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Benchmade announced the Model 63 Balisong Knife for 2012! The BM 63 knife features a D2 Tool steel bowie blade with razor sharpness. The handles are skeletonized to reduce weight and sport a polished stainless steel finish. Sandwich style construction with stainless steel back spacers. The 63 Bali also features Zen pins and the classic T latch to secure the knife open and closed. Made in the USA.Features:
I flip fairly decent, but it's not a big hobby for me. This knife is amazing as far as weight, blade strength/style. That d2 steel is something to be proud of. I'm in love with the large Bowie style and wish BM would put it into a folder.
I can’t stress enough how well the craftsmanship and quality of any Benchmade knife is. To top off the icing, BHQ price for this Bali is unbeatable. Best customer service and fast shipping. Thanks BHQ!! Whip it fast and leave the bloody knuckles in the past.
As a flipper there's better options. Good for an EDC knife though will definitely hold up. You can also get flyti handles and it will help out a lot with the handle length and weight but you truly shouldn't have to for a $360 knife
I've owned quite a few balisongs. This Bali was the first Bali I ever bought. That's where my first qualm is. Price: This Bali is super overpriced. These should be selling for $250 max. If you want one buy it second hand. The best way to do this is on the app Instagram. Use #balisongsale. You can buy one brand new in the box for $200. This brings me to my second complaint, flipping: I bought a 6x for flipping. Big mistake on my end. When it is marked for EDC they mean it. This Bali is a tank on the weight side (Bad thing). If you want a knife to flip buy a BRS Replicant. The rep weights in at 4.9 ounces stock. If you want a heavier knife you can buy new spacers for the rep. If you don't like the scales, you can buy new scales, for the rep. If you want to adjust the rep you can do it for under $50 a mod, but if you want to mod the 6x your options are new handles/scales. These are almost solely made by flytanium. They cost over $200. Even then they don't flip as well as the BRS Replicant. So now you have an almost $600 knife that doesn't outperform any knife that is in that price range (other knives in this price range include the Maxace Pelican, BRS Alpha Beast(One of the best knives for the money), HOM knives.) When talking about knives for flipping there is something called tap and play. Tap is when the blade contacts the inside of the handles. Play is when the handles shift apart. The 6x has tons of both. The 6x series of Balis run on a washer system. Most CCC's (Cheap China Crud) run on only washers too. If you want a quality knife look for something on bushings or bearings. The rep runs on bushings and washers. If the Rep is flipped like crazy it can develop tap and play, but can easily be fixed by replacing the washers and bushings. If the 6x has tap, you can't fix it. Even with the flyti handles it still has these problems. The Replicant doesn't suffer from any of these problems. On the topic of this being a carry knife, the pouch. The pouch that comes with this knife is literal trash. After carrying my 6x around in the pouch for a week the pouch started to frey. After another week the beltloop fell off and almost all of the stitches came undone. Whatever you do, don't trust the pouch. Overview: Pros: Maybe the warranty. Cons: Weight Price Quality Locktited with red locktite. Everything
This is certainly a heavy duty knife and feels really solid! But it’s hard to flip because if’s so heavy, the D2 steel is prone to rusting and $340?! C’mon Benchmade that’s not worth it at all! There are way better knives out there for the same price or less.