Duelo – the Balisong knife with dual souls
Commonly known as a fan or butterfly knife and sometimes referred to as a Batangas knife, the Balisong, which gained notoriety on the streets of the Philippines, is now both famous and infamous the world over, today. Renown for lightning fast deployment, but also for striking fear into the hearts of men with flash of steel and the “clack, clack” noise of a flurry of flipping and fanning, for fun or for show.
Less commonly known, save for in certain circles, is the Filipino dueling knife. The dueling knife features a daggeresque blade with an extended portion of the hilt or flared ricasso specifically designed as a landing point for index finger. When gripped in this manner, the blade of the dueling knife becomes a perfect extension of the forearm, and is utilized to thrust, as if it were a spear.
Purpose and Function
The Duelo Balisong incorporates the soul of these two lethal counterparts and in the process delivers a never before seen capability to a knife that has been constructed, manufactured and refined for hundreds of years.
To its purpose, the Duelo is a fusion of the demands of the formidable Filipino edged weapons craft of Doug Marcaida and the cunning edged weapons design craft of C. Despins, of the Max Venom Product Group. The Duelo is a full on combatives capable Balisong which incorporates the deployability of the Bali, with the ferocious combat tactics of the Filipino dueling knife.
True to traditional form, the Duelo is not your typical modern day “mini mouse” size Balisong. The Duelo measures 7 inches closed and 12.125 OAL!
At first glance most Balisong practitioners will notice what seems to be an abnormality of the tang; a protrusion that flares out towards the “safe side” of the handle. Surely, many will wonder if it might enable some new flipping trick, others if it might inhibit their old ones. By our calculations, more of the former and less of the latter.
That seemingly abnormal protrusion is a unique feature and it has a name, and we call this feature the Treb. Now, let us tell you what it all can do!
In the fully closed configuration, the Treb feature keeps the knife from sinking into your front pocket, without the need for an unsightly and otherwise cumbersome pocket clip.
When utilized as an impact weapon, in the closed configuration, the Treb enables a unique variety of both striking, snagging and hooking options.
In the deployed configuration (fully opened) the Treb is revealed to provide a landing for the index finger, fully idealized for Filipino dueling knife grip configuration.
If that wasn’t enough for you, the Treb has one more trick up its sleeve, in that the Treb itself can be utilized to open the knife! Simply draw the Duelo from your pocket, place your index finger on top of the Treb, and with a firm press, the Treb hurdles the knife open without so much as a flick of the wrist. No need to check who is standing beside or behind you, the Treb allows fast and secure deployment in even the tightest of quarters or under the harshest of circumstance.
We are not taking pre-orders at this time, but we assure you that the Duelo is coming soon. Keep an eye out for it here and from other fine retailers around the web! Don’t forget to see the demo from our Instagram, bellow!