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Balisong Butterfly Knives

Butterfly knives are often known as balisongs. Most people believe that the butterfly knife originated from the Philippines. Butterfly knives are two handled knives which counter roatate around the tang so that when they are closed, the blade is concealed in the handle. A competent user can get the blade of a butterfly knife out of the handles quickly through some very basic handle flips. We have a wide selection of styles and prices. Some of our top end butterfly knives include the new 53 from Benchmade Knives and the ever popular Kimura butterfly knives from Bradley. We also have many great butterfly knives at low prices. Our collection of cheap butterfly knives includes a large assortment of colors and sizes. For a beginner, any size works, but a heavy handled balisong can hurt your hand. It is usually best to start out with a lighter knife and then after achieving a reasonable skill level, you can come back and order another butterfly knife with a heavier handle. Butterfly knives are a lot of fun. Look through our selection and order one today!
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Rain of Death Butterfly Knife, TiNitride Finish Butterfly Spoon, Satin Finish Microtech Silver Metalmark Balisong Knife, Satin Part Serrated
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Rain of Death Butterfly Knife, TiNitride Finish Butterfly Spoon, Satin Finish Microtech Silver Metalmark Balisong Knife, Satin Part Serrated
The Rain of Death Butterfly Knife has great smooth action and comes with a nylon pouch.  Perfect gift--great for every day practice. The Butterfly Spon features a spoon instead of a blade. With its all satin finish you can amaze your friends and get your grub on. The Microtech Silver Metalmark butterfly knife, model 170-5SI, features shaped handles built from anodized silver aluminum as well as a  stainless steel blade.  The unique shape of the Metalmark gives it plenty of appeal as well as a comfortable, solid grip.  Built with Torx screw pivot screws for easy tension adjustment.  This model features a satin finished part serrated blade. The latch is spring loaded.
Butterfly Fork, Satin Finish Microtech Metalmark Balisong Knife, Satin Full Serrated Bear Ops Black Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25" Satin Bowie Clip Blade
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Butterfly Fork, Satin Finish Microtech Metalmark Balisong Knife, Satin Full Serrated Bear Ops Black Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25" Satin Bowie Clip Blade
The Butterfly Fork features a fork instead of a blade. With its all satin finish you can amaze your friends and get your grub on. The Microtech Metalmark butterfly knife, model 170-6, features shaped handles built from aluminum as well as a  stainless steel blade.  The unique shape of the Metalmark gives it plenty of appeal as well as a comfortable, solid grip.  Built with Torx screw pivot screws for easy tension adjustment.  This model features a satin finished fully serrated blade. The latch is spring loaded. The Small Bear Song IV butterfly knife from Bear OPS features black finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  The B-450-AIBK-S has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a satin finish and double tang pin for maximum performance.
Microtech Metalmark Balisong Knife, Stonewash Full Serrated Mini Butterfly BarFly Tool Butterfly BarFly Tool, Black Finish
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Microtech Metalmark Balisong Knife, Stonewash Full Serrated Mini Butterfly BarFly Tool Butterfly BarFly Tool, Black Finish
The Microtech Metalmark butterfly knife, model 170-12, features shaped handles built from aluminum as well as a  stainless steel blade.  The unique shape of the Metalmark gives it plenty of appeal as well as a comfortable, solid grip.  Built with Torx screw pivot screws for easy tension adjustment.  This model features a stonewash finished fully serrated blade. The latch is spring loaded. The Mini Butterfly BarFly features a bottle opener instead of a blade.  Sure to be the hit of any party--show off your butterfly skills and open the bottles. The Butterfly BarFly features a bottle opener instead of a blade. Features an all black finish. Sure to be the hit of any party--show off your butterfly skills and open the bottles.
Mini Butterfly Multi Tool Microtech Tactical Metalmark Balisong Knife, Aluminum Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife, Practice Balisong, Stainless
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Mini Butterfly Multi Tool Microtech Tactical Metalmark Balisong Knife, Aluminum Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife, Practice Balisong, Stainless
The Mini Butterfly Multi Tool features several tools including a screwdriver, two hex half sockets, a bottle opener, a strap cutter and serrations for cutting. This great little tool works just like a butterfly--so you can have fun while you get work done. The Microtech Tactical Metalmark butterfly knife features shaped handles built from aluminum as well as a  stainless steel blade.  The unique shape of the Metalmark gives it plenty of appeal as well as a comfortable, solid grip.  Built with Torx screw pivot screws for easy tension adjustment.  This model, the 170-1T, features a black DLC finished blade.  It also has all black finished hardware--except the tang pin which is finished grey.  The latch is spring loaded. The Gen Pro Trainer butterfly knife features smooth action, a dull edge so you won't cut yourself while practicing new tricks and is amazingly durable.  This trainer balisong has a blade that cannot be sharpened.  It has olive finished handles, and a stainless steel blade (dull).  We took one of these and beat it against some steel pipes in an effort to see how strong and durable they were--these are durable.  It is built with pin construction and should give you hours of great practice.
Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife, Practice Balisong, Black Handle Bear Ops Silver Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25" TI Black Bowie Clip Blade Bear Ops Blue Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25" Satin Bowie Clip Blade
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Gen Pro Trainer Butterfly Knife, Practice Balisong, Black Handle Bear Ops Silver Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25"  TI Black Bowie Clip Blade Bear Ops Blue Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25" Satin Bowie Clip Blade
The Black Gen Pro Trainer butterfly knife features smooth action, a dull edge so you won't cut yourself while practicing new tricks and is amazingly durable.  This trainer balisong has a blade that cannot be sharpened.  It has black finished handles, and a stainless steel blade (dull).  We took one of these and beat it against some steel pipes in an effort to see how strong and durable they were--these are durable.  It is built with pin construction and should give you hours of great practice. The Small Bear Song IV butterfly knife from Bear OPS features silver finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  The B-450-T has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a TI Black finish and double tang pin for maximum performance. The Small Bear Song IV butterfly knife from Bear OPS features blue finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  The B-450-AIBL-S has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a satin finish and double tang pin for maximum performance.
Bear Ops Silver Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25" Satin Bowie Clip Blade Black Butterfly Knife, Low Price, Black Blade Studded Butterfly Knife
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Bear Ops Silver Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, 4.25" Satin Bowie Clip Blade Black Butterfly Knife, Low Price, Black Blade Studded Butterfly Knife
The Small Bear Song IV butterfly knife from Bear OPS features silver finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  The B-450-S has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a satin finish and double tang pin for maximum performance.

Our low price butterfly knife makes for a great practice knife. It has black aluminum handles which are skeletonized for weight reduction. It also has a very nice stainless steel black finished blade.

The Studded Butterfly knife features a clip point satin finished stainless steel blade.  The handles have VIB finished hex bolts down the face that add a great grip and give the butterfly a superior grip.  Torx screw construction.
Wicked Curved Butterfly Knife Classic Black Butterfly Knife Bear Ops Reaper Z Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Clip Blade
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Wicked Curved Butterfly Knife Classic Black Butterfly Knife Bear Ops Reaper Z Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Clip Blade
Wicked Curved Butterfly Knife features curved aluminum handles and a mildly upcurved bayonet style blade.  Built with torx screw construction, it can easily be adjusted to fit your desired tightness. It has a unique finger hole as well as smooth movement. There are two tang pins that prevent wear and tear on the handles. Classic Black Butterfly Knife features skeletonized black aluminum handles and a drop point blade.  Built with torx screw construction, it can easily be adjusted to fit your desired tightness.  NNice smooth movement. There are two tang pins that prevent wear and tear on the handles. The Bear Song IV Reaper Z Zombie butterfly knife from Bear OPS features zombie green finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  It has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a satin finish and double tang pin for maximum performance.
Bear Ops Reaper Z Small Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Blade Microtech Metalmark Balisong Knife, Black Katana Plain Blade Bear Ops Song IV Butterfly Knife, Damascus Bowie Clip Blade
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Bear Ops Reaper Z Small Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Blade Microtech Metalmark Balisong Knife, Black Katana Plain Blade Bear Ops Song IV Butterfly Knife, Damascus Bowie Clip Blade
The Bear Song IV Reaper Z Zombie small butterfly knife from Bear OPS features zombie green finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  It has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The 3 1/4" blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a satin finish and double tang pin for maximum performance. The Microtech Metalmark Black Katana Plain Blade butterfly knife features shaped handles built from black anodized aluminum as well as a  stainless steel blade.  The unique shape of the Metalmark gives it plenty of appeal as well as a comfortable, solid grip.  Built with Torx screw pivot screws for easy tension adjustment.  This model, the 170-1K, features a black DLC finished blade with a unique finish.  The latch is spring loaded. The Bear Song IV Damascus butterfly knife from Bear OPS features a Damascus blade and natural finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  It has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a steel bowie clip point with a double tang pin for maximum performance.
Black Chameleon Butterfy Knife The Woody Butterfly Knife, Bead Blast Blade Bear Ops Silver Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Clip Blade
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Black Chameleon Butterfy Knife The Woody Butterfly Knife, Bead Blast Blade Bear Ops Silver Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Clip Blade
The Black Chameleon Butterfly knife features a black blade and a silver handle with black pattern marks on the handle. Hex screw construction. The Woody Butterfly knife has a bead blast blade and handles with pakka wood scales.  With a curved handle, the Woody butterfly knife feels good in your hand.  Built with hex construction, the Woody can be adjusted to fit your tightness preferences.  Great weight and movement on this butterfly.  There are two tang pins that prevent wear and tear on the handles.  The Woody Butterfly knife is reminiscent of the old wood paneled wagons and is sure to please beginners and experts alike. The Bear Song IV butterfly knife from Bear OPS features silver finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  The B-400-S has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a satin finish and double tang pin for maximum performance.
Bear & Son India Stag Bone Butterfly Knife, 5", 517 Bear Ops Bear Song III Butterfly Knife, Black G10, Black Clip Blade, B300B4T Bear Ops Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Clip Blade
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Bear & Son India Stag Bone Butterfly Knife, 5", 517 Bear Ops Bear Song III Butterfly Knife, Black G10, Black Clip Blade, B300B4T Bear Ops Bear Song IV Butterfly Knife, Satin Bowie Clip Blade
The Bear and Sons India Stag Bone Butterfly knife is a fine specimen.  Made with Nickle Silver Bolsters and Genuine India Stag Bone handle scales, it also features a high carbon steel blade with a black finish.  The blade is hollow ground.  This is a spectacular looking butterfly knife with nice smooth action.  Pin construction.  Has handle latch. The Bear Song III butterfly knife from Bear OPS features skeletonized G10 handles.  The long clip bowie blade is built from 154CM stainless steel and has a black finish.  The Bear Song features a swappable latch, swappable reversible clip, 304 bearing surface points, phosphorus bronze washers and 400 series stainless steel spacers.  This made in the USA butterfly knife is a delight to use. The Bear Song IV butterfly knife from Bear OPS features black finished 6061 T6 aluminum handles with stainless steel spacers.  This USA made butterfly knife is great for serious users.  The B-400-AIBK-S has a latch with can be switched to either side and the pivots have 304 bearing surfaces and phosphorus bronzed washers.  The blade on this model is a 14C28N stainless steel bowie clip point with a satin finish and double tang pin for maximum performance.
   
 

CHOOSING A BUTTERFLY KNIFE


There are many factors to consider when choosing a butterfly knife.  Price, quality, materials, manufacturing company, style, design, features, and action on your butterfly knife are just a few of the factors you should consider.  If you are just getting started, it may be that you want to choose a butterfly knife in the under $50.00 price range.  If you are an experienced butterfly knife user or you just want to have the best, you should look at the butterfly knives in the upper price ranges.  
Next, you should consider what materials have been used to make the butterfly knife you are looking at.  As part of this process, you should understand that the higher priced butterfly knives will generally have better materials that are more durable and tougher all around. If you are looking for a butterfly knife that uses the highest quality materials around, you probably will look for a Spyderco, a Benchmade, or even a Bradley.  These companies use top quality materials and the workmanship on these production butterfly knives is top notch.
You may also consider the design and look of your butterfly knife.  Many of the high end butterfly knives are made with hex screws so you can adjust the tightness, or the action, of the blade.  This is a great feature.  Bear & Sons, a fantastic mid-level butterfly knife manufacturer, uses only pin construction.  These butterfly knives require less maintenance but are also less adjustable.
Finally, you should get a butterfly knife that has a look you like.  We offer a wide variety of butterfly knives here at BladeOps.  We sift through the huge variety of different brands, makes, and styles to bring you the best of every level butterfly knife on the market.

MANUFACTURERS



There are many different companies that manufacture butterfly knives. Some of these include Spyderco, Benchmade, Bear & Sons, Bradley, and many others.   There are several things to look for in a manufacturing company when you are getting ready to purchase a butterfly knife.
The first thing to consider is where the company is located.  Most of the companies that manufacture higher end butterfly knives are located in the US and have all of their production done here.  For instance, Spyderco knives makes a few really good butterfly knives.  They are located in Golden, CO.  Some of their great butterfly knives include the SpyderFly, the SmallFly, the SmallFly Trainer, and the SzaboFly.  Each one of these spectacular knives are made of high quality materials in a first class manufacturing facility.  
That leads us to the second thing to consider.  What materials and what manufacturing process does the company use.  Spyderco, Benchmade, and Bradley all use top notch materials and an impressive process to assemble them.  Bear & Sons also manufactures in the US but doesn't use quite as expensive materials in their knives.  This means a couple of things.  It means the knives they make are not as expensive.  Which can be a really good thing.  It also means they may not be quite as high of quality.  Some of the differences include the style of knife.  Bear & Sons butterfly knives are pin construction.  This means they don't have to be tightened and maintained as much.  It also means you don't quite have as much control over the tightness of the play in your butterfly knife.  There are good and bad to each style.
Finally, when purchasing a butterfly knife, it is a good thing to look at what type of warranty the manufacturer offers.  Some offer lifetime.  Others offer a much more limited type of warranty or no warranty at all.  Typically, the higher end butterfly knives have better and more inclusive warrantys and many of the entry level butterfly knives have no warranty at all.


HISTORY



Butterfly Knives have been around for quite some time. Sometimes referred to as a balisong, the very first recorded instance of a butterfly knife is in the 1710 French book, "Le Perret". In this book, there is an excellent description of a butterfly knife. The description claims that butterfly knives were developed in the late 1500's as utility knives. The belief is that from there it came into popular use in the Philippines from Spain (Spain governed the Philippines at this time). There are some who reject this history and claim that the balisong was used by the Filipino's back in 800 AD. They believe that it is the oldest weapon used in the Filipino fighting style, Eskrima. The balisong became very popular in the United States during WWII. Many of the soldiers who fought in the Pacific were introduced to the butterfly knife and brought them home as souvenirs. At this time, most of the butterfly knives were made by hand. Many of them had non-symmetrical steel blades with the blade formed right up to the handle. Regardless of where butterfly knives actually originated, there popularity continues to grow here in the United States. They are extremely versatile knives that can be carried safely in your pocket because of the way the handles close right over the blade.

HOW TO CARE FOR A BUTTERFLY KNIFE


Taking care of a butterfly knife is relatively similar to taking care of any other knife.  Like all knives, caution should be exercised whenever working on or working with a butterfly knife.  There are two main types of maintenance you will want to do with your butterfly knife.  The first is preventative maintenance.  The second is sharpening and long term care.  
Preventative maintenance is easy to perform and yet vital to maintaining a safe and functional butterfly knife.  Each time you begin to practice with your butterfly knife, you should check the pins or screws that hold the blade to the handles.  You should make sure the pins aren't cracked in any way or becoming excessively loose.  If you have a hex screw (or any type of screw) construction butterfly knife, you should inspect the screws to make sure they aren't loose.  Over time, any type of screw construction butterfly knife will become loose.  Make sure to tighten these screws down from time to time.  If you prefer, you can put a little loc-tite in the screws to keep them from loosening as often.  It is still critical to check them occasionally to make sure the loc-tite hasn't broken down for some reason or other.  Next, you should also check the blade to make sure it is sharp.  If it isn't, sharpen your blade.  Finally, you should check the handles and all other parts for any cracks or bends.  If your butterfly knife develops any cracks or is bent, you should quit using it immediately until you can get it fixed or replaced.  A butterfly knife isn't a toy and could really hurt you if you don't maintain it properly.  Check your butterfly knife every time you use it and it will last for a long time--and more importantly, you will be much safer.
If you need to do any long term care (I term this anything that requires you to take apart your butterfly knife) on your balisong, then do it with care.  Take each part off and set it to one side.  As you do so, check each part and all the screws for any cracks or excessive wear and tear.  If you are taking your knife apart to sharpen the blade, then sharpen the blade as you would any other knife.  Then put it all back together.  If you are going to replace a part on your butterfly knife, make sure the new part is the correct replacement part.