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


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Part #: BM87 | Benchmade Knives
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 magentic 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.
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Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch
5 out of 5
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
A great knife
First have to commend knifecenter on fast shipping, was impressed with how quickly I got my order.Important to note - I am not a serious flipper. I dabble but bought this primarily as an EDC. I have long thought balisongs are a highly practical design and enjoy some flipping. Benchmade knives have always been pretty much bulletproof for me so I prefer their knives. I also own a 51.Overall love the design. It is highly polarizing - guys either love it or hate it. I am in the first camp. the machining on the handles is awesome, and the bead blast finish looks good. It picks up scratches easily, but I don’t really find this to be a bad thing. It doesnt take away from the appearance. Wharnecliffe blade comes razor sharp. I absolutely mean razor sharp - it easily took hair off my forearm. I heard some guys experienced blade rub on an early run but this has not been an issue for me. Knife came tuned properly and I have had no issues with any screws backing out - expected, due to Benchmade purportedly using Red Loctite on all screws and zen pins. This is both good and bad... nothing will ever back out but good luck ever dissasembling your knife for cleaning/maint. Very little to no blade play.The magnetic lock works well, but binds slightly depending on the position of your hand and how hard you bring the handles together to release it. A little practice solves this.Thrust bearings provide super smooth opening/closing. Definitely a fan, with one concern, cleaning. If they ever rust, that could create and issue too - so that super smooth action comes at a potential cost if you fail at proper maintenance.A lot of people made a huge deal out of the sheath, and I will admit - I dont get why. It’s not great, and it’s not terrible. It does what it is supposed to do. Reminds me very much of a BFG 10 speed pouch.Overall very happy with this knife. If it suits your needs and you have the funds, I recommend it.
Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch
5 out of 5
Atlanta, GA
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Sheath, None
Contacted Benchmade about the sheath: this knife is too big for any of the other sheaths or pouches they make. They recommended a custom sheath maker, whose products I was not impressed with. Ended up finding a perfect fitting sheath I did not expect: 5.11 single pistol magazine pouch ($15 at Cabela’s). Knife is on my belt every day now. Hope this helps :)
Benchmade 87 Ti Balisong Butterfly 4.5" CPM-S30V Wharncliffe Blade, Titanium Handles, Magnetic Latch
5 out of 5
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Bit of a game changer
When I first saw this knife I didn't expect it to become my favorite, and i own a tachyon 3, bas-r, cove, triton, etc. I've got some good knives and benchmade just took the spotlight on them all for a while. NOT saying its the best knife ever, but I havent flipped anything but the 87 for the past month, I barely touch my hom basilisk anymore. Not what some would call a top tier flipper but for my taste it's perfection.P.S. I have to be honest and give my 0.02 on the sheath. Definitely not the best. But, I'm not sure if I got a "good" one or not, but i used 1 of 2 velcros on the first loop, made sure to line it up right, and for the past 2 months it's held up with 0 problems, no threads going yet and still holds the knife as snug as day one. Velcro hasnt even budged a hair, and the thin material on the back is surprisingly durable, hasnt torn at all or even stretched too much. Considering I now have a custom leather sheath made for my 87, probably wont go out and buy a replacement, but if I didnt have a custom leather sheath, i'd prolly buy one to replace the current when the time comesAlso nicknamed "STITCH" first knife i've ever needed stitches for for simply grabbing the wrong handle on a basic open ^o^ (first day)
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