Oh, and if you’re super serious about this, we’d highly recommend some decent education on the topic. This DVD instructional is invaluable!
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A Balisong trainer is a standard balisong/butterfly knife without a blade. It is 100% legal in the US and, unlike a real knife, you can’t cut yourself. The trainer will help you learn how to flip without getting injured but, note, you can develop bad habits if you stay on the trainer too long. For example, you can ingrain some poor flips that, with a trainer, won’t hurt but, with a real balisong, will hurt a lot. I recommend you to train with a trainer until you feel confident enough to move onto the real thing–no more, no less.
Not everyone needs to buy a balisong trainer. If you already own a Balisong (but aren’t that good at it), you can just use some electrical tape to tape up the blade. This will protect your hands from getting cut. You can also just use this tip to skip the trainer and get yourself a real balisong.
If you don’t own a butterfly knife yet or if you are wondering if flipping is for you, get a trainer and try it out! One of the great things about a training knife is that it is much cheaper than a real Balisong.
What to Look for in the Best Balisong Trainer
- Material – some manufacturers produce knives that are made with cheap metals that will bend/break after a few flips. Some trainers are designed to last for a few weeks until you get the hang of it and are able to move on to the real thing. A lot of cheap butterfly trainers will break if you drop it on the floor.
- Hinges – to make your balisong last longer, use Loctite to prevent the screws from falling out. You’ll need Loctite 242, a 1.5mm hex, and a 2mm hex. Some Balisong trainers do not allow you to unscrew the screws. These ones will last longer than a screw out balisong without Loctite but, with proper maintenance, the Loctite balisong will last forever. Avoid non-screw balisongs at all cost.
Bear and Son is a huge name in butterfly knives and balisongs in general. They are produced in the USA, not the Philippians. This Balisong trainer features a 4-inch blade that is made of stainless steel–it won’t rust on you. It is heavy and good for beginners to learn with. Lighter balisongs flip faster than heavier ones and require more agility.
The knife comes pre-oiled and has a very good, smooth flip to it. Make sure you Loctite it! There are a lot of reviews on Amazon that stats how this knife sucks because the screws feel out. If only they knew about Loctite… poor them. You can read more about this knife here.
This is some brand I’ve never heard of, however, the knife is heavy and does feel good in your hands. It also has a very good flip and comes pre-oiled. However, this trainer is a screwless type so you can not Loctite it. Reviews online stats that it’ll last about 2 weeks of heavy use before it falls apart. Some reviewers say that you can repair the knife by hammering the pieces back in. I’ll pass on this solution.
The knife is around $16 on Amazon and a lot of reviewers online stated how, in addition to falling apart after a lot of use, it’ll break if you drop it. What is this knife made of? Glass?
This knife is CHEAP on Amazon. Out of all the knives, this is the cheapest. It also has the lowest reviews on Amazon (3 stars) however, if you read the reviews, people rated it low because the screws feel out. Those idiots! They didn’t Loctite their balisong.
I tested it out and loved how the screws actually do come out compared to the Gen Pro version. After a quick Loctite prep, the knife stayed intact for as long as I was interested in it. The material is of high quality and I did drop it a few times–no damage there. Some reviewers stated how the hinges got bent after a lot of use since it was made of stainless steel–this is normal but, hey, it was only $7.
What is the Best Balisong Trainer or Best Butterfly Trainer?
If you are looking for a trainer, I’d say the Gen Pro or the Bear and Son are your best bets. Another way to look at this is to save your cash and, instead of buying a good trainer, buy a good balisong. The only catch is that they are becoming hard to find (can’t get one on Amazon) and when you do find one, the insane price tag might make you think twice. For example, check out the price of this normal, decent quality Benchmade balisong!
The FURY is an okay buy and, with some Loctite, I’ll do its job of teaching you how to use a butterfly knife. Yes, by reading this guide, I have saved you $25 by convincing you to stay away from the Bear and Son trainer–you can thank me by leaving a comment ;).
If you are interested in flipping knives, you might also be interested in throwing knives as well as survival hatchets. Every dude I’ve met who loves knives loves to throw them and abuse them as well ;-).