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Butterfly Knife, Balisong, Batangas or a Fan Knife is a folding knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang
such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. It has two handles counter-rotating around the
tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. In the hands of a trained user, the knife
blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called "flipping" or "fanning", are performed for art or
amusement.

Balisongs are useful for situations where it is inconvenient to use both hands to open a knife. For example, a worker who is
using a single hand to hold on to something as protection against falling will not wish to use that hand to open a knife. In that
situation it is useful to have a knife that can be opened with just the other hand.

The Balisong is commonly used by Filipino people as a pocket utility knife. It is so popular in the Philippines that an urban
legend exists that every Batangueño carries it everywhere he or she goes. Hollowground balisongs were also used as straight
razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines.

A balisword is an exceptionally large balisong knife. Similar to a balisong, two hilts cover the blade of a balisword. These
handles fold away from the blade to expose it. The standard length of an open sword is around 37 inches(93.98 cm) long. A
normal blade measures at around 17 inches (43.18 cm) long, with a set of folding hilts about 20 inches (50.8 cm) long.

The term "balisword" is a portmanteau of the words "balisong" and "sword." It describes the unique design of both the sword
and the hilt(s).

Unlike the balisong, the balisword is not generally used for performing tricks, known as "flipping", as the handles and blade
maintain enough momentum to cause injury if they were to close on a hand. Thus, users typically open a balisword with two
hands rather than one.

There are two main types of Balisong construction: "sandwich construction" and "channel construction".

Sandwich constructed balisong knives are assembled in layers that are generally pinned or screwed together. They allow the
pivot pins to be adjusted tighter without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

For a channel constructed Balisong, the main part of each handle is formed from one piece of material. In this handle, a
groove is created (either by folding, milling, or being integrally cast) in which the blade rests when the knife is closed. This
style is regarded as being stronger than sandwich construction.

Bite Handle -
The handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade.
Kicker (or Kick)
Area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge from contacting the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This is
sometimes supplanted by an additional tang pin above the pivots.
Latch
The standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. Magnets are occasionally used instead.
Latch, Batangas
A latch that is attached to the bite handle.
Latch, Manila
A latch that is attached to the safe handle.
Latch, Spring
A latch that utilizes a spring to propel the latch open when the handles are squeezed.
Safe Handle
The handle that closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.
Latch gate
A block inside the channel of the handles stopping the latch from impacting the blade
Tang
The base of the blade where the handles are attached with pivot pins.
IKBS
Ikoma-Korth Bearing System. A high end ball bearing system that maximizes smoothness, found in high-end custom
Balisong knives.
Choil
Small curve found on some knives just above the kicker, that makes it easier to sharpen the blade.
Swedge
Unsharpened spine of the blade that is angled to appear as if it were sharpened.

Balisong knives are still handmade in the traditional manner in the Philippines. They are referred to as "Filipino handmade"
(FHM), and their quality varies greatly. Frequently, the handles are inlayed with scales fashioned from rosewood, ironwood,
bone, water buffalo horn, stag and synthetic materials. Balisongs made for the tourist trade are typically of passable quality,
but are mass-produced by semi-skilled workers and lack the durability and aesthetics of knives fashioned by an apprentice to a
master craftsman. A common test for Filipino balisongs is to stab the blade through a one Peso coin to determine whether the
carbon steel blade has been properly hardened.

Throughout the Philippines, the Balisong knife is also widely called the "Bente Nueve" (from the Spanish word for twenty-
nine, "veintinueve") because of a legend that a skilled users killed 29 assailants in a single fight. In Batangas it is common
practice to use Spanish numbers. "Bente Nueve" in truth is the full length of a standard Batangas made Balisong knife, which is
twenty-nine centimeters long when open.[3] When a Filipino is acknowledged as being from the province of Batangas, the next
question commonly asked, "Nasaan ang Bente Nueve mo?" (Where is your Beinte Nueve?)

Legal

Because of its potential use as a weapon, and possibly due to its intimidating nature and rapid deployment, the Balisong knife
has been outlawed in several Western countries.

* In Australia, butterfly knives are generally classified as a prohibited weapon, which requires a special legitimate excuse
to possess it. Australian Legal Definition: A flick knife (or other similar device) that has a blade which opens automatically by
gravity or centrifugal force or by any pressure applied to a button, spring or device in or attached to the handle of the knife.
* In Canada, although not specified by name as a prohibited weapon, the Balisong knife is often considered by courts to fall
under the "gravity knife" classification and is therefore illegal. (Unless grandfathered in before prohibition)
* In the UK, the butterfly knife has been legally classified as an offensive weapon since January 1989. Whilst they are legal
to possess, carrying one in public is an offence under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953. Sale, lending, hiring, giving or
importing is prohibited by the Criminal Justice Act 1988, as amended by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996. Any imported are
liable to be seized and prosecution may follow. The exception to this are knives of this type over 100 years old which are
classed as antiques.
* In Germany, the butterfly knife was outlawed when the Waffengesetz (weapons law) was tightened in July 2003 in
the aftermath of the Erfurt massacre. Thus buying, possessing, lending, using, carrying, crafting, altering and trading it is
illegal and is punishable by up to five years imprisonment, confiscation of the knife and a fine of up to 10.000€. Using a
butterfly knife for crime of any kind - as is any illegal weapon - is punishable by from 1 to 10 years imprisonment.
* In Hong Kong, the sale of full-size butterfly knives is illegal, but miniature versions can be legally obtained.
* In the Philippines, the sale of a 29-cm Balisong knife is illegal.
* In some U.S. states it is illegal to possess and/or carry such a knife in public. In certain jurisdictions, butterfly knives are
categorized as a "gravity knife", "switchblade", or "dagger" although they are also occasionally outlawed by name ("butterfly
knife"). In a recent US Federal Court case, Spyderco, Inc. pleaded guilty and was fined $75,000 for sending butterfly knives
through the United States Postal Service. Spyderco admitted that from June 2005 through January 2007, it had mailed butterfly
knives, after importing the knife components from Taipei, Taiwan, through the Port of San Francisco and the Port of Oakland,
to Golden, Colorado.
o The knife is illegal to carry in California if blade length exceeds two inches as with other automatic knives, they are
legal to own if kept in your home.
o There are legal restrictions on gravitational knives in Kansas.
o In New York, the butterfly knife has been determined not to be a gravity knife.
o In Oregon, it is illegal to carry a concealed Balisong.
o In Utah, Balisong knives are legal as long as they are not concealed.
o In Virginia, the butterfly knife is legal for conceal and open carrying according to state law, although localities can
have additional knife laws and restrictions. See Thompson v. Commonwealth.
* Butterfly knife trainers feature a special blunt and unsharpened "blade", and are legal in areas where butterfly knives are
not.

Jacob’s Ladder [Knife] is conceptually similar to the balisong ("butterfly knife") in that is has no mechanical lock or spring
pressure, but is kept in the open position during use by the leverage imparted by the user's hand.

The Hackman butterfly knife (Finnish: Linkkupuukko, "latch-knife") was a type of balisong (butterfly knife) produced by the
Finnish company Hackman. The knife was marketed by Hackman as a retkiveitsi ("camping knife"). The knives were also sold
in the United States, and some researchers state they were issued by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency during the Vietnam
War.
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