Trainer Butterfly Knife: Options To Hone Your Tricks


For Anyone Interested In Learning How To Use A Balisong, A Trainer Butterfly Knife Is Extremely Important.

Not all knives are built the same, and no knife embodies that more than the butterfly knife. Also known as a balisong, this blade opens with a flourish, and creating tricks and moves to open and close the knife has become a passion for many.

Take a look at this video below for just a small sample of some of the more basic balisong tricks. Even at this level, the smoothness needed to execute them is remarkable.

Why A Trainer Butterfly Knife

In order to perform tricks, and well, you need to put in hours of practice. Well, practicing slinging a butterfly knife has its pitfalls because you are rapidly moving a razor-sharp knife. 

That blade isn’t for show. If you hesitate, swing the knife the wrong way or simply shake your hand at the wrong time, that could mean the difference between successfully pulling off a new move or slicing your finger wide open. That’s why several states and countries have banned the knife in the name of public safety (at least by they’re telling).

That’s where the trainer butterfly knife comes in. It flows and moves like a traditional balisong, but it has no sharp edge. Some are metal, some are plastic, and all of them allow you to try out moves without the threat of a trip to the ER.

Instead of a traditional blade there is a steel or plastic rod in its place. This helps with the visuals of the knife as it moves and it keeps the user safe. The worst-case scenario with a trainer butterfly knife is that the blade replacement knocks into your knuckle. Sure, that might be sore for a minute, but it’s a lot better than a dozen stitches.

Best Trainer Butterfly Knives

Boker Plus Balisong Trainer

Boker Plus Balisong Trainer

Boker is a fine maker of knives, and also a fine maker of knife trainers. Their balisong trainer is well-balanced and robust thanks to a high-quality construction. The whole trainer, blade and handle, is made from stainless and the G-10 scale feels good in the hand. You can even choose between red and blue scales to customize the look of your trainer. Featuring the same mechanism as one of the company’s actual butterfly knives, this trainer may be as good as it gets when trying to learn the ways of the balisong.

MSRP: $85.95

Good Worker Butterfly Knife Trainer

Good Worker Butterfly Knife Trainer

If you’re the type of person who practices hard and gives their trainers a beating, this model from Good Worker may be your best bet. Made completely from 420 stainless, this tool can take a beating. One of the lowest-priced trainers on our list, you won’t have to feel guilty if it flies out of your hand performing tricks or takes its lumps over time. 

MSRP: $10.99

Squid Industries Squiddy

Squid Industries Squiddy

How about plastic? This trainer from Squid Industries provides everything you want from a butterfly knife trainer but is made from CPVC. In fact, it’s the first-ever CNC-machined plastic balisong trainer. Pretty cool.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a flimsy toy. The high-impact, heat-resistant CPVC (chlorinated PVC which makes it more durable) ensures a robust trainer. And it’s just as balanced as a traditional steel trainer. This would be great for a younger person interested in learning how to manipulate a butterfly knife. And it’s made and assembled in the USA.

MSRP: $44.99

Bear & Son Butterfly Trainer

Bear & Son Butterfly Trainer

This model from Bear & Son is the most knife-like of the trainers on our list. The dulled blade is in the shape of a clip point and is made from 440 stainless. At a glance, it looks like a real, working knife so this may not be the best trainer to buy depending on the laws where you live. However, it works like a charm.

The zinc handle opens easily and the weight of the steel gives it a good balance while it’s rotating. The handle comes in three different colors so there’s a level of customization with this balisong. 

MSRP: $65.99

Bbbarfly Pro V3

We wrap our list with something a bit out there. What if your butterfly trainer was also a bottle opener? That’s what you get with the Pro V3 from Bbbarfly. This model features a high-quality steel construction. The blade/opener is made from a polished 410 stainless steel and aluminum handles. The CNC-machined washers and hardware provide a smooth opening every time. Sure, this is a great tool for party tricks and start conversations, but it’s built to be a high-quality balisong trainer as well.

MSRP: $125

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