Within the last several days the BaliMAX balisong axe has been taking social media by storm. The strikingly unusual custom knife was the result of a collaboration between a balisong enthusiast and a custom bali maker.

Despite its recent rise to fame, the BaliMAX is actually ten years old. It was designed in 2007 by Jon Kim, a collector and designer who says the gigantic balisong was a dream project that he wasn’t even sure could ever work. “The only reason I started design the BaliMAX was to see if it could be done.” Kim was inspired by the TOPS Mini Axe, designed by Paul Ehlers, for the BaliMAX’s double-edged head. “For some reason, my brain had this idea to transform the small tomahawk into a balisong,” he explains.

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