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The Filipino Balisong - A.k.a. the Butterfly Knife

The-Filipino-Balisong

The balisong has long been known as a beautiful and unique weapon of the Philippines. Also known as the Batangas knife, butterfly knife, clik clik knife and more, the balisong gets its common name from two words. The first is bali, which means to bend or to break in Pilipino, and the second is song, derived from sungay, the horn of the water buffalo. The balisong was once entirely made from the easily carved, plastic-like buffalo horn. Because the knife folds or bends and was made of this horn, the combination of words, balisong, became its name. Legends of the balisong also tell of a Filipino warrior who once killed twenty-nine opponents with his balisong. From this story comes another popular name for the blade – veintinueve, twenty-nine. Some say that perhaps this was twenty nine a...

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