Reviews and Ratings for Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers

Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacersrated 4.400 stars out of 5 (5 reviews)
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Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875 inch M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers

 

Price: $249.00

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Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 5 stars out of 5
Wesd
GA
Oct 23, 2019
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Awesome for the price
I am very impressed with the fit and finish of this knife I have a Benchmade 51 and I find this knife many times superior and a great case with it also
Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 5 stars out of 5
Name Withheld
Tennessee
Jan 04, 2020
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Beautiful.
I took a leap of faith on this knife. There is almost zero info on forums, YouTube, reddit etc. Looking at Zeiba folders, I really felt confident the balisong would be sweet but still, the price had me concerned. Balisong knives are $10-$150 for junk to mediocre knives, with not the best materials and usually cheaper blade steel. There just isn't a whole lot to choose from in the $150- $300 range that is compelling either. Base models of really good knives in that range mostly with not great blade steel. This knife rings all the bells for a folder in the $250 price range, so if you add on balisong tax, this is a fantastic price. Initially I was intrigued with the design. I absolutely love the blade shape. It's gorgeous and probably my new favorite blade shape ever. The simple, classy looking titanium slabs are also very appealing. Visually, this is a piece of art. It's just really pretty. M390 blade steel, bearings, full titanium. Nothing at all wrong with this combo and I don't think there is any balisongs in this price range that have this level of premium materials. Functionality? There are only two things I have found bothersome. The latch and the tail end of the handles. The latch is actually very appropriate with the design flow, simple and small. The problem is it's very tight, I worry I might damage the knife keeping it locked. It also flops around very freely while manipulating, I wish it would stick centered. The tail edges of the handles are chamfered but the corners can dig in while doing some flipping. Not a major thing but it's annoying. Other than that, it's fantastic. Details, the zen pins are screwless, they are basically invisible, same with the latch. So you only have 4 screws visible and they are fancy attractive screw heads. The spacers are anodized in "copper". They appear blackish brown with slivers of copper color peeping though at the edges. It's subdued but beautiful. Everything is flush, clean and precise looking. The tang, when the knife is closed, is also great looking. It's like the maker checked this design from every possible angle and made sure it was always aesthetically pleasing. There is a cool, damascus sort of, smoke design laser cut along the top of the blade. It's cool but kind of camouflages the beautiful swedge and chamfered spine of such a incredible looking blade. Extras, this knife came in a freaking pelican style case! Not only that, it came with a couple stickers, a cleaning cloth, a certificate of authenticity with born on date and Mike's signature. I've never gotten anything with a knife other than a cardboard box and maybe a sticker. Summery, I wish I had enough experience to compare this knife to other balis but I just don't. I'm learning to use it and it manipulates very easily. It's smooth and snappy. The handles are more square than some others, I'm not sure if that's good or bad, they feel great to me but I'm not competent enough to fan yet. The handle play is very minimal, from what I've seen on YouTube videos of high end balis, it's got less play than all that I've seen demonstrated. The blade spine is chamfered but not exactly crowned where it bangs against your hand. I don't have a crowned one to try to see if it matters or not. Mr. Zieba has earned a new fan. To be honest I had not heard of him before seeing this knife. I seriously want to pick up a bacon and joker version, as well as several of his folders now after experiencing this knife. He obviously takes a great deal of pride in his craftsmanship and I really dig his artistic style. P.S. Knife center, thank you for hand writing my delivery instructions on the box. I really appreciate that because I know someone had to take the extra time to do so. Unfortunately, the USPS sucks and they delivered to my mailbox despite the package being clearly marked the mailbox was insecure. Luckily I got to it before someone could swipe it.
Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 5 stars out of 5
Richard
Hollidaysburg, Pa
Jan 13, 2020
Pros: None
Cons: None
Much nicer than my Benchmade 67
The long review written previously about this knife pretty much says it all. Very good value. Beautiful aesthetics. Nice hard plastic case for it, too. It's very light, elegant, and highly functional. Maybe the tail latch is a bit too tight (but nearly as tight as on the Benchmade -- at least this one opens by squeezing the handles together as it should).
Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 4 stars out of 5
I L
Northridge, CA
Jun 19, 2020
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Weight, Handle Feel
nice knife with butterfly handle
A high-quality well-made knife, but soso balisong. Action is solid and pivots/ceramic bearings are very smooth. Movements feel accurate. Swing weight is blade heavy. Handles are nicely edged, but corners have some sharpness. Built materials and quality are comparable to $400+ other balisong brands. Excellent blade, except the laser etching. Although nicely done, laser etching cheapens the overall appeal for this knife in my opinion. Latch pin feels solid, but has sharp edges. Locking pressure is good. Note: When closed, blade edge is very close to the outer edge (sharp blade will cut you if you grab too tight).
Michael Zieba Pro EDC Balisong Butterfly Knife 3.875" M390 Blade with Laser Etching, Bead Blasted Titanium Handles, Titanium Spacers
rated 3 stars out of 5
Jd
Florida
Feb 05, 2020
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Lock Type
So close to being an ideal EDC balisong ... but yet so far
When it comes to looks, weight, and size ... the Pro EDC seems like a perfect balisong. Full-length 5-inch handles and a sub-4-inch blade isn't a very common combo but it does make for a great carrying balisong. Add to that: it's on bearings, lightweight ti handles and spacers, and a laser-etched M390 blade, it really does have the makings of the perfect EDC balisong. The fact that the Pro EDC is supposed to be a basic version (stripped down) of his balisongs costing up to $600 + ... the Pro EDC sounds better and better. On top of all that, the packaging is awesome! Pelican style hard case large enough to fit 2 Pro EDC's, stickers, info card, and a polishing cloth! With that, it looks like a 5-star knife ... unfortunately, the negatives bring it down to a 3-star knife. When two of the three negatives are concerns regarding its ability to withstand the life of an EDC ... that's not good overall. What I thought was going to be my ideal EDC balisong ... didn't. (Negative Star) ... Ti Tang screws. Not the best material for a screw that will be tightened and loosened repeatedly over its life. Especially being an EDC. This typically wouldn't be much of a negative for a balisong, however, the tang screws are so shallow; they will be incredibly difficult to not strip. There's just not enough material to aid in the leverage the bit will need without stressing the material enough to strip over time. I've read where a couple of owners, mention this concern and one who stripped their's first day. Replacement Ti screws are a pretty spendy replacement, especially for a $250 knife. Who wants to worry every time they loosen or tighten the tang screws, especially when it comes to screws that are expected to be adjusted from time to time. When the weakest link of a balisong - is the linkage itself, that's a problem. (Negative Star) ... Fit and Finish. ... T Latch. The latch puts so much pressure on the Ti scales and hidden Zin Pins, I'm concerned with potential issues later. When in the locked position, with the blade in the fixed open position; it puts so much pressure on the scales you see the gap between the scales significant decrease as it gets to the latch. I'm not a knifemaker but it would seem there is tremendous pressure on the hidden Zen Pins. There is the same gap issue when the knife is locked in a carry position, but not as drastic. This latch may never be a problem, but there is enough reason for concern in longevity. ... The handles need a bit more attention to the edges. The latch ends are rather sharp. As you fan the balisong you can feel the sharpness of edges against your palms. The entire length of the handle's edges could use a bit more softening in general. Mine arrived not dialed in (out of tune), which isn't unheard of even with more expensive balisongs. It also arrived with a dirty grease-covered blade with a distinct fingerprint. The safe handle had a lot of play, while the bite handle had none. The tang screws were loose enough; you could push them in and out through both sides of the safe handle ... however, the screws themselves were tight. I'm not going to speculate the reason for them being tight while allowing excess play, but whatever was the reason ... it goes against the knife. Rather disappointing when this is supposed to be the same as his more expensive balisongs. These are even manufactured on-premises. There's really no excuse for not getting a perfectly dialed-in balisong, even at this price point.