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DescriptionThis is a classic black balisong, better known as the butterfly knife. This balisong features an aerated black handle, and a sturdy 440 stainless steel blade. From tip to handle, this knife is 9". Also features a safety lock, to prevent accidental injury. This knife is easy to grip and handle, and is very versatile. This is a perfect gift for any man or woman, and for half off of the original price!
A Balisong, otherwise known as a butterfly knife or fan knife, is a folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. It is sometimes called a Batangas knife. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called "flipping", are performed for art or amusement.
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 about every Batangueño carrying it everywhere he goes. While the meaning of the term balisong is not entirely clear, a popular belief is that it is derived from the Tagalog words baling sungay (literally, "broken horn") as they were originally made from carved animal horns. These knives are also referred to as "fan knives", "click clacks" or "butterfly knives".
Another suggested origin of the term is its place of origin. There is a small town in Batangas called Balisong where the knife is claimed to have been invented. Balisong knives are handmade and forged there by makers using techniques passed down from generation to generation. There is conjecture attending to the Balisong knife being an ancient invention dating back to 800 AD, stating it to be an ancient weapon used in the Filipino fighting system of eskrima. They have also been used to fight duels over matters of honor, although such practices have long been discontinued.
The butterfly knife appears first documented in a 1710 French book, "Le Perret", where an intricate and precise depiction of a butterfly knife is outlaid, explaining that the device was developed in the late 1500s as a utility knife. It then most likely came into popular use in the Philippines through transference intercontinentally to Spain, which coincides with the Spanish governance of the Philippines during that period.
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