“Many in the U.S. have been conditioned by the overused theatrical device to believe that any knife which opens – or may be opened – dramatically is evil.”
“Butterfly knife” seems to be the most common identifier for the folding knife that wins the award for the most flourishing opening performance. “Balisong” and “fan knife” are other identifiers. Within the field of criminal law, the knives have even been held to be “dirks,” “switchblades,” or “gravity knives.”
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