The Pros and Cons of High-Carbon Steel

The Pros and Cons of High-Carbon Steel

Although there are several advantages to high-carbon steels, there are two sides to every coin. Here we'll take a look at some of the pros and cons of high-carbon steel, as well as some tips and tricks to helping you maintain your high-carbon blades.

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BRS Alpha Beast balisong with a box of band-aids

11 Ways to Flip a Balisong Without Getting Cut

If you want to flip live blade butterfly knives there's simply no way to avoid getting cut. There are several ways to mitigate risk though, and decrease the frequency of injuries. Here we'll take a look at 11 different ways to flip a balisong without getting cut.
An assortment of fixed blade knives mentioned in the article

Choosing the Right Fixed Blade for the Job

Choosing the right fixed blade for the job isn't always easy, but this guide will give you some recommendations for selecting the right knife for various EDC and outdoor activities.
JK Design Monarch v2, made with S35VN steel

Knife Steel Types: Comparing their Properties, Uses, and Price

Come check out our guide to types of knife steels and a breakdown of their edge retention, ease of sharpening, toughness, and rust resistance. This is a great guide to help you find the right knife steel to fit your needs!
MachineWise Serif on a stone slab

The 8 Most Important Balisong Tricks

There are literally an infinite number of ways to flip open a butterfly knife. Although this is what makes balisongs so much fun, it can also be overwhelming. Here’s a list of the 8 most important balisong tricks to have in your repertoire - the most important to get started and build confidence, most important to develop and maintain good technique, and the most important to earn you good cred within the flipping community.

The Top 13 Aftermarket Balisong Accessories

The Top 13 Aftermarket Balisong Accessories

Whether you're new to the balisong hobby or have been in the community for a while, you might be wondering what kind of butterfly knife accessories there are on the market. As it turns out, there are probably a lot more options for balisong accessories than you think, and here are our favorite 13!

Blade Show 2022: Reflections from a Balisong Flipper

Blade Show 2022: Reflections from a Balisong Flipper

A rundown of Blade Show 2022 from the perspective of a balisong flipper. From Balicomp 2022 to The Pit, here's a look at some of the highlights from the convention, spotlights on exceptional balisong makers, and a look at some of the knives that flippers love!
June 13, 2022 — Bark Handle
Blade Show 2022: The Community is Alive and Well

Blade Show 2022: The Community is Alive and Well

A quick recap of Blade Show 2022 in Atlanta! We discuss the amazing EDC and outdoor communities that came out in force, the amazing makers we got to meet, and the fun and exciting experiences we had.
Owl Balisong Prototype #4 with KPL oils in background

Uncommon Balisong Tricks to Make your Flipping more Unique

Are people still inventing new balisong tricks? What are the best butterfly knife tricks? How can your balisong flipping stand out from the rest of the flippers? Here is a look at six of the most uncommon balisong tricks you can learn to make your flipping more unique and help develop your own style.
June 08, 2022 — Bark Handle
Essential Knife and EDC Vocabulary

Essential Knife and EDC Vocabulary

This is a collection of some essential EDC and Knife vocabulary to help those newer to the hobby understand what the pros are talking about.  This will be a living document so please check back for updates!
Balisongs: Trainers vs. Live Blades

Balisongs: Trainers vs. Live Blades

An in-depth look into the pros and cons of live blade balisongs and balisong trainers. Everyone knows the obvious ones, but there are likely a lot more reasons to flip one or the other than you may have thought!
May 26, 2022 — Bark Handle
What to Expect in a Balisong at Different Price Points

What to Expect in a Balisong at Different Price Points

What is the best balisong to buy at each price point? What is the best balisong trainer, and what is the best balisong for flipping? Here is a breakdown of what you can expect in a butterfly knife at every price point.
May 16, 2022 — Derek Altstadt