Style: Recurve Bowie
Material: 154CM heat treated
Finish: Bead Blasted
Grind: Hollow ground
Serial number: Etched numbering #001 - #105
Bushing thickness: +0.004
G10 Handles, 3D laminate Green/Black
Stainless 301SS full hard liners
Stainless 303SS handle spacers
Phosphor bronze washers
Overall Weight: 4.8 oz
What is a "bushing" system?
A standard balisong works by tightening down on the blade a "certain" amount and guessing the axial play, and then applying locktite to the screws. If you tighten down too much, you'll lock the blade. A bushing system works by essentially having a spacer that is slightly thicker than the blade, allowing you to tighten down on this spacer as much as you want. Instead of guessing the axial play, it is pre-determined by the difference in thickness of the blade and bushing. This means that the blade can rotate freely around the stationary bushing while minimizing play.
Thanks to Christopher Hickson for this diagram.
G10 is a fiber reinforced plastic, which means glass fibers and epoxy compressed and layered much like plywood. G10 is relatively lightweight, and has very high strength and stiffness. The Basilisk uses dual colored G10, which means that the colors alternate for every layer. The Basilisk also has the new "3D" G10 from Knifekits.com, with thicker laminate layers to emphasize the contrast and effect. The G10 on the Basilisk is bead blasted for a nice grippy texture but not overly aggressive that it'll tear up your pockets(think canvas).
Left: standard green/black G10, Right: 3D green/black G10
Each 3D G10 Basilisk handle is first cut by CNC for consistency, and then radiused(for rounded handles) by hand. This means that every single handle has the same shape and hole locations, but the actual appearance for each and every handle is different.
Care for your Knife:
A knife, just like anything else, will require proper care. While you dont necessarily need to feed your Basilisk or give it water, please store it in a dry place.
While it's pretty common sense that you should not use your Basilisk as a chisel or leave it in a bag of lemon juice, please use extra caution when getting the bead blasted parts wet and such.
As a precaution, the Basilisk blade is glass beaded, and like many bead blasted finishes, dirt, salt, and moisture can accumulate in the microscopic crevices. This may cause rust stains, but will not pit. On a positive note, the Basilisk is fine glass beaded and not sand blasted, so the finish is finer and more resistant to rust than something that is more coarsely done.
For those truly worried about rust, there is a product called Renaissance wax that will help protect a bead blasted finish.
Eezox gun lubricant has been said to have good results.
On a serious note, I have not seen any signs of rusting on the blade on any of the Basilisk production knives, but I want to offer a word of caution for those owners that are considered less than knife experts.