The SS14 is another great looking Bear & Son Butterfly knife. This model features a tough silver stainless steel handle and a bead blasted clip point blade. Stainless steel provides the strength and durability needed for a reliable butterfly knife. The handles also feature a skeletonized design to reduce weight. The stainless steel blade is finished with a matte bead-blast look. These knives are pretty rugged and will hold up to some abuse PLUS they are made in the USA!
I have had this knife for almost a full month. I love the feel of the handles, the weight, the knife customization with text. Definitely worth the price, and I paid full price for it! Out of the box you have to break it in but after that, you should be good. I have not needed to apply any lube to the pivot points. The blade is decently sharp out of the box, but I would recommend a sharpener if you are going to use it for anything other than tricks. Overall a very good knife and would 100% recommend it.
I went thru the Kimura and the Lucha, too massive and bad latch, respectively, before getting this. This knife is amazing, as its grip is better than those, it's wieldy, looks nice, all around excellent.
I’m a long-time butterfly knife enthusiast, and have always had an appreciation for the Bear butterfly knives, since back in the Bear MGC era. While the Bear blades have always had the best steel (decent carbon vs soft stainless), their regular cast-metal handles were the weak point. While perfectly serviceable, they were just not quite as “nice” as some of the other market offerings from other brands made of brass or steel. This SS14 butterfly changes the entire game. The stainless handle Bear butterfly is the best option I have seen in decades, especially for the price point. Polished stainless steel one-piece/channel handles (not screwed-together sandwich style, which I do NOT enjoy) are coupled with a blade made of excellent cutlery steel, to make an overall package that rivals the best vintage knives of the 80s-90s-era Balisong Boom. This is well balanced for flipping, has a perfect heft (not too heavy, not too light), and is very capable as an actual utility/EDC tool (not just a flipping toy). Beautifully produced, fit and finish are exceptional. I’m so happy that a USA maker has been able to offer a stainless channel handle balisong at a sane, reasonable price. Thank you, Bear and Sons! You knocked this one out of the park! I recommend it to everyone who wants a high quality butterfly knife (with great blade steel!!) that will stand up to serious use and manipulation.
Having seen a few neg. comments regarding bear & Son balisong knives, I came across this model that had a really good review from an experienced owner, (thanks Alex S) so I took the plunge, so glad I did. I paid $54 for this knife, which is all steel, and came super sharp. I saw people mentioning that sometimes tang pins break easily, so I ordered a couple of spares from the Bear & Son website (there is also a great place online that sells pivot pins for all sizes of knives). However after 2 days solid flipping Ive had no issues at all.... Ive dropped it a few times, no damage whatsoever. The stainless steel handles are very strong and weighted perfect. I fixed the loose latch with the o ring trick.... works great. If you tried the plastic handled bear & son bali's you should give this a try..... Its very sturdy, looks great.... and PERFECT to start off with. Even when I move up to a dogbite or BRS..... Ill probably still be flipping this too.... if the pins break I will convert it to a screw pin type. Very good knife, very happy with it.
I’m a fixed blade man. Always wanted a good Butterfly and decided to take a shot on this one a couple of months ago. I don’t play around and do a lot of tricks with this thing. I like the look and feel of the handles on this one. It’s a solid knife with a thick blade that feels like it won’t break off if ever needed in a self-defense encounter. That’s what I was looking for. I believe I made a solid choice for my first Butterfly. I hope this helps someone else looking for the same thing! Peace out.
I know this is a budget bail, but it could've been better. When I received mine, the safe handle was so tight it would barely move. Even with weeks of breaking in, and pivot lube, it still sticks. The latch is difficult to open and close; it also gets stuck to the inside of the bite handle destroying the blade and ruining tricks. I like the channel handles, but in full stainless steel, it makes it super heavy and slippery. At the most, it's a cool party trick or something to practice with.