This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking a look at the Balance line of flippers from Maxace Knives. Maxace, a division of the Stedemon company, is a pretty new brand, but if they keep turning out knives like this they’re going to definitely be one to watch.
Maxace is all about stripping away the distractions and focusing on a simple, elegant design manufactured with care. As such, the Balance isn’t anything Earth-shattering in terms of its appearance; it’s an attractive, basic folder built with some serious finesse.
The craftsmanship at play really manifests itself in the action on this piece, which is unbelievably smooth thanks to Maxace’s patented double bearing pivot design. There’s a thumb hole that lets you deploy the blade with no trouble at all, but the real winner is the flipper. This is an ultra fast and snappy action that’s super satisfying. Blade is 3.5″ of VG-10 stainless steel in a flat ground drop point with stonewash finish.
With the exception of the stainless steel liner lock on the back side, handle is full G10, even the backspacer. The Balance lives up to its name, avoiding the pitfall of feeling blade-heavy when dealing with an all-G10 handle. The balance on this model is terrific. Handle is reasonably large with a nice thin shape to it, leading to very ergonomic handling and carry. The G10 has a really heavily textured groove pattern which provides more than ample grip. There are four color options, with the G10 handles available in a standard black, desert tan, OD green, and a pretty wild translucent green.
The pocket clip is a simple design but very tight for a secure hold, but still manages to slide on and off pretty smoothly. Clip is removable but not reversible, allowing for right-side, tip-up carry only.
All things considered, the Maxace Knives Balance is a solidly constructed flipper that focuses on performance without trying to reinvent the wheel. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our full variety, visit knifecenter.com