Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers


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ZBABALIPROEDC: Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife
Michael Zieba Custom Knives

This Pro EDC Michael Zieba Balisong is a plain jane variant of his custom model built with a price point in mind. It's still done in Mike's shop but everything is done in large quantities without any additional engravings or backspacer bling to get this knife into more hands. He wanted to create a knife that could compete with the production balisongs in terms of function and cost and it's amazing what he's accomplished here. The knife features his trademark harpoon drop point spine profile with a tanto cutting edge so that it will fit into the slender frame. The Damascus pattern on the flats is laser etched for a little bit of extra cool factor. The titanium handles are simply bead blasted with copper anodized machined titanium spacers. The bearing pivots lead to very very smooth flipping action and its proper balance allows you to perform any trick you're daring enough to try. This butterfly knife is an amazing value for being made in Mike's own shop and we're proud to present it to you.
  • Blade Length: 3.875"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.50"
  • Closed Length: 5.25"
  • Overall Length: 8.875"
  • Blade Material: Bohler M390 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.133"
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Compound
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Titanium
  • Handle Thickness: 0.41"
  • Locking Mechanism: Latch
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: None
  • Weight: 3.3 oz.
  • Designer: Michael Zieba
  • Copper Finish Titanium Spacers
  • Handmade in the USA
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
M390 Powdered metal developed for knife blades which provides good corrosion resistance and very high hardness for excellent wear resistance during hard use cutting.
Semi-Custom Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacersrated 4.400 stars out of 5 (5 reviews)
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Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 4 stars out of 5
Northridge, CA
Jun 19, 2020
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Weight, Handle Feel
nice knife with butterfly handle
A high-quality well-made knife, but soso balisong. Action is solid and pivots/ceramic bearings are very smooth. Movements feel accurate. Swing weight is blade heavy. Handles are nicely edged, but corners have some sharpness. Built materials and quality are comparable to $400+ other balisong brands. Excellent blade, except the laser etching. Although nicely done, laser etching cheapens the overall appeal for this knife in my opinion. Latch pin feels solid, but has sharp edges. Locking pressure is good. Note: When closed, blade edge is very close to the outer edge (sharp blade will cut you if you grab too tight).
Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 3 stars out of 5
Feb 05, 2020
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.
Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 5 stars out of 5
Hollidaysburg, Pa
Jan 13, 2020
Much nicer than my Benchmade 67
The long review written previously about this knife pretty much says it all. Very good value. Beautiful aesthetics. Nice hard plastic case for it, too. It's very light, elegant, and highly functional. Maybe the tail latch is a bit too tight (but nearly as tight as on the Benchmade -- at least this one opens by squeezing the handles together as it should).
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