The Balisong or ‘Butterfly’ knife is one of the truly unique folding knife designs in the world. But the ingenious indigenous blade of the Philippines has gotten a bad reputation in many parts of the world as well as many U.S. jurisdictions. Including my own state, which prohibits their mere possession . . .
These laws (like all knife laws) are utterly pathetic in their misguided uselessness, because 4″ assisted openers are much faster and easier (and safer, in my case) to deploy than any butterfly knife. And because criminals don’t give a damn what kind of knife they use, or whether they’re considered ‘prohibited gravity knives’ or not.
I’ve never owned a Balisong, and I haven’t even handled one since I was a teenager. I’m not quite sure how many Band-Aids I went through while awkwardly opening them, but suffice to say that my experiences with these knives were less than 100% positive. Even if they became legal tomorrow it’s not too likely I would ever spend my own money on one, but your mileage may certainly vary.
Since I can’t conveniently test or review these knives myself, I’m going to Ask The Audience. Do you own a Balisong? Do you carry it? More importantly, why?