BK029 | Spyderco | B03P - SzaboFly - Stainless Steel - Satin Blade - PE - S/N 115
MODEL NAME - SzaboFly Bali-Song
MODEL NUMBER - B03P
DESIGNER - Laci Szabo
BLADE LENGTH - 4.125"
CLOSED LENGTH - 5.5"
OVERALL LENGTH - 9.875"
BLADE THICKNESS - .125"
BLADE STEEL - VG-10
BLADE GRIND - Hollow Grind
BLADE EDGE - PlainEdge
HANDLE MATERIAL - Stainless Steel (Bead-Blast Finish)
BOLSTER / GUARD MATERIAL - N/A
LINERS - Stainless Steel
SPACER(S) - Stainless Steel
BLADE FINISH - Satin
LOCK MECHANISM - Spring Latch
CLIP - Stainless Wire Clip - RH/LH - TD/TU
THUMB STUD(S) - N/A
WEIGHT - 5.5 oz.
SHEATH - N/A
BOX - Original Gray Spiderweb Box
SERIAL NUMBER - 115
ORIGIN - Golden, Colorado - U.S.A. Earth
DESCRIPTION - First made available in 2004, the SzaboFly had something of a hard start into this life. As we will learn later, that was just the beginning of the problems. Only a few were made at the time in Spyderco's factory in Golden, Colorado. These were assembled from imported parts, something which later became a problem. The first batches had VG-10 blades, something which later was changed to 154-CM (Probably in early 2005) due to the price of VG-10.
The SzaboFly continued to trickle out into the market and it became a rather popular Balisong. Primarily due to the rather unusual handles and blade and the reported good "swing" or "dance", which it is called to do tricks with the knife, by the Balisong enthusiasts.
Then in early 2007 problems were encountered, and Spyderco inc. was issued a fine of us $75.000. All details about this ruling of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol can be found here
Spyderco had to issue a recall on all Balisongs. This in addition to what had already been seized by customs and the fine. Spyderco now only sells Balisongs to dealers who fill out and return a specific form, which actually instructs the buyer to only sell these knives to people in such an occupation that they are allowed to buy this kind of knife. Primarily Police and Military personnel (Government). As a direct result of the ruling, the Balisongs made by spyderco (and later Automatic knives) are now made in the USA in Spyderco's Golden plant only.
COMMENTS - First Production Run with VG-10 Blade Steel in 2005