Was capable knife Butterfly
Probably none of the blade does not have such a beautiful history and a spectacular, like a knife butterfly. Folding a simple mechanism that allows you to "butterfly" so suddenly jump out of his hands, was first invented in the Philippines. These islands are considered to be the birthplace and balisong (second name of this weapon). A beautiful name "butterfly knife" went to him, most likely because of the track that left arm during rotation.
The legal limit for balisong
Any knife - it's primarily a weapon. Butterfly knives is no exception. For example, in Russia, their presence can be classed to wearing knives, if the blade is longer than 9 cm (Article 6 § 1 of the Federal Law "On Weapons"). The same attitude to the balisong in several European countries. Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom - in these countries opener Butterfly is forbidden to sell and wear, and in Australia before you buy it, it is required to present a special permit. But is it scary Philippine weapon?
Features balisong and his fighting qualities of
"Butterfly" - a knife having a handle of 2 halves in the grooves and which is hidden blade, when folded arms in your hands. Half of these are fixed a small latch. The role of the palm fingers, playing a kind of guard tang knife with two rounded projections, but there are models where it is not. Upon actuation of the knife in the deployed state of the handle halves are rotated by 180 degrees, opening a long narrow blade. It can be sharpened on one side only, or - a double-edged. For its production using high-carbon steel 420, so balisong has sufficiently durable blade (of course, if we are not talking about services Chinese origin).
The design of it, on the one hand, it is very simple. On the other hand, a knife, a butterfly is distinguished by its mobility, the original way of opening. Its blade is thrown quickly and unusually, providing human psychological pressure. Even there is a kind of art form, the basis of which was a knife butterfly and rotation. This art is diverse movements of opening and closing it back - flipping. It is not that an interesting type of weapon is only suitable for trickery, but in battle he manifested some design drawbacks. The absence of the stop and a smooth, geometrically correct shape of the handle is very inconvenient when stabbing occurs slipping the knife from his hand. It is more suitable for chopping or glancing blows.
balisong and its modern history
Now cold steel shops flooded the folding hinge balisongs in China, most of them are cheap and are not suitable to be called a battle. The maximum that will be enough of this "weapon" - making frivolous cut, so that hunters, anglers and other lovers of the "butterflies" are using them more and more often only in the home. By the way, a famous knife obliged to Hollywood cinema, which was shown as a deadly weapon, which must be in the "cool" guy. And it is for this reason that the authorities in many countries have banned the purchase of spare balisong.