Interesting to note its not because of crime, it was the amount of accidents occurring in E.R rooms lol
In my case, I’ve always contested that my possession of a Balisong lies deep in my cultural roots. It is a ancient cultural artefact a product of the technology and the values and habits of the Filipino. The relative informality of when my first Balisong was handed to me - a rites of passage - for instance, was a reflection of the importance of a pre-existing harmonious relationship with the traditional Filipino knife and the martial prowess it wielded for my family much as the Bolo sword did to many Filipinos in pre-Hispanic times. The average Filipino once thought himself hardly dressed without a Bolo or a Balisong, it was a integral part of a man (and women’s) daily wardrobe. I just think it’s a shame the gradual discarding of the Balisong (butterfly knife) especially in my homeland is being witnessed. It’s an honest work of art if you ask me.