Although most of us know there are a wide range of knives you can buy today, how many of us really know each of those well enough to recommend one particular knife over another. Not many of us I would guess but perhaps the people at The Blade Guru as they review different types of knife including the Balisong Knife. The balisong knife is often referred to as a butterfly knife because of the way its handle splits in two to allow the blade to be covered and is a knife which is very popular where ever it is legal, unfortunately though it is illegal in many States as well as many countries. It did not become illegal due to the harm the knife’s owners did to others though; it became illegal due to the harm the owners did to themselves. It is perhaps well known that when an expert flips this knife back and forwards, first allowing it to be hidden by the handle and then shooting out straight and once again being flipped the next way and it was back in the handle safely, it provides a very impressive display.
It was training to do these impressive displays when the knife owners would cut themselves, often badly enough to have to seek professional medical attention. Those accidents though were in the past and today, even in those places where the Balsong is not illegal, there are far less accidents and this is due to the fact that today, there are training balisong knives. Although the training balisong knives can be almost identical to the real knives, their blades are not sharp and so cannot cut the user or owner of the knife. By any owner of a real Balisom first learning their skills on a training knife, not only may they learn them without injury to themselves but they may also play a role in getting Balisong knives made legal everywhere. Not only can the Philippines been credited for giving these knives their name but they can probably also be thanked for showing all the different movements they can make.
This was done when the Filipinos included the balisong knife into their arsenal used by Kali Martial Arts fighters. Many had thought that the Philippines could also be responsible for creating this type of knife but new evidence indicates that this type of knife was present in Europe before it was in the Philippines. Although this is just a theory at this time, as there is no evidence to suggest that the knives existed in the Philippines prior to the end of the 19th century and yet there is evidence of these types of knife in Europe earlier than that, it has at least good grounds to be further investigated. One of the pieces of evidence suggesting it existed in Europe first can be seen at France’s Musee de la Coutellarie where the exhibit “Pied Du-Roy” shows a knife of similar design and has been dated to the 18th century.