Balisong latch

Oct 4, 1998
The latch on my Balisong is so loose that it swivels into a position that the point of the blade hits it when I manipulate the knife.
Any ideas on how to retard the latch? I've tried to squeeze the end of the handle, but it too hard.
Will some form of Lock-Tite do the job?

AKTI Member #A000190
It's easier to get forgiveness than permission.

I don't think it's a problem with your latch. It can't be any looser than the latch on the knife I have right here or it would fall off. Yet I don't seem to have the problem you describe.

On trick that I do like to do is to put a few layers of black electrical tape around the outside of the latch just to cushion it in case it does fall between the handles during a closing. Without the tape, this will either damage the latch or the blade. I'm gonna put pictures of this technique up on my web site,, this weekend.

From my understanding of your description, though, that is not your problem. In fact, I think your latch may not be loose enough. As you manipulat the knife, the latch should be more or less straight out by centrifugal force (Imagine attaching a ball to a string and swinging it around in a circle. The ball would be pulled to the outside of the circle pulling the string into a tight line. Similarly, the latch on your knife should be pulled out to a straight line.) If the latch isn't loose enough to move, the centrifugal force you generate as you manipulate the knife may not be enough to overcome the friction and pull the latch out straight.

The other option is that you're not generating enough centrifugal force. This can be a problem if your balisong is to small for your hand. Or, you may need to use a bit more force and get a bit more speed.

On the other hand, one of my favorite balisong drills is to put on some slow music and slow my routines down and try to be very flowing and very graceful. Even then, I don't experience the latch hitting the blade.

What a coincidence. I'll be uploading info on this subject to my "Tip of the week" page either tonight or tomorrow.

Moving your arm "with" the technique will also add to the centrifugal force factor that Chuck mentioned.

.....well put Chuck!

Clay G.

As soon as I get my constitution back, I'll take the film to the developer, and then I'll get it scanned in tonight.

Two and a half hours in the middle of 2000W of light has left me beat. Toward the end, I had to be careful not to drip sweat on the knives. It's no wonder super models are always so thin, they sweat it all off.

So, check my site tomorrow for more new pictures.

My favorite method is to stick a lump of epoxy on the inside of the handle to act as a stop -- the latch will still flop around but can't go far enough for the edge to hit it.

A clever maker could leave a stop there when he cuts the slot in the handle. Or you could drill for a pin.

The latch on the one I put the clip on doesn't flop around because tightening the brass stove bolt that holds the clip squeezes that handle onto the latch and gives it some friction. Every now and then I tighten it a little more to take up wear.

-Cougar Allen :{)
I posted my tips on taping to prevent damage caused by the latch.

However, the pictures aren't as good as I'd like and I did not change the knife in the vault. Fred Meyer's photo department lost the negatives to my pictures! I have a film scanner, so I can't scan the prints in. Besides, once you've got a film scanner, you don't want to scan prints anymore anyway. Fred Meyer's prints always suck anyway. I only go there to get them to make negatives for me. The photo department manager's response was "Well, usually when this happens, we find the missing negatives in a few days. We'll give you a call."

"Usually? Does this happen often"

"Oh yeah, we're always mixing up the negatives."

Well, you can guess where I won't be taking my film in the future.

Great pics. I'll be using your main site also.

Cougar Allen,
I may try the "jam somethin' in it" method.

AKTI Member #A000190
It's easier to get forgiveness than permission.

[This message has been edited by gester (edited 29 August 1999).]
Instead of the electric tape, have you ever heard of Plasti-Dip? it's used to coat tool handles etc. It can be painted on however thick you need it, and I am pretty sure it can be removed if needed. Just a thought.


Louis Buccellato

Yes, I have heard of that material. I never thought to use it on a balisong. That is an excellent suggestion.