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button_man
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vintage mini butterfly knife

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Picked up this mini last September at the flea. The handles look more like bronze than brass, at least to me.
The scales appear to be bone. The blade is carbon steel, with a distinctive Bowie shape.

I haven't seen very many miniature butterfly knives, let alone any that appear to have considerable age.
Does anyone have some idea just how old this might be, and where it was made? Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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Twobit
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Re: vintage mini butterfly knife

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I have no idea but I think it looks pretty cool 8)
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Billyfish
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Re: vintage mini butterfly knife

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I think it's Filipino and pretty old.
https://taal.ph/places-of-interest/loca ... /balisong/

Below is a Batangas Balisong most likely manufactured in the city of Taal where there are a zillion mom and Pop cutlery makers.
It's the Rambo style blade.
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gravknife
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Re: vintage mini butterfly knife

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Thats a great little ballisong button_man. 8)

Not seen many of the smaller types but I sure like them.
Has loads of character .,thanks for sharing it .
button_man
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Re: vintage mini butterfly knife

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Thanks guys..... it was only five bucks so of course I grabbed it as soon as I saw it.
I don't recall ever seeing one with the "front bolster" terminals having sharp angles
instead of being rounded. Combined with the bronze (I think) metal, the Bowie blade,
and the bone scales, it has enough unusual factors to seem a bit special.

I appreciate the input and once again, Merry Xmas to all ~ ~ ~

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Jackalope
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Re: vintage mini butterfly knife

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I owned one like it years ago. The handles were either ivory or bakelite.
button_man
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Jackalope wrote: Thu Jan 04, 2024 1:03 am I owned one like it years ago. The handles were either ivory or bakelite.
Did yours have a carbon steel blade? Was it Bowie style? I'd love to see it if you have any photos of it!
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portlandmike
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I have the same one… I’ve always thought it was from the Philippines. It is the smallest vintage Bali I’ve seen.
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button_man
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Re: vintage mini butterfly knife

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mike. -- thanks for sharing the picture! Looks very similar, with a couple differences..... blade looks more like a clip than Bowie; and front "bolster" terminals on your piece are the usual rounded style. Any provenance or info as to maker, age, etc.?
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Re: vintage mini butterfly knife

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Mike, very sweet collection! I especially like the yellow and green one to the far right.
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