Butterfly Knives and BaliSong

Butterfly knives are pocket knives where the two handles counter-rotate around the tang so that when closed the blade is concealed within the grooves in the handles. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought forth quickly using one hand. Manipulations (flipping) are performed for art or amusement and require great skill.

Butterfly facts for you:

  • Other names? Many of us are used to calling a butterfly knife a balisong. Did you know they're also called a batangas knife. 
  • They date back to the early 1700s. The book "Le Perret" shows an obvious sketch of a butterfly knife or balisong knife, and is dated 1710 A.D. The book itself suggests the balisong was developed in the late 1600's or early 1700's A.D. The balisong is a traditional weapon of the Flilipino fighting art of Eskrima, dating back to around 800 A.D., but it was not prominently featured in the arts until much more recently. The modern knife was invented around 1900 A.D. in the Philippines and spread by American soldiers returning from World War II.

It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser, not the seller to ascertain, and obey, all applicable local, state, and international laws in regard to the possession, shipping, and use of any Butterfly knife. By purchasing any Bali-Song knife from Extremely Sharp, the purchaser expressly warrants that he/she is in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. The purchaser expressly agrees to hold harmless Extremely Sharp for all claims resulting directly or indirectly from the purchase, ownership or use of any automatic knife in violation of applicable federal, state, and local regulations or laws.

    • Original Chrome Butterfly Bali Song 440 Stainless QUICK VIEW

      Original Chrome Butterfly Bali Song 440 Stainless

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      Original Chrome Butterfly Bali Song 440 Stainless

      $ 17.99 $ 35.00

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      I grew up in the 60's and 70's.  When I think about a fan knife this is the knife I always go back to.  Back then this is what we...
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    • Palawan Bali Song Butterfly Knife Traditional Design QUICK VIEW

      Palawan Bali Song Butterfly Knife Traditional Design

      $ 50.00 $ 24.99 SALE NEW

      Palawan Bali Song Butterfly Knife Traditional Design

      $ 24.99 $ 50.00

      Our Paawan is an old school design pre WWII.  The Pacific Arena, post WWII, made this design one of the most popular.  I like the black design better than  the...
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    • Long Shaft Batanga Bali Song Butterfly Knife 11" long QUICK VIEW

      Long Shaft Batanga Bali Song Butterfly Knife 11" long

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      Long Shaft Batanga Bali Song Butterfly Knife 11" long

      $ 26.99 $ 49.99

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      This is a big one.  11" long with a 5" blade.  The blade has an old traditional WWII style manchette style blade.  The blade is 440 stainless.  Handles are heavy...
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    • NANCAMPO BALI SONG DRILLED TANGLED HOLES BUTTERFLY FAN KNIFE DOUBLE EDGE BLACK QUICK VIEW

      NANCAMPO BALI SONG DRILLED TANGLED HOLES BUTTERFLY FAN KNIFE DOUBLE EDGE BLACK

      $ 42.99 $ 19.99 SALE NEW

      NANCAMPO BALI SONG DRILLED TANGLED HOLES BUTTERFLY FAN KNIFE DOUBLE EDGE BLACK

      $ 19.99 $ 42.99

      The Nancampo is a medium thick butterfly.  The handle is nice weight but not to heavy. We offer many styles and weights for every Bali Song enthusiast.  The Nancampo is...
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    • My High School Butterfly QUICK VIEW

      My High School Butterfly

      $ 26.99 $ 14.99 SALE NEW

      My High School Butterfly

      $ 14.99 $ 26.99

      This is the butterfly we got back in high school.  I graduated in 1976.  This was our butterfly.  Comes in Chrome or black.  Handles are cast and blades are 440...
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    • Philippine eagle Winged Balisong Butterfly Flip Knife QUICK VIEW

      Philippine eagle Winged Balisong Butterfly Flip Knife

      $ 39.99 $ 24.99 SALE NEW

      Philippine eagle Winged Balisong Butterfly Flip Knife

      $ 24.99 $ 39.99

      This Balisong is Designed with the Philippine Eagle in mind.  Winged handles give this butterfly an interesting look that is hard to forget.  9" long opened.  4" closed.  The handle...
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    • "The Lion" Drilled and Tooled Butterfly Balisong Flip Knife QUICK VIEW

      "The Lion" Drilled and Tooled Butterfly Balisong Flip Knife

      $ 44.99 $ 29.99 SALE NEW

      "The Lion" Drilled and Tooled Butterfly Balisong Flip Knife

      $ 29.99 $ 44.99

      This is a very unique Balisong taking "old world" designs with new world technology.  A very unique knife indeed.  Handles are aircraft aluminum, tooled and drilled, giving the handle a...
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    • BIG NOSED HEAVY Black Sand DUTY BUTTERFLY BALISONG FLIP KNIFE QUICK VIEW

      BIG NOSED HEAVY Black Sand DUTY BUTTERFLY BALISONG FLIP KNIFE

      $ 59.99 $ 39.99 SALE NEW

      BIG NOSED HEAVY Black Sand DUTY BUTTERFLY BALISONG FLIP KNIFE

      $ 39.99 $ 59.99

      Sometimes you just need a heavy well made butterfly.  This is one of those balisongs. 9" long, 4" blade.  Blade is made  from J2440 stainless.  The handle is what we...
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    • Harikara Balisong Butterfly Knife Phillipines QUICK VIEW

      Harikara Balisong Butterfly Knife Phillipines

      $ 49.99 $ 24.99 SALE NEW

      Harikara Balisong Butterfly Knife Phillipines

      $ 24.99 $ 49.99

      Harikara is a classic style flip knife.  This knife is medium weight. 9" open, 4" closed with handle lock.  Handle is aircraft aluminum.  The swing weight is nice.  Blade is...
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    • Bantangas micarta smooth light Bali Song Butterfly Fan Knife QUICK VIEW

      Bantangas micarta smooth light Bali Song Butterfly Fan Knife

      $ 42.00 $ 19.99 SALE NEW

      Bantangas micarta smooth light Bali Song Butterfly Fan Knife

      $ 19.99 $ 42.00

      Some are looking for a nice lightweight butterfly.  This might be the one.  The sanded smooth Micarta handles are nice.  The blade is drop point, blood groove and made from...
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    • Shinto Bailisong flip knife Tanto Blade QUICK VIEW

      Shinto Bailisong flip knife Tanto Blade

      $ 42.99 $ 24.99 SALE NEW

      Shinto Bailisong flip knife Tanto Blade

      $ 24.99 $ 42.99

      This knife is a marriage of two distinct cultures, Pilipino and Japanese. The flip knife is obviously Philippine design. The addition of a tanto blade comes from the Japanese, making...
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    • Big Nosed Heavy Sand Duty Butterfly Balisong Flip Knife QUICK VIEW

      Big Nosed Heavy Sand Duty Butterfly Balisong Flip Knife

      $ 59.99 $ 39.99 SALE NEW

      Big Nosed Heavy Sand Duty Butterfly Balisong Flip Knife

      $ 39.99 $ 59.99

      Sometimes you just need a heavy well made butterfly.  This is one of those balisongs. 9" long, 4" blade.  Blade is made  from J2440 stainless.  The handle is what we...
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