The Bear Song VIII from Bear Ops dropped into the knife world with a bang, offering smooth ball bearing action with no blade play! Its bite handle features a spring-loaded latch, and its safe handle has a removable pocket clip for everyday carry. Lastly, the steel handles are milled to be remarkably light-weight, adding balance to the already lengthy list of this knife’s positive features.
Like what you see? The Bear Ops Bear Song VIII butterfly knife is available in a variety of blade shapes and handle colors.
I could go on and on about how much i love this knive but I'll save you the time. Just assume every other aspect of this knife is perfect. What im about to say here is the only downside that exists within this knife. My only downside is that even if its latched closed it cas still cut you pretty easily. I started getting mysterious cuts on my pointer and middle finger and realized im getting cut when its closed. Like if the skin of your finger squishes its way into the handles just a tiny bit too far you can get cut. I guess that goes for any butterfly, but this is the first one ive had where thats actually been a problem due to how far the blade reaches into the handle. Just grab it from the sides and your be fine though. 9.9999/10
ive always wanted a butterfly knife and this seems to be built well. ive dropped it multiple times practicing flipping. Since I live in the peoples republic of California it is my new letter opener, but I would edc this if I could
Guys, this knife is an absolute beast. I will go to the grave with this thing. The craftsmanship on this knife is glorious and clean. I have had a few bear ops knives before, and this one is by far the best. Beautiful polish on the blade and handle, sturdy feel, gorgeous engravings on the blade and pocket clip, snappy latch, and a real nice feel in the hands. I am someone who likes to feel the smoothness of a balisong/butterfly and that is achieved in the Bear Song VIII (8). Definitely a step in the right direction for Bear and Son / Bear Ops.
Build quality is great, especially for around 100 bucks. The blade makes this knife, just a very striking profile.
Great fit & finish, Feels solid (no play), buttery smooth. This is my first bali with a spring loaded latch which is awesome. I would definitely recommend this knife. This is my second bali
If you are into flipping, this knife is great. The bearings run incredibly smooth and the weight distribution is excellent. You can take it apart as needed to swap the handles, clean the bearings, etc. If you are into using your knife, this balisong is fantastic. It opens quick and locks up like a fixed blade. It came very sharp out of the box and with a little work the steel takes a shaving edge. I've used it to cut into 2x4 pine and then used it to slice a lime the same day without any touch up on the edge. If you are into saving money, this is the knife for you because a comparable balisong knife from the other companies would easily cost twice what you will pay for this one.
Quality is amazing but the latch to keep the knife closed was loose the second day of having it. Make sure you have a .50 ellen wrench and you should be fine.
Don't get me wrong I was not expecting this knife to be that great but it really is the best bali I've owned in 35+ years. I know this is not the most expensive but the ceramic bearings with no play at all and it's as smooth as butter (at least the one that was sent to me). alot of important details like the round blade back and I know a couple poeple that have these that don't like the fact that the first part of the blade towards the pivot is a bit dull but for me this makes it so I can pivot with my finger on the bite side w/o cutting my self and the rest of the blade is still sharp. for me it would be hard to improve on this knife except maybe all the same but the tanto blade is damascus steel and the handle titantium and black.
I just got this bailsong in the mail today, man it's a nice knife! The blade is made of 154CM steel, the same hardness as AUS8, which is one of my favorites. If it's anything like AUS8 I'd say it's the best out there, hard enough to keep an edge for a long time but easily sharpened to a razor edge. I've had real hard steels that are like space age steels, they hold a sharp edge for a crazy long time but when they get dull it's almost impossible to sharpen them back up. The latch on this knife it top notch, it holds the handles securely and when it opens up the spring keeps it straight out so it doesn't get pinched when flipping. The pocket clip is real tough, it will for sure keep this knife in your pocket and it won't fall out, I've had cheap pocket clips before and it ruins the knife, you pretty much have to just take it off. This is my first experience with a 'cerakote' finish, it feels like a real thick paint but it's much tougher. Also, this knife has ceramic bearings which from what I've heard require zero maintenance, you don't have to oil them every day like other balisongs which is a big plus. I really love the Tanto blade, it looks even better in person! The only down side is that it comes with real tight pivot pins that slow the whole thing down, but I've heard you can back them out a bit and add a bit of lock tight and it really smooths it out, that's next on my list. The blade comes sharp, sharp enough for breaking down cardboard boxes but I'm sure you can't shave with it, I've seen some crazy sharp blades coming from the factory sharper than a razor blade, that's too sharp for me. It also comes in a black box and has a nice black bag with a draw string for storage.
This balisong is smooth all-around. Feels great in the hands and a perfect weight. The tanto blade is sharp and looks aggressive. Spring on latch is always nice. The pocket clip does not stick out to the point of being obtrusive. I give this knife a 5 star rating. It looks quite plain, but more than makes up for it in performance.
Out of 50 butterfly knifes its my #3, like blade better than benchmade 47, and probably more reliable than maxace obsidan. Usually a knife has to be best at flipping to be a favorite, its better than ok. If i could only have one knife that needed to last and heavy use id probably pick this one being i don't carry fixed blades.
I feel I did my homework on this purchase. I didn't know much about butterfly knives before acquiring this pair. These are the first two I've ever owned. I figured one for the left hand, and one for the right. I always carry two knives. So, I watched a ton of you tube videos. Read a bunch of online reviews, and articles. After seeing Blade HQ recommended this knife, and sold out of the first run of a similar one made by Bear Ops. I was impressed enough to take a chance, and purchase two. I'm loving these knives. Smooth flipping action, ball bearing construction with a nice balance. No blade play as advertised, spring loaded locking latch. And, not to heavy for every day carry. The reversible pocket clip was a major selling point to me. Excellent price, and build quality. Do yourself a favor and add one, or two of these to your collection.
Before we get into the good about the knife I wanna explain why it loses a star. I got this balisong for myself as i birthday present and it just got here not even 20 minutes ago and i opened within the first MINUTE I cut myself badly bleeding. Not a normal cut, a gash from the tanto point. That being said, this night had little to no play in the handles, spring latch worked as it should, a little stiff but nothing lube or tuning wouldn't fix and then it is a beautiful knife. But please be careful using this knife.
Been a long time since I had a Bali. I really looked hard at the Lucha but I really and truly wanted a locking / spring loaded latch. This fit the bill perfectly. Seems a tad heavy but the ball bearing action makes it super smooth. Learning all over again! Found with ball bearing I need to "slow my roll" a little and then boom, super fun. I was able to switch this over to Manila style pretty easily as I like the latch on the safe handle so I have NO DOUBT which handle bites and which one is safe. Solid value with advanced features.
Bad tip grind
I bought this knife as my first balisong. i got much use out of it until about a day ago when i dropped it. the bottom torx screw on the safe handle ejected and I cannot find it. I was hoping the knife would be a little more durable than this but it is also my fault for dropping it. Overall, it's a good quality knife but could be better