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Kampilan Bolo - TFW018
Kampilan Bolo
 

Please note: Demonstrations in these videos may represent torture tests under ideal conditions and do not imply a sword will handle this type of activity consistently. Swords should only be used to cut approved materials, and proper training should be sought before partaking in this dangerous activity.
Overall Length: 28 1/4'' Blade: 21''
$239.95

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Blade: 5160/02 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 4.8 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 6 1/4''
Thickness: 5.4 mm - 2.9 mm
Width: 32 mm - 46 mm
Grip Length: 4 1/8''
Pommel: Integrated & Pinned
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The larger, iconic Kampilan with its grand crocodile-carved grip was something of a status symbol among the Southern Moro tribesmen. Most of the warriors who served the Datu chieftains instead often carried a smaller blade - the Kampilan Bolo. Unlike the larger Kampilan, it is a decidedly one-handed sword. It is quick and its form lends it to deadly chops and slashes. The blade terminates into a thrusting point.

The blade of this Philippine-crafted Kampilan Bolo has a blade of 5160/D2 high carbon steel tempered to HRC 58-60. The guard and grip ferrule are of brass and the grip is of carved wood. A carved wooden scabbard with a blade-retaining clip is included. The metal clip ‘’locks’’ the blade in place by going over the lip of the guard. It can be released by a good tug on the grip.

The Moro are the indigenous Muslim population of the Southern Philippines - they have had centuries of conflict with northern neighbors, Spanish and American colonialists. These Filipinos were converted to Islam by Muslim missionaries of the Persian Gulf and China. Though many of their warriors had an allegiance to their sultan, many were engaged in Sulu Sea piracy against the northern Philippine islands and especially the Spanish. A minority, they developed an extensive array of distinctive edged weapons. Even today, these are still considered symbols against occupation and are displayed proudly, often on a ‘’Weapons of Moroland’’ plaque.

Please Note: Due to being crafted in a tropical environment with native woods, it is common for these weapons to develop thin, minor cracks in the wood and the scabbard as the woods adjust to our more temperate environment. Cracks in items sent to you will not be harmful to the structural integrity of the item. Also - The decorative rattan wrapping can be brittle and may crack or break. The Sansibar dates back to the latter years of the Spanish occupation of the Philippines. It is sometimes called a ‘’san sibak!’’ which means ‘’one chop!’’ in Filipino dialects. Over time the name phrase has been anglicized into Sansibar. Then, as now, the Sansibar-style blades are used by rivermen who cut bamboo for boat making. These well-traveled Filipinos spread the Sansibar throughout the islands, making it a widespread and widely modified blade design.

Though it has many utilitarian uses, be not deceived by the Sansibar, for it was borne out of the fighting of nationalist Filipinos against the Spanish. The Sansibar was a popular blade of the Katipuneros, who used its swift and decisive chopping and thrusting blade as a tool in their revolution. This blade is light and quick in the hand, and its design ensures lethality in the strike.

This Philippine-crafted Sansibar has a sharp blade of 5160/D2 high carbon steel tempered to HRC 58-60. The guard and grip ferrule are of darkened metal and the grip is of carved wood. A carved wooden scabbard with a blade-retaining clip is included. The metal clip ‘’locks’’ the blade in place by going over the lip of the guard. It can be released by a good tug on the grip.
Please Note: Due to being crafted in a tropical environment with native woods, it is common for these weapons to develop thin, minor cracks in the wood and the scabbard as the woods adjust to our more temperate environment. Cracks in items sent to you will not be harmful to the structural integrity of the item. Also - The decorative rattan wrapping can be brittle and may crack or break.

It is recommended that a light coating of protective oil is used to protect the wood from dryness and cracking.





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