Final Round of CWN Voting for the Champion!

Get ready to crown the ultimate champion design for our 1st Create with Nabalis event! We can't thank you enough for your unwavering support.

Now, here's the deal: The winning design will be brought to life and hit mass production! So, your vote holds immense power. Choose the one that steals your heart and cast your invaluable vote! Let's make this epic!


Bird of Prey

Designer: Ros Holmberg

Design Overview:

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Bird of Prey Specifications:

Weight: 3.34-3.58 ounces
Total Length (Open Position): 10.24 inches
Handle Design: Sandwich
Center of Gravity: 1.25-1.49 inches from pivot center
Weight Distribution: Balance pins
Estimated Price Range: $200 to $250

Let's Hear What The Designer Said:

The "bird of prey" started out as "pixel". Imagine a balisong but make it minecraft, and you'd be pretty close. However, the design was bulky. And I knew that I wanted the knife to feel light and responsive in your hands. As well as wanting to make something a little bit more mature, with less of a gimmick.

After slimming out the handels, and finding a blade outline I loved, the “Bird of Prey” name stuck out to me. However, the knife's "pixel" roots can still be seen in the face plates with their perpendicular grip lines.

The next idea that came to me was the mosaic blade. The aluminum aluminum insert was originally just for balance. However, I've always been sad that live blades are considered the ideal aesthetic, and trainers are always seen as lesser. I realized that carefully designing the blade, and anodizing the insert, I could make a trainer blade that is striking and pulls its weight visually. I went through 15 to 20 blade designs, before falling in love with the simple, sweeping gradient that complements the knife's sleek profile.

Once all of the designs were done on paper, I moved to my computer to 3-D model. This is what would make or break the knife. After spending years making poorly weighted, poorly, balanced knives due to material limitations, I knew that this was my opportunity to make something amazing. I spent over a week tweaking, stretching and changing materials until I was satisfied.

The result is a light knife with an adjustable balance between neutral and handle biased. What I am most proud of is the center of balance of the handles and the blade themselves. By pushing the center of balance towards the tip of the blade, and towards the end of the handles, I was able to create a knife that, despite being very light, will carry momentum exceptionally well.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope it was enough to make you fall in love with this design as much as I have.


Designer: Neil Martin Cantillana

Design Overview:


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Reverie Specifications:

Weight: 3.77-3.84 ounces
Total Length (Open Position): 10.08 inches
Handle Design: Channel
Center of Gravity: 1.38-1.45 inches from pivot center
Weight Distribution: Screw
Estimated Price Range: $100 to $150

Let's Hear What The Designer Said:

The Reverie, a San Mai/ Hamon inspired blade cutout with an S-grind that excludes the tip for durability and balance with ample tip weight; all on the classic Bowie blade shape. The "edge" and swedge are actually ground with a CNC grinder like liveblades, but are thick enough to be durable and safe. The blade has been made a little wider to improve proportions with the updated handles.

The false choil area serves as your bite indicator. You will also feel the edge as it is about ~2 mm thick instead of the spine which is 3 mm thick. So that you know whether the edge has grazed a part of your hand. Normal cutout style trainers usually don't have this aspect to flipping since the edge side of a normal trainer is usually identical in feel to the spine apart from the bite indicator.

Simple and classic handles with an adjustable weight system that doesn't interfere with the look of the handle faces. We decided to move to the NRB weight system for manufacturing reasons. Garrett (NRB) is cool with it; he would love to see more people use his system. Without the weights it is Neutral and with the weights it is slight handle bias. This version also has revised jimping that is deep enough for ladders based on the recommendations of Nabalis and the community that are concerned with the grip on the previous design.

(We also have some updates to the handles post voting down there, keep reading!)

UPDATE: We're probably gonna see a change to the Nabalis logo they use from the plain-text one used right now to the one they use on their site (the black and red one with cuts on the letter "N"). After voting, the handle slot may become deeper and more weight at the end will be added to compensate. This is a minor change and will not affect the price, just placing the cuts differently to achieve a different result for balance and grip.

Handle gap has been increased, gap angle has also been increased, this will lead to tricks being easier to start; and easier to have flow with.

10.1 in. Overall length
4.5 in. Trainer blade
5.6 in. Handles
Weight and Balance: 109 Grams (3.84 Ounces) with the weights and 107 Grams (3.77 Ounces) without them.
Neutral to slight handle bias.

The Reverie has gone through a lot to reach production viability, and I apologize if this isn't exactly what the community had in mind. But at the same time, it feels a lot more practical than what came before. A bunch of things had to be shifted around, but I feel with some input we have something that would be pretty good for flipping and, hopefully, still has enough of what made the Reverie liked by many during initial voting. I'm planning to work with Nabalis on this while voting goes on, expect improvements.


Designer: Eripo Wang

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Overlord Specifications:

Weight: 4.02-4.06 ounces
Total Length (Open Position): 10 inches
Handle Design: Sandwich
Center of Gravity: 1.38-1.45 inches from pivot center
Weight Distribution: Balance pins
Estimated Price Range: $100 to $150

Let's Hear What The Designer Said:

OVERLORD is what my dream trainer looks like. The exterior and the name are inspired by the “Necrons” from Warhammer 40k. The circles and lines on the blade and handles reference their weaponry layout, giving the design an extraterrestrial feel.

The OVERLORD incorporates my personal preferences for balisong design, including:
1. Sandwich construction for more grip on the handles.
2. A longer blade for better swinging momentum.
3. Spacers with different colors from the handle.
4. Awesome looking.