||The Butterfly Knife
The art of the Butterfly knife is to learn the technique of
“flipping” or “fanning” the two handled knife with a single
Also known as a Balisong or fan knife, this
folding pocket knife counter rotates around the tang so that
the blade resides concealed inside the grooved handle.
Traditionally made in the Tagalong region of Batangas in
the Philippines, the native Filipios used the butterfly
knife as self defense and as a utility pocket knife.
When workers found it inconvenient to use two hands to open
a knife, the Balisongs became very popular because of of the
ease of opening the knife with a
single hand. Additionally, Balisongs were originally used as
a straight razor before conventional razors were introduced
to the Philippines.
Properly trained, a user can flip
the knife blade open quickly. Oftentimes these maneuvers are
performed as amusement or for the art of the technique.
Because it is considered a concealed weapon, the
Butterfly knife Butterfly knife is illegal in the countries
of Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany and
the Netherlands and some states within the United States of