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    Spyderco Forum Registered User SpyderEdgeForever's Avatar
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    Who invented the Balisong/Butterfly Knife?

    Did it originate in the Philippines, or, was it originally designed in France and Germany, and exported to the Philippines? I have seen reprints of old knife catalogs and brocures from the 1800s European sporting and gun catalogs, where they have butterfly-looking knives for sale. But some materials I have read claim it was originated by the Filipinos as a low-cost self-defense and fighting knife. I'd appreciate your input.

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User ASmitty's Avatar
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    Here's a short article on the (possible) history written by The Balisong Collector. He indicates a European origin for the balisong.

    http://balisongcollector.com/history.html
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    If you are interested, Bladeforums has a subforum dedicated to balisong.

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Greg Walker's Avatar
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    I know who re-invented it for the US market and in doing so created a much better mousetrap and sparked a new market for both custom Balis and production.

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    Dunno but I bet he really doesn't like the guy who created the slitchblade/automatic

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