I'm in... Now what's this all about? Oh... balisongs..
I believe what Mr. Palacio posted, is that Mr. Perfecto de Leon is tagged as the "father" of the balisong, as far as the Philippines is concerned. It does not claim that he invented the balisong.
Since our country (Philippines) was under the influence of the Spaniards for 400 years, I would not be surprised if the balisong started out there in Spain. Since we have a town called Balisong in Batangas, it may also have originated from the Spanish Conquistadores (sp?), much like our main city, Manila, used to be called Maynilad, or the name Philippines itself, from a certain King Phillip?? duh...
I haven't been able to visit the town yet, and take the videos and do some interviews like I originally planned, due to my hectic racing schedules lately (yep, I race cars). But once I get a break, I'll do that pronto.
Chuck, can you show us a pic of that knife you were mentioning earlier? the 1901 balisong? I'm really interested in looking at it, even if it's only in pics.
What we need here, is someone who's well educated with the bladed weapons of the past, and their origins. I personally don't believe that the Balisong originated from the Philippines. Much like anything else here, it's due to influence from the past.
Hmmm... this would really give me a good reason to try and find out anything I can about these bladed weapons.
I would like to hear Mr. Palacio's view on this one, though.