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Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch


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Part #: BM87 | Benchmade Knives
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BM87: 87 Ti Balisong
The past inspires the future, and while it all started in 1987, nothing about this billet titanium Balisong is old school. This model features a 4.5" sheepsfoot blade made from premium CPM-S30V stainless steel. The handle is made from a single piece of billet titanium and then sandblasted for a gorgeous finish.
  • Balisong
  • Wharncliffe blade
  • CPM-S30V stainless steel (58-60HRC)
  • Sandblasted, single piece billet titanium handle
  • Gray nylon sheath with multiple carry options
  • Thrust bearing washers, custom hardware, and magnetic latch
  • Blade Length: 4.5" (11.43 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5.5" (13.97 cm)
  • Overall Length: 10" (25.4 cm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.124" (3.15 mm)
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Sheepsfoot
  • Handle Material: Titanium
  • Handle Thickness: 0.46" (11.684 mm)
  • Locking Mechanism: Magnetic Latch
  • Sheath Material: Nylon
  • Sheath Weight: 0.66 oz. (18.71 g)
  • Weight: 5.37 oz. (152.24 g)
  • Made in the USA
S30V Stainless Steel
S30V Stainless Steel
A hardened wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed in collaboration with Chris Reeve. It is known for its improved sharpness and toughness. This is a premium grade steel only used in high end knives. Composition: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, Nylon also is very strong
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch4.933 (15 reviews)
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Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch
5 out of 5
Edmond, Ok
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Type, Sheath, None
Action packed sharp performance
This thing is scary sharp! Easily replaced every EDC I’ve got, cannot go anywhere without it! Feels sturdy like a tank, it’s taken quite a beating from being dropped and even landed on the tip, top still in tact! Still keeps an edge after cutting rug and cardboard.For flipping, I dunno where the hate comes from. I love flipping this thing. Reeeeally responsive, butter smooth, and that metallic ping! Like music to my ears. In my particular case, the latch isn’t the best. I work in a welding shop, there’s metal shavings everywhere from grinders and cutting torches. I regularly have to take out the latch and clean the metal dust from the magnets. Eventually I decided to just leave the latch off because some of the metal dust was getting on the blade. And wow. I already thought it flipped really well, it flips like a million dollar dream without the latch! Bottom line, it’s everything you’d ever want in a balisong in terms of flipping and EDC, especially if you prefer channel construction like I do. I wonder if they’ll introduce different blade shapes for it though. If you got the funds and/or on the fence about it, just go for it!
Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch
5 out of 5
Santa Monica, Ca
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Wickedly Sharp
It came wickedly sharp, to the point that I would caution against using it as your main flipper unless you're willing to pay the price for a miss catch or are the only person who has never dropped their blade while practicing. Overall, I was extremely happy with this. It's opens smoothly and consistently without error, it's nearly perfectly balanced, and comfortable while manipulating it around your hand, especially for finger rolls. Only slight gripe I have is that the latch is a little bit shorter than other comparable butterfly knives, which makes its latch based opening tricks feel a little off than how I'm used them feeling.
Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch
5 out of 5
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Sheath, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: None
New EDC. Love it.
I will start off with saying that this Balisong has turned into the knife I love the most. My collection of blades is a decent size with the bulk of my blades being folding knives; Spyderco and Cold Steel mainly. A few years ago I was turned onto Balisong's by a friend who gifted me a Pacific Cutlery Model 68. Little did I know.....I had no idea how to flip/open these style of knives and a year or so went by before curiosity got the better of me. My jaw dropped on the floor when I discovered what I was given, I always suspected it was a Benchmade product due to the butterfly logo, but the "Balisong" was unfamiliar to me. I still can not believe that after twenty plus years of owning and collecting folder's, loving the steel, learning how to sharpen a blade to a razor's edge, cleaning, caring for them, and I never handled a butterfly knife. Now I am hooked.Just a little more back story (it is important) and then I will delve into my impression of the BM87. Butterfly knives just scared me I suppose. The thought of twirling a razor blade in my hands seemed like a bad idea, especially given the fact that ALL of my knives are sharper than average. Anyone reading this most likely falls into the same category, otherwise you have no reason to be purchasing a $500 knife. YouTube videos taught me how to properly open a balisong. The Pacific Cutlery I started with is a great blade, but is only 3.1" in length, sports a utility style balde, stainless handles and the pivot pins are flush. It does not deserve to be used as an EDC which is why I started looking to replace it. In the meantime, research led me to purchase a Squiddy trainer. Love it too. With that confidence, I wanted a Balisong to carry as an EDC. I put the BM87 on layaway. At the same time I managed to get it on a BRS Barebones Tanto V2. After the short handled PC 68, and the light weight Squiddy, the BRS was a real contender. It is smooth and balanced. Overall the best Balisong I own, until now.The Benchmade 87 took three months of payments and arrived just after the new year. Those three months saw me carrying the Squiddy for practice, the BRS to use as my EDC, and a Spyderco Tenacious. Mind you that those three blades, plus a SOG multiplier tool were on me at all times. That is a lot of weight on my belt and in my pockets. I could not really see using the BRS for EDC, the blade is scrawny and the tip is fragile. One drop or wrong twist while cutting is not going to do it any favors to say the least. To top it off, the up-swept profile of the tanto tip actually stabbed me no less than three times on the back of my middle finger, into the knuckle on the base of the finger. I rarely cut myself, even while learning to flip bali's, minor light cuts of course happen, but that BRS has drawn the most blood. The day the 87 arrived, I was so excited. Watching video reviews, reading every review I could find, had built it up and it was finally here. The finish is awesome. The bead-blasted surface offers so much grip compared to the other three butterfly knives I described above. The handle length is just right for a secure grip while performing any cutting task. The magnetic latch pops out of the detent with a simple squeeze and remains in line with the bite handle. I never secure it in the open position, but rest assured, it is tight and makes the knife feel like a fixed blade. The lack of blade play contributes to this as well. Flipping the 87 is a dream. It is so smooth. There is a difference in how the knife feels compared to the bronze-phosphor washers used in other systems. I do keep a small container of Rem Oil in my sharpening kit (along with a full range of torx drivers) to maintain the 87. I am not afraid to get the blade wet and I do wash the knife to keep the channels of the handles clean, as well as the blade. Just make sure to dry it and oil it properly on a regular basis, no different than any other knife. I can pretty much do all of the basic beginner moves falling short of behind the 8-ball. The move that made the BRS Barebones Tanto stab me was going from an ice-pick back to a normal hold. The 87 does not come anywhere near close to my finger.The steel of the 87 is razor sharp. I have EDC'd CPM-S30V for about three years in the form of a Spyderco Native, so I am very familiar with the characteristics and the 87 is consistent with that. The edge remains sharp and requires less maintenance overall. The blade profile is conducive to daily cutting tasks, which for me has always been boxes and tape. Then whatever else happens to come along, be it clothing material, leather, and first aid. I carry the multi-tool for more intense tasks. The right tool for the right job. The 87 easily pops the hair off my arms, it is so hard to get rid of that mange...I recommend Spyderco's Sharpmaker kit to maintain the edge. My kit is over 20 years old and is still going strong.The last item regarding the 87 is the sheath. Just about all the reviews are negative. I disagree. The material is soft, holds the knife securely on my belt in a vertical position, and I never have worried about the blade coming out due to body position or sitting down and having a chair push it out. Between the bead blast finish and the texture of the cloth, it really does hold it well. The Velcro for the belt loop works just fine. It has not changed position or loosened up since I set it at day one. I do not expect it to. Not only that, the sheath is light weight and protects the finish of those all too important, forged, milled, titanium handles. Over the years I have worn various materials for sheaths/holsters with leather being preferred and this synthetic material made me raise an eye brow. I like it.Overall, is this 87 worth the price? I believe so. I no longer carry two balisongs plus a folder for the actual cutting tasks. I was scared to use the BRS because it appears fragile. The 87 outperforms the Barebones, and it should, considering the price. I feel confident when opening the knife. It is smooth, precise, predictable and sharp. I do not throw the blade in the air or do any advanced moves. But the basic openings I have learned so far can be performed with a speed that makes others cringe. The Benchmade 87 is a wonderful piece of modern machining with high-tech materials all rolled up into a package that is the epitome of art and function. That being said, out of a collection of over 15 blades, each one of them a quality item, the 87 accounts for only one of two Benchmade products. I also have peace of mind knowing that Benchmade will be there to honor any warranty issues, as well as general maintenance, should the need arise. It is my new every day carry and will reside in my collection for the rest of my life. I hope this helps someone who is on the fence about purchasing one, and thank-you for reading my review.
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