Following advices of Balisong.net, the XYZ concept developed by
the French knifemaker Robert
Losson gave birth to a new knife, symetric, and even more similar
to balisong knives. The Bal'XYZ is still a prototype today, and
we're going to test its opening/closing techniques capacities soon.
The XYZ is a new concept inspired from an ancient system and designed
following the rules of the gold number proportions, by the French
knifemaker and systems specialist, Robert
Losson. Its locking system has some interesting similarities
with balisong knives...
The particularity of balisong consists of its quick one-hand opening
techniques. Recent folder knives has been produced with such an
inerty and opening mecanism that they can also be opened with one
hand, very quickly. A simple wrist snap makes the blade goes out.
Above, you can see an American-made Benchmade Monarch folder knive,
and a Chinese-made Sciko folder knive. The quality of the first
one is great. The price of the second is almost nothing (3USD in
April 2000, Shanghai).
Wrist snap opening
|Hammer grip opening
|Ice pick grip opening
|Hammer to Ice pick grip change
Shobo / Emei thrust
Shobo is a Japanese weapon that you may find in the arsenal of Nin-Jutsu.
It is kind of a sting with a ring or a rope in its middle to be
handled with the middle finger. The sting can rotate around the
finger, and can be used in different grips.
A similar weapon is also used by the Chinese style of "Emei".
& Tube Cigare
The Yawara is a famous self-defense weapon (my passion!) used
to strike and to lock wrist or fingers. But the Yawara is such a
simple object that many objects can be used... the Kubotan®
is a Yawara but a cigare tube like Robert
Losson's ones can also be very effective!
The Kubotan® is a keychain developped by Takayuki Kubota
for self-defence. It has the functionnalities of the Yawara (short
pocket stick invented in Japan) with also a certain inerty due to
the key-ring and an extremely dangerous extremity (the one with
The Kubotan® can be used as a "punch load", as a stick
to lock the joints of the opponent, as a mini-flail, ...