Balisong Knife (Butterfly Knife) Simple Open

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Introduction: Balisong Knife (Butterfly Knife) Simple Open

This is my second ever Instructable, and my first to include video please comment!!!

This Instructable is aimed to teach you how to do a simple open and a simple close with a Balisong Knife.

History: The balisong knife is a unique design among cutlery but there is clashing opinions from all over the world as to its origins. the Phillipenos, French, English, Germans, and Spanish all claim to have been the originators of such a design. but nevertheless the balisong knife is a time honored traditional peice dating back centuries.

Step 1: First the Open...

1. to perform the open start by holding the closed knife in your dominate hand.

2. unlock the knife

3. flip open the handel exposing the blade

4. rotate loosely in your hand 180 degrees

5. flip blade against back of hand

6. flip back and grab rest of handel

Step 2: Now the Close...

1. to perform the close start by holding the open knife in your dominate hand.

2. unlock the knife

3. flip open the handel conceling the blade

4. rotate loosely in your hand 180 degrees

5. flip handle against back of hand

6. flip back and grab rest of handel

esscentially it is the exact same movement as the open
or if you like just watch the video:

Step 3: Please Comment...

this is as I said my second instructable and my first to include video please tell me what you think and maby suggestions on how my instructables might improve.

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    116 Discussions

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    asusina
    asusina

    Tip 7 months ago

    Hi! Just a tip: instead of manipulating the balisong by holding the handle with the dangling latch thingy at the end, hold it by the handle without that dangling latch thingy at the end. Whilst the dangling latch thingy at the end appears to be some sort of "locking" mechanism, it's actually more of a reminder that that's not the correct half of the handle to hold when twirling the balisong. That's because manipulating the balisong while holding the wrong half of the handle will expose your hand to the sharp edge of the blade instead of the back of the blade. Thanks!

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    nutsandbolts_64

    Um, "Philipenos" is supposed to be spelled, "Filipinos". It's sort of offensive to me. 

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    Toastalicious
    Toastalicious

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    it's not that big of a deal that he misspelled filipinos. As a matter of fact, you shouldn't be offended. At least he mentioned the correct race rather than ignorantly stating "chinese" or whatever lol

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    nutsandbolts_64
    nutsandbolts_64

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    lol, but dude, my post is 1 1/2 years old. Besides, if it's spelled that way, it sounds like a pepper (Philipenos - Jalapenos). Now why was I offended again... Meh, I dunno anymore.

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    infamous321
    infamous321

    Reply 4 years ago

    now i'm offended. philipenos sounds nothing like jalapenos.

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    theCreatorofepicness
    theCreatorofepicness

    Reply 5 years ago

    dude. how do you think people from the Netherlands feel. Everyone is calling our country Holland. that's just a small part of our small country. one letter isn't that big of a deal.

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    theCreatorofepicness
    theCreatorofepicness

    Reply 5 years ago

    It's illegal everywhere to use that to injure someone.

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    Peacedude
    Peacedude

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Balisong knives actually originated in the Phillipenes, it was used as both a combat knive and a utility one. It is illegal in some states because it is considered a Gravity Knive, like a switchblade. I don´t know why gravity knives are illegal, though...?

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    jamaljj
    jamaljj

    7 years ago on Introduction

    WOW, what a great article. If you are going to flip, try using a trainer first http://bestmachete.net/the-best-balisongbutterfly-trainer-knife/. It is much safer.

    That's a filippino balisong made in batangas but that was a great start continue it and thank's alot that's very cool and also your balisong ................................................... thanks ^..^

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    Mattrox
    Mattrox

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! So cool! I guess I'm gonna be getting one of them knives!

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    black hole
    black hole

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Where did you get yours? I'd like to find one like it.

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    SWV1787
    SWV1787

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    it was gifted to me by my cousin him and his brother bought it at a flea market in Florida in the 1980's and he felt he had no further need for it...

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    Clayton H.
    Clayton H.

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Balisong's are really just fancy knives that are used for fancy tricks to amuse your friends at the local pub. Not for any kind of combat. BUT if you want the combat flavor then you want the nice 7"+ knives but that's just illigal and no body wants to get starred down by bubba at the county jail.

    I'm not crontridicting SWV's beutifly laid out instructable on how to open a Balison, I'm just sharin' my knowlage.

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    Toastalicious
    Toastalicious

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's not just a knife for tricks. It orginated in the phillipines as a general utility knife for farmers and such. Saying it's just for amusement is like calling any other folding knife a toy.

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    hasmant
    hasmant

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    acctually they are the some of the best combat knives in the world.

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    Nuclear Wessels
    Nuclear Wessels

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I would say that they are useful but not the best. When closed they can be used quite nicely as a bludgeon or to jab into the face to injure someone quite effectively