Portrait de Paulo simoes
  • Surname: Paulo
  • First name: Simoes
  • Country: France
  • Website: Under construction

Could you depict a self-portrait ?

I'm 33, I live in Normandie, I'm a blacksmith knifemaker, and I work as an emergency technician. I'm fond of personal defense, weaponed self defense and mostly knives since I'm very young.

How have you come to balisong, and why do you like this kind of knife ? How have you come to produce balisongs ?

I discovered the balisong 17 years ago when I first met Fred Perrin in a Tae Kwon Do club. The bali quickly became my favorite knife.
I love it since it's a simple and bulky knife, it can be used opened or closed. It can be of very diverse wheight and size according to the tastes of the user while still being usable and pleasant. Finally it's easily to fix and modify.
In my knifemaking practice I like to make most kinds of knives, I don't like to limit to only one kind. So I found logical to make balisongs, since I like a lot this knife and it corresponds to my vision of the knife.

What inspires you, what is your muse ?

My inspiration sources vary according to my mood. I don't have a muse in particular.

What are you looking for in a knife ? (particularly in a balisong)

What I look for in a knife is being robust, usable, pleasant in the hand and last but not least to have a good cutting ability. For the balis it also has to be pleasant to flip. Generally I prefer latchless balis.

Do you EDC a bali ?

I always carry at least one knife and often a balisong.

Do you flip balisongs ?

Even though it happens less than before, I regularly flip for my pleasure and my relaxation, it's a good anti-stress for me.

How would you describe your creations ?

It is hard to describe accurately one's creations, but I'd say that they're robust and cut well, they are made to be used as much for flipping as for EDC knife.

Which advice could you give to an amateur or professional knifemaker which wants to start making balisongs ?

To those who want to get into balisong knifemaking, I would simply tell them to start, have fun with simple models and cheap and easy to machine materials.
Get advice from those who are used to, because it's also our role to inform knife addicts.

According to you, how will the balisong evolve in the future ?

I think that the balisong is spreading and slowly losing it's reputation of bad guy's knife, partly thanks to forums and their very active members. They diserve to be thanked for that.
More and more knifemakers, professional ones or not, get into balisong knifemaking. Moreover, a big part of the most beautiful realisations I have seen have been made by amateurs, which shows balisong passion and proves that it's neither necessary to have a 50 years experience nor a workshop as well equipped as the NASA.
Simply I hope that my quest for aesthetics and beautiful materials won't have bad side effects on function, because the balisong remains before everything a knife and a tool.

Thank you Paulo simoes for taking the time to answer our questions.

Paulo simoes