BaliYo by Spyderco Pen Butterfly Flipper (Black)

You have seen the original BaliYo from Spyderco. After the introduction, Spyderco received an overwhelming response. Based on customer suggestions, Spyderco is proud to announce a new alternative to the original Baliyo. With a $9.99 price tag, the black BaliYo comes with all the same creative motion and dynamics as offered by the original, at a great price. The pen features blue ink and the arms are slightly angular with stainless pivots, rings and clips that compliment the sleek black body. All of the refined symmetry and weight ratios allow for great spins, flips and twirls. Compact, hanging package includes a pictured instruction sheet for basic tricks.

Item #BHQ-4501
MSRP: $15.00
Our Price: $10.50
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  • Length: 4.25"
  • Diameter: 0.41"
  • Material: Polymer
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 0.85 oz.
  • Ink Color: Blue
  • Mechanism: Twist
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: BaliYo
  • Model Number: YCN100
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Product Type: Pen

Customer Reviews

Nick D. on Mar 28, 2023

Fun little way to pass time in a setting where pulling out a balisong wouldn't be suitable.

Great Gift
Isaiah M. on Dec 12, 2019

Bought three of these as little gifts and everyone that got one loves them. Quality product from SpyderCo.

Adrian G. on Nov 12, 2018

Flip it 24/7 lots of fun and writes good

Great but...
Bryan E. on Mar 6, 2018

I really loved this little toy. It was great fun, especially when I was bored or had a knack for flipping but was in class. My friends really liked it too and it ended up inspiring some friends to buy a balisong. My only problem was it broke a couple weeks after purchase(due to misuse). I also have to complain about the weight, it is far too light for many tricks such as rollovers. In the end I would still highly recommend this product.

Awesome to fidget
Joseph M. on Jan 6, 2018

This is much better than your average fidget spinner. It’s really fun to flip it around like a real balisong.

Great introduction to butterfly flippers
Logan b. on Jan 5, 2018

Great product only complaint is materials it’s great to practice with and comes with a instructions manual on how to do different things with it over all it’s a great product

Love it!
Dayton G. on Aug 22, 2016

I bring this to school with me so whenever I really wanna flip I can, now I don't do it too often but it's nice to have. I even sometimes find myself flipping it when on my computer. The pen is super light though, but it's a pen so what do you suspect. Handles are awkward at first but you adjust. If you are buying a Balisong or knife got some extra cash or just bumping your price to get free shipping, I would pick it up. -Dayton Gulley

Very light and durable.
Ethan K. on Aug 29, 2020

so i bought 2 for school because i cant take my real one to school but they handle really well. my only complaint is that they showed up 5 days later than the delivery date but now that their here its no big deal

the baliyo
izak A. on Mar 10, 2019

I got my baliyo from an associate on my birthday 3 days ago. it came to me without the pocket clips but that doesn't bug me because I see it as an in the pocket item. I have flipped it sun up to sundown since I got it. I have probably dropped it close to a hundred times and it's still in one piece. it feels light at first but flips very well like you would expect something heavier to do. the ink cartridge failed but I just took it out and it doesn't really matter to me because I only flip it. I tried writing with it I did some homework with it but found it odd but not uncomfortable. overall the quality is very good and it's very strong. to make it a better flipper id like to see a larger one and one in all steel titanium or copper. preferably copper. would recommend to anyone love it.

Fun and unique
Tyler P. on Oct 12, 2018

This is a fun pen and definitely turns heads. Is it practical as an every day pen...I don't believe so but it's a nice thing to have.

Not for serious flipping
Steven K. on Sep 16, 2018

I would like to say one thing before this review, it is not for serious flipping. This is perfectly ok though, as its purpose is to be a toy you can use whenever you cant have a real bali (ex. school). It is perfect as just being something fun to play with. My only complaint is that my ink cartridge does not stay in properly and will fly across the room if not constantly placed back in.

Seth M. on Aug 10, 2018

It's fun, but is a little to lightweight. Broke pretty easy. But was fun while it lasted.

It’s fun
John O. on Jan 5, 2018

I got as a Christmas gift when I was younger. It’s a fun pen to play with but doesn’t make real sense to use as an actual pen

Alot of fun!
Paul z. on Jun 4, 2017

I kept seeing these and thinking "wow that's stupid". Well a couple months later and I've been starting to get into balisongs and learning how to flip. Figured any practice I get helps. So I have added this guy to my EDC. It's alot of fun to play with. But... If you want this help improve your Bali skills then don't hold your breath. As fun as it is the weight is horribly different than any of the bali's u have ever flipped and the handle of the pen has a very awkward shape. I have big hands and it's pretty hard to flip this like a butterfly knife handle is just to short. This pen is also pretty flimsy, as soon as you get it in hand you feel like it's going to just fall apart. But overall I've dropped this thing a ton of time and it's still going strong. I have heard the other color pens are made in USA and have much better weights. If that's the case then u would definitely get one of those instead of this one. But at the end of day this thing may not be a awesome training tool, but you still can get the concept of some tricks and for the price it's a whole lot of fun. Get it if your looking!!!!

Dont buy this
Cody T. on May 30, 2019

Please do not buy this baliyo. It's terrible for flipping and a waste of 6 dollars that could be used to buy McDonald's. Mine broke in the first week of having it by dropping it on carpet. If your just getting started, and want a budget knife/trainer, I recommend the Bear and Son 114BTR trainer ( It's cheap, but it works well, and it's a lot better than this piece of crap. The only reason you should buy this is if your in school and want to flip, since it's a pen.

Let's be honest
Daniel J. on Oct 18, 2018

This is kind of cool, and I'm very glad that Spyderco took the risk to try this, but it's not a balisong. There's not enough weight in the pen or handles to get the momentum of a balisong flip. Also, let's face it, the sharp blade is what makes a balisong awesome. The Fisher pen refill for the old US model is OK, but hardly my favorite ink refill. The Chinese ink cartridges are not an improvement. As a pen, this is just a bit to strange. As a flip-toy, it doesn't have the inherent mechanical "gee-whiz" factor of a bearing-based spinner; it is what you make of it. The fact that there are well-established balisong forms to adapt means this has potential as a skill, but most people would rather flip a Barfly bottle opener. This is an EDC equivalent of devil sticks or juggling balls; you've got to be really committed to the art of flipping these for them to be even mildly interesting. If you just buy it as a curio, it wind up being even more lame than a yo-yo.

It's a fun toy.
Brett K. on Jan 25, 2018

Like everyone says, its light. Its still fun to play with, and has a good pen. Be very careful about where you use it. I dropped mine and a handle snapped off. I doubt bladehq can do anything about it. Just be careful with how and where you choose to use it. Don't end up like me. As broken as the pen I had to throw away.

Fun when nothings around
Ryan L. on Jan 19, 2018

Great thing to flip when nothing else is arround, thw handles are different then the USA version and make it harder to fan but stilll good.

Mildly disappointing
Mitchell E. on Jul 26, 2017

Pros: -Good for places you can't have a balisong. -Much less memes than a fidget spinner. -Kinda usable as a pen. -Dealing with BladeHQ was a pleasure as always. Cons: -Annoying to try and actually use as a pen, and not a good pen. -Insanely light and tiny, making it impossible to flip properly. -Cheaply made. (fell apart and I had to reassemble) -Too expensive for what it is.

too small poor weight, bad grip
Malcolm C. on Jan 27, 2019

this isnt a balisong, and doesnt even meet the bare minimums to be a trainer. and as a pen its just as bad, it doesnt write any better than a cheap ballpoint pen, and the grip is terrible with the handles in or out. it makes massive compromises in both quality and function, and the end result is a product that cannot perform either task. 6 dollars could buy you a real pack of pens, or a flea market knife shaped object. both of which would be preferable to this product.

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