The Sherwood video store called today. They finally got a new copy of Face Off. The old one was never returned. They had me first on the waiting list.
First, that's a lot of movie to sit through for very little balisong. And I'm sorry, but I've never liked Travolta.
Second, Travolta's manipulation sucks. Couldn't they get Imada to teach him one or two tricks?
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Now, as to the knife itself. I hate to disagree with those who insist that it is a special custom Benchmade, but I doubt seriously that Benchmade had anything to do with that knife. It's a charming China cheapie folks. Nothing more. You can buy that knife on e-bay most any day.
The latch has been removed, probably because Travolta couldn't deal with it. When BM does a latchless, they don't cut the latch channel. When BM does a latchless, they don't drill a hole for the latch pin. If you get the movie on DVD and show it on a good set and frame-by-frame through the knife's brief screen time, you can clearly see both the channel and the pin hole. It's obvious that the latch was removed.
You can also see the witness lines on the sides of the handles too. Witness lines are the lines left by the joints in a mold when a part is formed by molding. The handles on that knife are molded, probably Zamak.
Yes, BM made knives with molded Zamak handles, their "Economy Line." But, the BM Economy Line never had a kris. Furthermore, the Economy Line never had the Large Hole, two small holes, Large Hole... skeleton pattern. BM took the extra step of grinding off the witness lines on the Economy Line handles, too.
The Large Hole, two small holes, Large Hole... pattern has been historically associated with BM and with Jodi Samson, but, unfortunately, it's not trademarked and it's been widely copied.
The kris really looks bad. BM has not done a kris since Mr. Samson left. I don't think they'd do a kris right now. It's a very difficult blade to make well. Furthermore, why the kris? The movie plot doesn't specifically call for it. Yeah, it adds extra dramatic flare to the knive, but a flashy spearpoint or Weehawk Tanto would work just as well. Had they asked BM to make a knife for this movie, I'm sure BM would have declined to do a kris right now.
Why would BM be involved with this movie? It would be a huge effort on their part to make this knife (remember, they're really a production company). Making a balisong for a movie would only promote a product line they've discontinued. That makes not sense.
And if they were involved, they'd have made a better knife than this.
I believe that what we have here is a charming China Cheapie with the latch removed. Nothing special at all.
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