Pros: Lock Type, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Sheath, Weight
Looks nice but unbelievably flimsy
When I found out about this knife, I had to have it. A classic look that doesn't cost an arm, a leg, an eye, and your first born son. I love to support US manufacturers when I can, especially for knives of this type, although this balisong was disappointing for the price. It's beautiful, extremely sharp out of the box, and the latch stays in place tightly, but that also makes it a hassle to deploy. Other than a 14" balisword, this is the heaviest balisong I've toyed with, which I personally don't really mind, although I suppose more 'professional' flippers would rather have something lighter. My main issue with this knife however, is that while the overall construction seems bulletproof, I'm positive that if I do anything other than let this collect dust, the pivoting pins will break, and that is not something I look forward to, as I've never attempted repairing a bali, and I'd like to not scuff the finish when it does go flying apart. So not only is it the heaviest balisong I've used, it's also the flimsiest and makes the $20 Chinese made balis look top notch. I don't know if this is typical quality of Schrade but if I had known this in advance, I would've skipped on this purchase.