Large, ornate knives such as this were typically used in the Northern Philippines for ceremonial occasions or for the decapitation of criminals. This unique example was crafted in the Philippines and it has a sharp blade of 5160 / D2 high carbon steel. It was tempered to possess a hardness of about 58-60 HRC.
The thick-tang of the blade is fitted to two halves of carved hardwood and a brass bolster. The knife is matched with a scabbard of carved wood with rattan bands. It is fitted with a metal belt clip that also acts as a retainer for keeping the blade sheathed by grabbing the bolster when sheathed.
Please Note: It is typical for the tropical hardwood used to create the scabbard and grip of these weapons to possess small cracks in the wood due to its adjustment to our more temperate environment. We inspect these items for large 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 usefulness of the weapon and its structural integrity. These light cracks are common to the type of wood used.
By routinely applying a coating of protective oil you can protect the wood from drying out in your own home.