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Old 10-20-11, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Dube or Mr. Babache knives?

New juggler wants to know: Dube or Mr. Babache knives?

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Old 10-20-11, 07:51 PM   #2
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I like Dube knives better because they are a high quality and impressive looking prop. But they are very expensive and very heavy due to being made of steel. The babache ones are aluminium so are probably better for a beginner.
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Old 10-21-11, 03:29 AM   #3
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I've had a set of dube knives for years. They look great and last ages.

However I'm also getting some of the mr babache knives as they seem much lighter and easier to juggle. They feel like juggling clubs and so I hope to be able to do a harder juggling routine with them than I would feel happy doing with the dube ones. I doubt they will last as long as the dube knives though.

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The dube one's look more dangerous especially up close, and last ages. The Mr Babache one's don't look quite as good and probably aren't going to last as long, but are lighter and easier to juggle.
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Old 10-21-11, 05:25 AM   #4
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...The dube one's look more dangerous especially up close, and last ages. The Mr Babache one's don't look quite as good and probably aren't going to last as long, but are lighter and easier to juggle.
Phil, remember that the important item in your show is THE AUDIENCE. With your comment about Dube "looks more dangerous" should tell you everything right there. You're going to make bigger hats with Dube so go with them.
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Old 10-21-11, 10:21 PM   #5
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These are what I am using at the moment.

http://juggledream.com/juggling/jugg...dge-knife.html

I was using the babache knives for a long time, but without the beveled edge they just don't really CUT it look wise- Also the juggle on them is very light and they get blown around very easily.

I never really liked the dube either. Just too heavy in its juggle and for travelling.

The juggle dreams are great! They look sharp- And some of them ARE sharp!
The juggle is weighted a more toward the top of the club- Similar but not the same as the dube's. The weight is in between the two knives- 600grams.

One thing I would suggest is maybe dulling the blade further and depending on what you like, perhaps wrapping the silver handle with something black to further enhance the image of a machete.
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Old 10-21-11, 11:23 PM   #6
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They look too much like clubs with that soft handle. Dube all the way.
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Old 10-22-11, 03:51 AM   #7
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Phil, remember that the important item in your show is THE AUDIENCE. With your comment about Dube "looks more dangerous" should tell you everything right there. You're going to make bigger hats with Dube so go with them.


I do mostly cabaret shows and want to do a three minute flash opening to music. I usually use fire, but I'm getting the mr babache knives as an alternative for when fire isn't allowed. For that purpose they seem perfect. I could do all the tricks I do with fire torches and juggle four and five of them.
I wouldn't feel happy doing that with the heavier dube knives.

For street shows or any routine you build up as a dangerous trick, or juggling on a unicycle/rola bola/ladder I'd probably stick with the dube one's.

I'll have to wait and see if the audience notices the difference between the knives. Up close the dube one's look more dangerous, with a bit of distance and the knives moving it might not be so obvious.
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OK Phil, That makes sense. I'm an old street busker and that's why I responded earlier.
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I think you are probably right for street shows
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Old 10-23-11, 08:41 AM   #10
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Tried out the dream ones and they were fun to juggle, and looked good. Don't think they are anywhere near resilient to survive a month in "my" street show though. I am rough on my gear. So I'm with Dube all the way on this one. For fun or practice I might consider the dream ones, maybe even a cheap solution for a last minute stage gig.

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Old 10-28-11, 09:05 AM   #11
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Default Dube

I've had the same Dubes for more than 10 years and they're still great. They're one of the few props that you can buy once in your career and never have to replace.

Yes they are heavier, so you need to use more arm and less wrist when you juggle them (which you should probably be doing anyway, regardless of prop).


"You're going to make bigger hats with Dube so go with them."

-SO COMPLETELY UNTRUE. It's not the prop, it's you.
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