Thursday, June 14, 2007

Two Butterfly Knives

These are photographs of two very beautiful handmade butterfly knives by Kelgin. The blades are fashioned from 440 steel and the handles are nickel silver inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They were made to order as a matched pair, although one is a tanto and the other is a double-edged dagger.

The Butterfly Knife is an unusual type of folding blade that always reminded me a little of nunchaku, in that dramatic movements are part of the style of usage. Like a magician's sleight of hand, a rapid dance with the hand that wields the blade, opening and shutting the blade a few times before lunging with it, is intended as a distraction to the target. A Butterfly Knife may not be the easiest knife to use in combat, which makes legislation against ownership in a few States absolutely absurd. Far more damage has been committed with a kitchen knife than ever done with a Butterfly knife!

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