What is a Butterfly Knife?
A Butterfly Knife, also known as a Balisong and a Fan Knife, got its start in the Philippines as a self-defense and utility pocket knife – or did it?
There is a heated debate over whether this type of knife was an ancient design that originated in the Philippines or whether it was actually brought to the Philippines from Europe. Of course, on one side, you have the Filipinos, who claim it was a part of their martial arts since about 800 A.D. (unfortunately, there is no hard evidence to support this belief) and, on the other side, you have those who believe it originated in Europe between the 1500s and 1700s (the oldest documented balisong, dating back to before 1791, was found in France). Regardless of its debatable origins, it gained popularity in the United States when soldiers returned from the Philippines after W.W.II.
Now, learning to “flip” a butterfly knife quickly takes practice and patience. If you don’t start slowly to get the motion right before you “go at it,” believe me, you will be sorry. Afterall, this is a sharp bladed instrument we’re dealing with here. The basic concept of maneuvering the knife is to let the flipping motion of one handle and the blade, plus the twist of your wrist, actually spin the handle you’re holding. There’s lots of videos online to watch, so, you might check some out first. Many people, who own butterfly knives, say the find the act of “flipping” it to be relaxing. Also, there are impressive tricks that can be learned and performed using this type of knife.
All that, and it’s still a great folding pocket knife. You can count on it to perform any of the tasks that you ask of it on a daily basis. The only difference is that you do them with style. When you flip out a butterfly knife, when someone asks if you have a pocket knife to cut something with, the look of amazed appreciation is priceless. Go ahead, take a look at the variety of Butterfly Knives we have and treat yourself today!