Balisong (knife)

A balisong, otherwise known as a butterfly knife or a Batangas knife, is a Philippine folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called "flipping", are performed for art or amusement.

A large version of balisong is known as Balisword, typically over two feet when opened.

Balisong

While the meaning of the term "balisong" is not entirely clear, a popular belief is that it is derived from the Tagalog Language words "baling sungay" (literally, "broken horn")as the original balisongs were made from carved animal horns.]
* Butterfly knife trainers feature a special blunt and unsharpened "blade," and are legal in areas where butterfly knives are not.
* To Find US State Laws refer to the Switchblade Page on Wikipedia and all state codes concerning knife laws are listed

Prominent manufacturers

*Benchmade - Model 46DM, Model 42, Model 43-401 [cite web | url = http://www.benchmade.com/products/product_list.aspx?lock=Bali-Song | title = Benchmade Bali-Song Products | accessdate = 2006-11-04]
*Spyderco - The Spyderfly, the Szabofly designed by Laci Szabo, and the recently introduced Smallfly (a smaller version of the Spyderfly). [cite web | url = http://spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=185 | title = Spyderfly Balisong Products | accessdate = 2006-11-04]

ee also

* Jacob's ladder (knife)
* Pantographic knife

References

External links

* [http://traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/Balisong1.html Real hand-made Filipino Balisongs]
* [http://www.balisongtimes.com/ Online database of past and current balisongs]
* [http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/can/press/2007/2007_04_12_spyderco.fined.press.html Spyderco Fined by Feds]
* [http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1599799/butterfly_knife_tutorial/ Balisong Beginner Tuorial Video]


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