Butterfly knives, also known as Balisongs, are folding pocket-knives that originated in the Philippines. They consist of two handles counter-rotating around a tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. This design allows users to quickly open and close the knife using one hand. Butterfly knives are used mainly for flipping and other recreational activities due to their aesthetically pleasing design and intricate nature. The blades can be crafted from various metals such as stainless steel or Damascus steel depending on user preference.
In the United States, butterfly knives are legal in some states but are prohibited in others. The legality of these knives is generally based on how they are opened and carried. Some states have enacted laws that make it illegal to open a butterfly knife with an aggressive flipping motion or carry it in public without permission from law enforcement. Other states may require users to purchase them through a licensed dealer or obtain authorization from the local police department before owning one. Additionally, federal regulations prohibit transporting butterfly knives across state lines unless they are intended for lawful sporting purposes.
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