learn and play simple butterfly knife tricks

A Butterfly knife is a folding knife that has one or more "butterfly" blades. The handles of the knife are usually made from colored, textured plastics such as black, blue, sandstone and wood. 

They are sometimes referred to as fang knives when they appear to feature two blades like a fang, but this is misleading because a butterfly knife does not normally have locking mechanisms for the blade(s) unlike true fang knives. There are also other types of folding knives with two or more blades called "fangs", but these are rarely called butterfly knives.

Butterfly Knife : The Basic Anatomy

Some of the terminology related to these knives might be unfamiliar to someone who has not used one before. There's nothing to worry about. There's nothing complicated here, and it can be learned within 5-10 minutes.

  • Bite Handle

Two reasons account for the bite handle's name. Located on the knife's sharp side, this part of the handle closes. The handle of the knife can still be used to cut the user, even when the knife is fully closed. On the other hand, the latch attaches to the bite handle.

  • Safe Handle

As the name implies, the bite handle is the opposite of this handle. This second handle is where the balisong knife is easier to hold and more secure. In addition, the safe handle does not have a latch, so it's easy to identify.

  • Latch

In order for the two butterfly knife handles to remain closed, a latch connected to the bite handle must be used. Some knives use physical latches, but closing them requires extra effort. Therefore, modern designs make use of magnets instead. In order to keep the knife from opening unless the user wants it to, the latches are designed to be powerful enough.

  • Kicker

A Blade area that prevents the knife's sharp edge from grazing onto the handle. Ideally, it is a blade safety precaution that ensures the blade receives the least amount of friction damage possible.

Butterfly knife

  • Tang

The blade is attached to a small portion of this handle. In order to make sure the blades can still move freely, pivot pins are used to attach them to the handle. An explanation of this knife's special features and tricks can be found below.

There are two knives mainly used for playing tricks. These include a karambit knife and a butterfly knife. Both these knives serve as tricksters’ knives. Though karambit is as good as any other knife, balisong is preferred more for playing tricks. 

Also Read: 6 Outstanding Karambit Knife Tricks

Easy Butterfly Knife Tricks for Beginners and Intermediates

I'm assuming everyone now has their butterfly knife at hand, since we've cleared up the safety issue.

I'm ready to get started.

  • Open Your Knife

You can pretty much forget about using your balisong knife when closed. Getting the knife open should be your first concern. Upon mastering this move, you will be the envy of your friends once your friends learn how you can flip.

  • Close Your Knife

Your knife can only be kept open for a certain period of time. There is no reason to leave it out like that even though it is a fake balisong.

Almost the same format can be used to flip the knife around and close it following the opening sequence. Using the flip technique, you have opened the envelope. Using the flick closing technique, you must now close the envelope.

  • Wrist Pass

One of the foundation blocks you need if you want to learn more advanced and basic tricks is the wrist pass. There aren't many steps to mastering these butterfly knife tricks, and it isn't difficult to learn, but you will be glad you learned it.

  • Y2K Rollover

Y2K's sleek appearance makes it popular among most people. The first part is a bit challenging because of its hand-eye coordination requirements, but once you get down, it isn't that hard.

Y2K rollover aerial tricks are different from Zen rollover aerial tricks in that the former starts from the bite handle, whereas the latter starts from the safe handle. Getting them down requires a quick flick of the wrist and some palm in there.

  • Zen Rollover

Upon seeing the Zen rollover, it immediately becomes apparent why you must use a fake butterfly knife to do these tricks. Should you make the wrong move, you could break a finger, lose part of your hand, or lose your thumb. That won't be happening on my watch.

My favorite part of the Zen rollover is the fact that you need to execute two tricks at once. However, after a lot of practice, it becomes more and more apparent that you only need to know one trick.

  • Basic Aerial Trick

With your blade out right now, you might be able to learn the Zen and Y2K rollover. You won't be able to figure out how it does it until you meet the fundamental one which takes flight like a butterfly. I'm most intrigued by how easily you can accomplish this aerial movement -- and how it can be incorporated into other tricks too.

  • Gambler’s Dagger

You should familiarize yourself with opening and closing your balisong knife before you come. You will remember that this is yet another move where a trainer balisong should be used at this stage.

When you perform the Gambler's Dagger, the loop becomes open-closed. The mechanism behind the trick is not extremely complicated but performing it correctly requires good hand-eye coordination.

  • Swing Handle Switch Opening

There's a lot in there. It's not scaring you into submission - the name of this trick merely tells you what it's all about, not that you have to fear it. 

You must have developed some dexterity since you need two handles, understand the wrist pass, and know the wrist pass. In order to open/close it, you need only flick the handles once, switch the handles once more, and it will open/close.

  • Fanning Trick

I see a little resemblance to the fan flourish, but you already know how to do it more proficiently. As you practice, you can do the fanning trick better and for a longer period of time.

  • Double Roll-Out Trick

Although this isn't a trick, learning it is imperative. Transitioning between tricks requires it. Although it begins just like the opening of the flick, it doesn't finish. Instead, it flows into another trick. 

Make sure the blade of the knife is pointed away from you as you pinch the safe handle near the top of the knife with your four fingers and thumb. Swing the blade sideways over your hand again while turning the handle of the safe in your hand. You will increase your speed by practicing this technique.

Butterfly knife trainer

Is a Butterfly Knife a Weapon For Defense?

In For those who skipped the first few sections of this guide on how to use the balisong knife, I said the following:

  • Butterfly Knife Trainer is the Best Choice

Several butterfly knife trainers are available that look like the real thing. They are also stylish, too. I recommend them. It's important to note that the dullness of the knife does not mean you cannot damage it or cause any injuries. Thus:

  • Try these knife tricks when you are alone and in an open space.
  • You should always flip your knife closed when you are not using it.

  • It Cannot be Concealed

Despite being in a self-defense situation, you will hurt yourself more with a knife if you don't know what you're doing. Leave your balisongs at home so you do not get into trouble - even if they are trainers.

Then you can start learning the advanced stuff. Learn all the initial tricks first (and any related ones) before moving onto the advanced stuff. Stick with your trainer models if you do not have a good reason to advance to the real balisong.

Practice Your Butterfly Knife Tricks!

This knife is unique in that it has two rotating handles that allow the blade to be concealed so well that it is a great concealment tool. Butterfly knives are typical of the Philippines; they are also important to some martial arts practices. Since balisong is a common name, these knives have become more popular. 
The extraordinary design and build of this blade have attracted the attention of many individuals throughout history. Furthermore, it is possible for a person wielding this knife to perform a variety of astonishing tricks. There is much debate regarding the history of this ancient knife since it is one of the ancient knives. 

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