How to use a butterfly knife ?
We are back on the blog after a few weeks of inactivity to talk this time about the use of butterfly knives but also about their origin and other important information on the subject so that you too can be experts too. Because this knife too different from the others by its shape and its use also has a very interesting and intriguing history. Knife which moreover is present in very great number on our site because we are greatly fan and admirer of all these different colors and existing design. I also invite you to see our collection by yourself before or after reading the article on the following link : Butterfly Knife
What is a butterfly knife
The balisong or butterfly knife in English is a Filipino knife invented by a soldier-armourer during the Spanish colonization. The name balisong literally means folding knife. Especially be careful not to confuse this knife with the famous karambit that we are already talking about in another article available on this link if you are interested: What is a karambit ?
To get back to the historical creation of this knife we need to understand the context. Spanish domination was particularly cruel, abusing all the women of the country and preventing people from moving from the countryside to the cities for no apparent reason. But the real reason for the creation of this knife is the prohibition for Filipino men to carry their bolo or machete with them because it was too dangerous in the eyes of the Spaniards. Unfortunately this being a very long Filipino tradition for centuries, preventing men from going out with their machete is a terrible humiliation (it would be like preventing a samurai from wearing his katana for example).
The gunsmith who invented the weapon got the idea by looking at the Spanish fans. Indeed any weapon being prohibited it was necessary to find a solution in order to dissimulate as well as possible the weapons to make them circulate in all freedom and finally to be able to defend itself vis-a-vis the colonists. The inhabitants found this alternative, making folding knives that are easy to hide.
Now let's go to the practical explanation of this knife. The balisong was created for military use. It is a knife that can be handled with speed and has a blade and two movable branches. The butterfly knife opens easily with one hand and is very useful for self-defense. However, it should be handled with caution if you don't want to cut off a finger!
The mastery of the butterfly knife is part of some martial arts. With practice, you will be able to perform impressive tricks, thanks to sequences of openings and closings, which are called tricks. So of course you don't learn this in a few days, but with the right motivation and rigorous daily training you can easily learn to do all kinds of impressive tricks. Of course it depends on your individual ability some will learn faster than others, but perseverance is always the key.
For the most motivated among you, we are attaching a link to a video of a young man performing excellent tricks, which could give you ideas and motivate you : Incredible Butterfly Knife Tricks.
Today, the various manufacturers of butterfly knives offer a wide variety of balisong sizes with a more modern design. They are also used for martial arts shows, and no longer for military purposes. The anatomy of the butterfly knife is very simple. It consists of a blade and two removable branches. The latter fold down on the blade and give the impression that the butterfly knife is closed or that it is a pocket folding knife. When the branches are open, they form a handle, which allows you to hold your knife without hurting yourself.
When looking for your butterfly knife, you will see that the length of the blade varies according to the model.
How to open a butterfly knife
It is very important to learn how to handle your butterfly knife correctly.That's why it is advisable to hold it by the handle to avoid injury. This seems a rather strange recommendation but some people get hurt by taking it by the wrong end.
The butterfly knife is used today in shows or for martial arts. We advise you to register in a room specially dedicated to teaching the handling of butterfly knives if it exists near you. You will start by using a training knife with which you will not be able to injure yourself. This one does not have a sharp blade. You will be able to perform many tricks without being afraid to cut your finger and therefore be more free to try all kinds of difficult tricks. You can also train yourself by watching videos and tutorials explaining how to do the tricks.
To come back to our main problem how to open a butterfly knife if you really encounter this problem look carefully to find the little notch between the two branches that keeps it closed. There is always a kind of easy opening so that you can unfold it without hurting yourself as on most classic pocket knives.
Then never forget before doing your tricks that you have to hold the knife by its main branch (the one where a screw protrudes at the bottom) because it is very important for the rotation of the knife. For your first training, have fun doing simple clockwise rotation in both directions, then you can continue with more complicated tricks but this first element is essential for the rest.
Is a butterfly knife illegal ?
As for the karambit there is no specific law specifying the prohibition of this type of knife. Such a law would be totally arbitrary and incomprehensible because the butterfly knife is only a particular type of pocket knife so there would be no sense in prohibiting its use while all other pocket knives would be tolerated. Of course everything depends on your use of the knife and we remind you that in spite of its military origins this one is used today rather like a weapon of self-defense but especially a weapon of training and spectacle by the realization of impressive tricks. Without forgetting that butterfly knives are a perfect asset to develop your skill and maneuverability.
We have therefore tried in this article to answer as precisely as possible the main questions people have about butterfly knives and will certainly do so again in the future.