What is a Balisong Knife ?
In our blog article of the day we will talk more specifically about the Balisong. This is the real name of what we also call a butterfly knife, but many people don't know it and sometimes even confuse them. For that we propose you a second article close to our old article How to use a Butterfly knife ?. Thus we will have made the turn of the subject and each person calling this knife the balisong or the butterfly knife will find an adapted article on our blog. Before plunging into the details of this product let us recall that Balisong is none other than the original name of the butterfly knife. This name was given to it at its creation in the Filipino and literally translates as folding knife. It was specially created to be simple to hide on its own and transportable everywhere, in order to avoid the Spanish guards controlling the territory during this period and to be able to defend itself from them.
How to flip a Balisong Knife ?
In this article we will talk about its use and the fun side of this knife. As we wrote before, our first article talks a lot more about the technical side and details of the butterfly knife. We invite you again to have a look at the article in the link above if you are interested.
If it looks like a weapon for thugs, the butterfly knife is a true work of art whose design is to be admired. Because let's remember that this knife is used in many martial arts for its class and practicality. The butterfly knife being of high quality, it can be used for many purposes in everyday life. Very little used in the kitchen, it can nevertheless be used to cut hard foods, including meat. It will also find its place in DIY where it is used to strip or cut electrical wires. It is also an excellent and very effective knife to defend against physical aggression. The military has also made it a formidable gadget in their arsenal.
Obviously this won't be done in a day and you won't master many tricks very quickly. It takes time, desire and of course practice. Luckily like all activities there are degrees of difficulty and you will have to climb up the ladder one by one and start by learning beginner's tricks.
Before doing any tricks, you must first know how to open a butterfly knife and therefore how to handle it (also explain in our 1st article). This is essential to succeed in your tricks with the knife and especially not to hurt yourself. You will have to start with basic manipulations with preferably a balisong training knife that you can find on our website of course ( Butterfly Knife & Balisong ). So to begin with you will have to differentiate between the main and secondary branch of your knife because by holding the secondary branch there is a much greater risk of cuts. The main branch is in most cases equipped with a small screw at its end to recognize it. You will then have to learn how to open and close it as quickly as possible. Then you can start basic tricks like rotation (single, back, forward), single pivot, ricochet, latch drop.
Once you have mastered these tricks you will be able to concentrate on the intermediate level tricks. You will be able to perform a double rotation, a change of time grip, the helicopter, the counterclockwise launched pivot, the single jump, and many others. With experience, you will be able to perfect and start complex tricks such as advanced counter-clockwise returns, jumping transfers, elbow landing, back throw transfers, etc. In addition to these intermediate and complex tricks, you can also add spectacular combos as you progress.
Unfortunately we can't explain each trick in detail because it would be too long and complicated to follow for each step. Nevertheless the best way to learn more about the subject and already practice by yourself is to try different tricks. But the best way is also simply to watch videos on this subject. We therefore invite you to start your training by watching the following video for example : 10 Easier balisong tricks. It's the perfect video for beginners because you can see the basis of the tricks quite clearly, the young woman has done her video quite well.
Where are balisongs legal ?
Here is a question that comes up quite often and that many people usually ask themselves. We repeat once again, as for karambit there are no particular laws prohibiting these types of knives either federally or in each state of the country. These types of knives are no more or less dangerous than a pocket knife or a classic hunting knife, so to specifically prohibit it would be contradictory or even useless as the knife has already been present for a long time in our countries. Of course once again it depends on the use you make of them, these knives are excellent for tricks but are also useful for your own defense but the use in other cases or situations could confront you with problems. So you should always be careful with this type of object. The number one asset of this knife is the show and the development of your ability to use it at its best for your tricks.
Here we are at the end of our article, we hope that you will like it and that it will have enlightened you as much as possible.