This is a collage of the Balisong Small Weehawk Blade, with photos and description of this knife.
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I bought this Balisong in 2014, chancing upon it at an outdoor gear shop. It has a very slim profile – I like it for its small lightweight design, and its smooth fast flipping action around the hinges. There is a lot less wobble at the hinges compared to most of the butterfly knives I’ve used over the last 25 years.
One of the earliest manuals I used over 20 years ago was a book written by Gary Cagaanan, Sid Campbell, and Sonny Umpad titled Balisong: The Lethal Art of Filipino Knife Fighting, shown at right. For beginners and professionals, this book is a good reference material on the art of the Balisong. Other books and suggested reference materials are given at the end of this article below.
If you’ve used and flipped any particular butterfly knife long enough, you will likely experience a broken handle lock after a while. This happens at the point of contact on the handle lock where it meets the point of the blade during the flips, and the break happens somewhere midway along the lock. I have one or two butterfly knives with such a damage. It will unlikely happen with this Balisong though, as the lock doesn’t rotate past a certain point during flips, thus never in contact with the blade point. This feature (lock protection from damage) is also found in certain butterfly knife models made by Benchmade.
The tradename Benchmade and its unmistakeable butterfly logo appear on the usual ricasso area of the blade just above the hinges and pin, but this is just a replica or copy. Even so, this Balisong is a pleasure to flick and flip, and quite similar in feel to an original high-end Benchmade I once had the pleasure and honour to play with. This is currently my Balisong of choice.