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Batangas Balisong Butterfly Knife

Batangas Balisong Butterfly Knife

Original Horse Bone Batangas Balisong

Original Horse Bone Batangas Balisong

Philippines Butterfly Knife

Philippines Butterfly Knife

Balisong Knife measured closed

Balisong Knife measured closed

Batangas Butterfly Knife opened

Batangas Butterfly Knife opened

10.96" (27.85 cm) Fan Knife

10.96″ (27.85 cm) Fan Knife

flip knife and pen knives scaled

flip knife and pen knives scaled

Philippines Balisong Knife with Pen Knives

Philippines Balisong Knife with Pen Knives

trio

trio

triOpened

triOpened

Qua-tterfly

Qua-tterfly

fat & thin

fat & thin

 

Bali-Quad

Bali-Quad

 

Contrast

Contrast

 

Ox & Butterfly

Ox & Butterfly

 

2 bots

2 bots

“Balisong”

 Its life’s story may be considered many… and arguments online somehow dates back to antiquity.

And if we talk about the terms etymology… wikipedia states, the meaning is not clear entirely.

A popular belief is that it’s derived from the Tagalog words “baling” and “sungay“.

retrieved from en.wkipedia.org

Taal, Batangas (retrieved from en.wkipedia.org)

And in the town famed for crafting these knives, Taal, Batangas, the term also happens to be the name of one of its barangay’s.

retrieved from heyokity.blogspot.com

barangay balisong (retrieved from heyokity.blogspot.com)

Wikipedia says the Tagalog term balisong means “broken or folding horn” literally, as they were made from the carved horns of a carabao or stag originally.

Carabao and Stag

Carabao and Stag

 Still much debate exist to date about its back story which many says its roots deserves more study.

And if its true history… for some… hazy and sketchy, for some… is still a mystery, and for some… it’s end of story.

BATANGASMADE or BENCHMADE

BATANGASMADE or BENCHMADE

 One thing is clear, whether we get ourselves a “Batangasmade” or a “Benchmade”

I believe we can all find some time to set aside the arguments and start flippin’ for art and our amusement.

Parts of a balisong

 These knives are no playthings… there are certain regulations on its carrying.

Always start slow when you’re still learning… and always exercise caution when practicing.

And if you can start with a balisong trainer… then that will definitely be much better.

bitten

bitten

smitten

smitten

razor-like edge

razor-like edge

cut, due to "sudden sharp movements"

cut, due to “sudden sharp movements”

as a result of injury

as a result of injury

a balisong trainer... is much better

a balisong trainer… is much better

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