How to Fix a Stiff Handle | Balisong Maintenance Tips


Do your balisong handles ever get a little stiff? It's a common problem every balisong flipper experiences. Luckily, it is a simple fix! In this video, TV shows us how to tackle stiff handles in a few simple steps.

For this maintenance you will need:

You can purchase all the items needed to maintain your balisong on our website!

  • T10 Torx Driver
  • Lubricating Oil
  • Loctite

Balisong Maintenance Kit

(Wiha T10 Torx Driver, Loctite 243 Thread Locker, Hoppe's No.9 Lubricating Oil)


Premium Balisong Maintenance Kit

(Wiha T10 Torx Driver, Loctite 243 Thread Locker, KPL Knife Lube)

Step One: 

First, apply lubricating oil on the pivot area of the stiff handle. 

Step Two:

If step one didn't work for you, place your balisong in the closed position and squeeze the handles together to prevent the pivots from spinning. Next, unscrew the screw while squeezing the handles together.

Step Three:

If your handle is still feeling stiff after steps one and two, start by holding the stiff handle in one hand and the blade along with the other handle in the other hand. Make sure that your palms are facing down and that your thumbs are around the pivot area. Then, with low to moderate force, push and pull to open up the channel until the handle swings freely.

Step Four:

Finish up by reapplying Loctite onto the screw. After you've applied Loctite onto the screw, blow the Loctite to spread it evenly onto the screw. Next, with the same squeezing handle position we used earlier, re-screw the screw into the pivot. Screw the screw in until it hits the end of the pivot. Once the screw hits the end of the pivot, your handle will feel stiff. Not to worry, all you have to do is slowly unscrew the screw until the handle begins swinging freely. You can stop this process once the handle swing is to your liking. Now you are left with a super smooth handle! 😎 


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