Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, None
Great for beginners
I bought this exact balisong about 2 years ago. I'm a balisong hobbyist, I love the hell out of them but I can't afford to own many until now, and with the release of the shrade bali I'm slowly getting back into the hobby. That's what makes the bear & son 114B a really good buy - if you're on the fence about buying a bali, if you're not sure you'll actually enjoy flipping them, or any other reason, it's absolutely perfect for that reason. Barely costs anything, great weight for doing all sorts of tricks, and buying a live blade is much better than buying a trainer. When I started flipping I put painters tape on the blade and never once got cut, & after I got confident I simply took the tape off and practiced with the live blade. The cons of this knife comes from the handle material. The handle I believe is made out of a cheap aluminum, so basically what happens is if you flip this knife for hours at a day every day for a month (like what I did since I LOVED flipping), the handle will start to basically tear off, and one day you might find this bali flying across the room with a piece of the handle in your hand. The actual blade that comes with the knife is amazing, it feels really really good and looks really good. If I knew how to make balisong handles I'd honestly take the blade from the handles and keep using it because it's honestly that good. As for the sharpness of the blade, it can actually make a good EDC (as long as carrying a butterfly knife is legal where you live :) ). Even now 2 years after owning it I still use my broken 114b to cut open boxes and letters. If you're an experienced flipper - this is NOT the right knife for you. Buy the shrade bali that comes with solid handles that won't break for 100 years, or buy a custom filipino knife. If you have the money and if you're a first time balisong buyer, think about even buying a benchmade used/new knife for $150-300. Just whatever you do, please don't buy a trainer for gods sakes unless you're buying the knife for a 12 year old kid.