Pros: Handle Feel, Weight, None
Cons: Blade Material, Handle Material
The cheapest US made balisong KNIFE you can buy
Straight to the point on this... I have to admit, when I first saw the FGX, I had no interest in it at all. It's an extremely UGLY knife - and in person, it's even uglier. It's also flippin' thick compared to most other balis, and very impractical to EDC. That said, Cold Steel designed this purely to be a dirt cheap WEAPON. I've rammed this thing into both 10 and 50 layer stacks of cardboard, dozens of times, and it held up great save for the very tip suffering minuscule blunting. (Needless to say, my boss was not amused.) I'm confident that if it can hold up to that abuse, you could quite possibly entrust your life to this as a last resort in a defensive scenario. I only picked this up after seeing a few flippers I follow check it out themselves and approve. For the price, I figured, "Ehh, why not?" It's extremely lightweight, especially given its size, but balance isn't bad at all. It also does not fit in pockets easily, and can be pretty uncomfortable to try. Unless you have a sheath large enough for it (I currently don't), it further detracts its usefulness for every day tasks, and as a weapon. You can flip this, but if you like doing tricks with balisongs, you're a bit limited on what you can do with it unless you're willing to sand away one of the serrated edges, or don't mind having irritated skin from all of the tiny punctures of the serrations. The latch fits super tight between handles, and makes the knife feel solid when locked in place. There's a minimal amount of wobble between handles - as much as I expected there to be - and so far it hasn't gotten worse after what I've put it through. While it's functionality is limited, this was worth the money to me as a collectors/conversation piece. It would've been nice if this had a nicer finish, but I suppose I can't really complain about it for the price. If my memory is correct, Cold Steel stated they would make a more flipper-friendly FGX down the line, which I'm very looking forward to. It's also why I'm holding off from grinding down one of the edges. Hopefully it will be Cold STEEL and not Cold PLASTIC.