SOLD 24.1 cm Balisong Trainer with Brass Bolsters, Kamagong Ebony Heartwood Handles and Carbon Steel Training Blade

SOLD 24.1 cm Balisong Trainer with Brass Bolsters, Kamagong Ebony Heartwood Handles and Carbon Steel Training Blade
Product Code: Product 480
Product Length: 24.10 cm
Product Weight: 6.00 oz
Reward Points: 0
Availability: Out Of Stock
Price: $85.00
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This trainer measures in at 24.1 cm and has a hand forged carbon steel blade. This is the toughest blade option offered for both live balisongs and trainers. It will require oiling to keep the rust at bay, but it is the most durable choice and also the most economical too, unless you go with a lower quality FHM trainer (this one was made by one of Batangas' most gifted craftsmen).

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Each of the solid brass bolsters is double pinned to the hand folded stainless steel housings. The kamagong ebony heartwood on the handles has been cleaned and polished, but I haven't hand finished it. The wood has  excellent chatoyancy and figuring. Hand finishing significantly improves the fit and finish of the handles and also leaves the wood with a more matte finish that is much smoother. I charge $20 for this service, which is a steal considering the amount of time and effort that goes into refinishing.

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The thick stainless steel blade on this trainer means the trainer is blade heavy. This is because the blade is not distal tapered or ground to a point. The blade is made as tough as possible, and the advantage of a blade-heavy design is the blade is more likely to hit the ground first, which protects the handles. I wouldn't suggest flipping this trainer (or any other trainer or balisong) over concrete or tile, which will destroy virtually any knife over time.

One advantage of this blade design is this trainer works for both Batangas and Manila latch designs.

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This trainer is pinned tight and will require breaking in like a normal FHM balisong. I do not recommend this for generalized flipping. This trainer is best suited to use in martial arts training, whether you practice a Filipino martial arts system or something else entirely. Most Filipino balisongs should not be flipped closed as they are built with a different philosophy: the largest possible blade is concealed within the handles for maximum wound trauma when stabbed into tissue. When flipped closed, the blade will hit the hand folded stainless housings hard, which will over time wear the housings down and even split them.

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There is some very minor surface pitting on the flat of the blade and the spine that my camera couldn't pick up in these pictures.

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If you take your FHM balisong carry and training seriously, this is a great trainer to have. This trainer also features a nice, thick brass latch. 6 oz. $85 or $105 with hand finishing.

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