BRS Alpha Beast 3.0 Spacers
These BRS Alpha Beast 3.0 spacers are made in-house from a rubbery, shatter-proof polyurethane. They extend, round, and protect the handles of the AB, and enable adjustable balance with up to 2x removable tungsten weights. The adjustable weights allow you to adapt your Alpha Beast 3.0 to suit your specific balance preference, no matter what blade style you are running.
The spacers are offered as either handle extensions or full-length flush spacers.
Assembly Instruction: Remove the stock sexbolts and spacers. Insert the Zippy spacers. For extension spacers, apply inward pressure so that the extension is pressed into the handles to ensure the sexbolt holes line up. Insert the sexbolts while continuing to apply inward pressure. Tighten the body screws till there is a medium resistance and the slabs are parallel. Do not overtighten the body screws— this can overcompress the spacer and narrow the channel. Next, use the stock spacer as a guide to the channel thickness by wedging it in the channel below the Zippy spacer and tightening the handles until they press upon the stock spacer; then remove the stock spacer from the channel. If you have calipers you can measure the width at the pivot and simply tighten/loosen the spacer screws till the channel width at the spacer matches the channel width at the pivots (~4.40 mm).
-Optionally extends handle length from 5.5 in to 5.7 in.
-Extensions protect your handles: These spacers are made from a shatter-proof polyurethane which will absorb the shock of drops, so your AB doesn't have to.
-Adjustable balance: Each spacer houses up to 2x 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.
-Extensions Round handles for a more comfortable ergo--no more sharp edges at the end of the handles.
-Adds jimping for extra grip on ladders.
-Each spacer weighs 0.073 oz empty, or up to 0.115 oz with 2x tungsten weights installed. For comparison, a stock Alpha Beast spacer weighs 0.123 oz. The full-length flush spacers each weigh 0.049 oz empty, or 0.091 oz with 2x weights.
-The handle extensions were designed to fit flush with the Alpha Beast 3.0 "Thick Version," which has a handle thickness of 0.503" and is the most common type of Alpha Beast 3.0. The Spacers will also fit the "Thin Version," which has a handle thickness of 0.478", but the handle extension will be about 0.02 inches (0.6 mm) thicker than the handles and will therefore not be perfectly flush.
I wasn’t expecting much out of the AB spacers, I just figured the length would make it more in line with newer Balis. Turns out it has a perfect balance with these spacers in place (I use one weight with a kukri blade). Fans are insane and the comfort of the spacers goes a long way in adding to the AB’s flippability.
I got the handle extender versions and they work amazingly, only problem I had was with fitting which took about 30 minutes with some sand paper. Other than that they really improve the flipping of the OG alpha beast, the finally give it some really aggressive but somewhat hidden jimping so you can finally preform ladders without it falling out of you hands. The extention of the handles really does make it feel like you are flipping a huge knife. If you have a stock alpha beast I can't recomend it more but if its on barrels or other light spacers you might find that the longer handles make it feel more stock and ass heavy although still to a lesser extent.
Very glad you hear you're enjoying them! I'll make it a priority to put together an assembly video for these spacers--there is somewhat of a 'technique' to install which doesn't require sanding; hopefully this will save other folks some time. Appreciate your patience and your review! Best regards, David
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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.
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Warranty & Returns
If part of the Zippy breaks within 1 year of purchase and it affects functionality, I will replace it for free. Contact me at email@example.com
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.
Returns & Order Cancellation
I do not accept returns or refunds. All orders are final. Packages that are delayed or lost in the mail are not my responsibility. Many of my products are made-to-order and by the time you contact me to cancel, I may have already begun working on your parts. I am a one-man operation and returns are far too time consuming and costly to deal with. I appreciate you supporting my small business.
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How do I maintain my Zippy?
For disassembly, tuning, and balance adjustment information, please see the Maintenance guide. All Zippy Balisongs ship with weights installed, but are easily adjustable for whichever balance profile you prefer.