The “quick and deadly” Butterfly knife….

I just ran across a good looking example of one of my favorite knife designs: the butterfly knife, aka the Balisong. I haven’t really done a real post on butterfly knives, unless you want to include my post on Battle Angel Alitas behemoth Damascus Blade, but butterfly knives like that are an exception rather than the rule. This black beauty is the real deal (kinda):

Black Dragon Butterfly Knife

A Butterfly kinife AKA Balisong

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Now the butterfly knife has a very colorful history, and is unfortunately (and irrationally, i might add) also illegal in many states, because of it’s supposed speed, portability and lethality. Laws like these are based on fears and lies, both of which I have a great disdain for.

When it comes down to it, I don’t think you can get much faster or more durable, than a fixed blade. And a butterfly knife is no more or less dangerous nor more portable than a pocket knife. The same is true of Switchblades, though they are a little faster, but they tend to be less durable.

But people can get stupid when they become afraid, and they have this odd tendency to try and ban whatever it is the scares them. Which is a real shame, because butterfly knives are probably one of the most fun folding bladed weapons to “play” with.

When I was younger I used to have a pair of these, and I spent countless hours flipping them open closed, up down, side to side, in aerial patterns, figure eights, whatever cool tricks I could come up with… Those were the days… *Sigh*…

But anyway, I will say that thought this particular specimen certainly looks the thug part, it also does not look particularly durable, and might be better for show than for any play time…

If you ever decide to get yourself a pair, make sure it’s a high quality, name brand blade, like Spyderco, or microtech, or benchmade, etc. You really don’t want one of these coming apart in mid flip and depriving you of a very beloved optical organ…


8 Responses to “The “quick and deadly” Butterfly knife….”

  1. 1 Crosseyes
    June 20, 2008 at 1:02 am

    My friend got A Butterfly knife that’s real nice looking: when it’s folded it just looks like a gold rectangle. He let me play with it for a minute, and you’re right, flipping it out IS really fun, just as long as you don’t flip it backwards, that’s what happened to ol’ 9-fingered Ned… anyways, I can make a bet that it’s only opponent in stealth is the switchblade.

    Fun Fact: In the hit XBox360 title “Team Fortress 2” The spy class character uses a butterfly knife: http://pnmedia.gamespy.com/screenshots/phl/14083433.jpg (sry it’s not a very big image)

  2. June 20, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    9 fingered Ned… LOL Classic!!
    I actually haven’t played TF2… I’m gonna have to try it one of these days, it looks pretty good… Thanks for the Pic!

  3. 3 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 11:32 am


  4. September 8, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Switchblade indeed! Only one problem.

    They tend to be more expensive than your average butterfly knife. At least back in the day when i used to carry them around with me everywhere I went. And after losing a couple of them to overzealous police officers and customs officials (don’t ask) I took the cheaper route and just carried a pair of butterfly knives instead… Had to give up a few of those too, but at least they were easier to replace… Still have the butterfly knives even…

  5. 5 sgtzoidberg
    September 19, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    butterfly knive and switch blades are legal just check local laws about concealed weapons. here in az its legal to carry a pocket knife in tour pocket if the blade is less than 4 or 5 inches. fight for your rights if a cop takes your knife get his badge number a name a file a complaint

  6. September 21, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Hey sgtzoidberg

    The problem is that they aren’t legal everywhere, and are more illegal in some places than others…

    However yes, there are places where they are legal. People just have to be very careful. Make sure you know what the local laws are, and also be careful of exceptions that do not work in your favor for carrying things like these…

  7. 7 Patrick
    October 1, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Yeah…The legality of Butterfly knives and Switchblades are sort of like the legality of Marijuana. Its hard to know for sure.

    Gotta love Butterfly knives though! Really really fun to learn tricks with them.

  8. 8 Tim
    December 31, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    In many states, it’s 100% easier to carry it wide open. I know KY, TX, and several other states have what’s called a ‘Gunslinger’ law, meaning unless a sign is posted “No Weapons” you can carry anywhere, and in Vermont of all places, they DON’T have a concealed carry law. Anyone can pack any legal weapon they wish.

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