much I can say that isn't summed up in the product itself. Stag. Damascus. Made in the USA. 90 bucks. It's quality. It's beautiful. Comes razor sharp. Some reviews point out its a little tight, that is true but it flips just fine and like anything else you just adjust your technique to the instrument you are using. Some reviews say it's heavy; it's not. It flips just fine and weight wise doesn't feel much different than my 42 (the 42 flips smoother though). The pictures are nice but they do the true beauty of this knife no justice, it's sick in person. I have my latch rubber banded so it doesn't hit the blade when flipping and mar up that razor sharp beautiful Damascus. Buy this knife, you just can't beat it.
I ordered this based on reviews and of course awesome looks. The knife has a good weight, but wasn’t very sharp out of the box. After a week or two of EDC the handles loosened up terribly, to the point I took the blade to handle hinge screws apart to apply loctite in hopes it stays tight. Like it but don’t love it.
I bought this for my wife as a birthday present. She is a big fan of ballisongs but lost hers years ago, and I thought this would be a good choice to get back into it. As noted by others, it is pretty stiff out of the box (hehe), but it gets moving after flicking it around for a bit. It is indeed razor sharp, but the Damascus pattern looks cheap. It's cooler than a plain blade, but it has a drawn-on feel to it. The handle reminds me of the nice bone handle Case knives (a good thing). And sure, it's nice to receive and oiled knife, but this thing was DRENCHED. As soon as I pulled the knife out, it started dripping oil. For the price, this isn't a bad knife. It's a cool thing to show off. If you're wanting something for performace, I would just save your money for something of better quality.
Bought as a gift for my son. Good looking knife. Sharp blade. Slow movement at first, but after a few days the hinges and speed improved significantly. Overall, my boy is thrilled with the knife.
Knife looks really cool, but the blade came covered in oil. Had to wipe it down pretty well so I wouldn't get my hands extremely dirty from touching it. Still kinda messy, but hopefully all the oil will be gone eventually.
Most criticisms I could give this knife are more so personal preferences. If you like a lightweight balisong and enjoy the old school stag and damascus style, this is absolutely worth picking up. But I've had better balisongs at this price range
I have owned a good number of knives including a fair share of balisongs. The fit and finish on this is sub par. The stag handles don't fit the stainless or nickel handles well at all. The clasp hinge pin is almost falling out so the clasp swings wildy around making more noise then normal. Also one of the handle liners is bowed terribly. I regret purchasing this item and would like an exchange or refund. This might just have missed QC and I will retract this negative opinion if that is the case. Nothing against Bladehq, they have a great service. This is just a bad knife