What makes a butterfly knife unique?

Butterfly knives emerged in the late 19th century as a dual-purpose pocket knife. It offered a convenient way to carry a knife and was marketed as both a tool and weapon. Its popularity has been on the decline since the 1970s, but is still popular with certain cultures and communities worldwide. 

These knives, also known as throwing knives or balisongs, feature a tension-mounted blade with a detent that holds the blade cocking. The blade is only deployed when the finger on the opposite side of the handle exerts pressure on a lever near the hilt.

Most knives come with a thumb stud protruding from the hilt, which allows for one-handed opening and produces an audible play. Many feature other openers to increase ease of use. 

Modern knife manufacturers have copied this design for standard pocket watches and multitools that are sold in industrial settings. Some users find them useful as a self defense tool by flipping them around their wrist or drawing from concealment in their pocket or wallet.

Background of Butterfly Knives

The origin of the balisong knife came from China, though they did not create it! The holes in each side of the blade make it extremely versatile and provide several applications which are very useful for sailors, farmers, and anybody else participating in physical labor. 

It was popularized in the Philippines where it is known as the "butterfly knife". One blade serves as a cutting tool while the other blade serves primarily as an opening tool, although many practitioners use them both for slashing or stabbing purposes. In some versions one of the blades will be serrated, and it has various grips for combat-oriented or finesse-oriented styles of cutting or stabbing.

The knife can be used to assist in many different tasks. It was not always used for stabbing. Ice augers were created for this purpose, but the knife has been redesigned by someone years ago to be a combat weapon so that it could be carried around on your person instead of needing a tool which couldn't be used on other people.

Historical Values of Butterfly Knives

There are many different types of amazing knives. The butterfly knife is one of them. It may be an unusual design, but it packs quite a punch!  This knife is designed to be both a weapon and a tool. It is designed with specific skills in mind, but it can also be used in other applications. 

It is widely used around the world and utilized by many different cultures. This has led to a lot of controversy regarding the balisong knife and its use in society. Understanding its history will provide excellent insight into this controversial item.

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Structure of Balisong

Balisong is a folding knife with two handles connected by a hinge in the middle of the blade. The handles are usually made from wood, metal, or plastic and can be either parallel or perpendicular to each other depending on personal preference. 

Because it's designed to be flipped end-over-end between the two handles, these knives provide many design options in their use including multipurpose uses (such as self defense), offensive and defensive uses of one side of the blade against an opponent while using the other side to cut or block with.

  • First, the tang is the part of a blade that's usually found in the center of a straight edged knife. It's usually used to provide balance and stability, but in some knives it may also be used as a point at which to attach other parts like guard or handle scales.
  • The hilt is attached via pins set into holes drilled through either side of it - making this style one-sided like a Bowie knife. The opposite side has no pin holes but is still connected by fold lines that run lengthwise about half way down.

Special Qualities of Balisong

There are many types of knives, big and small. The balisong knife is a folding knife that can be easily hidden in the palm of your hand when not in use. It has three sharpened blades called "butterfly wings", which allow you to cut effectively without much danger. 

This popular knife is easy to open with one hand and it glides through even the toughest substances like butter. Having its popularity as a blade ensures that it will maintain its value over time as well so it's definitely worth considering if you're just getting started or want something for your collection. 

It is fairly simple to maintain and keep looking new, as it's not all that difficult to use and does not require any special skills.

Proper Way to Use Butterfly Knife

It is traditionally used by martial artists in Filipino martial arts and dance. In the Philippines, it is known as the "toyo", or knife that opens and closes. A balisong can be used for cutting, stabbing, bludgeoning and even self-defense.

Many people who own butterfly knives don't know that there is actually a proper way to use them. By learning how to use your balisong like a master you can begin using it in everyday life situations and feel more confident using it when you really need it.

Read More: Using a Butterfly Knife for the First Time

Basic Opening and Closing

  • The easiest trick to learn and one of the best known. Learning Balisong is a must for Balisong lovers. The handle (facing the blade) of the bite must be flicked away by flicking the wrist. 
  • Watch how the handle of the safe spins at the same time. As you do so, place the claw handle and backside behind your hand. Swipe your wrist again to open the knife, and the bite handle will be positioned in front of your hand.
  • This trick goes in the opposite direction of the previous trick, which was going clockwise. Opening the knife is the first step in the butterfly knife tricks. Be sure to flick the handle up after you open the handle. Keep your hand open wide after opening the handle. Both parts of the knife will align back.

Butterfly Knives: Everyone’s Choice

This knife is used in many different ways when carrying it with you or fighting with it. You can surprise an attacker with its quickness or stab through your opponent's defenses before they even know what hit them. It is carried by many different people for different reasons. 

Some carry it to protect themselves and defend themselves. Others carry it to intimidate their opponent during a confrontation or just to show off while they are out on the town. It can be applied in many different situations, so it is easy to see why so many people want one of these knives in their pocket or hidden in their boot.

It is a knife that had faster deployment than other knives at the time, and would make a smaller tool that could be worn easily on the person without being detected as easily as a larger weapon would be under normal circumstances.

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Safety Equipment for Balisong’s User

In light of a recent infographic that's been sweeping the internet, we wanted to take a moment to discuss safety equipment that can be used when executing certain moves with butterfly knives. While there are many different items, here are some of our favorites.

  • Wrist guards
  • Gloves
  • Mouthguard
  • Elbow/knee pads (for low/high blocking)
  • Shin guards (for low/high blocking) 

Due to the popularity and success of our discussion on safety equipment for butterfly knives, we decided to expand upon this topic with an even more informative post on the different types of training gear you can wear while practicing with these blades. You can rather use a butterfly knife trainer which has a blunt blade and is safer to use. Please check it out!

Also Read: How to Use a Butterfly Knife?

Balisong Knife Can Be Lethal!

It's true that this knife is dangerous. The design of the tool was intended to make this possible, as well as taking advantage of what attackers lack in skill and talent, but they were also intended to make it difficult for an attacker to use their own hands, even with training. 

To accomplish this goal the butterfly knives were designed with a locking mechanism so they couldn't be opened quickly once closed. It has been estimated that the strength of the blade can be as much as 1,000 pounds per square inch. The knife also has several holes on each side which allow this knife to easily be opened and closed. 

This makes them an extremely versatile item which people can use for various tasks including defense, but this also makes them very dangerous. The knife is not just dangerous; it is extremely deadly if you are using them without proper training.