Balisong and Butterfly knife tricks and techniques for beginners

Basic Horizontal Open/close (tutorial)

Latch Drops (tutorial)

Basic Aerial (tutorial)


Butterfly knife tricks

 Pocket knives can come in handy in situations as various as cutting through a knot or providing a measure of self-defense. Their big drawback is the need for two hands to fold the blade out of its protective handle. The butterfly or balisong knife solves this problem by offering two free-swinging handles that can be flipped back with just one hand. Due to this configuration, there’s an opportunity for creative butterfly knife tricks.


Important Components

Just a few components need to be identified to use one in these butterfly knife tricks. At the heart of a butterfly or balisong knife is a blade that usually contains a single edge. This blade also possesses a tang or base that’s a bit wider for safety purposes as well as providing enough material to attach two handles. Each handle is connected to the tang by its own hinge pin. One handle, normally used to hold the knife when beginning a trick, is called the safe handle. The other features a latch at the end and is called the bite handle.


One-handed Opening

Before performing any other tricks, the first trick is getting the knife in and out of its protective handle. Butterfly knives, also called balisong knives after an altered form of the Tagalog words for folded horn, can be quickly opened with one hand by starting with the safe handle held between the thumb and middle section of the forefinger while the hinged end of the knife is pointing outward. Indispensable among balisong knife tricks, this one begins by letting the bite handle swing out. Once the bite handle and blade are out far enough, rotate the safe handle in towards the palm so that the bite handle drops downward. Continue the rotating motion until the bite handle is brought back up and pointing away from the palm. In this position, the safe handle can be tilted upward to cause the bite handle to swing back against the safe handle. The blade should be exposed. Sandwiching the blade back in between the handles can be done with the exact same motion just described. Nothing has to be reversed. Both maneuvers work easily due to the free movement of the twin hinges. There’s no need for precise balancing, so even a cheap butterfly knife will do.


Simple Latch Drop

This is another of the balisong knife tricks that can both open and close the knife with the same motion. This time, the latch on the bite handle comes into play, so it needs to be extended out. Begin by holding the knife with the safe handle towards the palm and the hinged end pointing downward. Next, the latch is grasped between the midsection of the forefinger and the thumb tip. An outward motion is used to allow the safe handle and the blade to fold out and down. When the safe handle has dropped all the way out, a second wrist snap is used to continue the outward swinging motion of the safe handle so that it will come back up towards the bite handle. When it’s parallel to the bit handle, the lower three fingers are used to grab hold of it. To close it back up, turn the knife so that the safe handle is towards the palm again and repeat the movements.


Basic Aerial Combo

After mastering the primary opening and closing moves, this trick offers more complex actions that can make even a cheap butterfly knife look good. Start with the knife in the one-handed opening position. Let the bite handle drop downward, but rather than rotate the safe handle enough to level the bite handle with it, continue the rotating motion so that the bite handle completes a full circle. Then continue the rotation until the bit handle is pointing upward and allow it to drop down. While this is happening, bring the ring finger up over the shaft of the safe handle. The ring finger is used to press down while the middle finger presses upward. Combined with a wrist flick, this action will swing the bite handle up and over until it’s parallel to and beneath the safe handle. In this position, the palm is facing down. Next, the forefinger replaces the ring finger and pulls on the outer end of the safe handle to continue the rotational motion. Once this movement is done, the bite handle is swung in the opposite direction. After the bite handle is pointing towards the floor, the thumb replaces the middle finger and the motion continues for another revolution. Finally, the trickiest part comes when the forefinger and thumb are used to toss the knife in the opposing direction so the bite handle swings over onto the safe handle as the knife lands in the performer’s palm.

 Butterfly knife trainers are characteristicly  blunt "razor sharp edge" and are lawful in regions where balisongs are most certainly not.  They are mostly used to train in your butterfly knife techniques to get better before using a live blade.

A balisong or butterfly knife, otherwise called a fan blade or butterfly blade, is a collapsing folding knife with two handles counter-turning around the tang such that, when shut, the sharpened steel is covered inside sections in the handles. It is here and there called a Batangas blade, after the Tagalog territory of Batangas in the Philippines, where it is customarily made.

The conventional balisong is said to be known as the veinte y nueve in light of the fact that they are 29 centimeters in length when opened, while an alternate story goes that it is named after a solitary Batangueño who battled off 29 aggressors utilizing one.

Balisong is additionally the name of a barangay in the town of Taal, Batangas region, which got to be acclaimed for creating these blades.

Historical background

While the significance of the term balisong is not so much clear, a prevalent view is that it is gotten from the Tagalog words baling sungay (truly, "broken/collapsing horn") as they were initially produced using cut carabao and stag horn.

The balisong was ordinarily utilized by Filipino individuals, particularly those in the Tagalog district, as a self-preservation and pocket utility blade. A generalization used to exist that each Batangueño conveyed one all around he or she went. Hollow ground balisongs were additionally utilized as straight razors before ordinary razors were accessible in the Philippines. In the hands of a prepared client, the blade cutting edge can be brought to endure rapidly utilizing one hand. Controls, called "flipping" or "fanning", are performed for workmanship, fun or diversion.  The different butterfly knife techniques are varied as the imagination of the bearer.

These blades are additionally alluded to as "fan blades" and "butterfly cuts" from the movement and "click clicks" from the sound they make when they are opened and shut.


There are two primary sorts of balisong development: "channel development" and "sandwich development".

For a channel developed balisong, the primary piece of each one handle is framed from one bit of material. In this handle, a section is made (either by collapsing, processing, or being essentially thrown) in which the razor sharp edge rests when the blade is shut. This style is viewed as being stronger than sandwich development.

Sandwich built balisong blades are amassed in layers that are for the most part stuck or screwed together. They permit the turn pins to be balanced tighter without tying. At the point when the blade is shut, the edge rests between the layers.

A percentage of the sharpened pieces of steels of conventional butterfly knives cut in the Philippines were produced using steel taken from railroad tracks accordingly providing for them solidness and hardness, while others are produced using the reused leaf springs of vehicles.

Parts of a Butterfly Knife

An outline of normal butterfly knife parts.

Bite handle

The handle that closes on the sharp edge of the sharpened steel.


The blunt segment of the cutting edge just over the kicker, that makes it simpler to hone the sharpened steel.

Kicker (or Kick)

Range on the razor sharp edge that keeps the sharp edge from touching within the handle and enduring harm. This is now and again supplanted by an extra tang stick over the turns.


The standard locking framework, which holds the blade shut. Magnets are periodically utilized.

Lock, Batangas

A lock that is connected to the nibble handle.

Lock, Manila

A lock that is connected to the safe handle.

Lock, Spring

A lock that uses a spring to push the hook open when the handles are crushed.

Lock entryway

A square inside the channel of the handles preventing the hook from affecting the razor sharp edge

turn joint

A pin about which the Tang/Blade/Handle get-togethers turn.

Safe Handle

The handle that closes on the non-honed edge of the blade.(Generally the handle without the lock)


Blunt spine of the sharpened steel. A few balisongs are likewise honed here or on both sides with either a more customary look or wavy edges like a Kris sword.


The base of the sharpened steel where the handles are joined with turn pins.

Tang Pin(s)

Pin intended to hold the sharpened steel far from the handle when shut to avoid dulling; and, at times, a second stick to keep the handles from exorbitantly blasting together while the butterfly knife  blade is being controlled.

Sharpened steel

The sharpened steel is the bit of steel that runs down the inside of the blade that is secured by both handles when shut, one of the sides of the blade is sharp and has a high risk of cutting you, the other side has no potential possibility of cutting you.

The blade is currently unlawful or confined in numerous nations, frequently under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are limited, and in their nation of birthplace they are no more as regular in urban regions as they were.

In view of its potential use as a weapon, and basically because of its scary nature and fast sending contrasted with other 50+ year old collapsing blade outlines, the balisong/butterfly knife has been banned in a few nations.  One butterfly knife that is allowed in all areas is the practice or training balisong, which is used for the learning of the butterfly knife techniques that are so much fun to learn. 


 In the United States

A mixed bag of butterfly blades from Pacific Cutlery, later known as Benchmade is the premier butterfly knife maker in the States.

Balisong USA began producing balisongs in the late 1970s, then transformed its name to Pacific Cutlery in the early 1980s, preceding at last getting to be Benchmade. The prior blades emphasized a wide assortment of custom cutting edge plans (a large number of which were hand ground by expert knifemaker Jody Samson, extraordinary for making the swords in the film Conan the Barbarian), and in addition various outlandish decorates for the handles (ivory, ancient ivory, scrimshawed ivory, mother-of-pearl, black, tropical woods, etc.)  In mint condition, some of these early balisongs are worth a great many dollars. Utilized, with skeletonized or micarta handles and the standard "weehawk" or "Imada high empty" grind, they regularly begin at around $300 and go up from that point. Irregular toils, in the same way as the "scimitar", "cutlass", "kris", "weehawk tanto", "Spanish Bowie", or uncommon "sailor" cause the quality to increment altogether. These early American butterfly blades are exceptionally looked for after by gatherers, who often buy them as speculations and store them in sealed shut safes. Benchmade quit creating custom balisongs in the late 1990s to ahead of schedule 2000s, however routinely offers "Restricted Editions" with unique peculiarities. Other American producers of business balisongs incorporate Bradley Cutlery (Mayhem and Kimura), BRS (Alpha Beast, Replicant and Mutant), Bear and Son Cutlery , Spyderco , Roton (Monarch), Protech (FlyFather), Microtech Knives), and SWAT (Tiger).

From 1981 to 1984, a huge number of balisongs were foreign made into the United States from a mixture of nations, fundamentally: the Philippines, Japan, China, and Korea - in spite of the fact that a couple were additionally transported in from France, Germany, and Spain. The best were basically from the metalsmiths of Seki City, Japan, who made balisongs for Taylor (Manila Folder), Parker (Gypsy), Valor (Golden Dragon), and Frost (a mixture of exceptionally reasonable balisongs). Guttmann Cutlery in the Philippines traded a superb sandwich-style balisongs promoted as the "First Balisong", which offered an assortment of scale materials and high carbon steel cutting edges.

Notwithstanding preclusions on the import of balisongs, starting in the 1980s, a mixture of Asian makers kept on sending out ease balisong blades to the United States. These items are low quality because of their use of cast handles made of fragile zamak composite and sharpened pieces of steels made of low-quality steel.

In Canada, albeit not detailed by name as a precluded weapon, the balisong blade is frequently considered by courts to fall under the "gravity blade" or a diffusive characterization and is, in this manner, denied, unless grandfathered in before restriction.

In Australia, butterfly blades are for the most part delegated a denied weapon, which obliges an extraordinary authentic reason to have it. Australian Legal Definition: A flick blade (or other comparable gadget) that has a cutting edge which opens consequently by gravity or divergent power or by any weight connected to a catch, spring or gadget in or joined to the handle of the blade.

In the Philippines, it is presently by and large unlawful to convey one without distinguishing proof or a legitimate allow in the lanes of the capital in light of their pervasive use in wrongdoings and squabbles. One now needs to show the need in expert work or utilitarian reason, (for example, cutting grass, get ready products of the soil, being a seller of blades, being combative technique teachers, and so forth.) to be capable stroll around with bladed actualizes in the urban regions. An alternate general guideline is that the razor sharp edge of folding knives should not surpass the length of the palm and must not be openable by one hand so as to be considered as an utility blade instead of a weapon (along these lines, Swiss Army Knives are lawful).

In Switzerland, butterfly knife/knives are unlawful to convey, give, loan, purchase, exchange.

In the UK, the balisong has been lawfully delegated a hostile weapon since January 1989. Whilst they are legitimate to have, convey one in broad daylight is an offense under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953. Deal, giving, enlisting, giving or importing is disallowed by the Criminal Justice Act 1988, as altered by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996. Any foreign are subject to be seized and indictment may take after. The special case to this are blades of this sort more than 100 years of age which are classed as obsolescents.

In Lithuania, butterfly knives among different blades are legitimate to have and convey as they are not considered weapons. This rejects switchblades.

In Germany, the balisong was prohibited when the Waffengesetz (weapons law) was tightened in July 2003 in the repercussions of the Erfurt slaughter. In this manner purchasing, having, loaning, utilizing, convey, making, changing and exchanging it is illicit and is deserving of up to five years detainment, reallocation of the blade and a fine of up to €10,000. Utilizing a butterfly cut for wrongdoing of any sort - just like any unlawful weapon - is deserving of from 1 to 10 years detainment.

In Poland, balisongs, switchblades and gravity blades are dealt with like typical blades. There are no limitations on ownership and convey.

In a few U.S. states it is illicit to have or convey such a blade openly. In specific locales, balisongs are sorted as a "gravity blade", "switchblade", or "knife". Spyderco conceded that from June 2005 through January 2007, it had sent balisongs, in the wake of importing the blade parts from Taipei, Taiwan, through the Port of San Francisco and the Port of Oakland, to Golden, Colorado.

In Hawaii, it is illicit to have, production, offer, exchange, or transport any Butterfly-sort knife

The blade is illicit to convey in California, yet are lawful to claim if kept at home.

There were once legitimate confinements on butterfly cuts in Kansas., however starting July 2013, the Kansas Comprehensive Knife Rights Act decriminalized the convey of a wide range of bladed weapons.

In New York, the balisong has been dead set not to be a gravity blade, permitting legitimate possession. Nothing more is said in the New York State Code of Law, in fact leaving individual circumstances open to understanding.

In New Jersey the criminal law, NJSA 2C:39-1, propose butterfly knives are unlawful however the subject of legitimateness or unlawfulness is an open inquiry.

In Kentucky, the balisong is legitimate for disguised and open convey anyplace one is not generally restricted from convey a hid lethal weapon. Kentucky's constitution and changed statutes disallow urban communities and provinces from sanctioning weapons laws and confinements.

In Michigan, the butterfly knife is lawful in light of the fact that it is delegated a "collapsing blade" or "folding blade"

In Virginia, the balisong is lawful for disguise and open convey as indicated by state law, despite the fact that regions can have extra blade laws and limitations.

In Utah, balisongs are lawful the length of they are not disguised.

In Texas, As of September 1, 2013 Switchblades are currently legitimate in Texas.

In Ohio, it is lawful to claim a balisong and convey it straightforwardly, on the other hand they are illicit to convey hid, as they are thought to be destructive weapons.