How To Use A Butterfly Knife

How To Use A Butterfly Knife

Butterfly knives are some of the most unique-looking pocket knives you can buy. The dual handles give the knife its signature look. 

While butterfly knives were most popular in the Philippines for a certain time, many hikers and campers use them as utility knives. 

You may be thinking of investing in a butterfly knife for this purpose, but you should first know how to handle it. It is easy to injure yourself with a butterfly knife since it has so many moving parts.

This article will explain what a butterfly knife is and will cover the basic anatomy of the knife. Most importantly, we will explain how to use a butterfly knife. 

We will also cover a few butterfly knife tricks. Let’s dive into it. 

What Is a Butterfly Knife?

What is a butterfly knife

To understand how to use a butterfly knife, you should first understand what a butterfly knife is.

A butterfly knife is a folding pocket knife that came from the Philipines. Butterfly knives are also called balisong knives, fan knives, and Batangas knives. 

The feature that people know butterfly knives for is the dual handles that counter-rotate.

The two handles conceal the blade when they are closed since they have grooves that the blade can fit in. 

Butterfly knives have had a few purposes throughout the years. In the Philipines, these knives were popular self-defence weapons. Many people also used them as basic utility knives. 

Like many other knives, butterfly knives are restricted or illegal in some countries.

For this reason, it is not as common to carry butterfly knives in the Philippines. 

While it may be illegal to carry in some countries, you can still use the knife in other countries for different purposes. Many people still use the butterfly knife as a utility knife since the blade is just as strong as fixed blades. 

People bring butterfly knives along with them while camping, hiking, hunting, backpacking, and fishing. 

Campers and hikers love the butterfly knife because the blade can lock in a closed position. It will never accidentally deploy and injure you. 

Some models also work well in wet environments. For instance, butterfly knives with skeletonized handles dry quickly, so lots of people use them while rafting. 

Know the Anatomy of Your Knife

Know The Anatomy Of Your Knife

The butterfly knife is a complex small weapon. Let’s take a look at all of the main components of a butterfly knife. 

These are all of the main parts of the butterfly knife. However, we did not mention a few extra parts, such as the latch gate, pivot joint, latch spring, and latch Batangas. 

All butterfly knives are not necessarily the same, but you will typically find all of the basic parts on the list above on each knife. 

How to Properly Use It

Now that we know what a butterfly knife is and are familiar with the anatomy let’s figure out how to use a butterfly knife. 

Opening the Knife

There are lots of different ways to use a butterfly knife. However, we will first cover the basic flip; this is the easiest way to use a butterfly knife. 

Start by Holding the Knife by the Dull Side

There are two sides to a butterfly knife blade; a dull side and a sharp side. To avoid injury, you will have to start by holding the knife from the safe handle. You should also ensure that the knife is closed before handling. 

To figure out what side is the dull side, you will need to look at the anatomy of the butterfly knife. Try to determine what side the sharp side of the blade folds into and avoid holding it by that side. 

Hold the Knife in Front of You and Flick Your Wrist Back

Now that you are properly holding the knife hold it directly in front of you. It should be pointing forwards. You can now flip your wrist in a backwards motion. 

When you flip your wrist back, the bite handle will flip back and hit you near the thumb and forefinger of your hand. Try not to move your hand when this happens.

Flip the Knife Again

The next step is to flip the knife again. This time around, you will flip your wrist in a full circle, which will close the knife. While it won’t be in the same position, the knife should look similar to how it looked when you started. 

Move Your Thumb and Flip the Knife Up

Move your thumb to the side of the handle and out of the way. Once you move your thumb, flip the knife in an upwards motion. The bite handle will connect with the safe handle and lock into place. This action will engage the knife. It is now ready to use. 

Using the Knife

You can use the butterfly knife either as a self-defence weapon or as a simple utility knife. However, you will need to be aware of the law and make sure it is legal to carry and use a butterfly knife in your region. 

When using the knife, try to become familiar with the dull side and what side is the sharp side. You could easily injure yourself or others if you don’t know the anatomy of the knife. 

Butterfly Knife Tricks

Butterfly Knife Tricks

Now that we know how to use a butterfly knife let’s take a look at some tricks. 


We hope that this guide has helped you learn how to use a butterfly knife. 

The most important thing to know is that the knife has two handles; the bite and the safe handle. You won’t be injured while holding the safe handle, but you may get cut while holding the bite handle. 

To open the knife, hold the knife by the safe handle and point it in front of you. Now flip your wrist back; the bite handle should flip back and hit your hand. 

You can now flip your wrist in a full circle motion. Move your thumb to the side and flip the knife again in an upwards motion. The knife should now be ready to use.


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