Rubber Butterfly Knife that Works?
July 27, 2008 7:18 PM   Subscribe

Is there such a thing as a rubber balisong or butterfly knife? What I'm wanting is a balisong that has the approximate heft expected, so it can be tricked with a bit, just without all of the potential for profuse bleeding.

By rubber, I mean like this.
posted by grabbingsand to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The do sell metal practice blades.
posted by lain at 7:30 PM on July 27, 2008

You could potentially just buy a cheap balisong and dull the blade with a file. Likewise you could protect yourself by putting thick tape on the blade or even coating it in this stuff, though care would have to be taken to insure that it still folds properly.
posted by wfrgms at 7:37 PM on July 27, 2008

Spyderco makes this pen that I've read is a bit lighter than a true balisong but apparently satisfying to play with. And you can write with it and stuff.
posted by nanojath at 7:39 PM on July 27, 2008 [2 favorites]

(sorry, it looks like they haven't quite got the product out yet. I guess the people I read must have been playing with prototypes or something...)
posted by nanojath at 7:43 PM on July 27, 2008

Response by poster: re: Metal blades.

Seen those, but there's a couple of issues there. For one thing, good ones appear to be in the $120 range. For a very important another, I'm wanting to put these for stage combat. Rubber, if it is available, mitigates risk far more than metal.
posted by grabbingsand at 7:47 PM on July 27, 2008

Another possibility, cheap, not rubber but it looks pretty harmless. If you Google "balisong trainer" there are many cheap alternatives.
posted by nanojath at 8:34 PM on July 27, 2008

Don't know of any rubber balis but you could just tape the blade.
posted by AceRock at 7:26 AM on July 28, 2008

back in the home country, we always used single-edged knives for all of our flipping practice. basically take the handle that the flat part of the blade closes into, and use that as your primary grip so you don't have to worry about the sharp edge closing in on your knuckles.
posted by bl1nk at 7:26 AM on July 28, 2008

oh, sorry, didn't see the follow-on comment regarding usage for stage combat. In this case, seconding nanojath's Ronin Gear suggestion.
posted by bl1nk at 7:31 AM on July 28, 2008

Buy a cheapie one from Chinatown and blunt the blade yourself?
posted by crunch buttsteak at 1:40 PM on July 28, 2008

back in the home country

posted by nanojath at 1:21 PM on July 30, 2008

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