Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
First EDC balisong; absolutely love it.
Bear Ops has outdone themselves with this one. I know Bear and son balisongs get a reputation for being lower end, but this is a total exception. The butterfly action is buttery smooth. The latch's little spring works perfectly and is very helpful. The weight of the knife overall is great, balance is great, and it packs in the hand/pocket so much slimmer than the pictures suggest. The 4.49" blade seemed long to me, but feels like the organic natural length in person. The 154CM blade came with an arm shaving edge out of the box, and the blade stock just feels so solid. The knife feels like total solidity in construction at all the pivots, and I can barely believe I'm not holding a fixed blade when it's latched open. It's just so damn sturdy. Lastly, the pocket clip is outstanding, makes a less noticeable line outside the pocket than a spyderco deep carry. Honestly, I can feel this knife turning into a personal favorite, and I've had it less than 12 hours. Great work by Bear Ops!