Picture of knife with Zen Pins Here
Zen pins are the equivalent of the tang pins on a typical balisong, except they are hidden within the handles instead of being placed in the tang of the blade. They consist of two pins, one per handle, that are attached between or through the handle slabs. These pins contact the blade at the very tip of the tang (open) and right before the blade edge (closed) to stop the blade from rotating past them. Thus keeping the blade covered by the handles in the closed position, and rigidly locked in the open position.
There are debates with excellent points on both sides as to which is better: Tang Pins or Zen Pins. It is mostly a matter of personal preference, though some claim that Zen Pins are stronger as well as look better. While others claim that the "divots" made in the blade to accomodate the pins while the knife is closed weaken the blade, and don't look as good as tang pins. As I said, it's all about what you like personally. Properly done Zen Pin balis flip just as well as Tang Pin balis, and will not get in your way while doing rollovers or other tricks. Shawn's (AKA Balibalistic) work is a very excellent example of properly shaped and executed Zen Pin knives. Terry Guinn also is a famous maker who has done many Zen Pins, and his design is what inspired Shawn.
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