Balance Mod for Glidr Arctic & Antarctic
Adjust the balance and weight distribution of your Glidr Arctic & Glidr Antarctic trainers with these custom-made Zippy blade inserts and spacers. The insert houses 4x removable tungsten weights which enable the Glidr trainers to have more tip weight. The spacers are made in-house from a rubbery, shatter-proof polyurethane. They extend and protect the handles of the Arctic & Antarctic, and enable adjustable balance with 3x removable tungsten weights per spacer. This mod allows you to adapt your Glidrs to suit your specific balance preference. Scroll to the bottom for recommendations on weight configurations.
Assembly Instructions: <---See video for insert instructions.
-4x removable Tungsten weights reduce the stock handle bias and lets you adjust the balance on the Glidr Arctic & Antarctric Trainers to fit your preference. The weights can be popped out with a pointy rigid object and can be popped in easily on a flat surface.
-Fits perfectly on the Glidr Trainers with an "edge lip" so it won't fall off on hard drops.
-The Zippy Insert Mod adds 0.122 oz with all 4x weights.
-Extends handle length from 5.6 in to 5.76 in.
-Protects your handles: These spacers are made from a shatter-proof polyurethane which will absorb the shock of drops, so your Glidr Arctic and Antarctic don't have to.
-Adjustable balance: Each spacers houses up to 3x removable Tungsten weights which enables you to find the perfect balance to suit your preference. The weights can be popped out with a thin, rigid metal object using the 2 slits at the base of the handle extensions, and can be popped in easily with just a pen.
-Squares handles for a more traditional ergo.
-Adds positive jimping for extra grip on ladders.
-A set of 2 spacers weighs 0.108 oz empty, or up to 0.236 oz with all 6x tungsten weights installed. In contrast, a set of 2 stock spacers weigh 0.079 oz. With the Zippy mods, the Glidr Antarctic can weight anywhere from 4.213 oz (empty) up to 4.425 oz (with all insert and spacer weights installed).
Assembly Instructions: Tighten the body screw till there is a medium resistance and the thickness of the handles matches the thickness of the spacer extension. Do not overtighten or undertighten the body screws— this can overcompress/expand the spacer and narrow/widen the channel, which could affect the tune. If you have calipers you can measure the width at the pivot (~4.66 mm for the new Glidr washers, ~4.1 mm for some old Arctics with thinner washers) and simply tighten/loosen the spacer screws till the channel width at the spacer matches the channel width at the pivots. Some old Glidr Arctics use thinner washers. Please examine the last product image to assess if your Arctic is running the old thin washers (0.5 mm), or the new thick washers (0.8mm). Modern Arctics have the same channel width as Antarctics (~4.6 mm). You can use calipers to measure your channel width: old Arctics have a thinner channel width of ~4.0 mm. This will affect which spacer geometry you should select.
Recommendation for Usage and Balance Configurations:
Arctic: My preferred balance configuration is 4x blade weights and 0x weights per spacer. Note that the Zippy spacers weigh more than the stock spacers, so if you are trying to minimize handle bias entirely, I recommend using the blade insert with 4x weights and the stock spacers. Due to the large handle bias of the stock Arctic, this trainer is able to benefit from the weighted blade insert even without the spacers. If you do wish to use the spacers for ergo and handle protection, I do not advise adding any weights to the spacers. It is highly recommended to install the blade insert if you intend on using the spacers or Slim/Weight Caps. Using the spacers or caps without the blade insert will result in a heavily handle biased balance profile that is poor on fans, and is therefore not recommended.
Antarctic: My preferred balance configuration is 3x blade weights, tang insert uninstalled, and 0x weights per spacer, but all spacer weight configurations are viable when using all insert weights. When using the blade insert, it is highly recommended to also use either the spacers, or Weight Caps. Using the blade insert without adding extra handle weight will result in a blade biased balance profile that is sluggish on fans, and is therefore not recommended.
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For disassembly, tuning, and balance adjustment information, please see the FAQ. All Zippy Balisongs ship with weights installed, but are easily adjustable for whichever balance profile you prefer.
What does the Balisong ship with?
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For EU customers, be advised that customs will apply a VAT fee of approximately 30€ for importing this product.
Warranty, Returns, and Shipping
Zippy modifications are aftermarket mods that the customer installs themselves. The mods do not include a knife or trainer, and it is the customer's responsibility to follow the assembly instructions (listed on each product page) when installing the aftermarket Zippy mods. If you have any questions during the assembly process whatsoever, do not hesitate to contact me for clarification (firstname.lastname@example.org). Improper installation can lead to property damage and injury, and the onus is on the customer to abide by safe practices when assembling and using these products--any injuries or damage to the customer's knife/trainer or other property during the assembly process or use of the balisong is the responsibility of the customer. Balisongs (whether trainers or knives with a sharp edge) carry inherent risks, and it is the customer's responsibility to operate all Zippy-modded balisongs in a safe and responsible manner to themselves, and everyone around them, including pets and property. To ensure safety, the customer must verify proper hardware tightness (including threadlock and installation), structural integrity of the balisong and all installed mods, and function of the balisong and all modifications prior to each use. It is the customer's responsibility to read the entire product description for each Zippy product they use to ensure they are using the product within recommended guidelines (for example, per the product desccription: the ZippyLucha should not be used at a functional work knife or manipulated over hard surfaces such as concrete). It is the customer's responsibility to comply with all international, federal, and local laws and regulations when importing and using these products.
Zippers, Cycloids, and Diode's are not real knives. These products are balisong trainers, not real knives. The blades are made of plastic, weighted with tungsten. This is not a weapon or a cutting tool and is used for recreation and training only. It is the customer's responsibility to comply with all international, federal, and local laws and regulations when importing and using these products.
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In order to qualify for this policy, the issue must affect the function of the balisong. Normal wear and tear (including scratches and dings caused by repeated impact) is not covered by this warranty unless it affects the functionality of the balisong or I determine it to be the result of a manufacturing defect. In order to reduce cost for the customer, the Diode is not covered under the Zippy Warranty. Replacement Diode parts can be purchased here.
Worn M2 x 0.4mm nylock nuts are consumables and should be replaced from time to time if you disassemble frequently--these are not covered by the warranty.
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My package hasn't arrived, or my package is lost; what should I do?
Noooooo! Don't panic yet. So far I've never actually had a package get lost in the mail, although delays with USPS aren't unheard of, especially if the shipping is international. If you're a US-customer and your package is lost in the mail, appears lost in the mail, or was marked delivered but wasn't actually delivered, call the USPS immediately (1-800-275-8777). The faster they get on the case, the more likely you'll reach a timely resolution and get your Zippy ASAP. You can email me about it, but once I ship it out, I don't have access to any additional information that you don't--I'm just going to refer you to call the shipping carrier for resolution.
If you are an international customer and your package hasn't arrived yet, contact your local postal service that interfaces with USPS to evaluate the situation--worst case scenario you may need to reach out to customs to see if your package made it through or was seized. It is the customer's responsibility to comply with all local laws and regulations when importing my products.
Hopefully your package is just delayed (this has always been the case historically when a package appears lost), but if it is actually lost in the mail, I'm very sorry. Believe it or not, it's just as heartbreaking for me as it is for you, since I make every balisong myself and put a lot of love into each one. Unfortunately, I am unable to take responsibility for packages that get lost in the mail (or seized by customs). I offer a variety of shipping options which have different levels of pricing and reliability/risk, and it's up to you to choose what is best for you. I am unable to replace lost packages for free, since each product takes me a considerable amount of time and financial investment to make; I'm not a big Amazon company that manufactures their stuff overseas. Thank you for understanding.
Zippy ships international, but the buyer accepts the risk for lost, damaged, or seized packages-it is the customer's responsibility to comply with all local laws and regulations when importing and using this product. For questions and concerns (looking at you, Aussies), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the Zippy is shipped in 2 packages, you will need to assemble the trainer following these instructions:
For EU customers, be advised that customs will apply a VAT fee of approximately 30€ for importing products that exceed 100€. This is subject to change depending on up-to-date EU regulations: it is your responsibility to verify this at the time of your purchase.
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Zippy Trainers are not real knives
Zippers, Cycloids, and Diode's are not real knives. These products are balisong trainers, not real knives. The blades are made of plastic, weighted with tungsten. This is not a weapon or a cutting tool and is used for recreation and training only. It is the customer's responsibility to comply with all local laws and regulations when importing and using this product.