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Maxace Serpent Striker Spacers & Insert

Make your SSv3 more neutral, add grip, and protect the handles.

Regular price $39.00 USD
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  • Assembly Instructions

    Product Description

    Perfect the balance of your Maxace Serpent Striker v3 with Zippy spacers and blade inserts. The spacers are made in-house from a shatter-proof polyurethane. They extend and protect the handles of the Serpent Striker, add jimping, and enable adjustable balance with 3x removable tungsten weights per spacer. The insert houses 5x removable tungsten weights which enable the trainer tuning fork blade to have more tip weight and less handle bias. This mod allows you to adapt your Maxace Serpent Striker to suit your specific balance preference.


    • Extends handle length from 5.55" to 5.75".
    • Lightweight spacers reduce handle bias for a more neutral balance.
    • Shatter-proof extensions protect your handles from hard drops.
    • Adjustable balance: Each spacers houses up to 3x removableTungsten 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.
    • Positive jimping for extra grip on ladders and chokers.
    • Optional blade insert features 5x removable Tungsten weights to reduce the stock handle bias with the trainer tuning fork blade. The weights can be popped out with a pointy rigid object and can be popped in easily on a flat surface with the tip of a clicky pen.
    • Bite handle pivot plug sold separately.
    • The spacers each weigh 0.066 oz (empty) or up to 0.131 oz with all 3x weights installed. For comparison, the stock spacers each weigh 0.108 oz. The Zippy Blade Insert Mod adds 0.122 oz with all 5x weights.

    Recommended Balance Configurations

    • Live blade: All weight configurations are viable with the live blade and Zippy spacers; my preferred balance is with no weights.
    • Pocket clip: When using the pocket clip on the bite handle, it is recommended to counterweight the pocket clip by using all 3x tungsten weights in the safe handle spacer, and no weights in the bite handle spacer. This will minimize the balance difference between the handles so that the Serpent striker is still enjoyable to flip even when using the pocket clip.
    • Trainer blade: With the trainer blade, the most neutral (and my preferred) configuration is with all 5x weights in the blade insert, and no weights in the spacers.

    Assembly Instructions

    Use a T8 torx driver to remove latch, pocket clip, stock spacers and the metal pins that are inside the stock spacers. Install the stock spacers with your preferred number of tungsten weights and insert the spacer sexbolt. If you use without the pocket clip, Maxace included a spare shorter sexbolt; use this one on the bite handle. You will need to push the spacer firmly in to the handle while pushing the handle down onto the sexbolt to ensure the holes line up. Positive pressure is necessary. Some wiggling of the top scale will likely be necessary; you may need to "pull" the top scale slightly toward the spacer to achieve proper alignment. If you are unable to get the sexbolt through both sandwich scales, please refer to this i-Bas spacer video [0:035 - 02:00] for a technique to align the holes. Once the sexbolt is successfully through both scales, tighten down the spacer body screw until you feel a light resistance. Use the stock spacer as a guide to the 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. If you have calipers, you may tighten/loosen the spacer body screw until the channel width at the spacer matches the channel width at the pivot (~4.08 mm) and the handle liners are perfectly parallel. To install the trainer insert, make sure it has no weights inserted and insert the very edge of the plastic into the trainer blade to ensure it's seated at the base of the blade, and use your thumb to push the insert into the blade along its entire length. Don't attempt to "slide it down," as the friction will be too much to reach the base of the blade. Once the insert is in-place, you may pop the weights in with the tip of a pen, or by pressing it against the ball on a flat surface. Do not pop in the balls before the insert has been installed in the blade.


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 9 reviews
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    This is my striker now.

    John honeycutt
    Looks like something out of halo

    As someone who normally prefers the balance of a live blade believe me this mod makes the trainer blade flip better. Especially on the carbon fiber model. Super easy install and looks unreal. Couldn't ask for anything more

    From good to good-er

    I only use trainers, and the fork on the stock SSv3 is so disproportionate in weight compared to the handles that some tricks really suffer. I had gotten so used to overcompensating for the light fork that when I added the weighted insert and went for a Y2K I threw it.
    No ragrets.
    Now it feels as good as it looks, and with the glow-in-the-dark inserts that's to say pretty darn good.

    Massive improvement on an already great balisong

    When I bought the ssv3 it was alright, but still didn´t get the hype around it. This spacers and the insert completely changed that. It is easily my favourite balisong and these upgrades are a big reason why. These are a must buy if you own a ssv3

    Must-have for the SSV3

    I bought these once before for my G10 SSV3, but then I gave it away for my 1k follower giveaway. I knew I had to have another SSV3 in my collection, so I bought the CF version to replace it. The same day, I ordered these spacers in clear blue because I knew I had to have them for my new one. They're the must-have mod for the SSV3 and I highly recommend them.


    International shipping

    International Shipping

    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. It is the customer's responsibilities to be aware of all import requirements when ordering, including but not limited to paying customs/import/duty fees. All international customers: it is your responsibility to looking up your country's customs requirements when you order to ensure you are in compliance, and interface with your country's customs and pay all associated fees if necessary.

    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 the customer's responsibility to verify this at the time of your purchase.

    For questions and concerns (looking at you, Aussies), please contact me at If the Zippy is shipped in 2 packages, you will need to assemble the trainer following these instructions:

    Zipper Assembly

    Cycloid Assembly

    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.

    **Some tips when calling USPS:
    (1) Do not use speakerphone, as this will confuse the automated system.
    (2) From the automated menu, say "Package," and follow the prompts with your tracking number.
    (3) When it offers "visual mode," I recommend you use it. It's faster and more streamlined.
    (4) At the end of the automated system which will track your (delayed) package, say "agent" or "representative" so you can speak to an agent and explain the issue.
    (5) Sometimes they only allow the sender to open an investigation. If that's the case, shoot me an email asking for the shipping label, and then use the return address information on the shipping label to provide the sender information.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.


    By using this website and/or purchasing any Zippy Balisong LLC products from this website or other sources, you agree to abide by all of the following terms and conditions:


    Zippy Balisong LLC 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 ( 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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