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Filipino Ceremonial Knife No. 2

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This Filipino ceremonial and execution knife was crafted in the Philippines; the blade is sharp 5160 / D2 high carbon steel with a tempered hardness of about 58-60 HRC. The thick blade tang is surmounted by two carved hardwood halves to form the grip. The bolster is brass and the knife comes with a carved scabbard with bands of rattan and a darkened metal belt clip that doubles as a blade retainer by gripping the knife bolster when sheathed.

In the Northern Philippines these large, ornate knives were typically used for the ceremonial decapitation of criminals. A large weapon, nearly a short sword in size, this knife could certainly be used for fighting as well.

Please Note: It is common for the tropical hardwood used to craft the grip and scabbard of these weapons to develop small cracks as the wood adjusts to our temperate environment. We inspect these items for major cracks and will not send such items to you. We will however send items that may have small, light cracks. These are light cosmetic blemishes and we will not send you an item with a crack that impacts the structural integrity and usefulness of the weapon. These small and light cracks are common to the type of wood used.

By routinely applying a light coating of protective oil you can protect the wood from drying out in your own home.

Overall Length20 1/16''
Blade Length13 5/16''
Weight1 lb 4.7 oz
Width32.1 mm - 30.9 mm
Thickness6.9 mm - 4 mm
P.O.B.1 1/4''
Grip Length4 3/4''
Blade [5160/D2 High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerTraditional Filipino Weapons
Country of OriginPhilippines

2 reviews for Filipino Ceremonial Knife No. 2

  1. John Peterson

    it’s beautiful, but there are some issues the blade, while elegant, isn’t quite as sharp as I was led to believe. It’s also a convex grind, which does pose a challenge for sharpening. It’s functional, but I prefer my blades to be hair popping sharp, which this is not. I’m going to have to order a japanese wet stone, and see if that can get this thing up to par. The sheath that it arrives with, also while very beautiful, is not a functional tool for today’s world. It’s lose fitting, the knife rattles around inside of it, and the clip on the back of it, would never hold up to any kind of rough movement. Again, I’ll have to order something else to make this thing a real-world piece. Thankfully, kydex is cheap enough, and making my own sheath, is actually pretty enjoyable. Overall, I wouldn’t spend the money that I did to purchase this weapon, if I had it to do all over again.

  2. Jason G.

    Beautiful blade, needs better scabbard clip The blade is solid and as beautiful as it looks, with a nicely polished extended tang. The grip feels good in the hand, though for the balance I’d probably choke down below the finger groves for chopping work. As a “ceremonial” blade I got it more for the aesthetics than the expectation of performing labor with it. As such I’m very happy with the blade itself.
    My main criticism would be the scabbard. While it is beautifully crafted, it is not really functional in my opinion. It is loose fitting so the blade does not stay in without the retainer clip. That’s not really a problem for most of the other TFW blades here, as those generally have a utilitarian guard that can clip right into place. This blade however has a nice decorative thick brass guard which was immediately gouged upon the first draw of the blade. I removed the clip straight away to prevent any further damage, but now the scabbard is really only useful laying on a table. I’m crafting a leather sheath to replace it.

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