When will you have more trainers in stock?
We typically restock trainers every Sunday at 1pm PDT. Please subscribe to our email newsletter at the bottom of the page to receive notifications for which items will be in this week's batch.
Where are your trainers made?
Squid Industries trainers are manufactured and assembled in the United States.
Do you accept Paypal?
Yes, you can use Paypal at checkout.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Paypal, Apple Pay, Google Pay. We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
What is your return policy?
Returns are accepted within 14 days of delivery and are for products in new and unused condition only. The refund is subject to a 10% restocking fee and does not include shipping costs. The customer is responsible for return shipping. Items with manufacturer defects qualify for a full refund, including shipping costs, up to 14 days after delivery. You must request and receive an RMA number from us before returning your item. We are not liable if your return is lost, destroyed, or damaged.
Which trainer should I buy?
If you're new to flipping or would like to introduce flipping to a friend, we recommend the Squiddy, Squiddy-G, or Squiddy-C which are great for people of all ages and skill levels. If you want to become a pro flipper, we recommend the Mako, Triton, Squidtrainer, or Nautilus. All of our options are equal in terms of flipping, but the higher priced models have higher build quality which results in better handle play, smoother action, and higher durability.
What's the difference between the Mako, Triton, and Squidtrainer V2.5?
All of our metal trainers use 6061-T651 aircraft grade aluminum handles. Both the Mako and Triton utilize a 304 stainless steel trainer blade however the Mako uses a sandwich handle design whereas the Triton uses a channel handle design (sandwich is two connected pieces whereas channel is one solid piece). This channel design offers higher durability over the sandwich design.
The Squidtrainer V2.5 uses a channel handle design in addition to an extremeley durable heat treated 410 stainless steel trainer blade. During hard drops (like on concrete or gravel), the Mako and Triton blade may bend similar to a spoon or fork (although it's very easy to straighten out with just your hands). The Squidtrainer's heat treated blade is significantly stronger and can therefore withstand much more wear and abuse without any chance of bending. Lastly, the Squidtrainer utilizes press-fit steel rods at the ends of the handles for additional momentum.
What's the difference between the Squiddy, Squiddy-G, and Squiddy-C?
The Squiddy and Squiddy-G use the same CPVC material except the Squiddy-G comes with a weighted nose pin in the trainer for better balance. The Squiddy-C is made from polycarbonate which is significantly more durable than the Squiddy and Squiddy-G.
What are blemished trainers?
Blemished trainers are models that didn't pass our inspection process due to cosmetic imperfections but are guaranteed to flip just as well as our new products. They are offered at a discounted price under Calamari Clearance.
How do I keep my trainer maintained?
In order to keep your trainer maintained, you'll first need a Balisong Maintenance Kit.
The T10 torx driver is just like any other screw driver--just make sure that you're keeping it perpendicular to your trainer and fully inserted so that it doesn't slip and strip screw. If you find that the pivots are spinning as you are unscrewing the pivot screws, you can squeeze the handles together in closed position to prevent them from moving.
The Loctite 243 is a threadlocker which prevents the screws from coming out. It should be used anytime you take apart your balisong or find that the screws are starting to work their way out of your trainer. Apply about half a rice grain worth onto the threads of the screws (the spirally part beneath the screw head). Try your best to clean out the old loctite before applying a new layer. You can do this by using some sort of pointed object to push it out or by submerging the screw and/or pivot in alcohol or acetone. You should wait a minimum of 12 hours before using your balisong after you've applied the loctite.
The lubricant can be applied at any time whenever you think it's necessary such as if the trainer is moving too slowly. Holding your balisong upright in closed position, drip a small drop onto the top of each washer and blow onto it to get the lubricant to move down and around the washers.
What kind of Torx driver do I need?
All of our products require a T10 torx driver for disassembly and arrive thread locked. The thread locker may cause the pivots to freely spin during disassembly, preventing you from removing the screws. To counter this, squeeze the handles tightly together as you turn your torx driver.
One of the handles on my trainer is moving slowly. How can I make it smooth again?
If your handles are not swinging freely even after lubrication, follow these steps. First, remove the screw on your stiff handle. Next, hold the stiff handle in one hand while holding the other handle and blade together in the other hand. Make sure that your palms are facing down and your thumbs are close to the pivot area. Then, with low to moderate force, push and pull to open up the channel until the handle swings freely.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we ship world wide.
How much does shipping cost?
To see our shipping prices, you'll need to add the item to your cart and proceed to the checkout screen. Once you have entered in your address, the shipping price will be calculated and displayed.
Is my order insured?
Domestic orders placed with Priority Shipping are insured up to $50. International orders placed with Priority International Shipping are insured up to $200. We are not otherwise responsible for stolen or lost packages. Orders placed with First-Class shipping are not insured.
How long will it take to ship my order?
Shipment times are determined by your location and the product you purchased. Some items may be held in customs longer than others. For a rough estimate of shipment time, please add an item to cart and proceed to the checkout page where the shipping calculator will provide you with an estimate shipping time. Please keep in mind that it takes us 1-2 business days to process the order before it is shipped out. Shipment time starts once it has shipped out.
*Orders placed after 10 am Friday and on the weekends will not be processed until the following Monday-Tuesday.
When will my order ship?
Your order will be shipped within 48 hours (excluding Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays). If your item is not in stock, we will notify you by email.