Kershaw is known for its fast and smooth operating folders, but for the first time ever, they have taken all they know about knives and applied that knowledge to a balisong. Introducing the Lucha, the newest Kershaw butterfly knife offering! It features stainless steel handles with internal stop pins and a latch lock. The blade is Sandvik 14C28N steel and runs on KVT ball-bearing pivots, providing buttery smooth movement and eliminating blade play. The Lucha is taking the knife community by a storm!
Take your Kershaw Lucha balisong to the next level with custom handles and bearings from Flytanium. They add a premium touch to the already excellent balisong.
Leading with my criticism: I love this knife for simple flipping, but I can't recommend it for more complicated moves or moves that have you rapidly pivoting the knife. The knife is a bit too heavy overall, and the balance point is rather far down the handles, making simple things like a full twirl require markedly more effort than other lighter knives. The bite does bounce back significantly on closes, but this isn't a problem with practice. Without practice, it could result in you grabbing the edge of the blade on a close. Now for positive thoughts: this is a great knife, sharp out the box, and looks very beautiful. The finish on the handles and blade is consistent. The latch stays out of the way most the time, and it holds the blade closed safely at all times. The handles have almost no play at all, and the pivots are incredibly smooth. I believe this is an incredible pick for people who want a heavier knife, but probably not perfect for a first time flipper or someone with smaller hands or wants to use a lighter grip.
I am not a flipper at all, but I love balis as EDC knives. This one is not an exception. It came sharp out of the box and is extremely quick to deploy, even for those without more than just basic flipping skills. I did add a pocket clip since the belt sheath didn't work as well as I has hoped. I carry this more as my EDC than any of my other large folders, and it serves me well.
This balisong has a long blade and handles and a beautiful, consistent blackwash finish throughout (my favorite finish). The knife is incredibly solid, smooth, and beautiful. I love the handles. The flytanium titanium upgrade makes this feel like a competition flipper. However, I found that I prefer having the heft of the original handles. I'll keep the flytanium handles to swap in and out as I want for variety, but I think I'll mainly stick with the originals. I'm a bigger guy, so I appreciate the heft and don't it tiring. In fact, I think it flips better with some more weight in the handles. I was REALLY excited to find that you can get clips that fit this knife (it's the "ATOM or ATLAS" replacement titanium clip) on threeriversmfg.com. I love to have clips for all my knives, so I was overjoyed to discover that I didn't have to part with my standard EDC habits. I would certainly buy this knife again if I had to. But with it's solid construction, I'd be surprised if it doesn't last a lifetime.
Black stone wash. Just to be different. Getting ready to put on some FLYTANIUM scales and pivot bearings. Do the FLYTANIUM up grade. It’s well worth it. Jef C.
I bought this knife at Mahoneys after I picked one up and tried it, I had never owned a kershaw before so needless to say I was blown away when I examined it. My first bali was a benchmade 63 and the lucha easily beats it. the handles are both longer and wider than the 63 but thinner. They are far lighter in wheight, and I was very impressed with the amount of handle play from factory, absolutely none, but flips smooth. Blade is substantially larger, and I like the blackwash finish on the knife, it kind of gives it a damascus appearance, and much smoother than a black coating. The latch is much easier to release and lock than the 63, and all edges on handles and tang of the blade are more rounded. I congratulate the designers at kershaw for a very good design for their first balisong
Kershaw always kills for quality and they price very fair. Always been my goto brand so had to grab this puppy and damnnn is it nice. Already dropped er once on the hard floor and it hurt me a little already grown fond of this Bali. Like the other reviews said I enjoy the weight as well heavy but balanced and you can feel nothing flimsy about it.
I have the blackwash version. When I have this knife in my my hand , I just want to make it sing. I like the weight, it tells you theres something significant in your hand.,Fantastic knife for novice or master, in my humble opinion. I love it so much i just purchased the other variant.
Its a great knife my only issue is that its a bit heavy but you'll get used to it after a bit of use. Another very important thing to note its super easy to mod pick up some flyti handles and your set.
This bali is amazing for the price. Great feel (a little handle heavy) and literally zero play whatsoever. Waiting on my order of flytanium scales for turn this thing into the perfect flipper!
if this is as good as the mainline lucha, you're set. this variant is niiiiiiiiiiice.
I want to start by saying that this knife is very high quality for the price point and is rock solid. There is zero tap and barely any play out of the box, and is tuned nicely. Not perfectly, mind you, but nicely. The blade also came very sharp out of the box with a nice, even grind, adding to the Lucha's beautiful lines. It also sounds wonderful to flip, and gives a very nice ring at a good volume (after taking the latch off, that is; the latch is very clicky and gets in the way) As for actually flipping the knife: It's tolerable. Tolerable, but not enjoyable. This knife is very handle-heavy, and heavy in general, despite its thin profile. As a result, it requires some fairly strong fingers to get moving and control. The spine of the blade is very thin, especially near the end, and near the pivots, the tang will pinch the hell out of you if you're not careful. I want to give this knife 5 stars because of its build quality, but 2 stars because of its bad flipping capability, so 3 will split the difference. I rate it a 6.5/10. I wouldn't recommend for beginner flippers, people with small hands, or flippers who like light knives.
The only reason I bought this was to mod it but when I got the flytanium scales and attempted to take it apart it seems as though the knife had a different idea. Every one of the screws was unreasonably tight to the point of one pivot screw and one spacer screw getting stripped. And kershaws costumer service so far is sub par. The knife is uncomfortable to flip as it comes and fixing that certainly isn’t very easy. Extremely disappointed.