how to use a butterfly knife

how to use a butterfly knife

Butterfly knives are very dangerous, however playing with fake knives can be a lot of fun. Opening the knife by turning it over is a fun test of dexterity and skill that improves hand-eye coordination. It is emphasized that you should make sure that you use a fake razor as they are legal and the blade is not sharp or pointy at all, eliminating all sorts of risk. If you need to learn how to spin a fake butterfly razor for a movie role or for fun, it’s not too hard to do.

Perform the basic twist

Hold the razor by the dull side and make sure it is closed. If the knife is open, you should find someone who knows how the butterfly knife works to close it for you. The razor has a blunt side and a sharp side and it is important that you keep your fingers away from the sharp side. Look carefully at the anatomy of the blade and determine which way the sharp part would be closed. The razor slides into the opening of each handle. You will want to hold the handle that guards the dull side of the razor.

  • This is the proper technique, even when you’re not using a sharp razor.

Rotate your wrist back. Hold the razor in front of you pointing it forward; then rotate your wrist forward. The twist of your wrist should be equal to the opposite motion of casting a line.

  • When you twist your wrist back, the razor will open and the handle on the sharp side will strike you between your thumb and forefinger.

Flip the razor back forward. This time rotate your wrist down so the razor closes again. The blade should be in a position similar to when you started.

Open your thumb and rotate the razor up again. The last time you turned the razor up, the handle hit your thumb and forefinger. Rotate the razor up in the same way, stretching your thumb out and moving it to the side this time. This will allow the handle on the sharp side to bump into the handle you are holding, thus locking the razor together.

  • Once you have rotated the razor up and back to where it was, close your hand.

Perform a more complex turn

Use your dominant hand. Start with the blade closed to perform the trick and prevent cuts. You will have to open the razor by turning it, which is why it will have to be closed from the beginning. Extend the hand you usually use when someone hands you an object or when you throw a ball. Stretch out that hand when you hold the razor.

Position your thumb under the safety. Put the razor straight along the second joint of your fingers. Curl your hand inward, placing your thumb under the safety. To open the knife, quickly rotate it forward with your thumb on the safety.

  • Make sure you don’t necessarily have a strong grip, but a firm one. Being out of practice, it’s easy for the razor to fly out of your hand when you spin it rapidly. Don’t crush the razor when you grab it, but don’t hold it loosely either.

Flip the safety toward your dominant hand. Turn the lock to your right if you are right-handed or to the left if you are left-handed.

Quickly flip the first blade up, letting the dull part hit your fingers. You just need to make a slight shake. Press the back half of the razor against your thumb and fingers, letting the front half and blade drop. Make a quick movement and let the front half go up and hit the back of your fingers.

  • Heavier blades may require more than a light shake. Therefore, you will have to rotate your hand while making a quick movement to bring the blade back quickly and naturally.

Quickly flip the second blade up. Keep only your index finger on the blade as it moves up. Your other fingers should be extended out. The front piece will go up and hit the back of your index finger, becoming the back piece.

  • If you do it wrong, when you close the razor by turning it, the middle of the blade will hit the back of your index finger. It is recommended to practice beforehand with a blunt knife. Once you get the hang of it, switch to a razor edge.

Rewind your fingers holding the back piece. Slide out your index finger and re-engage the safety with your thumb. Repeat the twisting motions to practice.

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