Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Lock Type
So close to being an ideal EDC balisong ... but yet so far
When it comes to looks, weight, and size ... the Pro EDC seems like a perfect balisong. Full-length 5-inch handles and a sub-4-inch blade isn't a very common combo but it does make for a great carrying balisong. Add to that: it's on bearings, lightweight ti handles and spacers, and a laser-etched M390 blade, it really does have the makings of the perfect EDC balisong. The fact that the Pro EDC is supposed to be a basic version (stripped down) of his balisongs costing up to $600 + ... the Pro EDC sounds better and better. On top of all that, the packaging is awesome! Pelican style hard case large enough to fit 2 Pro EDC's, stickers, info card, and a polishing cloth! With that, it looks like a 5-star knife ... unfortunately, the negatives bring it down to a 3-star knife. When two of the three negatives are concerns regarding its ability to withstand the life of an EDC ... that's not good overall. What I thought was going to be my ideal EDC balisong ... didn't.(Negative Star) ... Ti Tang screws. Not the best material for a screw that will be tightened and loosened repeatedly over its life. Especially being an EDC. This typically wouldn't be much of a negative for a balisong, however, the tang screws are so shallow; they will be incredibly difficult to not strip. There's just not enough material to aid in the leverage the bit will need without stressing the material enough to strip over time. I've read where a couple of owners, mention this concern and one who stripped their's first day. Replacement Ti screws are a pretty spendy replacement, especially for a $250 knife. Who wants to worry every time they loosen or tighten the tang screws, especially when it comes to screws that are expected to be adjusted from time to time. When the weakest link of a balisong - is the linkage itself, that's a problem.(Negative Star) ... Fit and Finish. ... T Latch. The latch puts so much pressure on the Ti scales and hidden Zin Pins, I'm concerned with potential issues later. When in the locked position, with the blade in the fixed open position; it puts so much pressure on the scales you see the gap between the scales significant decrease as it gets to the latch. I'm not a knifemaker but it would seem there is tremendous pressure on the hidden Zen Pins. There is the same gap issue when the knife is locked in a carry position, but not as drastic. This latch may never be a problem, but there is enough reason for concern in longevity.... The handles need a bit more attention to the edges. The latch ends are rather sharp. As you fan the balisong you can feel the sharpness of edges against your palms. The entire length of the handle's edges could use a bit more softening in general. Mine arrived not dialed in (out of tune), which isn't unheard of even with more expensive balisongs. It also arrived with a dirty grease-covered blade with a distinct fingerprint. The safe handle had a lot of play, while the bite handle had none. The tang screws were loose enough; you could push them in and out through both sides of the safe handle ... however, the screws themselves were tight. I'm not going to speculate the reason for them being tight while allowing excess play, but whatever was the reason ... it goes against the knife. Rather disappointing when this is supposed to be the same as his more expensive balisongs. These are even manufactured on-premises. There's really no excuse for not getting a perfectly dialed-in balisong, even at this price point.