A knife design believed to have originated in the UK, brought to the Philippines by English sailors, and was adopted and popularized in the Philippines. Often used in Filipino martial arts. The knife has two separate handle sections that rotate round the blades pivots to create a handle and then rotate back covering and protecting the blade when closed. As much an art form as it is the ultimate example of form following function. The Bali-Song or butterfly knife is of Filipino ancestry dating back to nearly 800 A.D. Its basic form consists of a pin-hinged, two piece handle, which when closed encases the blade for carry. And when opened, come together to form the knife handle for blade use. This can all be accomplished with a single hand -making the tool that much more utility capable. Benchmade is recognized as the leader when it comes to making Bali-Song knives.
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