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D2 Tool Steel
This is a high carbon steel that is appropriate for use in hostile environments and is known for edge retention.
3.333 (3 reviews)
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Shawnee, KS
Sep 12, 2016
Pros: Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Weight
Not quite what I was expecting
I initially got the McFly thinking it would be a good way to practice flipping with the training blade and then swapping to a live edge once I felt more confident. At first, this was a great feature and I used it quite frequently. The more I used it, however, the more I noticed how meaty the training blade was. The trainer blade felt *significantly* heavier and thicker than the live blade so practicing with it didn't always transfer over to the live blade. Even with the lighter blade in it is still one of the heavier knives I've owned (My Benchmade 67 is the heaviest and it's about half an ounce lighter). That's where my main complaints end and where my personal problems start. About 2 weeks after it arrived we ran into some...manufacturer issues. One of the buttons you push to swap out the blades started to get tougher and tougher to depress. Then it began to get stuck down after I managed to get it pressed. Then it fell out altogether. The button and the spring inside both came out and the handle could no longer be attached to the blades. Luckily for me, Knifecenter was kind enough to give me a full refund (which I put towards a BRS Alpha Beast) and I ended up down only a small amount of postage. I believe I received a faulty knife and I wouldn't worry too much about it if you're dead set on getting a McFly, but it seems like it would be difficult to keep the buttons in good condition for extended use. Overall I'd give it a 2/5 for the technicalities of the knife.
3 out of 5
Jun 14, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Material, None
Cons: Weight, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip
Okay so I am going to review this knife as if I haven't done any adjustments to it (I have, using Loctite and BM BlueLube to fix it up, etc.) First off, this knife is a little on the heavy side, ESPECIALLY using the trainer blade. There is a noticeable difference when holding both the live and the trainer blade, so much that sometimes I have to practice with both blades on the knife to get the same trick right. Second, the knife's screws (particularly the ones closest to the blade) comes undone easily***, which, if you don't have any torx screwdrivers handy, could be VERY disastrous. Luckily I had some on hand so I can just screw them back whenever they come loose, but it is a huge pain to do a lot of flipping in one day only to have to screw your knife back together at the end of it. ***Given, I DID drop the knife a few times on vinyl tile/ smack it against my desk, but that shouldn't be enough to break a $200 dollar knife... Third, the lubrication that came pre-applied to the knife dissolved and went away within the first day, and left the handles feel-ably(?) grinding against the blade. I don't know what that says about my handling of the knife (I played with it a LOT during the first few days) or about the knife itself, but take it as you will. There are some good features to this knife, however. The blades (live as well as trainer) are VERY sturdy, and the live blade comes especially sharp. It sliced through paper like butter, which I found satisfying. The handles are sturdy and with the blades and handles shined up looks beautiful. The trainer blade comes dull (obviously), but the tip for some reason comes to a semi-sharp edge, which actually broke skin, albeit not very much, on the couple of times I dropped it on my leg or arm (a little sanding should fix that). Lastly, the plunge-lock system. Ooooh boy this thing kind of blows my mind a little bit. Don't worry, it's in a good way. The price that I paid, in my opinion, to have a trainer AND live blade both replaceable with each other quickly without any tools was WELL worth it. I use the trainer most of the time but when testing out flipping with the live blade, the process was a snap (literally?). Like I said earlier, I dropped this knife a few times, but the plunge-lock system held up perfectly fine to the abuse. Lubed up, the locking mechanism and pivot slid baby smooth for long flipping sessions. Overall, I enjoyed this knife purchase. It is the first balisong that I have owned, but NOT the first time I have heavily handled one, nor is it my first pricey knife. I would say, HOWEVER, that BEFORE purchasing, one MUST have the following items handy: - Torx(star) screwdrivers, for repair and maintenance - Loctite Blue, for if/when your screws start coming undone - Benchmade Blue Lube, obviously to lube your knife (DO NOT, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, USE DRY LUBE OF ANY SORT. I used it and I regret every moment of it. The dry lube wears off easy and seems to create grime that grinds into the metal of the knife. Use liquid lubrication!!!) - Prior knowledge on balisongs/Loctite Blue/How to lubricate a knife. It really helps. Overall, I would rate this knife a 5 out of 5, but the necessity of having to have other tools to repair the knife and constant upkeep of the knife makes me give it a 3 out of 5. I will try to update this review if anything changes (as of 6/14/16).
5 out of 5
Michigan USA
Feb 01, 2016
Pros: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
A tough looking balisong!
I kept reading reviews on this knife that were very negative. Yet, some seemed to think it was great. This delayed the purchasing of this knife by Quartermaster. Most reviewers said the blade was too heavy and not a good flipper. May be true of the tanto bladed version, that is why I choose the satin drop point. It just looked more balanced. Searching the web for more positive reviews I found a guy flipping the knife with no problem. I went with the polished version because people where saying the other finish was rough to the touch and chipped easily. I am glad I went polished. Shined up it looks great. Another complaint was the blade locking feature. This is very unique to butterfly knifes and works just fine. I did not buy this one to flip. However, after a few tries the knife felt fine. I am happy with my purchase. Thanks Knife Center. The only thing I don't like on a butterfly knife is a pocket clip. I took it off.
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