For centuries, the filipino
warrior has been noted in the handling of clubs, spear, and bladed weapons.
In the Southern Philippines, the Muslims were known not only for the courage
and ferocity in battle, but also in their craftsmanship of bladed weaponry.
The Kris, Kampilan, Barong and the likes were held in synoynym with Muslim warriors.
When one thinks
of Muslim warriors one automatically equates them as warriors with Kris in their
hands. In general cannotation, this is true as no Southern warriors would feel
properly dressed without this weapon:
In the Northern and Visayan provinces, the same is true. The itak (Chopping
Knife) is part of the daily life. In the Philippines, being a primarily agricultural
country, this is an essential farming implement and when the situation calls
for it, can be utilized for it's primary being, i,e,, as a deadly weapon. The
craftsmen who created this bladed weapons appeared at various times and places.
In Batangas province, Philippines, there developed an industry that concentrate
on making of deadly weapons like balisong knives.
It is claimed that "Perfecto de Leon" is the father
of Balisong i the Philippines and records have it that the first one was made in 1905. With the
advent of the Industrial revolution, requirements for the lowly "Itak"
or bolo decreased and Perfecto de Leon turned to manufacturing knives and eventually
to development and propagation of the balisong as a weapon truly Filipino Barrio
Balisong shares the industry with the other near by barrios such as Pook, Buli,
World War II, during what is known as the liberation period, balisong knives
became popular among the American soldiers who bought them back with them to
the Western World.Today, the balisong is again receiving an even greater popularity
with the revival of martial arts and the impact of modern communications media
such as print publications and features films. In some cases, the balisong is
even referred to as "Ninja Knife", possibly the product of western
creative mind, attributing to the right application but the wrong country of