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The Art of the Butterfly Knife by LeapofFaith The Art of the Butterfly Knife by LeapofFaith
*Sucks in a breath.* By god this thing took me a long time to do. Five hours...O_o. Anyway, not sure if this is actually appropriate to put on DevArt, but I think it's art, damnit! The Butterfly Knife is a very artsy weapon...

Anyway, this being a How To weapons tutorial it does indeed need a disclaimer.

This tutorial was intended to explain the art of the butterfly knife so that it may be used for display only. This is not in any way intended to teach people to fight with said weapon, nor do I endorse using it for violence. This is soley for the art related aspect of the weapon.

Before attempting to perfrom anything with a weapon you should be well-aware of the consequences and dangers involved in its use. A Butterfly Knife IS a weapon, and therefore should be handled with maturity and sensibility. I, as the author of this tutorial am not responsible for any injuries you may inflict upon yourself or others while practicing with a weapon. It is your responsibility to keep yourself and those around you out of harms way. I strongly recommend putting electrical tape around the blade, or purchasing a blunted knife. This way you will decrease the chance of hurting yourself while practicing with it.

Please be careful, handle the weapon with responsibility. Use some common sense, if you think something you're doing might hurt you or others, DON'T DO IT. I am just the passer of knowledge, I've given you fair warning, if you get hurt the blame does NOT rest on my shoulders.

OK, disclaimer over, onto the lesson!

First things first, always always ALWAYS hold the handle WITHOUT the latch. If your holding the latch, then when the blade is flipped, the sharp part will come down onto your knuckles, and if you're swinging it with a particular force, IT WILL HURT.

The tutorial itself is fairly self explanatory. Follow the guiding pictures and arrows. Check often to make sure that the blade is pointed in the proper direction as indicated in the photos. If your not sure about a certain flick, move the blade with your hands first so that you know where the sharp end of the blade will be once momentum takes over. Walk yourself through it a couple of times, and after lots of practice, it will look cool.

The steps sometimes seem a bit counterintuitive, but this is only because that once the blade is moving quicikly the repeat steps allow the hand to change grip without stopping the motion of the blade.

Once you get REALLY good you can control the flicking with momentum itself, and it won't even touch your hand.

It's really quite an impressive skill, I hope you all enjoy!
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lunamoth-13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Ha! I just got one today and this is all I've been doing, over and over again. All Day. My Fingers hurt. :) Kinda wish I had seen this like three days ago.
RockerFan101 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You have the exact same butterfly knife I have XD weird
redhatpieman Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
omgs this seems pretty decent 8D

btw, u wouldn't happen to know how much one would cost?
zippo360 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
>_< I cant buy one were I live it sucks!
I want one soooooo bad too
dannywboy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
this could be dangeres in the wrong hands and leathel in the right. are my hands right or wrong?? :)
nice work
theblackbutterfly Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is very useful~ :D one of my characters uses balisongs and this helps me figure out how she should hold 'em! hahah

thank you! :frail:
LeapofFaith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Glad you enjoyed it!
rotorblade Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
Hehe....Thats a fine Benchmade you've got there. Looks good for its age.

This is the last thing I ever thought I would see on DA. Good tutorial...but a few corrections must be made for any beginners looking into balisongs (butterfly knives). Anyway, here are a few suggestions from a long time butterfly knife nut.

1. The butterfly knife, as with any knife, is not technically a weapon, but a tool. Unlike, say...a gun...a knife's sole purpose is not to kill.

2. The handle without the latch is not always a good way to tell if it is the safe handle or not. There are pretty much 3 types of balisongs. Batangas style where the latch is on the safe handle. Manila style where the latch is on the bite handle (the handle which conceals the sharpened part of the blade). Latchless is the third type, and obviously, there is no latch to reference which is the safe handle.

Good tut though, covers the basics pretty well. Feel free to stop by if you're interested in any other pointers or new techniques. =)
LeapofFaith Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
Hmm, thanks for the pointers. ^_^ If I get around to it, I should add that bit about the handle.

Thanks for the comment, and the words of wisdom. :nod:
LeapofFaith Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
Hmm, thanks for the pointers. ^_^ If I get around to it, I should add that bit about the handle.

Thanks fo the comment, and the words of wisdom. :nod:
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