I believe butterfly/balisong knives are considered "gravity" knives, and therefore under Michigan law are illegal.
EDIT: Keep in mind, there is a part of the Michigan knife law that reads the listed knives are considered illegal if used in conjunction with a crime...or some such legal gibberish. Would you get hassled by a police officer? Probably. Don't go around flipping it and you probably won't have an issue. Butterfly/balisong knives are very nice in that they are almost lock-failure proof since you're holding onto the folding handles. Benchmade's 51, 53, and 32 would make good general purpose/utility knives.
Last edited by Lapp_Dance; 12-18-2011 at 11:05 AM.
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This is the axe my grandfather made. My father replaced the handle, and I replaced the blade.