The BaliYo/Spydie Writing Utensil???

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.
flyguy
Member
Posts: 608
Joined: Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:38 pm
Location: Colorado

Postby flyguy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:53 pm

Question: Does the pen stick out past the handle when closed? Seems a little odd... (Though I haven't seen one in person, so I will reserve further judgement)

User avatar
Th232
Member
Posts: 1937
Joined: Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:47 am
Location: Sydney, Australia

Postby Th232 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:59 pm

Given the pics of how it's held on the baliyo site, I'd say it does. From those pics, you write with it closed, with your fingers just above the rings.
Will

"No one wants to look the fool. Everyone does the best they can. If they knew better, they'd do better" - old woman on the railway tracks to Sal.

Avatar by Datan!

spyderwa
Member
Posts: 385
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: Tacoma USA
Contact:

BaliYo

Postby spyderwa » Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:39 am

I had a chance to spend some time with the BaliYo over the past few days. While I don't want to release any propriety information regarding the marketing and availability I think it is safe to say that this is one of the most fun objects that I have played with in a long time. First off, it is not a weapon nor is it intended to be a makeshift weapon at all. In other words it should be safe to have in any schoolyard assuming the teachers don't get annoyed with the users in the classroom. You can write with the arms open or closed though closed makes more sense. The BaliYo handles like a lighter shorter Spyderfly. You can actually do a few more tricks with it because it doesn't have any Spyder-sharp edges. It is extremely addicting even for the unskilled like myself. If this is marketed properly at the right price it should be a fantastic seller. A lot of thought went into this and when you see a skilled user demonstrate it is impressive. It should be well worth the wait.

spyderwa

Rare Spyderco Webpage
http://www.angelfire.com/trek/spyderwa

User avatar
Th232
Member
Posts: 1937
Joined: Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:47 am
Location: Sydney, Australia

Postby Th232 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:56 am

Sweet! Wonder what people who are annoyed at clicky pens will think of this. :p
Will

"No one wants to look the fool. Everyone does the best they can. If they knew better, they'd do better" - old woman on the railway tracks to Sal.

Avatar by Datan!

User avatar
Blackhair
Member
Posts: 1099
Joined: Wed May 23, 2007 10:45 am
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Postby Blackhair » Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:58 am

spyderwa wrote:It should be well worth the wait.
But how long will the wait be?... :D
Back from an extended hiatus.

Jedi Knife
Member
Posts: 22
Joined: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:48 pm

Postby Jedi Knife » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:22 am

The only problem I see with this is, that as a novice balisong user, it may form some bad habits (i.e. using both sides of the pen barrel for rebound techniques), and then forgetting about the sharp side when going back to using the real knife. BTW I'm absolutely getting at least a couple of these, since I haven't had a balisong in many years.

User avatar
cobrajoe
Member
Posts: 2434
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:31 am
Location: Nebraska

Postby cobrajoe » Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:49 pm

Jedi Knife wrote:The only problem I see with this is, that as a novice balisong user, it may form some bad habits (i.e. using both sides of the pen barrel for rebound techniques), and then forgetting about the sharp side when going back to using the real knife. BTW I'm absolutely getting at least a couple of these, since I haven't had a balisong in many years.
Those are the same problems you would see with a novice using a trainer...

Anyways, I absolutely love this idea. Not only will it be fun to play with, it might show some people that a bali isn't always scary.
MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF THE SPYDEREDGE

Jedi Knife
Member
Posts: 22
Joined: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:48 pm

Postby Jedi Knife » Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:01 pm

Good point, cobrajoe. I was thinking more of my own knuckleheadedness and what I would likely be inclined to do more than someone else who could very likely have more presence of mind than myself. One more "danger" this presents to me would be making me want to go buy a real bali after so many years, but hey I'll take my chances ;) .

User avatar
sal
Member
Posts: 13985
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:00 pm
Location: Golden, Colorado USA

Postby sal » Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:43 am

Thank you for your interest.

The new Spyderco BaliYo is a pen concept that will be expanded. We've been working on the idea and making models for more than 2 years. The original BaliYo is one of Eric's designs.

The goal was to capture the "spirit" of the butterfly without any of the legal implications. The BaliYo can be used anywhere, by anyone, sitting or standing.

Tooling is curently in progress in 3 locations and prices should vary from $15 to $50. Delivery is expected to begin in May or June.

Since the pen "moves", much care is being taken to be able to handle millions of "flips" (and a few "drops" ;) ). Quality materials and construction is important.

Size, balance and shape have been refined to serve. There will be a variety of colors and so far, two basic shapes. Many plans for the future.

We're planning a contest; regional to national.

BaliYo's are safe, legal and fun and should serve a large market. "everybody BaliYo's".

sal

User avatar
Piet.S
Member
Posts: 2421
Joined: Sun Feb 20, 2005 2:30 pm
Location: the Netherlands

Postby Piet.S » Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:57 am

I like the idea, and my daughter is thrilled.
A school-legal Bali.

When, how much?
All your knifelinks, http://www.knifelinksportal.com

Chucula
Member
Posts: 1468
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:06 am
Location: NC

Postby Chucula » Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:38 am

Man thats cool. Great idea.

carrot
Member
Posts: 888
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:38 pm

Postby carrot » Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:35 pm

Sounds great! My only gripe is that they won't arrive early enough for me to use at school... will have to wait til summer's over.
Latest :spyder: -- Blurple Para2

User avatar
dedguy
Member
Posts: 2250
Joined: Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:33 am

Postby dedguy » Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:55 pm

Prices ranging from $15-$50 leads me to believe we may be seeing some interesting materials... maybe titanium? I could down for one of these in all stainless or titanium.
"Always keep an edge on your knife son, because a good sharp edge is a man's best hedge against the vague uncertainties of life."
dedguy.net

User avatar
ragingwolf66
Member
Posts: 45
Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:25 pm
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Contact:

Postby ragingwolf66 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:56 pm

I think it is a great concept. I have never owned a Bali, and the idea of a Safe alternative to practice on before using a live bladed one is great. The added bonus, is that I use pens more often than knives. So it would always be near. There is a great marketing potential here. I love it!!!

User avatar
Agent Starling
Member
Posts: 2334
Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:40 pm
Location: cyberspace

do the twist...

Postby Agent Starling » Sat Feb 09, 2008 3:07 pm

sal wrote:The goal was to capture the "spirit" of the butterfly without any of the legal implications. The BaliYo can be used anywhere, by anyone, sitting or standing.
Sounds brilliant...I wonder if such an object becomes commonplace, it if will change public perceptions eventually...maybe one day the 'Flys can become legal in most places...hopeful, I know! :D
sal wrote:Tooling is curently in progress in 3 locations and prices should vary from $15 to $50. Delivery is expected to begin in May or June.

Size, balance and shape have been refined to serve. There will be a variety of colors and so far, two basic shapes. Many plans for the future.

We're planning a contest; regional to national.
That is very exciting news indeed!

I'm sure I speak for many when I say that I am most appreciative of this info! :) :spyder: :)

Agent Starling
"Too many was too many, but way too many was just right."

User avatar
Th232
Member
Posts: 1937
Joined: Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:47 am
Location: Sydney, Australia

Postby Th232 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:34 pm

Thanks for all the info Sal! Definitely interested about all the colour and shape variations!
Will

"No one wants to look the fool. Everyone does the best they can. If they knew better, they'd do better" - old woman on the railway tracks to Sal.

Avatar by Datan!

User avatar
kimjune01
Member
Posts: 327
Joined: Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:58 pm

Postby kimjune01 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:20 pm

Two basic shapes.. That means I gotta get two!

Salamander42
Member
Posts: 44
Joined: Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:20 am

Postby Salamander42 » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:31 pm

sal wrote: We're planning a contest; regional to national.
I have a feeling that any contest will be dominated by 8 to 12 year old kids. I love all kinds of juggling and manipulation tricks including yo yos, and it always seems like any time I learn a new trick, the next day I see a video of some kid doing the same thing faster and smoother and as part of a routine that just makes me look silly and makes me feel old even though I'm only 34. :o

I'm really looking forward to getting one or two (or there or four) of these to play around with!

User avatar
SeanH
Member
Posts: 366
Joined: Wed May 31, 2006 5:17 pm
Location: Northern Colorado, USA, Earth
Contact:

Postby SeanH » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:26 pm

I can just imagine the scene...

I've just been puled over for, ah, a tail light out. The officer hands me a warning to sign and I whip out my BalliYo and flip it open to sign on the dotted line, and see a sudden movement out of the corner of my eye.

Uh, Sir? It's a pen. Please don't shoot. It's just a pen...
>>The Spyderco Forum Cookbook ... and its thread<<

Think about what you believe, but don't believe everything you think.

"We feel that to "charge as much as the market will bear" is "to bite the hand that feeds you"."
Sal Glesser

User avatar
kimjune01
Member
Posts: 327
Joined: Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:58 pm

Postby kimjune01 » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:27 pm

lol at that, SeanH!


Return to “Spyderco General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: bearfacedkiller, Bing [Bot], Majestic-12 [Bot], Michael Janich, nerdlock, Sumdumguy, VashHash and 38 guests