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Paradox modified to become a Balisong - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 2:36 PM ( #1 )
I have done surgery on my Paradox and converted it to an easily operated Balisong style knife.  It works just as good as a Cold Steel Arc-Angel or a Benchmade Balisong 42.  The modification involves rounding off the flats where the leaf springs apply pressure to the blade.  I used a simple Dremmel tool, grinding bits, and fine 400 grit sand paper.  Once the knife is disassembled, look at the blade where the pivot holes are located.  Notice the flat areas where the springs apply pressure.  Opening the knife takes three stop steps, each is caused by a flat section pressing against the spring.  These can be seen as one opens the knife and views the pivot.  You want to leave the two inner flat areas between the pivot holes untouched since this is what the springs will use to lock the blade in the open position.  All the rest can be rounded off with small grinding bits.  Once you have them properly shaped, polish the metal for a smooth fit against the springs and apply light oil.  I advise doing the rounding in small steps so as not to remove too much metal.  You want the springs to apply a light pressure, but not so much as to hinder the motion of slinging the handles open.  I also polished the spring ends where they push against the blade pivot areas.  This makes the springs glide easily over the newly rounded metal.  You can trial fit the blade into each handle using just one handle side and spring.  Fit the blade and try it.  Remove more metal until the rotating movement is easy, then stop.  Remember, you can always take more off, not put it back on!  Good luck, it turns the Paradox into the knife it should have been. 

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Re:Paradox modified to become a Balisong - Monday, July 19, 2010 11:34 AM ( #2 )
Thinking of scoring a paradox.  Any pics as to how you did this mod?  thanks and keepem sharp

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Re:Paradox modified to become a Balisong - Monday, July 19, 2010 4:40 PM ( #3 )
Sounds cool. Pics or video please.

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Re:Paradox modified to become a Balisong - Sunday, April 27, 2014 7:27 AM ( #4 )
sorry for posting. wont happen again
<message edited by purewhips on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:51 PM>

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