Microtech Metalmark Aluminum Balisong Butterfly Knife (3.875" Bead Blast) 170-7

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Item #BHQ-27137


  • Overall Length:9.125"
  • Blade Length:3.875"
  • Cutting Edge:3.625"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:154CM
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Bead Blast
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:5.00"
  • Closed Length:5.25"
  • Handle Thickness:0.48"
  • Handle Material:Aluminum
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:4.70 oz.
  • Knife Type:Butterfly
  • Brand:Microtech
  • Model:Metalmark
  • Model Number:170-7AL
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife


The Metalmark from Microtech has uniquely shaped handles that open to reveal a blade shape that simply flows. The blade is 154-CM steel with a matte bead blast finish. The channel handles are aluminum, black anodized with Torx pivot screw adjustment and a spring loaded latch. The build on the Metalmark balisong is solid.


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Good EDC knife, bad flipper
Nick M.
Not a bad little knife. I'm rather inexperienced with flipping, but from what I can tell, it's not worth getting for that purpose. The handles are an odd shape which makes things as simple as rollovers a pain. This parts a bit more subjective, but the insanely light handles (made of aluminum) mean it doesn't carry as much momentum as I'd like them to. I'm also not a fan of the bead blasted finish on them, so I stripped it ASAP. Feels much smoother and nicer to hold.

The blade itself is made like a tank, thick and made of a nice stainless steel. Comes sharper than all hell, just about sliced my hand open, and is relatively easy to sharpen, though it doesn't seem necessary for the first few hundred miles considering it holds its edge quite well.

The bearings are nice, the spring latch works really well while not tearing up the finish, it feels good to hold, and all in all it's astoundingly light. The Aluminum handles don't feel like as much of a liability in terms of durability as they would be on other butterflies.

Does need the same amounts of TLC any new butterfly needs (Lubing the bearings, some loctite).

All in all I'd recommend it for a good, relatively cheap EDC butterfly, but if you're looking for a flipper in a similar price range, just save up a little more and pick up a Benchmade 51. You'll be happier.