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Sansibar Sword 4 - TFW054

Sansibar Sword 4
 

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Overall Length: 28 1/2'' Blade: 20 13/16''
$239.95

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Blade: 5160/D2 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 3.3 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 5''
Thickness: 4.3 mm - 2.5 mm
Width: 34 mm
Grip Length: 5 1/2''
Pommel: Integrated
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Handcrafted in the Philippines, this Sansibar sword has a sharp blade of 5160/D2 high carbon steel. The sinuous slashing blade has a long and thin cutting plane; half the blade spine is thick and blunt near the base of the blade for durability - it tapers significantly mid blade to meld into a thin and sharpened false edge. This thinned cross-section of the main cutting portion of the blade creates a design intended to cut into and pass through targets with minimal resistance and drag. The false edge is not as sharp as the main edge, but it does have a sharpened edge.

The bolster is steel and the grip is well-carved from local Filipino wood. The sword comes with a wooden scabbard crafted from locally sourced Filipino wood and embellished with bands of rattan. A blackened steel retention clip slides over the sword guard bolster and ‘’locks’’ it into the scabbard.

Unlike many Filipino bladed weapons, the Sansibar is intended solely as a weapon and is not also used as a general purpose cutting tool. The Sansibar originated as a self-defense sword for boatmen who ventured into rivers to cut and harvest bamboo for boatmaking. They were typically well-traveled and would routinely visit many islands in the Philippines - a practice which spread the Sansibar design widely and also allowed it to develop into a wide range of varieties adapted to local tastes.
 









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