I have always been a big fan of butterfly knives, aka balisongs or batangas. They are beautiful knives, both in construction and also in the aesthetics of how they are often used. Just the simple act of flipping a balisong open is a thing of beauty. It is one of the very few knives for which the simple act of opening it is an art in and of itself.

Sure, there are martial arts related to drawing and cutting with a sword, like Iaidō, but even the fast flashy draw, or the finishing flourish of the blade before re-sheathing, in Iaidō pales in comparison to the nimble flash of a balisong. Soooo… What do you think the topic of todays’ post is going to be? Yeah, go ahead, guess. You can do it, I’ve given you a rather big hint, so you can’t go wrong! Go for it!

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BZZZZZZT!!!

WRONG AGAIN!!

ROFLMAO… SUCKERS!!!!

You guys… You make it too easy… LOL..

Ok, ok, so I’m being a jerk. You’re not entirely wrong. I’m just messin’ with ya. Sometimes I just gotta. Cause you all are such good sports n all… 😀

Technically the blade I’m going to be talking about today is, in fact, distantly related to butterfly knives, however it is lacking one of the things that make a butterfly knife a butterfly knife. I’ll let you in on what that is a little later in the post. For now, suffice it to say, this blade is sweeet!

Butterfly Commando With Knuckle Guard

Butterfly Commando With Knuckle Guard

This here is the Butterfly Commando. With knuckle guard. Essentially what we have here is a fairly cool looking folding blade, designed so that it’s split grip can fold around the blade. And it is also designed with a unique feature: one of the handles has an extended knuckle guard, which wraps around both the other handle as well as the blade. Pretty nifty.

I generally don’t find such shiny blades anything special, but I really like this one. The ergonomics of the grip are actually quite well thought out, at least from a fixed blade perspective. The side of the handle that goes into your palm has a nice swell, to help fill the hand, while the side with the knuckle guard, features a set of shallow choils where the fingers will rest.

Both should provide a secure grip during use. And the cleverly placed knuckle guard could, in addition to protecting the knuckles, actually also be used like brass knuckles. And everything all folds into a nice compact form factor. Even the contours of the strong clip point blade are fairly impressive. All in all quite a cool tool. For the most part.

I do have some points of concern. First off, there appears to be a slot in the blade. Yeah, I wish people would stop doing that. I’m really getting tired of seeing perfectly good blades defaced in that way…  Really people. You want to shave weight? Use a fuller. In my opinion, a fuller is better in every way. I guess it’s just cheaper and easier to slot the blade than to forge or grind a fuller… Cheap/lazy bastiges… Bah!

And then there’s the whole “butterfly” thing. Honestly, I can’t classify this knife as a true butterfly knife. Why? Because, in spite of the coolness of that “D” shaped handle knuckle guard thingy, it prevents you from doing what Balisongs are made to do. Which is, of course, to flip and spin those suckers open and closed like there was no tomorrow. 🙂

No, if you’ve ever used a balisong, it should be clear just from looking at the pic above, how that gul darned knuckle guard will get in the way of everything. Which is a shame really, because this design is really quite cool. Now don’t get me wrong, this is really not a bad knife design. Well… Actually, that slot does grind my gears, but besides that, I love it. It is a great folding design, and a great knife design (apart from that blasted slot, of course).

It’s just that, well… It’s just not a real Balisong. But that could just be me being a persnickety knife snob…

In all honesty, it’s really a great blade, so long as your expectations are not as unreasonable as mine… 😀

Butterfly Commando – [Fortune Sales]