The Balisong knife is considered a potential weapon
because of its threatening nature and quick
deployment and therefore has been made illegal in
several countries. Balisong knife trainers feature a
special unsharpened, blunt blade and are legal in
areas where balisongs are sometimes outlawed.
AUSTRALIA- Classified as a prohibited weapon, it
requires a special legitimate excuse to possess it.
Australian legal definition: A flick knife (or other
similar device) that has a blade which opens
automatically by centrifugal force or gravity or by
pressure applied to a spring, button or device in or
attached to the handle of the Butterfly knife
CANADA- The balisong knife,
although not specified by name, is a prohibited
weapon in Canada. It is often considered by courts
to reside under the “gravity knife” classification
and therefore is illegal unless grandfathered in
UNITED KINGDOM- Legally
classified as an offensive weapon since January
1989, the Butterfly knife Butterfly knife are legal
to possess. However, carrying on in public is an
offense in the UK under the Prevention of Crime Act
of 1953. Importing, Sale of, lending, giving or
hiring is prohibited by the Criminal Justice Act of
1988 as amended by the Offensive Weapons Act of
1996. Any Butterfly knife imported are liable to be
seized and prosecution may follow with the exception
of knives of this type that are over 100 years old
that are classified as antiques.
SWITZERLAND-The Balisong is illegal to carry, lend,
give, trade or buy.
PHILIPPINES- Because of
their prevalent use in altercations and crimes, it
is illegal to carry a Butterfly knife Butterfly
knife without identification or a proper permit in
the capital streets of Manila. In urban areas, one
now needs to be able to demonstrate the need to
carry these knives for a professional livelihood or
such purposes as a vendor of knives, grass cutting,
preparing fruits and meats or a martial arts
As a rule of thumb in the
Philippines, if the blade of a pocket knife does not
exceed the length of the palm of one’s hand and must
not be able to be opened by one hand it can then be
considered a utility knife and not a weapon. Swiss
Army knives are legal in the Philippines.
GERMANY- In July 2003, the Waffengesetz (Weapons
Law) was tightened in the aftermath of the Erfurt
massacre and the Balison was made illegal. If you
buy, possess, lend, use, carry, craft, alter or
trade the Balisong knife you are in violation of the
law. This violation is punishable by up to 5 years
in prison, confiscation of the knife and a fine of
up to €10,000. Use of a Butterfly knife Butterfly
knife for a crime of any kind in Germany (or any
illegal weapon) is punishable by 1-10 years in
LITHUANIA- Butterfly knife Butterfly
knife, along with other knives are legal to carry
and possess because they are not considered weapons.
Switchblades, however, are considered a weapon and
therefore are illegal.
UNITED STATES- It is
illegal to carry and/or possess the Balisong knife
in public in some states in the U.S. Balisongs are
categorized as “gravity knife”, “dagger” or
“switchblade” in some jurisdictions:
CALIFORNIA- The knife is illegal to carry if the
blade exceeds 2 inches in length and as with other
automatic knives are legal to own if kept in your
HAWAII- Butterfly knife Butterfly knife
or any type if Balisong knife are illegal to
possess, sell, transfer, transport or manufacture.
KANSAS- “Gravity knives” have legal restrictions
on them in the state of Kansas.
NEW YORK- The
Balisong is not classified as a “gravity knife” in
the state of New York.
OREGON- Balisongs are
illegal to carry concealed in the state of Oregon.
TEXAS- Under Chapter 46 of the Texas penal code,
Balisong knives are considered “switchblades” and
are illegal in the state. It is illegal to knowingly
and intentionally possess, transport, sell,
manufacture or repair switchblades in Texas.
UTAH- Butterfly knife Butterfly knife are legal in
the state of Utah as long as they are not concealed.
VIRGINIA- According to state law, the Balison is
legal for open carrying and concealment, although
some localities may have additional knife laws and
WISCONSIN- The state has made
it legal to conceal the Balisong, however, it may
not be open outside of your own property.