6 Easy Balisong/ Butterfly Knife Beginner Tricks to Practice

 6 Easy Balisong/ Butterfly Knife Beginner Tricks to Practice

Butterfly Knife Tricks: One Of The Funniest Things You Can Do With Balisong.

What drove you to get into the balisong community? The butterfly knife's awesome design itself or the mesmerizing flipping? Or do you admire the man who is cool when flips the butterfly knife?

For me, flipping a butterfly knife is just incredibly cool, and it's a great way to relax. Why not enjoy it? Moreover, nowadays, butterfly knives are not only collectibles but have also evolved into various formats of fun and interesting balisong tricks.

Next, I will introduce six simple and easy-to-learn butterfly knife tricks for beginners.

Keep in mind that no matter how simple they may seem, butterfly knife tricks require time and practice. However, with patience, you'll soon find yourself proficient in flipping.

Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Big Flip for teaching me these tricks. Personally, he is the first mentor I encountered during my journey into the balisong community.

His videos are incredibly clear and straightforward, focusing on the essential aspects of learning butterfly knife tricks. If you're interested, you can click the links to visit his channel and explore more butterfly knife tricks and tutorials.

Learn 6 Easy Butterfly Knife Tricks For Beginners, Step By Step.

Know your balisong butterfly knife trainer

Well, before you start practicing tricks, you need to familiarize yourself with the two handles of the butterfly knife, namely, the safe handle and the bite handle, which is significant and fundamental.

Safe handle: Your balisong has two handles and generally speaking, your blade will have one cutting edge. The handle that is on the side without the cutting edge is your safe handle. This is because your knife will not cut you while you hold this handle, even when contacting the blade. Usually, there is no latch at the end of safe handle.

Bite handle: This is the handle that is on the side with the cutting edge. If you're holding the bite handle and the blade contacts your hand you will be cut. Oftentimes, trainers will have some sort of indicator incorporated into their blade so you can feel the difference without actually being cut.

CRUCIAL ADVICE: Use your wrist more than your arm when flipping. This approach reduces fatigue, minimizes the risk of injury, and enhances the fluidity of your tricks. Enjoy your learning journey!

Let's get back to the topic and start learning the easy and basic butterfly knife tricks.

Easy butterfly knife tricks in a step-by-step guide.

  • Basic Open

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Step by step(important tips):

The first balisong instruction tutorial is the basic open, the easiest move, and butterfly knife trick.

You need to rotate and flip the handle and blade up when you fling the balisong back in you hand, so the move will be cooler and more fluent, avoiding stiffness.

Variation: Vertical Open, this is another form of Basic Open, and there is no rotation when you flip your butterfly knife.

  • Invert

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Step by step(important tips):

Bite handle close to your palm.

Then, pinch the safe handle between your thumb and middle finger (about a third of the handle).

Apply upward force with your wrist and let the blade and bite handle drop, turning the safe handle in another direction. Finally, do a Quickdraw.

  • Wrist Pass

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Step by step(important tips):

Bite the handle close to your palm. Release the safe handle and flip it back to your hand (at this point, your palm is facing upward).

Flip the handle downward from the right (your palm facing downward at this moment), then draw it into your hand.

When practicing this butterfly knife trick, your wrist needs to twist to change the direction of your palm and the balisong.

  • CSGO

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Step by step(important tips):

This balisong trick is quite simple; once you've mastered the 'Handy Switch,' it will be a piece of cake for you.

Bite handle close to your palm. Pinch the bite handle between your index finger and thumb (about one-third of the handle).

Release the safe handle, flip it back to the knuckle of your index finger, and place your middle finger on the safe handle.

Finally, just need to pull out your index finger caught between the handles to complete this butterfly knife trick, you can let the balisong drop and grasp it.

  • Pen Twirl

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Step by step(important tips):

Only three of your fingers are needed: thumb, index finger, and middle finger.

Hold the safe handle close to your palm, move your index finger from the back of the handle to the front (where the logo is) and your thumb to the back of the handle, simultaneously push the handle with your thumb and index finger, and then use the knife's inertia to flip the handle.

The middle finger plays a supporting role throughout the entire process.

  • Tabletop

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Step by step(important tips):

This butterfly knife trick is quite simple and easy. Just flatten your hand like a table, with your palm facing upward and downward.

The butterfly knife starts in the open position in your palm.

Apply a little force to toss the butterfly knife into the air, catch it with the back of your hand, tilt your hand slightly to change the direction of the blade, then toss it again and catch it with your palm.

When practicing this butterfly knife trick, find the right balance and ensure that the two handles stay close together. This way, you can perform the balisong tricks well and successfully.

Of course, there are other factors that can influence the final presentation of the balsiong flipping tricks. Next, we will get into:

Some Important Factors To Lear Butterfly Knife Tricks For Beginners.

A good tutor

No matter what you're learning, finding a teacher that suits you is crucial.

A great tutor inspires you to achieve the best, encouraging you to pursue your passions to balisong tricks.

As mentioned above, I can't help but mention Big Flip. His butterfly knife tricks tutorials are truly the pinnacle in the tutorial realm, guiding you from basics to advanced flipping tricks on how to flip well. His tutorials are divided into three stages: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

If you're learning butterfly knife tricks and don’t find a knife that suits you, it can be incredibly frustrating. Just imagine practicing tricks and hearing your knife squeak, making big plays and taps – it's a buzzkill. Furthermore, if the knife is too heavy, your wrist can easily become tired during practice, leading to a bad performance.

Therefore, I'll now recommend a few nice balisongs from Nabalis.

A good butterfly knife trainer

Nabalis Morse Butterfly Knife Trainer


To be honest, I, a beginner of balisong community, use this training balisong knife to practice these basic butterfly knife tricks. I think it is very suitable for beginners to learn these basic and easy butterfly knife tricks because it has a dull edge without cutting your fingers.

This butterfly knife trainer features channel construction and a high-precision bushing system, providing a smooth and suit flipping experience when learning balisong tricks.

The blade is made of 420C stainless steel, and the handle is machined from 6061 aluminum, offering high hardness, strong wear resistance, deformation resistance, and corrosion resistance.

Additionally, it weighs only 4 ounces, making it lightweight and easy to handle during practice.

Nabalis Marble Butterfly Trainer Knife

This knife weighs between 3.63-4.1 ounces, making it an extremely lightweight practice butterfly knife. It features channel construction, a high-precision bushing pivot system, and Zen Pins design, providing a smooth and suit flipping experience when you learn butterfly knife tricks.

The handle tail block material is made of G10, known for its insulation, corrosion resistance, and abrasion resistance properties.

The blade is crafted from 420 Heat Treated Stainless Steel, and the handle is made of 6061 Aluminum, enhancing the overall hardness of the knife and preventing deformation.

Moreover, the handle undergoes an anodization process, increasing its surface wear resistance and corrosion resistance, thereby extending the knife's lifespan.

It is very helpful for beginners to practice easy or intermediate balisong tricks

Nabalis Trident Balisong Trainer


Just imagine, turbulent waves on the sea, Trident, the powerful weapon of Poseidon.

The Trident, its internal handle material is 7075 aluminum alloy, which has higher hardness and durability than 6061 aluminum.

Anodizing the handle and adopting G-10 FR4 Fiberglass Laminate. and the stonewashed blade is made of 440 C, with hardness of around 59HRC, much higher than 420C.

The balance point is far from pivot center 34.8 mm. A pair of pivot screws and a bushing as counterweight are stuck at the end of the handle, allowing you to adjust the balance about 2 mm.

Zen pins, high-precision bushing systems, and channel construction will give you more suit flipping experience.

Just browsing our store to get the light balisong trainer and start your easy flipping tricks journey. (3.66 ounces, IMO, it is lighter than other training balisong in our store.)

If needed, see more cool balisong  trainer for beginners to learn easy butterfly knife tricks in Nabalis



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